Boyce Design & Contracting was recently seen in Design Build Magazine featuring an outdoor kitchen they designed in Atlanta, Georgia. This outdoor living space provides the perfect spot for entertaining family, hosting events, or simply relaxing.
Boyce Design & Contracting was recently featured in Atlanta Daybook, which highlighted their success in 2015. The article details the design/build firm in the beginning, what’s happening in 2015, and how they continue to strive to meet all their customers needs when designing and building outdoor living spaces.
“Atlanta, Georgia – Boyce Design & Contracting entered 2015 being named The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, NARI’s, Contractor of the Year for the fifth consecutive year in Atlanta. This was an honor for Boyce Design because NARI is a major source for finding trusted remodeling professionals in the Atlanta area. But Boyce Design didn’t become the trusted design and build firm they are today instantly. From the humble beginning as a small landscaping adventure designed to help make a little extra money, Thomas Boyce has worked to strategically develop the craft and refine the collaborative designing, planning and building process.”
Boyce Design & Contracting was recently featured in the outdoor living section of Lawn & Landscape. The award-winning design/build firm specializes in making your dream outdoor living environment become a reality. In their article, Lawn & Landscape crafted the ideal picture of what Boyce Design does for people looking for an outdoor transformation in the coming months.
“It’s a warm summer night and your best friends crowd around a flat-screen television mounted above a granite-topped outdoor bar. On the grill, steaks and chicken sizzle. You grab a beer from the mini-fridge mounted under the counter and hand them out to the guys in celebration. Nearby, your wife and her friends sip wine around an open fire.
Sounds like one of the best ways you could spend a Friday night, right?
Now imagine you’ve provided an experience like this for your clients because you’ve designed and built an outdoor kitchen and firepit for them.
No, take that back.
You’ve not just installed a design/build project. You’ve made their lives better because they now can have this experience every weekend. That’s what you’re selling when you create outdoor kitchens and firepits – not concrete, gas lines and mortar. You’re selling a lifestyle.”
2014 was a big year for Boyce Design & Contracting. With a vision for strategic growth and continued customer satisfaction, the Boyce Design team was honored to receive three awards from NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. As with any award, Boyce Design is grateful for the recognition of their hard work and dedication. However, NARI recognizes industry professionals that are committed to the highest level of professionalism and integrity, and Boyce Design is especially honored to be chosen for three awards based on those principles. Specializing in designing and building outdoor living spaces, Boyce Design was awarded the 2014: Residential Exterior Element, 2014: Residential Exterior Under $100,000, and 2014: Residential Exterior Over $200,000. With these accomplishments in mind, Boyce Design & Contracting is prepared for another year of success.
The Boyce Design & Contracting team celebrates recognition for their hard work and proven design/build process with two awards from Houzz. Houzz is an online forum that connects hard working contracting companies with customers looking to add to their home. The Atlanta design/build firm is honored to receive awards for both the Best of Houzz 2015 Client Satisfaction and Best of Houzz 2015 Design. Specializing in a complete process that turns a concept into a full backyard experience, Boyce Design is honored to see their diligence on the job and dedication to customer satisfaction recognized by Houzz.
2014 Pinnacle Awards Recognizes Leaders in Growth, Innovation and Community
(GWINNETT METRO ATLANTA NEWS) – April 25 – The Gwinnett Chamber recognized BOYCE DESIGN & CONTRACTING as one of the Top 25 small businesses in Gwinnett County on April 25 at the 2014 Pinnacle Awards. The event, themed by growth, success, and community engagement, named the Overall Small Business Person of the Year and honored dozens of successful small businesses and entrepreneurs for extraordinary achievement.
Presented by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Pinnacle Small Business Awards are among the Gwinnett Chamber’s most prestigious awards. In an effort to recognize Gwinnett’s small businesses and entrepreneurs as pivotal to America’s economic growth and stability, the celebration recognizes both emerging companies as well as companies that have exhibited a substantial history as an established business.
