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Mell Hill with Oldcastle Surfaces is this week’s guest on the award-winning Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show. Mell talks about which type of countertop might be best for your lifestyle, and her interview is followed by a discussion with Rusty Pyrda and Walt Harrison of Habersham Gardens on spring gardening tips.

Mell Hill is the Vice President of Residential Sales and Marketing at Oldcastle Surfaces. Mell has been in the countertop industry and working with Oldcastle for more than 10 years.

Oldcastle Surfaces has been around since 1984, and they have six facilities in the southeast, making them the third largest distributor in the United States. At Oldcastle, you’ll find more than 400 colors of granite, 10 different brands of solid surfaces and a variety of quartz countertops as well. While granite still remains the most popular surface for new homes, if you cook a lot, you should actually consider installing quartz due to its scratch and heat resistance, nonporous nature, durability and easiness to clean.

For more on what colors and types of countertops are hot right now, listen to the full podcast! For more information on Oldcastle Surfaces, visit their website.


This week’s Deal of the Day is from Traton Homes who is offering $10,000 in free design center options plus $2,500 in closing costs with use of preferred lender through the end of the month at their Oakwood Crest community in Kennesaw. Come see the final remaining homes priced from the $260,000s in this intimate enclave located within the Harrison High school district today! For more details, call Kathryn Schultz at 770-420-1470 or visit www.TratonHomes.com.


Rusty Pyrda is the horticultural services account manager and Walt Harrison is the founder  of Habersham Gardens. Rusty is from Atlanta and has been gardening since high school, while Walt has also been in the industry his entire career.

For more than 30 years, Habersham Gardens has been a full service landscaping company and garden center here in Atlanta. They can do just about everything including plant installation, hardscaping, irrigation systems and more for both residential and commercial buildings. When planning your space’s landscaping, they both agree that function should come before aesthetics. You want to make sure you are putting your places in a spot where they will do well, wont impede traffic flow, allow for drainage and prevent erosion. Since it is officially spring, they say that now is the time to finish cleaning up your garden from winter and to start planting your early crops such as lettuce, spinach and arugula.

For more spring gardening tips and to hear about their upcoming open house, listen to the full podcast! For more information, visit the Habersham Gardens website.


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