At Home - Spring 2013

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published by the bozeman daily ChroniCle vol. 14 number 1

Restoring Home & Heart Father and son use historic home restoration as healing tool

From Simple to Stunning Use color and contrast to wake up your winter garden

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contents [ volume 14, number 1 | Spring 2013

at home Editor Tiffany Jerry

dEsign Christine Dubbs


advErtising managEr

RestoRing Home & HeaRt

Contributing writErs Rebecca Ballotta Page Huyette Nancy Kessler

Sylvia Drain

Contributing photographErs

Contributing Columnists

Dana Aaberg Mike Greener

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Jan Cashman Anders Lewendal Diane Peterson

Father and son use historic home restoration as healing tool By NaNcy Kessler


FRom simple to stunning Use color and contrast to wake up your winter garden By Page Huyette



time to ReFResH By reBecca Ballotta


dEpa rt mEn ts

19 SuStainable living simple adjustments around the home help to create energy efficiency and save money.

15 in the kitchen bill butler, chef and owner of pizza Campania, shares his recipe for due bufali pizza.

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6 interior DeSign refresh your surroundings with a new paint color, flooring or arrangement.

10 garDening tips for starting your own vegetables and flowers from seed inside your home.





interior design

Refresh Surroundings With New Paint Color, Flooring or Arrangement

By Di a ne Pet er son


Photo courtesy of Gallatin Valley Furniture Carpet One

s the days grow longer and we come out of our winter cocoons, it is time for many to refresh their surroundings. Paint is one of the easiest ways to make a quick change to a room. When coming up with a palette, consider not only what mood you want to create, but also the shades that please you. Think about what you wear, artwork you favor and places you love to visit. They all help to give you inspiration for the colors you enjoy. An easy palette that you can’t go wrong with is one inspired by your natural surroundings. In Montana we can bring the outside in with the beautiful wheat tones and soft sage greens. A few years ago, paint colors seemed to be getting darker and darker with many of the favorite

The trend today with paint is brighter, almost white or white walls. However, when selecting a paint color, be sure to consider the mood you wish to create as well as colors that please you.


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colors being a little muddy. The rich dark colors are still popular but the trend today is a little brighter, even white, almost white or gray walls. When looking for a little punch or accent with these light walls, interior doors and trim may be painted or stained dark to contrast with the walls. If you do pick a white or off-white paint, remember white comes in hundreds of shades. Some slightly blue, others more gray, pink or gold. To find the right one compare paint chips to other colors you may have in your room. Let your home be an extension of your personality. Look around the room in your home, do the majority of the pieces in your room bring you joy? Maybe you need to pare down and get rid of some of the pieces you have. Maybe you just need to rearrange the space to make it feel new. Remember, making over a room doesn’t have to be about changing it completely. It may just be adding some colorful pillows to your sofa, or an area rug to add a layer of color, pattern and texture. It may be that your tired flooring is making it hard to give your home the look you want to achieve. If you haven’t looked at flooring lately, you will be surprised at all the new products. Builders and homeowners are both adding more hardwood and less carpet. There are so many beautiful hard woods to choose from but there are also much improved products made to look like hardwood that can help your budget. Laminate flooring and luxury vinyl tile, installed in planks, can really fool the eye with their depth and texture. They also can be used in areas where there might be more moisture such as bathrooms, laundries or kitchens. Carpets seem to be more pulled down and tighter, either wool or one of the new soft nylons. Both are soft under foot and stand up well to the wear and tear they are given. Carpets are still popular for bedrooms to give you cushion under your feet and help to deaden sound. If you are still wondering just where to start with a home makeover or you don’t have the time to learn about all the new looks and products available, why not work with a qualified interior designer?

W e a r e yo u r h o m e to W n m o rt g ag e c o m pa n y.

