Sterling on the Lake

This neighborhood, Sterling on the Lake, is the picture perfect, family friendly neighborhood.  It’s a place with a true sense of community that seems to take you back in time.  With the village green, community lakes, neighborhood pool and tennis courts, jogging trails, lakeside pavilion and club house, anything is possible: Hiking, Rowing, Jogging, Playing, Reflecting, Picnicking…whatever suits your mood.  Just 40 miles north of Atlanta, this Flowery Branch neighborhood is one fun find!

Our real estate team has secured a great opportunity in such a desirable subdivision.  The home at 7384 Regatta Way is a beautiful, traditional brick house that lets you live the Sterling on the Lake lifestyle to the fullest.

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7384 Regatta Way, Flowery Branch

The welcoming front porch is the perfect spot to socialize and enjoy the gorgeous lake views while the screened-in back porch offers privacy for a relaxing retreat. The open floor plan encompasses six spacious bedrooms with plenty of room for study, sleep and storage, five luxurious bathrooms, and multiple spots perfect for a home office. The flow of the kitchen into the two-story living room and dining areas makes entertaining effortless.  Don’t believe us, see for yourself.  Tour this home with the self-guide 360 degree showcase:

This home is currently offered at $449,500.  For serious inquires, please contact Lori: | 678-595-0125

Listing provided courtesy of Wade Works Team of KW Atlanta Partners: 678-341-2900


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Invest Atlanta – Top 10 Renovation Tips


A few weeks ago, I was asked to attend an exciting event for Invest Atlanta, the Art of Renovation.  They asked me to share my top ten renovation tips for buyers taking advantage of a 203k loan, and here’s my advice.

  1. Always start with a master plan. Take the time to draw out a scaled renovation plan and how the space interacts with other parts of the home.  That way you can phase your project knowing you won’t have to undo work later for future projects.
  2. Setting a budget is an important first step. You should plan for unexpected issues can come up at any point during a renovation.  This could be anywhere from the contractor finding a hidden problem that needs fixing to deciding to upgrade materials mid-stream that may not have been in the original budget.  I always recommend you take an original estimate and tack on an additional 15-20 percent to give yourself a cushion.
  3. Know your limits. It is important to know what you’re capable of doing, and what’s best left for a professional.
  4. Prioritize your funds on the materials you interact with everyday such as faucets, door knobs and other hard ware. Invest in finishes that not only look but feel high quality.
  5. Any Curb Appeal project should include a clearly defined path to the front door.
  6. When remodeling any space, it is great practice to remove everything from the space, including furnishings, rugs, and art so you can more clearly visualize the space you have to work with.
  7. Purchasing a sink or tub can be expensive. Save money by reglazing your old sink or tub to make it look brand new.
  8. Use a power washer to clean everything from the driveway to vinyl siding, the front way, deck mildew, or patio furniture. Sometimes a simple, hard cleaning is just what your home needs.
  9. When upgrading your lighting, don’t forget about the switches. They are one of those elements that you don’t really think about, but can really make a space look more modern.
  10. Exterior seating pieces are a great place to start if you want to try your hand at furniture building. A bench or multi-purpose seating in a yard can be a really good confidence builder for first-time DIYers.  Think versatility.  Start with a stationary piece, but 8 inch diameter casters can be attached for more mobility.


Download a pdf here: Art of Renovation – Chip Wade’s 10 Tips

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Appaloosa Trail

Artist Home in Forsyth County with Spectacular Views of Four Mile Creek for Sale


Picture Perfect Views

An unassuming entry disguises this impressive, generously proportioned, and architecturally interesting home.  Located less than one mile up Four Mile Creek from Lake Lanier, this custom home offers the desirable schools and convenience of Forsyth County, while also providing a mountain like retreat from the daily grind.  This two acre estate is the best lot in a unique equestrian neighborhood with dramatic views of the wooded hillside and over four hundred feet of tranquil creek running through the property. The lush and ever-changing landscape is a perfect location for photography sessions.  Throw in a fishing line and see what you catch, or throw in a tube and float on down to the lake.

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Seasonal Views of Four Mile Creek.  All photos taken from property.

