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Contents 5 STYLE Eye-catching selections from Cincinnati-area décor and furniture boutiques. STORY BY KEVIN MICHELL PHOTOS BY GUY KELLY

10 Q&A Lisa Crouch of iDesign in Dayton shares her expertise on design challenges and trends. STORY BY KARLA HOLLENCAMP PHOTOS BY GUY KELLY

12 DAYTON LIVING A Dayton family home with style, practicality and room to grow. BY KARLA HOLLENCAMP

17 NORTHERN KENTUCKY LIVING Before-and-after photos of an Edgewood, Kentucky, home remodeled by Corbin Custom Remodelers. STORY BY KEVIN MICHELL PHOTOS BY GUY KELLY

23 URBAN LIVING A glimpse of living on Green Street in Dayton’s trendy Oregon District. STORY BY KARLA HOLLENCAMP PHOTOS BY GUY KELLY

28 OUTDOOR LIVING Tips from The Site Group for making your patio into an outdoor living room and entertaining area. BY KARLA HOLLENCAMP

Publisher’s View In this issue of Home + Design, we’re proud to show off the diversity of beautiful homes, vibrant neighborhoods and great companies that are spread throughout Dayton, Cincinnati and N or thern Kentucky. Flip through these pages to find ideas for your next remodeling project or inspiration for the kind of home you’d like to buy next. From the trendy to the historic, there’s something to catch everyone’s eye in this issue.

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30 HOME BUILDERS Contemporary home buyers are trading large floor plans and yards for top-notch amenities. BY ERIC SPANGLER

32 BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU Tips for home improvement and repair projects from the BBB.

38 COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: KEIDEL SUPPLY Cincinnati’s Keidel Supply offers everything for outfitting a kitchen or bathroom, from lighting to appliances. BY ERIC SPANGLER

39 COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: REAL HOMES TO LOVE Tammy Murphy’s boutique real estate brokerage in Dayton uses a personalized approach with clients. BY KEVIN MICHELL

40 COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: HOME EMPORIUM Visitors can “shop the world with one stop” at Springdale’s Home Emporium location. BY KEVIN MICHELL

42 COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: BIG SANDY SUPERSTORE Inspired kitchen appliances and furniture for every room can be found at Dayton’s first Big Sandy Superstore. BY KARLA HOLLENCAMP

43 KITCHEN TRENDS Nicole Nichols of Cincinnati’s Revival Designs talks new motifs and styles in kitchen design. BY KEVIN MICHELL

44 REAL ESTATE WATCH New and older home buyers can find newly built houses that fit their needs and budgets. STORY BY KARLA HOLLENCAMP PHOTOS BY GUY KELLY

46 ADVERTISER INDEX 48 HISTORIC HOME A historic Kentucky home in Covington, built in the 1870s, has been given new life by its current owners. STORY BY KEVIN MICHELL PHOTOS BY GUY KELLY PUBLISHED BY

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Belt coffee table by Meridiani, $8,380 Chinese urn pots c. 1900 from Shanxi, $200/each Wall art by Matt Metzger, Cincinnati Oiva Toikka bird sculpture from Iittala, prices range around $230 Louis modular sofa by Meridiani, $18,180 Rug by cc-tapis, $6,400

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Eclectic Décor THREE CINCINNATI-AREA SHOPS OFFER FIXTURES AND DECORATIVE PIECES FOR YOUR HOME, RANGING FROM REFINED TO RETRO Photos by Guy Kelly Design Lab 1401 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati 513-620-7299, design-lab.com Tu-Sa, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Gubi bar cart by Mathieu Mategot, $1,100 Glassware by Tom Dixon (copper-rimmed) and Fferrone, prices vary but generally $80/pair In addition to the premium furniture on offer, Design Lab sells a variety of pieces that are

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Custom wood cutting boards by Algin Furniture’s Urban Timber Workshop, starting at $75 Algin’s Urban Timber Workshop salvages logs and wood for use as tables, counter surfaces and these cutting boards. The large board pictured above was made from recovered material from the old Strikes and Spares bowling alley in Deer Park.