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m o n ta na o W n e d a n d o p e r at e d s i n c e 1 9 8 9 .

a room remodel may be as simple as rearranging the furniture to make the space feel new or refreshed.

with many of my clients, they may not be ready to commit to a full makeover or don’t know what to do first. together we talk about the look they feel they are going for and how the space will be used and how many will be using it. with this information i put together a space plan and budget for the whole project. we know what our goal is and that way we can prioritize where to start. good luck with your space makeover how ever big or small. @

Diane is recognized as one of the area’s finest interior designers. Diane graduated with honors from the Parson School of Design in New York. She is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Her career with Gallatin Valley Furniture Carpet One started in 1991. The South West Home Builder’s recognized her professionalism by titling her Parade of Homes with “Best Interior Design” several times. Diane’s clients are home owners for many of the finer homes in the Bozeman area as well as Big Sky.

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From Simple to Stunning
 Use Color and Contrast to Wake up Your Winter Garden


By Page Hu y et t e

onger days and the higher angle of the sun give us hints of springtime in our mountain region. Adding in a dash of bold color and contrast can jumpstart your reconnection with the world just outside your door before spring has fully arrived.

Go bold with color choices The early spring landscape offers a limited outdoor color palette while still covered in snow. This provides an opportunity to gain impact from injections of bold color. Using vivid green siding, this building addition also plays with variations of a color hue for added interest. During the warmer times of year this confident approach to color blends just as easily with the changing colors of deciduous trees, perennials and lawn.

Planting beds and garden spaces sheltered by north-facing walls and large evergreens are beginning to receive more of the sun’s rays while still receiving protection from spring winds. These are ideal locations to place a bold sculpture or patch of early spring bulbs to shake away winter doldrums. Choose complimentary colors directly opposite your favorites on the color wheel for a bold effect, or for more subtle variations, experiment with saturation as a color contrasting technique by using light and dark values of a single color. While some landscapes may be pleasant enough to look at, others seem to burst with the energy and individuality of their inhabitants. This added punch comes

Photo by OKB Architecture

Shifting patterns of light

Injections of bold color can add impact to an early spring landscape.

from the willingness to make a personal statement without being too eccentric. Take your favorite indoor ideas and carry them out the back door. Draw upon a favorite fabric or art piece to color an entirely unique plant color scheme, or work out a design that plays with proportions of color for unusual results.

Use shapes and contrasting materials for effect If you’re shy about committing to bold color, use materials, textures and shapes as your design tools of choice. Contrast the natural beauty of aged barn


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wood with the sleekness of stainless steel or rounded river cobbles. Give a bland wall life by adding trelliswork with climbing vines for seasonal changes. By placing materials with different textures and finishes next to each other, the unique qualities of each are highlighted. Pay special attention to the places where materials connect, since this is the point where a contrast is most obvious. Carefully select connecting hardware like bolts and screws to draw attention to the junction of your materials. Adding an unexpected shape can also bring attention to even the most basic of landscape designs. Work to exploit the contrasts where nature and

Photo by John Sutton Photography, design by Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture

refined materials collide by using oversized step stones that intentionally intersect with paving. Carry the line of large curved planting bed directly into a property line fence, insinuating its continuance. By viewing shapes in your personal garden as a part of a larger space, you make your design far from ordinary and receive year-round enjoyment from their bold lines. Choosing just one of these ways to capture spring can encourage you to pause and enjoy the subtle changes this time of year brings. Under the melting snow lies many opportunities to make your unique mark on the landscape for spring and summer enjoyment. @

Page Huyette owns Vida Flora Landscape Design and can be reached at

Give a bland wall or structure life by adding climbing vines.

