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Marble or Granite?

Marble or Granite?

When you are building your new home, the kitchen is often the room that takes the most consideration. After all, there are any number of choices to make, from the style of cabinets to install to the type of appliances to use. Of course, one of the most common (and difficult) choices to make is what kind of countertops you want.

While some people go for laminate or tile, you may be stuck between choosing granite or marble. If you're unsure which is best for you, consider these factors:
Upkeep
Both marble and granite require regular resealing, since they are both porous. Usually, they need to be resealed once a year. However, if you put constant wear and tear on your counters, you may need to seal them more often. Both marble and granite are hard substances, but can be dinged or scratched. Usually, a simple epoxy filler can repair any damage. However, marble may require professional help for more severe damage.
Durability
The reason marble and granite are often chosen for countertops is due to their durability. Granite is the most durable natural countertop available, followed very closely by marble. Both resist chipping and cracking, and are wiped clean very easily. Both are also heat resistant. However, marble is a bit more porous than granite, and may stain more easily if it's not sealed properly.
Cost
Both marble and granite can put a ding in your budget if you aren't prepared for the cost. They must be installed by professionals, as they are heavy surfaces that are difficult to cut to shape. The cost of granite has gone down in recent years, making it a preferable choice for those on a tighter budget. Though marble is expensive, the cost can be reduced by using tiles instead of large slabs.
Appearance
Of course, at the end of the day you want countertops that are attractive. Marble is more elegant, often coming in options of black or white with that characteristic veining running through the stone. Granite is sometimes considered more "homey," and offers a wider variety of color and pattern options, allowing you more choice in matching the rest of your kitchen and house. Ultimately, neither choice offers a clear advantage over the other when it comes to appearance.

Though choosing the right countertops may take some deliberation, having a say in the total aesthetic of your home is just one of the many advantages of building your own house. If you are considering building your own home, Artlantica can help. Contact us today to learn more about our award-winning designs!

Custom Homes

Custom Homes

As the housing market and the economy in general have recovered in the past few years, Americans are expanding their horizons when it comes to home ownership. Though older houses are still a popular option, there has been a greater shift toward custom-built homes, and for good reason. Building a new home provides a great many number of advantages, including:


Total Control

Older homes often require some sort of renovation to meet the buyer's exact desires and demands. With a custom-built house, you are in complete control, down to the type of wood used for the fireplace mantel. No decision is out of your hands. When your new home is complete, you have the assurance that it is exactly what you dreamed it would be.


Less Costly

Buying a home is a major investment. It may seem like it's cheaper to buy an older home, and upfront, it may be. But many older homes require much more upkeep and repairs than a custom-built one. Instead of spending your Saturday dealing with foundational problems or fixing a fidgety sink, which cost time and money, you can instead enjoy the day with your family, knowing your custom-built home is problem-free.


More Energy-Efficient

One of the major costs of older homes is energy inefficiency. From the refrigerator that consumes way too much energy to poor insulation that leaks air conditioning, an energy-inefficient home may as well be burning money. With a custom-built home, the latest construction techniques, as well as brand new appliances, ensure your home is energy-efficient, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars every year.


A Place to Call Home

Whether you rent or buy an older home, it may be tough to really see it as your own. With a custom-built house, you have the peace of mind that you are the only family to make memories there. It is truly a home for you and your children, one that can be cherished for generations. Your custom home will be like no other, unique to your family alone.

Whether you have dreamt of a farmhouse, a craftsman or any other style of house, Artlantica has the award-winning plans to make it a reality. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of a custom-built home!

Best of Houzz 2016

Best of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Kennesaw, Georgia, January 14, 2016 - Artlantica, Inc. of Kennesaw, Georgia has won "Best Of Design" on , the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award winning residential design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners' work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A "Best Of Houzz 2016" badge will appear on winners' profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

"Receiving a "Best of Design" award from the millions of users from the Houzz community is a great honor." said Laura Segers, Vice-president of Sales Operations for Artlantica. "We take great pride in creating home plans that appeal to homeowners and builders alike. Whether the home is a starter or move-up each design is given the same expertise that Artlantica is known for, so to be recognized is a testament to our hard work."

"Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals" said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. "We're so pleased to recognize Artlantica, voted one of our "Best of Houzz" professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes."

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Plans shipped for Free!

Plans shipped for Free!

Artlantica is pleased to announce that we are now offering Free Ground Shipping to the continental US. Select ground shipping when checking out - no minimum purchase, coupons or promotion codes are required.
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49 Best-Selling Designs

49 Best-Selling Designs

Artlantica is excited to announce the release of "HOMEPLANS-Designed for Today's Market", an in-house publication, featuring best -selling and newly released designs. The publication contains one and two story designs from the industry leader in residential design. Artlantica has produced award winning designs for over 34 years and BUILDER Magazine's Best- Selling Designer for over 20 years running. Please visit for our entire portfolio and information about marketing products and custom services. Artlantica will continue leading the home plans industry with the very best in home design and support the designs with the best customer service. Please contact our office to inquire about our products and services. Thank you in advance for your business! to see an online version of this publication.

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