Walnut swivel chair by Algin Retro Furniture, $699 This mid-century modern chair stands out for its design while also easily blending in with

Copper egg chair by Algin Retro Furniture, $1,995

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Q&A

Four Questions with Lisa Crouch of iDesign

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isa K. Crouch is a National Council for Interior Design Qualificationcertified designer of residential and commercial spaces who chairs the scholarship committee of the Dayton Society of Interior Designers and has thrice won awards from the American Society of Interior Designers since 2003. Crouch took some time to answer questions about her experience and expertise in the world of interior design.

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How would you describe your signature style?

I aim to create spaces with meaning and connection to the people experiencing them daily. With that being said, I still have my preferences. For instance, my signature style would have to lean towards a dramatic, fresh look—I mix finishes and textures and

love the use of contrasting elements that provides interest and a ‘wow’! I like an eclectic style that says, ‘I have gathered treasures.’ I love rooms with a masculine look as well as ones with a very feminine look. Either way, if a room can be sexy, my designs are, too.

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What challenges are you seeing in the design industry?

Online shopping is placing a burden on our local showrooms, design firms and family-operated businesses to the point that these showrooms and businesses could possibly disappear from our local economy. Obviously, the internet is not going away, so the challenge is to find ways to coexist. Although information and choices are abundant online, some information is misleading and incorrect. The biggest complaint I’ve heard from clients and friends is disappointment in the quality of product they have received

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Lisa Crouch from online purchases. Designers are trained on product lines and quality and the better ones have seen, sat in and touched the products—we’ve been to the manufacturing plants to see how pieces of furniture and cabinetry are made. ASID members are required to earn a certain number of continuing education units to keep our knowledge current.

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W hat design trends are you most excited about?

The trends I’m most excited about are color and animal prints, emerging from the whites and grays of previous years. The colors have an earthy, neutral feel and are showing up in cabinetry. The blues and greens are striking and really add interest and warmth to a space. Even if used sparingly, it can provide great impact. In the kitchen, mixing cabinet colors continues to be in vogue and there is not a single color of metal that is not trending. I have always loved animal prints as an accent and I’m happy to say they are forecasted to stand out. It also goes without saying that the vintage farmhouse style will continue to be strong, even if used in small doses.

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What’s your advice to most clients?

A well-functioning space is the first critical issue to think about when remodeling or working on a furniture plan—I help clients with this probably more than any other element of design. Getting the layout right comes before the material selections, the colors, the fabrics, the accessories, et cetera and it has a strong impact on the human experience of the space. ■

Lisa Crouch, owner of iDesign, reimagined the master bathroom seen above in a home in Waynesville, Ohio

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Classic and Timeless Beauty When Chad Coe of Brentwood Builders saw the plans for this Cedarville home, he knew his friends Michelle and Casey Wood would love it as the place to raise their family. Coe was quickly proven correct and the couple put their personal touches on it to create their long-term home. “The open floor plan we worked out on the main floor makes it easy to have a lot of people here, as we do at Christmas,” says Michelle Wood. “The house entertains a crowd beautifully. We also find there are quiet corners for conversation or relaxing. When we’re by ourselves, everybody has a comfortable place to go.” The couple sees their home as the perfect place for their children to grow up and then return with their own families in the future. Working with interior designer Joy Ross of Wooster’s The Pine Tree Barn, the family has outfitted the interiors with natural colors and materials as well as traditional furniture with heavy duty fabrics that allow for carefree daily use. When Michelle suffered a medical emergency last fall, she found a new appreciation for her family’s Cedarville dwelling. “The house is so light and restful,” she says. “It was the peaceful place I needed to recuperate.”

