Southern Design Concrete got its start in 2017 as a small concrete foundation company in North Atlanta. Our founding partner, Karla Burel, set out to create an innovative, quality, and service-focused concrete foundation company emulating the “get-it-done” attitude and customer-first focus of its sister company, Southern Design Landscaping.
Remaining hyper-focused and committed to the company value system of “Integrity*Quality*Service” resulted in satisfied customers and a solid industry reputation followed by explosive expansion. Karla credits the operational leadership of Deven Bradford for much of the company’s success and is especially grateful to the customers who made the growth possible.
Today, Southern Design Concrete is navigating its way throughout the Southeast while preserving the same values that made us who we are: Integrity, Quality, and Service.
Integrity. Quality. Service. That’s exactly what you get when you work with Southern Design Concrete. From the moment you reach out to the time we wrap up your project and beyond, these values will define everything we do for you.
Our business is built on trust. Working with us means you can count on our transparency and respect.
No shortcuts. No false promises. We don’t settle for less than the best and make sure our workmanship reflects that.
Your ask is our task. We’ll always show up to get it done, no matter how heavy the lift.
Southern Design Companies wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of our hardworking staff. Get to know our team leaders down below.
Karla is a graduate of Gainesville College and State University and has a variety of construction industry experience. For more than 26 years, Karla has grown her knowledge and relationships in residential building and development, erosion control and landscaping, and heavy civil construction projects. Karla founded Southern Design Concrete in 2016 and rapidly scaled the business by establishing a reputation for notable quality and impeccable service, diligent planning, strategically identifying well-aligned business opportunities, delivering value propositions, fostering loyalty, identifying individual strengths to assemble a high-performance team, and continually adapting to the industry. Karla is also a certified technician in pervious concrete construction.
Deven holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Southern University. Deven’s first experience in construction came early when he interned with a residential framing contractor during high school summers. While pursuing a degree in civil engineering, he interned with Heidelberg Technology Center (the research lab of Lehigh-Heidelberg Cement Group) performing chemical and physical concrete testing under the direction of civil and chemical engineers. Deven has managed the construction of several large-scale commercial renovation projects. After overseeing thousands of new construction projects for Southern Design Companies, Deven was promoted to COO of the company in 2019. Deven also holds a Georgia Residential Basic Contractor’s License and is a certified installer for pervious concrete.
“In terms of taking care of their customers, they earn 5/5 across the board. When you call them, they are there. They are always willing to help when you need something. They show up when we schedule them. When they tell you they are going to get something done, they get it done. They are heads and tails above the field. They are definitely tops on reliability. And is not just the normal day-to-day stuff. If we need something that is out of the norm, or it's an emergency, they get to it anyway. They are just that good of a partner.”
"They have a great reputation. Their pricing is great. And from what I have seen them do, they are one of the better trade partners I've work with during my time in the Atlanta market."
“Southern Design is one of the few trades that I bring in because they make me look good! The reputation is excellent. I have never had a complaint about them from the field. They are seamless. You can tell the crew has experience and they have done this many times working together.”
“I think they are the best. I would not be using them if I didn't think they were the best."
“They are 100% on point. Blanchard and his team are incredible. They are good communicators who care about the product. They care about us. They care about their reputation. They have been that good of a partner for us.”
“At one point I had to ask a very huge favor. It was a huge ask and they did it with no issue. It helped build the great partnership. And I really appreciated it. It allowed us to keep schedules. It let us meet our goals as our company. That's huge.”
“Everything in this business revolves around relationships. The relationship that we have with Southern Design is a positive one. You want a trade partner to feel like they are a part of what you do. The customer service is excellent.”
“The company leadership is present, involved, and impeccable. They are company who has integrity, who is fair. And they have been that to us. It means that we like to work with them. If everybody else was like them our lives would be a whole lot easier. They are simply a great company.”