Luxurious Master Suite

Unwind from life’s stresses in this home’s secluded, second floor master suite.  You can enjoy a good book, an engaging conversation, or a relaxing yoga flow in the full sized sitting area.  Open the windows before falling into into bed so you can sleep to the sound of rushing water and the wind weaving its way through the treetops.Master

The accommodations in this master bathroom make getting ready for your day a luxurious experience.  The over-sized shower has multiple sprays and a large bench.  There is a separate water closet for optimum privacy.  The custom built walk-in closet will help you stay organized and make finding what you need easier.


This organizational theme is carried out into the vanity area where there are several drawers to hold all of your makeup and toiletries.  The ample countertop space allows you to spread out while also accommodating two stainless steel sink basins and cozy place to sit.


Don’t you dream of having a bathroom retreat with a lavish vanity that’s all yours?

Truly Functional Kitchen

This kitchen is the epitome of great design with its aesthetic overlay on true functionality.  Useful storage solutions such as swing-out dual-sided pantry and oversized pot drawers are hidden behind the attractive custom cabinetry. The two-basin stainless steel sink inlaid in solid surface countertops situated under corner windows overlooking the picturesque landscape turns washing dishes into an enjoyable task. Take your morning coffee out to the adjacent screened deck to enjoy a moment of tranquility with the soothing sounds of the creek below.  Open to the two-story living room and formal dining room, this flow makes entertaining your guests effortless.  And with the gorgeous views of the colorful autumn leaves falling into the steady stream below, thanksgiving dinner will always be a picture perfect setting.








 Level of Options

Be inspired to grow your business or your family with the separate entry terrace level currently used for home office and studio that could be easily converted to an in-law suite.  With approximately 1,200 square feet, this daylight finished basement currently accommodates two offices, large photography studio, framing room, covered deck, and an oversized half bath / changing room that is plumbed for full bath conversion.  The driveway pergola adds to the home’s curb appeal while providing additional parking for clients or guests.  The dual alarm system and a clearly defined path directing visitors straight to the terrace entry helps segregate work from play without sacrificing the convenience of working from home.





White House-007Don’t need all that office space?  Converting this level to a spacious in-law or teen suite would be an easy project to tackle. White House-012





 Schedule an Appointment

This 5 bedroom custom home in Forsyth County, Georgia is offered for $419,000. For serious inquiries on this property, please email:

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Do Some More Exploring

Explore almost every inch of this beautiful home with a user driven 3D walk through powered by Matterport.  No downloads necessary.

Extra Features

We all know it’s the extra little touches that make a house a home.  Did you miss any of these Appaloosa Trail has to offer?


Massive Built-In Library in Two Story Living Room


Two Closets in this Cool, Calm Girl’s Room

Guest Bath

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Sophisticated Guest Room


Spacious Boys Bedroom


Two Acres with over Four Hundred Feet of Creek Flowing through Property

About Pauli Wade

Pauli Wade is an Atlanta native and a graduate of both Georgia Tech (BS in Management, 2004) and the University of Georgia (Masters of Accountancy, 2005).

Pauli Wade is the wife of celebrity Craftsman, Chip Wade (Host of HGTV’s Elbow Room, HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, HGTV’s Designed to Sell; expert guest on Oprah, CNN, Ellen, the Today Show, and more).  Pauli is a licensed REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners.  Chip & Pauli have partnered together to create Wade Works, a boutique design build firm, to meet any of our client’s residential or commercial design, real estate sales or acquisitions, architecture, staging, styling, photography and video production needs. With over 8 years of experience in real estate, both on and off camera, Wade Works agents bring expertise and experience no other agent can offer.

Before entering real estate sales, Pauli was an Audit Manager for one of the largest independent CPA and Advisory firms in Georgia, specializing in real estate, employee benefit plans, financial services, and nonprofit industries.  Pauli still holds a CPA license and is knowledgeable regarding the financial reporting and tax planning issues regarding real estate transactions.

Wade Works is devoted to using Chip & Pauli’s collective expertise to help people make educated home purchasing and selling decisions.

Chip & Pauli reside in the North Atlanta area with their three children.


If you think Wade Works could help with any of your real estate needs, please email: 

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Answering Your Questions

One of the great things I get to do with my job is travel across the country to various home shows, interacting with homeowners and answering your questions.