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TOP: The open great room enjoys a Heat & Glo Cosmo Series fireplace surrounded by ash-colored PietraArt Slate ledger stone as its focal point. The Woodbridge occasional and side tables’ dark pecan finish blends with the wood floors and railings found elsewhere in the house while contrasting nicely with the walls and ceiling painted in Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray. The Woods finished the room with comfortable, elegant seating in the form of the white Miles Talbott sofa and two Sam Moore side chairs. RIGHT: The Woods’ kitchen features GE stainless steel appliances from its Profile Series and a Moen Arbor touchless faucet bought from Carr Supply in Monroe. Michelle Wood chose a layout that centered the cooking area while saving space. Bright KraftMaid and Omega cabinets from The Cabinet Gallery in Wilmington provide storage while darker ones sit below the island counter to provide contrast and prevent scuff marks from showing after the little ones sit at the high counter. H O M E + D E S I G N . S P RIN G 2 0 2 0

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TOP LEFT: The mission-style table, chairs and hutch in the Woods’ dining room were purchased when Michelle and Casey first married. Custom wainscoting provides a nice break between the gray walls and hardwood floors. “I really like the textured natural wood,” Michelle says. “It gives the house a solid feel.” TOP RIGHT: Just off the dining room is Michelle’s office, featuring a settee and side chairs from Arhaus brought over from the couple’s previous home. “I really prefer this open concept,” she says of the placement of her office, “where I can be in there and not cut off from everything else.” RIGHT: Michelle and Casey’s master bedroom contains Mainsail Premium carpeting in Vanilla Cookie, which provides a bright feeling in concert with the walls painted in Sherwin Williams White Duck. The bed frame, chest of drawers and vanity are all purchases the Woods made early in their marriage. 14

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TOP: The master bath is painted in the same color as the attached bedroom and features dark Omega cabinets similar to those in the kitchen. The bathroom is fleshed out and enhanced by a pan ceiling, dual sinks, a large soaking tub and a separate shower. The flooring is Krea silver porcelain tile. ABOVE LEFT AND RIGHT: Michelle and Casey’s son’s bedroom has an attached full bathroom that features the same cabinetry and flooring as the master. This bedroom is painted the same Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray as the great room. H O M E + D E S I G N . S P RIN G 2 0 2 0

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The lower-level family room is zoned with furniture groupings that can accommodate gatherings of all ages. The matching Hooker chairs by Sam Moore flank the gas fireplace at one end and their zig-zag pattern nicely compliments the wood of the nearby Sam Moore tables, beige walls and even the darker Beale six-piece leather sectional at the other end. The walls are painted with Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige and adorned with accessories from Hen Home Staging & Design in Beavercreek.

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H O M E FE ATURE

A Renewed Kentucky Home By Kevin Michell Photos by Guy Kelly

In the summer of 2019, Corbin Custom Remodelers spent a little over two months completely updating the first floor of this Edgewood, Kentucky, two-story home. The four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house was built around 1987 and its owners wanted to update the kitchen, first-floor bathroom, family rooms and laundry room. Corbin Custom Remodelers, using many local and Cincinnati-area material providers, overhauled the flooring by installing new hardwood and tile and opened up the flow between the kitchen, great room and sitting room while adding several pleasing and functional amenities. The end result is a brighter, elegant and more modern design of the first-floor rooms that gives this home new life at over 30 years old.

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ABOVE: The kitchen area is brightly lit by twin Framburg mini chandeliers supplied by Keidel, enhanced by the Olympus countertops and Centra cabinets. The wraparound backsplash adds needed texture with Florida Tile’s Makrana Polished mosaics. A Thermador Pro Harmony gas range and Thermador Integra Pro dishwasher, both in stainless steel, join the Bosch refrigerator and Moen faucet is providing a little contrast.