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To Seed (inside) or not to Seed by Ja n c a shm a n


f you’re dreaming of being outside in the garden and getting your hands in the dirt, you don’t have to wait until May. You can have fun and save money by starting your own vegetables and flowers from seed inside and watching them grow. You don’t have to have a greenhouse to seed the plants for your garden. Any warm, sunny spot in your house will do. In Southwestern Montana our growing season is short (90-120 days, depending upon where you live in the valley), so many vegetable and flower plants need to be seeded inside to get a head start so they have time to ripen when planted outside. Try seeding herbs indoors, either perennial herbs like oregano and chives, or annual herbs like basil. Flowers, like columbine and lupine and annual zinnias and marigolds, are easy to start inside from seed. Use commercial soil mixes; don’t use soil from your garden that might contain fungi and diseases. Use whatever small (3 ½” or less), clean containers you have, as long as you poke holes in the bottom for drainage. Convenient peat pots can be planted, pot and all, directly into the ground when it’s time. The depth most seeds are planted should equal the length of the seed (don’t plant seeds too deep; most should be barely covered with soil). Seeds with hard coats, such as lupine, need to be soaked overnight to loosen their shells. A heat mat is useful to keep the soil an even temperature of around 70 degrees – the ideal temperature for germination for most seeds. A clear plastic dome over your newly planted containers holds in humidity. Seeds need heat and moisture to germinate, so keep the soil uniformly moist. A sunny spot is not necessary until ‘true leaves’ appear. Once a seed germinates and emerges from the soil, it has a set of

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two leaves called cotyledons which are actually part of the seed. Eventually, two more leaves, called ‘true leaves’ form that are the plant’s first real leaves. Once the true leaves form, the plant is actively growing and ready to be moved to a spot with plenty of light. You can also transplant your seedlings to bigger pots at this time. Fertilize once a week with any high phosphorous garden fertilizer at the house plant rate. Your seedlings are ready to plant outside when their roots have grown to touch the side of the pot and the soil does not fall apart when removing the plant from its container. See “average weeks” chart to determine how long it will take to grow your seedlings to a transplantable size, but remember, this is not an exact science; times may vary. Some of the hardy perennial flowers and herbs plus the brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts) can be hardened off and planted outside by as early as mid May. Hot caps will help protect them. Frosttender herbs (like basil), annual flowers, and vegetables (like tomatoes, squash, melons, and peppers) will not survive below 32 degrees, so wait to plant them outside until the danger of frost is past, or use protection such as Wall-o-Waters. These little seeds you are planting are truly God’s wonders. They contain all that is necessary to produce a new plant. So marvel at this miracle as you watch them grow and enjoy this year’s garden! Jan Cashman has operated Cashman Nursery in Bozeman with her husband, Jerry, since 1975.

Average weeks from seeding until plant is ready to go outside into the garden Perennials: Herbs:




8 weeks


6 to 8 weeks


5 to 7 weeks

Oregano/ Marjoram

6 weeks


8 to 10 weeks


4 weeks


6 weeks


6 weeks


6 weeks

Cucumber/ Melon

4 weeks


10 weeks


10 to 12 weeks

Pumpkins/ Squash

4 weeks


8 to 10 weeks

Because of the shorter growing season in Southwestern Montana, many vegetable and flower plants need to be seeded inside.

Restoring Home & Heart FathEr and son usE historiC homE rEstoration as hEaling tool by n a nCy K EsslEr photogr a ph y by da n a a a bErg


He single-stoRy, two-bedroom house on south grand avenue was the first built on the block back around 1883. after more than 100 years of hard living, including three fires, it had big holes in plaster walls and back rooms sinking into the rubble foundation. Thomas mcguane and his wife, michelle were still in college in 1989 but decided to take the plunge and buy the house, figuring

this house on south grand they could fix avenue was the first on the it up with help block around 1883. from Thomas’ brother, Justin, and adrian Vaughn of Von construction. They installed central heating, repaired the walls, made the bathroom operational, refurbished the original wood floors and moved in. By 2011, with their son Thomas Jr. now sharing the cramped space, it was time for a major expansion. Spring 2013 at home 11

Construction on the home added 1,500 square feet.