Here is a clip from the radio interview I did with The Real Estate Show while in Ft. Lauderdale for the The Home Design and Remodeling Show:

Its fifteen minutes of information, ranging from my story to renovation tips.  Hope you enjoy!

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Ringleader Julie!

Meet our facebooking, cupcake-loving, supervising producer…


Julie Murphy

Nicknames:  Juls, JuJu

Role on Elbow Room:   Supervising producer. Work with cast and crew and craft a beautiful and entertaining show.  The ringleader!


How many season have you been with Elbow Room?  Just one. But it was a great one!

What was your very first job? Food runner at Shells seafood restaurant in Columbus when I was 16

How did you end up on Elbow Room? The EIC called and made the promise of a fun show with a fun group of people.  And she couldn’t have been more right!

What is your favorite memory from Elbow Room? I would say the laughter.  I feel like we were always laughing.  I was excited to go to work everyday because I always knew we would have a great time.

What was your favorite episode or project? That’s a tough one!! Each episode was so unique.   I think I’ll say the pods in Terrell because I know all the blood, sweat, tears and long hours that went into it by this awesome team.


What’s your favorite part/day in the process (i.e. design reveal, demo, reveal day), and why? I like the days where stuff is being built and coming together because we as a crew have more down time to sing and laugh or joke with each other.  Haha.  As a producer, meet and greet, design reveal and reveal day are more stressful because there’s a lot of things to remember to do.  I also enjoy field trip days because I love seeing more of the process of how things are done

How was working on Elbow Room different than you expected? It was better!! Chips talent is endless, and it was really fun to work with someone with so much passion and creativity.


A DIY tip you would like to share? Call a professional ;)

 What’s your favorite…

​​Tool - my pen and paper

Food - Mexican!  Chips, salsa and guacamole.

​​Song - American Pie

​​Movie - Back to the Beach

What do you do in your spare time?  When I’m not working, I love to spend as much time with my family as I can.  I love being a wife and mom.  Is that fun enough?  I’m always up to do new things, go somewhere new, always up for any adventure.

What is your guilty pleasure?  I love cupcakes.

What are you passionate about?  Life.  Living it. Laughing about it. And having fun everywhere I go. I’m passionate about my job and the people I meet doing it.  It’s my personal mission to represent any talent I work with in the most honest, real, and true to who they are way as possible.  I love story telling.  And I love enjoying life and everything it has to offer- ups and downs.

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?   I only use Facebook for social media.  Other than that, I love groovebook!

What is your dream vacation spot?  Anywhere I can relax and enjoy the view.  My fave place that I’ve been has been Switzerland.  Best meat and chocolate I’ve ever had!

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be?   Wild Thing. Hahaha!  Kidding.  I Hope You Dance. It’s a song that is very special between my parents and I.  And it sums up how I like to live.

What’s next for you after Elbow Room?  My husband and I just moved from L.A. to Ohio so we can raise our son near family.  So this year, I am figuring out what my new life will bring here, and enjoying every moment I can being back near the family.   There are 4 weddings and 3 babies happening in the family from June-October, so that’s keeping me super busy!  Can’t think of anything better than being here with my great big family who I love more than anything :)

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Mark’s Look-a-Like Mark

Meet the welding wrestler and our custom fabricator…


Mark Americo Wentz

Nicknames: Jitsu, mic smooth, Americo, little mic

Role on Elbow Room: Fabricator…Make cool things out wood, glass, steel, resin, and concrete!

How many season have you been with Elbow Room? I think 4 seasons on and off

What was your very first job? Paper route

How did you end up on Elbow Room?  I did my internship with Stephan Evans during my masters from SCAD.


What is your favorite memory from Elbow Room? The first time I got to be on a episode to carve tree house door

How was working on Elbow Room different than you expected? I never thought I ever would find a job were I could use all my skills I have learned….

What was your favorite episode or project? Larroway…the sculpted deer



What is the craziest thing Chip has asked you to do? Tough one to answer, but probably help build a glass ping pong table

What’s your favorite part in the process? when we complete a episode because most times it is something nobody has made.

Is there a DIY Tip you would like to share?  Most projects hardest part is getting starting, before every project do research or talk to some one who has done it before so you can eliminate DIY mistakes!