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RIGHT: Corbin Custom Remodelers also removed lowered portions of the ceiling as seen in this photo of the kitchen before remodeling, allowing the cabinetry to be set higher and thus provide more countertop space. LEFT: The home’s open kitchen features an island counter, topped with Olympus quartz by Unique Stone Concepts, purchased from Granite World in Park Hills, Kentucky. The clean countertops and white Centra cabinets by Mouser play nicely off the stainless steel Bosch refrigerator and gunmetal gray paint of the island’s base. H O M E + D E S I G N . S P RIN G 2 0 2 0

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ABOVE: The family room just behind the kitchen has seen some of the most significant change, with carpet being torn up in favor of beautiful white oak hardwood floors and one wall removed to allow easy flow between it and the adjoining sitting room. The back wall features a Fireplace Xtrordinair ProBuilder 42 Linear gas fireplace. The Smith Brothers sofa and loveseat provide comfortable seating, complimented by the Andromeda rug by Surya and the cocktail table and endtable from Hooker Furniture. RIGHT: The sitting room is warm and inviting, containing four swivel seats by Fairfield Chair arranged around another Hooker Furniture cocktail table. The dark pattern of the Theodora area rug by Surya works well with the bright wood and lighter colors of the walls and chairs. The two rooms’ chairs and tables were selected by Interior Design Consulting in Bellevue, Kentucky, and purchased locally at Best Furniture Gallery in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. 20

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ABOVE: The centerpiece of the dining room is a family heirloom table and chair set, brilliantly lit by the Kichler Lighting chandelier from Keidel Supply. TOP RIGHT: The staircase to the second floor was reimagined by Corbin Custom Remodelers, using components from L.J. Smith Stair Systems purchased through Kelly Brothers Home & Design Center in Covington, Kentucky. The stair rail was restored while retaining its classic aesthetic. MIDDLE AND LOWER RIGHT: Corbin Custom Remodelers used a sliding barn door to separate the laundry room from the entry hallway. Cellar porcelain tile from Florida Tile was used to freshen up the floors. White Allure series cabinets from Fabuwood are employed here for storage, with Steel Grey granite from Park Hills, Kentucky’s Granite World utilized for the countertops. H O M E + D E S I G N . S P RIN G 2 0 2 0

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Two Shades of Green Street

Longtime residents of Dayton’s Oregon District share their homes’ history and what they love about living there By Karla Hollencamp . Photos by Guy Kelly

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historic homes shaded by old growth trees. The neighborhood was originally platted in 1829 and most of the remaining houses are made of brick that was manufactured in a nearby factory during the Victorian and early Edwardian periods. Its homes feature a variety of architectural styles, including Italianate, Federal, Greek Revival and Queen Anne. H O M E + D E S I G N . S P RING 2 0 2 0

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Mike Martin lives, works and entertains in his Green Street home.

HOME OFFICE MEETS GATHERING PLACE The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown, as well as the arts and entertainment opportunities clustered there, make it one of Dayton’s most desirable places to live. Longtime Green Street resident Mike Martin notices that the neighborhood is evolving. “You see a lot more young families with children now,” says Martin, who has lived in the area for about 30 years and has many stories to share from those three decades, including some about a particularly notorious Fourth of July parade. Martin has rehabilitated six houses in the Oregon District and lived in three of those. Now, he runs a branch of Kamela & Company Realty from his Green Street home. “Over the years I’ve been inside most of the homes here,” he says. “In the early days the ‘pioneers’ of the 1970s restoration efforts built a strong bond. That feeling has continued. Everyone who moves here feels it.” Mike Martin’s painted brick, Federal style home features a façade built around 1852. It was enlarged in 1919 to 1,880 square feet and held six bedrooms. Over the next 50 years, the second floor was converted into two apartments. When Martin restored it, he created three separate bedroom suites upstairs for use as a bed-and-breakfast while also renovating the outdoor spaces and the room that would become his home office. “The porch where I have my office was insulated and used like basement storage by the previous owner,” Martin explains. “I cleaned that all up and made it a place to enjoy watching what is happening in all four directions. My patio is made from slate that used to be the original sidewalks. The little area behind the fence is nice on a summer evening.” 24

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TOP LEFT: The den is a cozy room fleshed out with books and art that serves as a nightly retreat for Martin. TOP RIGHT: The formal dining room, located in the oldest part of the house, is often the scene of lively discussion among artists, musicians and other fascinating visitors. BELOW AND RIGHT: Every room, including the bathrooms, is filled with eclectic treasures Martin has collected over the years.