Construction started with the 1,000-square-foot house lifted to create a basement underneath. “We got trapped in the pit in a rainstorm and couldn’t get out until someone came to help,” McGuane said. “It was nerve-wracking until the house was back on its frame.” Fixing the sinking kitchen and adding a second story added 1,500 square feet. While the house is two feet shorter front-to-back, the back end was made five feet wider. The front porch, rebuilt exactly as the original, was reduced to create a coat room entry where the original ceiling fixture still hangs. Aiming to retain the warm, cozy feeling of their old home, they reused as much original building material as possible. Bricks that lined the coal chute are now a bench seat around the fireplace, new front and

Clapboard covered with stucco was repainted sandalwood with Navajo white trim. 12 Spring 2013 at home

back doors were made from the extracted wood rafters, and the original back door was converted into a pocket door to the basement. A three-layer “candlelight” glaze covering the walls makes the living and dining rooms glow with warmth. McGuane widened the arched entry to the kitchen by 18 inches, matching the original curvature, to showcase the remarkable lightfilled space created from the former kitchen and back porch. A stone floor is surrounded by celadon green Venetian plastered walls filled with nine large windows. Ginger-stained maple

cabinets are fitted with glass fronts from the original windows. Expansive counters and a large cooking island are topped with white Calacatta marble lit from below. “I’ve always had a thing for marble,” McGuane said. He used a rainforest green marble for the renovated powder room counter, topped by a Moroccan hammered brass sink. Upstairs are three bedrooms and two baths. Thomas Jr.’s room has its own “cubby space” behind a secret door, while his bath, shared with a guest bedroom, has more rainforest

marble counter, an onyx bath and sink and terra cotta floors. The new hip-roofed master bedroom leads to a private covered balcony with terra cotta flooring and ceiling beams made from leftover timbers. The master bath has a walk-in shower, cabinets made in teak from a friend’s Costa Rican plantation, travertine floor and Cremora marble counters. On the exterior, clapboard had been covered with stucco, which McGuane repainted sandalwood with Navajo white trim. He recreated the original two-square, three-round pattern on the

The kitchen includes a stone floor and a cooking island topped with white Calacatta marble lit from below. Spring 2013 at home 13

gable end overlooking the foliage-filled backyard, which had been nothing but gravel. As the construction got under way, Michelle became ill, and did not live to see the project completed. Father and son used the “eight months of adventure” during construction as a time to heal, McGuane said. “It wasn’t just rebuilding a house,” he added, “There was mining involved.” Among the excavation finds were a number of toys, including a toy Indian squaw which reminds him of his wife, who was part Native American. And he added an element to the front of the house in Michelle’s honor: McGuane gold leafed the sun within a new eyebrow in the roofline to represent her favorite song, “Here Comes the Sun.” @

The renovated powder room includes a rainforest green marble counter, topped by a Moroccan hammered brass sink.

A three-layer “candlelight” glaze covers the walls to make the dining and living rooms glow with warmth. 14 Spring 2013 at home

in the kitchen

pizza campania seRVes neapolitan wood-FiRed pizza, naples-style Bufali pizza, which brings together montana bison sausage and italian buffalo mozzarella. His personal favorite is the siciliano, which is topped with anchovies, capers, olives and oregano. Butler said his customers are often surprised to receive a completely unsliced pizza, but he explained that this is a naples tradition. He offers neapolitan pizza knives for slicing once the pizza is served. in addition to the 30-plus pizzas already on the menu, Butler recently added seasonal pasta specials and soups.

no matter what he creates at pizza campania, Butler said it is important to always begin with good ingredients. “take the best ingredients and don’t screw them up,” he said. “do as little to them as possible to not lose quality. That’s the italian food philosophy.”

due bufali pizza montana bison sausage italian buffalo mozzarella

Caramelized onions mushrooms oregano

photo by mike greener

1. make a 7-ounce dough ball from high-gluten flour. 2. roll out to a 12-inch diameter. 3. spread with lightly-seasoned sauce made from hand-picked tomatoes. 4. add toppings. 5. bake at 800 degrees for 90 seconds in a neapolitan pizza oven. For home ovens, use a pizza stone or cast iron pizza pan. place the stone or pan in the oven and crank it up to the oven’s highest setting. let the stone/pan get hot and then place the pizza on it.