What is your favorite:
Tool- Plasma torch
Food- Crab
Song- Eye of the tiger
Movie- Red Dawn

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Kayak, hiking, fishing, shrimping, glass blowing, sculpting, making what ever I can

What is your guilty pleasure? Fine cheese

What are you passionate about? My girls (wife: Nicole and daughter: Chloe) , art, nature, health

A favorite quote?  What does not kill will make you stronger”

What is your favorite app or social media outlet? 3-d sculpt

What is your dream vacation spot?  Another backpacking trip through Europe

Who is your celebrity look-a-like? people say Mark Ruffalo


If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?  Nine Lives

What’s next for you after Elbow Room?  Keeping making things and teaching art, hopefully build some epic public art with Chip


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All Redheads Look Alike

Meet animal rescuing, queso eating, and our spray painting graphic design PA…


 Susie Roupe

Nicknames: Susie, Suze, Suze-a-looz, Cubby, Poozie

Role on Elbow Room: Design Assistant/Graphics Lead. I designed graphic art for cut out walls and 3d projects, shopped and styled spaces and planned out designs with Chip, Alex, and Kristen.

How many season have you been with Elbow Room? This was my first!

What was your very first job? In high school, I worked as a waitress in a retirement home cafeteria. I had to wear a tuxedo shirt, vest apron, non-slip shoes, and a hairnet. It was lovely!

How did you end up on Elbow Room? I became friends with Alexandra Hernandez while we were both working for Home Decorator’s Collection. She alexsusieknew I wanted to try something new and we worked really well together, so when the opportunity came up for her to come back to Elbow Room, she suggested I consider coming too. I met with Chip and knew I just had to do it!

What is your favorite memory from Elbow Room? Favorite memory is tough! I loved getting to know everyone and seeing personalities come alive more and more as the weeks went on, that was the best.

What was your favorite episode or project? I enjoyed every episode, but my favorite would be Pattee. It was the first reveal for me and seeing their faces light up was something I cherish. All of the long hours were totally worth it to see direct results on their faces.

What’s the craziest thing Chip has asked you to do? Print out an 8ft tall template on paper to use to build a structure. I was pretty nervous about it while my apartment was covered in paper as I tried to piece everything together, but it worked!

What’s your favorite part/day in the process (i.e. design reveal, demo, reveal day), and why? Reveal day for sure! Seeing everything come together feels like a nice, deep breath! It’s rewarding to see how beautifully our work turned out, and even more so to see the homeowners fall in love with their homes again.

How was working on Elbow Room different than you expected? I didn’t really know what to expect, actually. It was so fun to work with so many great people. I guess I didn’t expect to feel like so many new people are like family after only 10 weeks!

A DIY tip you would like to share? Spray paint is a girl’s best friend.

What’s your favorite…

Tool -  Screwdriver

Food - Greek food!

Song - Currently, OutKast’s “Behold a Lady”

Movie - When Harry Met Sally/The Jerk/Grey Gardens

What do you do in your spare time?  I love to paint and cook, but not at the same time. Also, I adore my dog, Weezy. She’s a rescue and the cutest thing ever.

What is your guilty pleasure?  Chips and salsa and queso. Kryp-to-nite!

What are you passionate about?  Animal rescue and ending breed specific legislation

What is your favorite app or social media outlet? I’m really into Pinterest right now but also love Instagram.

What is your dream vacation spot? Santorini, Greece

Who is your celebrity look alike? I’ve gotten most any redhead celebrity (some people think all redheads look alike) but I think the one I most agree with is Karen Gillan because she also has round cheeks.


If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be? Wear Sunscreen & Other Life Lessons From a Pale Redhead

What’s next for you after Elbow Room? I’m currently freelancing as a graphic designer and stylist and I love it!

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Who’s Your Paddy?

Meet sushi-loving, former golf-pro, and our “Big Sexy” lead Carpenter…IMG_2295

Paddy Collins

Nickname:  Pcakes

Role on Elbow Room: Lead Carpenter / Chip’s #2 guy

How many season have you been with Elbow Room? All 45 episodes, (except the pilot)

What was your very first job?  I worked in a restaurant in a retirement home (as a cook)

How did you end up on Elbow Room?  On a dare (of sorts…)

What is your favorite memory from Elbow Room? That day Chip tried to give me a wedgie and got more than he bargained for…

What was your favorite episode or project?  Hands down, Momma Mac!