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LIVING WITH ART, HISTORY AND MUSIC Two blocks north of Martin live Tim Kambitsch and his wife, Julie Beall. He’s the executive director of the Dayton Metro Library and she is a Montessori schoolteacher and tutor. “We enjoy sharing our neighborhood with friends,” Beall says. “We often are the central meeting spot for people coming together from north and south.” “There are monthly homeowners’ meetings, annual dinners and a summer picnic,” Kambitsch adds. “The Christmas Tour, which we were just a part of, helps to raise money to maintain things like our unique lampposts.” The gas-powered lampposts are owned and operated by the neighborhood and serviced by Dayton fire marshal Andrew Steele, but each homeowner has responsibility for the one in front of their house. Kambitsch agrees with Martin that there is a neighborhood culture in the district that was created by the early property rehabilitation advocates. “I don’t like the word ‘gentrification,’” he says, “but it was an effort to return the city of Dayton’s oldest residential area back into a healthy place to live. There’s a video that shows the story of how urban renewal programs of the 1960s were about to demolish this neighborhood. But it was stopped when the war on poverty money was diverted to fund the Vietnam war. “So, we can basically thank LBJ for saving the Oregon District,” Kambitsch adds with a grin. Kambitsch and Beall live in a red brick, two-story, Italianate style home that was erected in 1870. The building doubled in size to 2,100 square feet 115 years later. A great room with an attached garage—topped by a master bedroom with a second-floor balcony—joins the old and the new. The couple have lived there since 1995 and purchased the adjacent side yard in 2003. Since then, they updated the kitchen in 2008 and just finished remodeling the master bathroom. Much like Martin, Kambitsch and Beall enjoy their home’s idyllic outdoor space in the warmer months. “We live outside in good weather,” Beall says. “Our deck is such a great living space. Tim likes to grill, I have a little herb garden.”

THIS PAGE: The living room of Kambitsch and Beall’s home is in the oldest part of the house. The original fireplaces and tall windows remain. The kitchen and master bath were remodeled for 21st-century convenience with help from Chuck Chambers of Dayton Construction. RIGHT: The couple surrounds themselves with works by local artists Pam Adams, Doug Fierly, Kathryn Kaddish and Marsha Pippenger, among others they have purchased through The Contemporary Dayton’s auctions. Throughout the household you’ll see Kambitsch’s guitars. “I like the character they add to the room,“ says Beall. n 26

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Outd oo r Li v in g

It’s Great Outdoors Good planning extends your living space into the outdoors and expands your enjoyment of your own backyard By Karla Hollencamp

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fter a dreary Ohio winter, most of us can’t wait to get some sunshine. Fortunately, average temperatures in the Miami Valley sit in the 60s from March to May and from September to October. “We call these early spring and late fall days the shoulder seasons,” says Dave Swearingen, landscape architect for Dayton’s The Site Group. “If you plan it right, your outdoor spaces will work for you almost all year long.” While the thermometer starts creeping higher during the shoulder season months, a fireplace or fire pit can provide a focal point as well as a source of warmth during these transitional evenings. A fireplace can also be used to screen the patio area from the neighbors or a less than desirable view. “A fire pit provides 360 degrees of gathering space,” says Swearingen. “Many people like the idea of burning wood as part of the experience.” There are also gas models that can be enjoyed with less regular maintenance. Planters are another important element and Swearingen recommends that foliage maintenance should be part of the plan from the start. “If you’re a true gardener, you will enjoy taking care of plants,” he says. “Other people are golfers or have a boat and don’t want to do this upkeep.” W hen draw ing up an outdoor space, Swearingen strives to create key conversational nooks that will bring together three or four people at a time. He adds that many homeowners are motivated by a special occasion like a graduation or retirement party to create an outside entertaining area. “They usually start out by thinking they need a big slab of patio,” Swearingen explains. “I like to use the approach of 10-foot diameter circles. In one circle you can place a table and chairs or a living room suite. Four circles would be an efficient use of space for eight to 12 people, (providing) flexibility but not too 28