“These risk-takers and innovators are the ones who create jobs and provide much-needed services for our community, creating a better quality of life for everyone,” said Carla Carraway, President of Precision Planning, Inc. and 2014 Gwinnett Chamber Board Chair. “These are the leaders who are laying the foundation for a bright future of opportunity. For this, these small business owners and non-profits deserve to be recognized and celebrated.”
Cally D’Angelo | 678.957.4958 |CDAngelo@gwinnettchamber.org
On December 10th, Boyce Design & Contracting, received two awards for Contractor of the Year from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Atlanta chapter. For the forth consecutive year in a row, Boyce design brought home the award for Contractor of the Year for residential exterior projects over $100,000+ and for the first time Boyce Design was selected CotY for residential exterior projects under $100,000.
Winning the two prestigious awards recognizes how diverse Boyce Design & Contracting is when design and building any outdoor living space.
This year, Thomas and John Robert Boyce, were featured in Gwinnett Magazine’s People to Know issue. The Magazine annually selects key and important individuals and companies based out of Gwinnett county.
See full article at: http://gwinnettpeopletoknow.com/2013/09/09/designing-spaces/
This Lawrenceville family was in the market for a complete backyard retreat, and they came to Boyce to make the dream a reality. The clients desired a clean, classic aesthetic with numerous opportunities for relaxing, entertaining, and dining. With this in mind, our designers went to work. The obstacles we faced while designing and installing this pool, patio, and porch included a tightly confined space, a yard ripe with drainage issues, and concerns in regards to privacy – the back yard was overlooked by three different neighbors.
The solution for the limited space involved a network of distinct outdoor rooms that filled out the space in beautiful yet efficient ways. Vertical planes were expertly used to create a privacy from the neighbors and delineate each space. One such room, the fire pit patio, anchors the rear of the design. It is defined by a retaining wall which doubles as a flagstone bench wrapping itself in a semicircle around the stack stone fire pit. Another is a rough-cut cedar porch that serves as a transition point from the interior of the house to the main patio. Covered with a gabled roof adorned with exposed beams and a painted tongue and groove ceiling, this feature fuses the interior of the home and the exterior pool and patio areas in stunning fashion. Centered in-between the fire pit patio and the porch is a custom-built swimming pool with a stack stone spa sitting above it. The spa marks the transition from upper patio to a lower level, and features an infinity edge basin that spills into the pool below. The pool itself incorporates the vertical planes of the space with a raised stack stone beam that provides a sense of enclosure for those swimming in the deep end, and also exists as a sculptural element when viewed from the lower patio. Sheer descent waterfalls and tasteful lighting highlight this feature. The lower patio is framed by a curved cedar pergola, which adds one more vertical plane to the space while adding to the sense of enclosure and privacy desired by the clients.
Finally, components such as landscaping, outdoor lighting, boulder groupings, and small pockets of lawn are all used expertly to frame and compliment each of these spaces. The end result is a stunning outdoor living area that presents numerous outdoor “rooms” for the clients to enjoy activities of all sorts. Our design makes use of the sloped nature of the yard rather than hiding it, and the end result is a project we are proud to call our own.
On Saturday, July 27th, Boyce Design & Contracting was featured in the Home Finder Section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The “Pools add a splash of style to backyards” article, written by H.M. Cauley, talks about the value, cost and benefits of having a swimming pool in one’s backyard.
Pools add a splash of style to backyards
Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013
A swimming pool can be the center of an outdoor living space that might include covered seating areas, decks, firepits, spas and landscaping.
BY H.M. CAULEY – FOR THE AJC
The backyard swimming pool isn’t just for cooling off anymore. While it’s still a terrific asset on a scorching summer day, having a place to take a dip just a few feet from the back door has become just one element in the scheme of outdoor living.
“A pool is now part of an entire backyard scape,” said Steve Morgan, owner of the Atlanta-based Sunbelt Pools of Georgia. “People are transitioning away from just wanting a lap pool to understanding that a pool is part of their lifestyle. Even if they don’t ever get in it, there’s a very soothing, relaxing atmosphere in a yard with a pool.”
