The battle over streets and ways to streamline the increasing numbers of cars one the road with the continued population growth in Brookhaven bubbled over at recent City Council meetings. Noted improvements at the intersection of Donaldson Drive and Ashford Dunwoody Roads began this week which is work that was originally required under the Development of Regional Impact study initiated by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
The improvements include installation of a primary traffic island on Donaldson to facilitate the right-hand turn from Donaldson Drive in the northbound direction Ashford Dunwoody Road. The traffic signal will be adapted to eliminate left turns from Donaldson Dr. which will extend the time of a green light for through traffic.
This will provide a significant reduction in the wait time during peak hours at this intersection. The Public Works Director expects a 35% decrease in wait time at this intersection. He is estimating outbound traffic delays to be cut in half.
Current traffic on Donaldson Drive wanting to access the southbound lane of Johnson Ferry will be routed to Blair Circle. After much discussion, public testimony and heated discussions, there will be no change to Johnson Ferry inbound traffic turning left on to Donaldson Drive.
Many of these changes were noted in the Johnson Ferry Redevelopment Plan commissioned over 11 years ago when the DeKalb County Housing Authority proposed the Brookleigh project to upgrade the aging Johnson Ferry East apartment complex built in 1948. This area complex consisted of 59 buildings and a community center situated on 50 acres of "park like land" in front of Johnson Ferry Road. Over 360 of the complex’s 498 units were designated for the aged population over 65. The county record shows over 16 meetings were held during the years of 2005 and 2007 and community input contributed to the results of the recommendations and improvements which were included in the study. Funding was in part state and primarily federal sources for housing redevelopment.
Brookhaven Bike Path Painting
A new plan by the city council passed and has been implemented for sidewalks on all new and newly improved residential streets beginning August 25, 2017. Many residents have complained about the difficulty in traffic directing itself as our population increases and the numbers of the cars on the road explodes. It also requires bike lanes to be painted on all existing roadways to allow for those who wish to commute via bicycle the opportunity to fully make it to work on a bike path.
The council two years ago places a high priority on making alternative transportation options available and highlights those that promote a healthy lifestyle. Biking is one of them but often difficult since the paths are not clear. Painting lines specifying areas for bikers will make it clear to traffic that their lines are not to be violated. Three feet of space is typically given to the bike lanes. Caution must not be exercised as many roadways had their vehicle lanes reduced to accommodate this new initiative.
Frontage roads are of special concern because typically speed limits are higher. We want to emphasize the caution that must be used in these areas as now there are three feet of bike paths and their lanes painted on both sides of the roadway for a total of six feet dedicated to bikers.
The new ordinance also requires new sidewalks to be made of concrete and to be five feet in width. Sidewalks may not be constructed unless a permit is obtained from the city building inspector and permitted appropriately. The city council will continue to monitor biker and pedestrian safety with the implementation of the new ordinance and encourage residents to voice concerns regarding areas that are dangerous or warrant further inspection by the city.
There are a variety of short and long term projects underway as it is expected to take over 5 years to implement this plan and currently, 30 improvement areas are underway. Areas of high traffic will be the first to be revamp with new street lanes painted on roadways where a density factor is determined to warrant immediate attention. The busiest streets are the areas we want to designate bike lane paths first to reduce accidents and promote the highest use of new roadways line painting to help the traffic move faster.
We are pleased this new initiative passed and look forward to continue review and citizen input as we continue road improvements in Brookhaven.
Soft Grays in Kitchen Remodel
A recent kitchen remodel in a Brookhaven home gives a new look and new light to this tired old kitchen. The original kitchen built with the home in 1960 was closed off from the family and living room area immediately adjacent to the kitchen with also contains an entryway from the garage. The homeowners decided they wanted everything ripped out so the walls were removed and the ceiling lifted and new windows placed on the west side of the home to bring in lots of light and beautiful sunsets in the evening. The original wood flooring, was worn but most importantly, made of thin planks that were regularly cracking and had thin boards on an unstable subfloor. A civil engineer was brought in to stablize the home by adding 6 foot concrete footers to two ends of the back of the home. With this new stability the homeowners were more confident to raise the ceilings, which they had wanted originally but worried about the impact such cutting and refitting would have on what they knew was already an unstable floor. With the footings in place, beautiful new honey oak hardwood floors were installed. The ceilings were raised using a crane mechanism from a local roofing company who handled the job. The homeowners already had light colors in their kitchen but felt it was still dark. The large windows enables by the higher ceilings brought in the light they were looking for in this west facing kitchen which does not get any morning or daytime sun.