much space. You don’t want to feel like you’re sitting in a parking lot.” There are three typical separate spaces created within a well-planned outdoor living space—one for grilling and serving, another for eating and a third for lounging—that all require their own 10-foot circles. From a simple grill to a fully built-in outdoor kitchen, the cooking space is a big part of the enjoyment and can be accentuated by fixtures like a counter with stool seating. The Site Group worked on the Dayton area Whaley family’s back patio area and anchored their outdoor living space with a fireplace. The Whaleys chose a Round Grove gas fireplace,

which The Site Group surrounded with stone for a natural looking hearth and chimney. When you define part of the space with a pergola as the Whaley family did, it helps to bridge interior design elements with the outdoors. “Inside your home you might have variations in ceiling height,” says Swearingen. “For example, a 12-foot entryway and nine feet in the dining room. This adds interest and helps to define the area. We do the same thing for your outdoor rooms.” A pergola is not really for shade, though, and in the hottest months an awning or even a roofed area works better, he advises. n

A private lounging area by the pool is screened by lowmaintenance ornamental grasses. The Pottery Barn round Sunbrella shades the matching Lakeport chaises by Christopher Knight Home. Large tiles rim the pool and tie it to the outdoor seating area.

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Better,, Not Bigger

BUYERS OF NEW HOMES ARE SACRIFICING BIG YARDS AND SQUARE FOOTAGE IN FAVOR OF HIGH-END FEATURES By Eric Spangler

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ost of the new homes that will be built in 2020 will feature many of the same amenities as homes built last year, including high-end cabinets, kitchens, light fi xtures, doors and windows, says Dan Dressman, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. That’s because buyers of new homes are willing to have a house on a smaller lot and less interior square footage in exchange for quality amenities, he says. “They want higherend products in the house, but they’re willing to give up some of the space,” Dressman says. Buyers don’t want to skimp on those higherend amenities, he says. “Typically, they’ll cut costs on size but not on amenities,” adds Dressman. Not only are consumers willing to buy a new house with a smaller yard to save on costs to pay for those interior amenities, but that smaller yard also means less yard work to constantly look after. “They want less maintenance in most cases,” he says. 30

That’s because most buyers are in the baby boom generation, Dressman says. The baby boom generation is often defi ned as people born between 1946 and 1964. And because most buyers are baby boomers, that also means that new, single-level, ranch-style houses are going to be popular once again. As buyers age, they don’t want to have to always go up and down steps. Prices for these new homes will cost a little more in 2020, says Dressman. “Prices have gone up primarily because of the cost of materials and labor,” he says. The cost of new homes will average about 4 to 5 more than those built in 2019. Popular materials in new homes will be the same as last year, including hardwood floors, granite countertops and tile floors in the bathrooms. “There really hasn’t been a lot of change in that area,” says Dressman. One change that has become more apparent in recent years is that buyers of new homes want natural gas to cook with in the kitchen. “I think more people are installing gas in

Many of the new homes built this year are expected to include high-end amenities like energy-efficient doors and windows. their kitchens—in particular those that like to cook,” Dressman says. “They’d rather cook on gas than electric.” Many new homes this year will not have bathtubs installed, but instead will feature larger showers with higher-end showerheads. “They’re still putting in tubs, but a lot of people are opting not to have a tub and just have a larger shower,” adds Dressman. Energy efficiency will be an important component of homes that are built this year, between energy-efficient doors and windows and insulation with higher insulating properties. “People want to spend more on energysaving components, in particular doors and windows,” Dressman says. The market for new homes should be about the same as last year because of low interest rates and low unemployment, he adds. “I think all the elements are in place for a good year in 2020. I think, overall, consumers have a lot of confidence in the economy right now, which is a major factor in our industry.” ■

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Customers can get a good idea of how all the products at Keidel will work in a new kitchen when they visit the main kitchen showroom area.

