Renewal Design-Build Receives Three Decatur Design Awards

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The Decatur Design Awards recognize and honor projects or individuals that promote excellence in preservation, design, sustainability and advocacy. With the addition of this year’s awards, Renewal Design-Build has now earned seven Decatur Design Awards over the past five years.

Our goal is to continually contribute to the beauty and character of Decatur. We are grateful for the positive recognition for our design solutions, and we are thankful to our wonderful clients who make winning these awards possible.

Renewal Design-Build of Decatur, GA received three honors at the 2013 Decatur Design Awards ceremony on May 22, 2013 at Decatur City Hall. The City of Decatur’s Historic Preservation Commission reviews design entries and presents awards for projects that preserve, enhance or contribute to the built commercial and residential environment within the city. Renewal received awards for: Historic Preservation; an Addition, and the Leila Ross Wilburn Award for individuals or organizations that promote preservation and/or excellence in design.

“We are truly humbled to receive three additional Decatur Design Awards this year,” said Peter Michelson, CEO of Renewal. “It is such an honor to be recognized by the City to whom we owe so much of our success. Our goal is to continually contribute to the beauty and character of Decatur. We are grateful for the positive recognition for our design solutions, and we are thankful to our wonderful clients who make winning these awards possible.”

Renewal won the 2013 Historic Preservation Award for a unique whole house renovation. Located in the Old Decatur Historic District, just a couple miles from Atlanta, this 1920s craftsman bungalow was in extreme disrepair when it was purchased and required a major renovation to restore the exterior to historic standards. The homeowners selected Renewal to completely renovate the home inside and out. The entire interior was gutted to create an open floor plan with a rustic farmhouse style that includes modern conveniences and industrial details. Significant improvements were made to the exterior siding, porches, windows, doors, foundation, trim and roof, all under the approval of the Decatur Historic Commission to ensure that the renovations and addition were consistent with the character of the neighborhood. The mix of old and new elements blend seamlessly in the finished product. View this historic renovation.

Renewal was also recognized with a 2013 Addition Award. With three children and one on the way, the homeowners were quickly outgrowing their three bedroom home. The value of this highly functional addition is not just in the three extra bedrooms, modern kitchen, and spacious mudroom, but in its added character and absolute seamlessness of the project. Renewal was able to successfully preserve the period of their 1940s home and the Decatur neighborhood. The keeping room features a wood burning fireplace, custom built-ins, and French doors leading out to the backyard. The exterior is a showpiece all on its own. From the charming color choices to the trim detailing, the addition enhances the home in every way. View the project.

Renewal also received the coveted 2013 Leila Ross Wilburn Award for helping promote preservation in Decatur. Renewal’s Peter Michelson, CEO, and Kara Adams, Marketing Manager, are active members of the Decatur Old House Fair committee.

In addition to winning three Decatur Design Awards in 2013, Renewal has also been recognized by the Decatur Preservation Commission for award-winning work since 2009. Renewal previously won awards in the following categories:

  •     Decatur Design Awards:
  •     2012 Decatur Design Awards - Historic preservation project
  •     2010 Decatur Design Awards - Facade
  •     2010 Decatur Design Awards - Porch
  •     2009 Decatur Design Awards - Bungalow

Renewal has received many other recent awards, including:

  •     Best of Houzz 2012 and 2013
  •     2012 Best of Kudzu
  •     GuildQuality Atlanta Service Excellence Award 2013
  •     GuildQuality Guildmaster 2008 through 2012
  •     Ranked as an Atlanta Top Five Residential Remodeler by the Atlanta Business Chronicle 2010 through 2012
  •     Chrysalis Awards for Design Excellence:
  •     2013 Best Kitchen Remodel (National Co-Winner)
  •     2013 Best Residential Historic Renovation (National Co-Winner)
  •     2013 Best Kitchen Remodel
  •     2012 Best Kitchen
  •     2011 Best Residential Interior (National Winner)
  •     2011 Best Kitchen
  •     2010 Best Green Remodel
  •     2010 Best Bath
  •     2010 Best Kitchen
  •     2009 Best Kitchen.
  •     National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year Awards:
  •     2012 Award-winning kitchen
  •     2012 Award-winning bathroom
  •     2011 Award-winning kitchen
  •     2009 Award-winning kitchen
  •     2008 Award-winning renovation
  •     Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s OBIE Awards:
  •     2012 Gold OBIE Residential Remodeling – Best Kitchen $50,000 and over
  •     2012 Silver OBIE Residential Remodeling – Best Addition
  •     2012 Gold OBIE Builder/Developer – Best Website

About Renewal Design-Build:

Renewal Design-Build is an award-winning, full-service, design-build remodeling company offering turnkey solutions, from design concept to move-in since 2001, including: major renovations, additions, “green” home performance assessments and improvements, whole house remodels, and upscale Atlanta kitchen remodeling services. Renewal Design-Build is ranked as a Top 5 Atlanta Residential Remodeling company for three years running (by the Atlanta Business Chronicle) and has won numerous awards for successfully renovating Atlanta’s finest old homes, craftsman bungalows, classic ranches, and every kind of residence in between. The company serves prominent intown Atlanta neighborhoods including Ansley Park, Avondale Estates, North Decatur, Lake Claire, Candler Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Inman Park, Toco Hills, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Chastain. They help homeowners “put the pieces together” to solve the puzzle of renovation. For more information, please call 404-378-6962 or visit them online at

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