Homeowners now are more inclined to view that boring backyard as a place to create an outdoor room. And in that design, a pool may be the biggest element – and the one requiring the most maintenance – but it’s also just one piece of a bigger plan that could include a spa, a waterfall, an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit or fireplace, an eating area and a deck or patio space with comfortable seating. Because of the backyard’s elevated status as another living space, more thought needs to go into what sort of pool works in that area, said Morgan.
“Will the poolside be used for cocktails and high heels or a place for lots of kids to have fun?” he asked. “We try and help people decide what they’re going to use the space for and whether they want something natural or more formal. Do they want it to be part of an outdoor room, with a kitchen, porch, cabana, seating area and fire pit, or do they want something more natural that blends into the trees with features that are kid- as well as adult-friendly?”
Once those questions have been settled, the design is only limited by an owner’s imagination and finances.
“Any shape will work – if we can draw it on paper, we can build it,” said Evan Horning, director of sales for Neptune Pools in Sugar Hill. “We are definitely seeing pools that are far from being just a hole in the backyard. They are part of a larger, outdoor living area.”
Morgan’s firm has completed pool projects that ran the gamut from filling up a very tiny backyard to becoming the main architectural feature of a classic mansion.
“We did one in a yard so small it was hard to meet the setback requirements, and we wound up putting a long, skinny pool,” he said. “In another spot, we put in a pool with a water level identical to the deck it was next to. A pool can often be challenging, especially if it has to be technically precise.”
A homeowner’s lifestyle is as important as the physical space, said Thomas Boyce, owner of Boyce Design and Construction in Sandy Springs.
“I always tell people to think first about the features that would fit them, such as, do you like to entertain, and how big a group? How big is your family? Do you like dining outside? A pool needs to fit the way you like to live and entertain. From there, we look at the available space and come up with a design that fits the area in a way that enhances the value of the home.”
The selected size, shape and finishing elements – be that a basic deck and fence or an elaborate outdoor gathering space – play key roles in determining the cost of putting in a pool. One expense homeowners often forget to figure into the budget is the building permit fee than can vary from $100 to $1,000, depending on the home’s location. From there, the cost can only be calculated on an individual basis.
“Asking for a ballpark price is like asking a builder how much a 3-bedroom home costs,” said Horning. “Most of the pools we build start in the mid-$30,000s, but a pool and spa combination starts in the $50,000.”
Whether or not investing in a pool will add value to a property at re-sale time is also a difficult question to answer simply.
“It’s tough to quantify because the value depends on the neighborhood and the buyer,” said Boyce. “In higher-end homes, outdoor spaces are becoming more of the norm, not just an extra upgrade, and buyers don’t just want to walk out to a patio, so a pool is a plus. But an empty-nester couple may not want the maintenance. We have gotten feedback that when a buyer says, ‘The backyard is amazing!’ it does help speed up the sale. But a pool is probably not going to recoup every dollar.”
The condition of the pool, just like the yard it anchors, is another factor that may make it a plus or negative for a potential buyer.
“If it’s in great working order and everything around it looks great, then the pool becomes a focal point,” said Horning. “I think, if marketed properly, it is a positive. But how much will it add to the value of the home? Not a whole lot. But some [buyer] may love it, and [the seller] will get every penny back.”
Homeowners enthralled by the idea of having a private pool don’t have to wait too long to turn that dream into a reality. Most pools, along with the areas immediately surrounding them, can usually be completed within eight to 10 weeks. But there’s always the possibility of things taking much longer.
“The delays from rain are enormous, and with all the rain we’ve had lately, yards are more puddles than dirt,” said Morgan. “Even without the rain, I try to get people to understand that they’ve never seen a mess like putting in a pool. There could also be delays if someone wants a specific product. A client recently ordered travertine [tile] from Turkey that took 16 weeks to arrive. If someone wants a specific product like that and were in a hurry, it wouldn’t work.”
The result, however, is an amenity that, in Atlanta, can be put to good use for most of the year. Heated spas have even more utility.
“Pools are clearly a great way to get outside and cool off,” said Boyce. “They’re terrifically popular here because you can use them almost all year long. And now we have automation systems that can heat up a spa in about 10 minutes without heating the entire pool. And there’s nothing like being in a spa when it’s 30 degrees outside!”