“Take the best ingredients and don’t screw them up. Do as little to them as possible to not lose quality. That’s the Italian food philosophy.”

photo by mike greener


ill ButleR opened pizza campania in Bozeman last summer after nearly a decade of cooking in europe. He wanted to offer neapolitan wood-fired pizza, crafted “to the letter” as it is done in naples, to the local community. using several ingredients from italy, Butler’s menu includes classic italian recipes, as well as his own personal favorites that he has created from ingredients he enjoys working with. The current customer favorite is the due

By t iFFa n y Jer ry

pizza Campania chef and owner bill butler opened his restaurant last summer. Spring 2013 at home 15

time to reFresH


ou throw open the windows and breathe in that fresh, unmistakably springtime air. spring cleaning is finished and the place never looked better. But maybe you decide the place could look better. This is the best season to remodel since most of the construction would be indoors rather than in the ultra-mess-inducing, thawing muck and mud outdoors. collette Brooks-Hops, artist and owner of paintBox, decided she was “bound and determined to make folding laundry fun,” so she added what she describes as “funky” cabinets to her laundry room. custom made by John and mary wisman (mary wisman design consultation dBa The cabinet gallery, Belgrade), the cabinets are a collection of “whatever

[John] had kicking around the shop” in keeping with Brooks-Hops’s style. The punched tin insets in the largest cabinet came from an old pie safe scrounged from another remodel site, and the notion drawers are faced with salvaged plinth blocks. Brooks-Hops applied her signature distressed finish and different colors to the sides and facades of the cabinets, and attached similarly treated, non-matching doors to complete the look. she even accomplished putting a “chicken coop” over her washer and dryer. on a slightly larger scale, you might consider a kitchen remodel, like the one Rob evans of constructive solutions recently completed. The homeowner decided it was time for an update, so evans basically turned the kitchen 90 degrees and expanded its functionality exponentially. included were all new appliances and a high-end cabinet package.

although the vagary of cabinet doors on the ceiling add to the fun and funk, the area itself lacks storage and counter space much needed in an efficiently functioning laundry room.

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Photo by Collette Hops


Photo by Collette Hops


By r eBecc a B a llot ta

Collette hops applied her signature distressed finish and different colors to the sides and facades of the cabinets, and attached similarly treated, non-matching doors to complete the look. blue and brown wall cabinets and counter tops were added later.

part of another, more substantial project evans completed was replacing the deck and exterior siding of a home. utilizing stucco and recycled corrugated steel, new windows and doors, steel cable railing, and designer concrete, evans turned this area into something the family could truly enjoy for decades. sometimes remodel projects can be handled by the experienced do-it-yourselfer, but evans said, “you might want to consult a professional at some point to be sure structural requirements are met.” For anyone deciding it’s time to remodel, evans has some important advice: a blower door test and infrared imaging are essential. evans always calls on Bill schwahn of infrared usa (who you can also call directly for this service) as part of his preliminary bid and project prep. This can reduce the “unforeseen circumstances” that accompany most remodels and help the homeowner determine budgetary priorities.

chooSe your contractor carefully


Photo by Constructive Solutions

get the DiagnoSticS Done

as is evident by the wall phone with rotary dial and the unique wall-style oven, this kitchen design resided in a former decade. the homeowner felt it was time to update.

don’t hesitate to ask questions and get detailed bids from a few contractors so you can compare line items as “apples to apples.” evans said “specificity is mandatory.”