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omeowners considering a renovation of their kitchen or bathroom will want to explore Keidel Supply’s 15,000-square-foot showroom to gather design ideas and review the high-end products that are available. “We try very hard to keep products here and sell products that are not available in the big-box retailers,” says Liz Hanley, Keidel’s showroom manager. “The public can come in and go through a very high-end showroom with a lot of luxury fi nishes.” Keidel started in 1911 as a plumbing supply wholesaler and expanded over the years into a full-service design showroom as well as a plumbing trade supplier. “Having been here for a long time I guess we’re doing something right,” Hanley says. Homeowners are welcome to stop by Keidel Supply’s facility on Tennessee Avenue, just off the Norwood Lateral (state Route 562) and meet with one of Keidel’s three in-house kitchen and bath designers. The designers, who create kitchen and bath designs on computer-aided design (CAD) software, can conduct consultations on remodeling projects and walk with the homeowner through the showroom to view 38

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cabinetry, countertops, plumbing fi xtures, lighting and appliances. Well-respected cabinet brands that are available include Medallion, Ultracraft, Mid Continent and Mouser Cabinetry, all of which allow for full customization. Natural stone countertop brands include Cambria, Caesarstone and Zodiaq, along with a unique wooden style of countertop from Michigan Maple Block that allows the entire surface to be used as a cutting board. When it comes to appliances, Keidel offers popular brands like General Electric, KitchenAid, Maytag and Whirlpool along with premium-level appliances from Wolf, Subzero, Thermador, Miele and Jenn-Air. “And we also have a large lighting showroom,” adds Hanley. “We have a huge selection of very cutting-edge, high-end lighting. But you can also come in and get a can light from us.” All of the designers are very knowledgeable about the products because they receive extensive ongoing training from vendors, Hanley says. The designers will be able to describe to a homeowner how a valve works or explain a remnant program for high-end quartz countertops on a vanity.

Customers can test several showerheads at Keidel to decide which would be best for their new bathroom. “We have a lighting specialist who is certified,” says Hanley. “She’s required to take ongoing training so they’re getting trained on a very high level as opposed to somebody who might be in a big-box environment where you go in and they might be a generalist.” Keidel Supply is a one-stop shop for homeowners, builders, architects or designers in the Cincinnati area. Although there are other national companies in the area that offer kitchen, bath, appliance, plumbing and lighting products, Keidel is a local company, says Hanley. “We’re pretty much the only fullservice showroom…in Cincinnati,” she says. ■

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A Better Boutique Brokerage Tammy Murphy and Real Homes to Love provide attentive and personal service to buyers and sellers IN DAYTON By Kevin Michell

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ammy Murphy has carved out a 20-year career in real estate, a profession that eventually brought her back home to Dayton. There, she established her own brokerage, Real Homes to Love, in January 2014. After accruing realty experience with larger firms, Murphy created her company to offer personalized service to clients supported by a deep understanding of the Dayton-area community and housing market. “We understand we’re selling more than the house,” she says. “It’s the lifestyles, it’s the community aspect of everything that we do.” Murphy’s time with larger brokerages taught her much, but one aspect that directly influenced her philosophy for Real Homes to Love was giving clients a consistent point of contact. She points out that larger firms often pass clients from one employee to another through the buying or selling process. “We help guide and direct and advise,” Murphy explains. “We don’t rely upon somebody to take over from this step forward—we’re there with them through the inspection, through the appraisal process, through their lending, because people have questions along the way.” This full-service approach is especially helpful for first-time buyers and those who haven’t purchased a new home in many years. Housing markets have changed wildly over the last 10 to 20 years and those looking to downsize now or make a change are entering a market that looks completely different than it did when they bought their previous home. And, for some, the fears of 2008’s housing crisis still linger. All of this adds greater importance to Real Homes to Love’s supportive, communicative approach with homebuyers and sellers, one that builds a long-term relationship between clients and their agent. This client-centric, community-focused approach is what Murphy thinks sets Real Homes to Love apart.