What’s the craziest thing Chip has asked you to do?  Which time?

What’s your favorite part/day in the process (i.e. design reveal, demo, reveal day), and why?  Staging, it’s the only time that after weeks of looking at plans, drawings, sketch-up models, and builds that I finally can see the complete genius of Chip’s thought process.

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How was working on Elbow Room different than you expected?  I thought I was only hired to be behind the scenes.  Who knew that a Sasquatch would be found in front of the camera?

 What’s your favorite…

                        Tool – Table Saw

                        Food/Meal - Sushi

                        Band – Replacements (all-time), Arcade Fire / The National (right now)

                        Movie – Star Wars – Empire strikes back / Caddyshack / Shawshank Redemption

 What do you do in your spare time? I’m a former Golf Pro, so golf is high on my list.  And fishing…

What is your guilty pleasure? Dark Chocolate Peanut M&M’s (crack)

 What are you passionate about? My daughter Olivia, reading, and politics.

 What is your favorite app or social media outlet? The Onion

 What is your dream vacation spot?  Ireland

Who is your celebrity look alike? “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash, of course…


If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be? Silverback with a Hammer

DIY Tip: Try anything, but thoroughly research it beforehand…

What’s next for you after Elbow Room?  Catch my skills this summer as I will be the lead carpenter on a new renovation competition show called “Home Free” debuting July 22 on FOX.

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Work Meets Play


With the recent addition of twins to the family, the Pattees have run of of room!  Mom, Kim, works from home and she’s currently taken over the only bedroom left to house her office, leaving guests sleeping on an air mattress…no bueno.

The Pattees have just come through a very rough couple of years.  The twins were born prematurely at 25 weeks, weighing under 2 pounds.  The babies spent several weeks in the hospital, but now are about to turn 2 and are happy, healthy, and tearing up the house!  The family home is fairly new, but still isn’t measuring up to their needs.  Luckily there was lots of unused square footage in the basement with 9 foot ceilings.


Chip’s Tip: People automatically think that an unused basement is easily converted into finished space, but there are things to consider. Some of the most limiting factors will be the ceiling height and placement of mechanicals.  Give some serious thought as to whether the cost of renovating a basement with limited height will be worthwhile, and if not, consider your other options like reworking existing space or an addition.

Dad, Greg, wanted a place to attract the kids…and their toys that wasn’t in the main space of the home.  Kim really needed a dedicated space to work, but also a play area for the kids…somewhere they can trust they are safe, keep an eye on them, but where they are occupied and having fun so they won’t want to disturb her.  The girls, well, their requests included a hot tub and dolphins…

So Chip and the team came up and executed an amazing plan to transform the unfinished basement into an integrated space to accommodate the whole family in three primary zones: entertainment, office, and play.

The entertainment area is a place to hang out with the family, with plenty of storage for the toys.  Since Greg is already overrun with girls, the team decided to create a cozy and whimsical living space with white base on the walls, carpets and sofas, and pops of pastels on the coffee table, cushions, and custom dandelion mural.





Chip’s Tip: I think it’s important to personalize any makeover.  Here, instead of marking the girls heights each year on a door, we made personalized dandelion petals with each of the girls names and their ages, so that Kim and Greg can add to the custom mural each year. Get creative with ways to personalize your project without sacrificing the aesthetics of the makeover. 


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The office is divided by a custom-made barn door allowing privacy when needed for important phone calls.  The barn door was retrofitted to allow the kids access at the request of Kim, but now serves a dual-purpose allowing access to storage when the door is closed.  The feminine decor was carried through from the living area with coordinating yellow and coral accessories.  Three windows partition the office from the playhouse allowing Kim to look in on the girls while she’s working.



play1The play zone, well, it’s ridiculous…multiple levels of fun here.  It’s like a hamster house for little humans!  The kids can access the space through three different entry points: from the stairs coming down to the basement, through the hole in the living room wall, or from the hidden access under the storage in the office.  From chalkboards to climbing ropes, there’s plenty in here to keep little (or big) people occupied…





EXPLORE this space on your own with this user navigated 3D Model:

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