A custom made island was installed of light pine. This 10 foot island gave the prep space the owners wanted. To achieve the bright and light kitchen they always wanted, soft white and subtle grays were used on the walls and cabinetry. Sand gray is the primary paint color for the cabinets with a few accents in pearl gray and soft white. Soft white paint is also used on the walls and trim. Clear glass on a few accent cabinet doors. The sink is a winter white marble farm sink that rests against gray and white subway tile. These subtle shade differences in color give depth and warm to this light and bright kitchen.
If you want to see more photos of this kitchen remodel, take a look at our gallery.
Painters Delight Amazing House in Brookhaven
New to the market is a 6400 square foot home built in 2007 and recently updated with exterior painting and interior paint designs. This custom built home is located on Navajo Trail Brookhaven and is designed for the active family in mind who loves nature's views. Six bedrooms and five and a half baths provide ample accommodations for a large family with a two story living room with vaulted ceilings.
What catches your eye as you walk in is the floor to ceiling blue stone fireplace that provides a center for a large living room sitting area. Many times in large homes there is a sense of vastness that never offers a comfortable feeling. This design enables owners to create two informal areas making them warm and inviting, all with the fireplace as the focus or the wall of windows showing the beauty of the green and colorful wooded backyard. A large study sits off the living area. The recently remodeled kitchen with custom dark wood cabinetry and gray interior paint looks over the entire living area and gives a feeling of spaciousness in this chef's kitchen. All brand new stainless steel appliances complement the cabinetry and paint colors.
Finished terrace level downstairs where you find a full recreation area with a complete 10 seat movie screening space, wet bar and an art display room. Adjacent is an au pair suite with small kitchen recently painted a beautiful yellow, and to the far corner, a luxurious spa bath that includes a dry sauna.
The owners suite complete with a fireplace and wet bar area includes a luxury spa design including 2 rainfall ceiling shower heads and 8 full nozzle sprayers, a bench and steam sauna. Updated custom cabinetry to match the dark wood of the kitchen and gray and green tones of calming cool paint colors give this room a peaceful, luxurious feel.
In addition to the beautiful natural wooded area, you'll find lush gardens on this wonderful outdoor space. A koi pond surrounded by local perennials added a pop of bright color to the green landscaping. Large fire pit, grilling area and stone pad make a perfect BBQ spot. The backyard is fenced, custom light design for day and night beauty and irrigated.
This magnificent home will not last long. Check it out on the local MLS or home search site and call your realtor.
Home Trends for Fall
As we start to wind down July, it's hard to believe, but Fall is just around the corner. We're looking at some striking new trends and colors that complement the tones of the Fall season nicely. From the Pinterest boards to the designers at the furniture houses, the consensus is that we all need a few changes to the home and when you see these, you'll see they're going to be big .
Dark green is the new style color. Dark green paint, accents and wood are all on the table for a beautiful woodsy look to your home. Perhaps a take-off of Panetone's color of the year in the herb green tone, this darker shade stays true to the look of nature but is a bit more understated. There was a lot of disgruntled panelists who thought the bright green color of the year missed the mark so we think they will be happier with this more subdued shade for interior design. Still bringing a little bit of nature into the home. The hunter green shade mixes well with natural wood floors, leather furnishings and accents and brass and cream features. It presents a warm, cozy pallet for your home in the Fall.
And relaxing atmosphere is the keyword as relaxation areas or rooms on are tap for those looking to carve our more intimate and tech free areas of their homes. If not a separate room, perhaps the bedroom can be the place to unplug. Surrounding the bed with canopies or rich, heavy curtains each descending from wood or faux wood beams will be a beautiful design feature. Make sure there's a comfortable chair and reading nook with lots of blankets that are compliments to the fall colors.
What could be more comfortable than adding velvet fabric to the mix. Perhaps as a matching shade of the darker paint, this accent in pillows can be the way to bring the house paint color in additional dashes in decorating. Woven fabrics continue the back to nature trend and add a mix of wood based colors to the mix. Wicker baskets and stands, light fixtures made of bamboo and mirrors with faux woven wood or wicker exterior gives a warm look.
Brass is becoming the new copper and is being brought into furniture pieces as frames for beds, couches and chairs. Smaller ways to introduce the lighter metal would be in lamps or table display pieces made of brass or brass elements which will give the pop of the reflective bright color.
Many paint manufacturers announced various shades of black as their color of the year. Olympic Paint offered three shades of black for their fall lineup including Black Flame, Deep Onxy and Black Magic. Quite a stark assortment from last year's white and gray. So we are looking forward to working with this bold new statement of color that weaves into the return to nature and dark green forest patterns of design.
While you won't see full walls of black paint, the accent walls in a home have given way to accent ceilings. Textured paints are making a comeback as well as embossed foam ceiling tiles that hold these beautiful new paint colors and are contrasted with wood beams.
These new trends are sure to please homeowners with an eye for nature but who want the warmer tones of fall and rustic colors in their home.