get multiple referralS

evans recommends, “ask if you can see some projects in process and/or completed. if you can, contact old clients and see if they still have a good relationship with the builder. This step also helps you decide who you’ll hit it off with. you want the project to be fun for everyone.” “a contract articulates what we’re going to provide and also articulates what i expect from a client and what a client has a right to expect from me,” evans said. “Be very careful about a time and materials arrangement. you want a clear road map and a contract that’s fixed to that. ask to see what their typical contracts look like before you commit.” whether it’s a funky tweak to the laundry room or a full-on remodel, once all the pieces fit together, there is no better time than spring to refresh your home. @


Photo by Constructive Solutions

get gooD contractS

space reorientation played a major role in this remodel. walls were removed or modified, appliances were replaced and relocated, high-end custom cabinetry added panache, and it was all capped off with recessed ceiling and under-cabinet lighting. Spring 2013 at home 17
















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Hat can we do to Become a little moRe energy efficient this spring? saving a few bucks can’t hurt either. How about dusting off our bikes and riding to work when the sun is out. if you live close enough to work, leave a few minutes early and take a walk. we could also start planning our garden and get that compost bin going again. what does that have to do with energy efficiency? well, fewer trips to the grocery store to stock up on vegetables conserves both fuel and money. i am sure there are plenty of other good ideas out there. How about improving the energy efficiency of our homes? where do we put our hard-earned dollars to work so we can become more energy efficient and save money? Here are a couple easy ones: change the filter on your forced-air furnace. The cost is low and your furnace will run more efficiently. if you have a boiler in your house, consider calling your favorite heating or plumbing company to clean and service the unit. your boiler will run more efficiently and you might avoid a costly service call in the middle of the winter. somehow boilers and furnaces decide to break down in the middle of the night on a sunday when it is minus 20 out. some of us wait a decade before servicing. if you service them every couple years, you will save some headaches and have a more efficient running boiler or furnace. The

average cost to service a standard boiler is about $125 and a furnace tune up is about $149. northwestern energy has a program that could subsidize the cost of the service. while the weather is warming up consider inspecting and repairing any flashing and caulking issues on the exterior of your home. if you cannot afford to improve the insulation in the walls or attic of your home, the next best thing you can do is to reduce the air infiltration. a leaky house costs you dollars and plenty of fuel every year. The u.s. 2009 iecc (international energy conservation code) calls for 7 acH at 50 pascals on new homes. what in the world is that? simply, it is the volume of air that exchanges in your home every hour. The pascals is just the pressure a modest wind puts on your house. The higher the acH the more energy is wasted. montana adopted 4 acH in our energy code. That is a reasonably tight house. getting an acH under 1 is not too hard in a new home, but getting that low in an old home is pretty difficult. if you can get to 4, 5, 6 or 7 you are doing pretty well. How can you find out what your acH is? you could call one of our local HeRs raters who specialize in home energy testing or you could call northwestern energy (nwe). nwe has a program

We’ll Come To You. Replacing windows or doors? Every home requires special considerations. At Pella, we’ve got experts ready to help you every step of the way. Stop by your Bozeman Pella store or call for a free in-home consultation. 1001 Oak St., Ste. 108, Bozeman (406) 587-5944 • (800) 292-3240 Spring 2013 at home 19

called e+ energy audit for the Home. They will come to your house and evaluate your energy efficiency for free. They can provide an energy audit of your home or rental (you need permission from the owner) and give you advice on simple ways to improve your efficiency. For low-income homeowners, nwe also has a free weatherization program. nwe’s phone number is 800-823-5995. or you can find them at if you have questions about anything related to energy efficiency or the latest in building science, you might visit www. and ask a question directly to a group of energy efficiency professionals who will respond and give you advice for free. @ Anders Lewendal moved to Bozeman in 1991 and owns Anders Lewendal Construction, inc. He became involved in sustainability in the early 1980s working for a large commercial recycling company and then composting for the City of san Francisco after receiving a degree in business economics at UCsB. Currently, he chairs the Green Building Committee for sWMBiA, and is a board member of sWMBiA. Anders is also an NAHB Certified Green Professional, an energy star builder and lives on the North side of Bozeman in the only 100-year-old energy star-certified home in America.

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