Real Homes to Love’s Tammy Murphy (right) believes in providing attentive service and a personal touch to homebuyers and sellers “Why would I drive down the road to go to the Home Depot,” she says, “if I know Englewood Hardware is going to have a guy in the aisle who’s going to tell me exactly what I’m looking for? He’s there because he knows where everything is on the shelves because he put it there. That’s kind of the connection that you get with a small brokerage, is that you’re going to get that personal service. You’re ultimately the focus of our attention throughout that whole process and even after.” Even in spite of a hot seller’s market, Dayton homes can offer a level of convenience and affordability that appeals to a wide range of buyers. Murphy points out the diversity of economic industries available throughout the region and the lack of long commutes to

get from residential areas to commercial districts as two factors that enhance the overall cost-effective price of homes. But homebuyers don’t just want a good house and a stress-free drive to and from work; they’re also looking for a community that has plenty to offer. For Murphy, her and her agents’ knowledge of their hometown makes all the difference in that regard as well. “I like to be that mechanism where they can get on our website and see what’s going on in this community (or that),” she says. Interested buyers and sellers can find the company online at rh2l.com. “We can really be informative—that perspective we have really gives people the option to say, ‘Oh, that’s worth going out and exploring.’” n H O M E + D E S I G N . SPRIN G 2 0 2 0

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A World Tour of Décor Home Emporium and its Cincinnati showroom offer a wide array of global items for anybody’s home By Kevin Michell

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here are 11 Home Emporium stores sprinkled throughout the midwestern and southeastern United States, all of which promise customers that they can shop the world at one stop. The Cincinnati location—located at 11360 Princeton Pike in Springdale after formerly being off Ridge Road in Pleasant Ridge—offers shoppers a treasure hunt with every visit. That’s because of the dizzying array of unique products contained therein. Home Emporium sells international items sourced from trade shows, markets, manufacturing plants and individual artisans, as well as renovating materials and one-of-a-kind decorative pieces, fixtures and furniture. This ranges from international versions of standard items, like hanging lamps imported from Bali and India or teak root furniture, to wildly unique fixtures like half-century-old saris made into quilts and clothing and Tata truck grilles— complete with headlights—repurposed into long tables, home bars and cabinets. Home Emporium prioritizes stewardship in finding the products it procures from around the globe. The company’s product buyers build

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A repurposed Tata truck grille from India is made into a long table that can also serve as a bar. relationships in other countries, try to work directly with makers and aim to support the local economy in the regions where they purchase these goods to sell in Home Emporium stores. “A lot of the stuff is made from reclaimed materials,” explains Star Roberts, advertising manager for Home Emporium. Those found materials include items collected in the wake of natural disasters and those once cast aside as junk, which are then upcycled into furniture, decorative pieces and more. Not everything sold in the store is from half a world away. Home Emporium also sources some countertops and flooring materials from Reclaimed Reserve, a company that salvages wood from abandoned horse and tobacco barns and historic buildings in southeastern states such as Kentucky. The Cincinnati store also consistently carries unfinished cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms, vanities and popular styles of renovating materials. “The big, big trend in countertops is butcher block countertops and we absolutely dominate the market with butcher block countertops with all the variety of woods that we have,” says Roberts.

The domestics section of Home Emporium— which encompasses everything else related to décor—includes interesting items like threedimensional metal artwork, one-of-a-kind rugs of all sizes and much more. “It’s a very eclectic design era right now,” Roberts says, adding that the unique styles and items carried at Home Emporium fit well with this trend of blending established design motifs with individuality and personality. “It’s just really something that you have to see (in person) to really appreciate how cool the stuff is.” The many one-of-a-kind items create a new experience with every visit to Home Emporium and create that feeling of a treasure hunt to find the decorative pieces or materials that call out to a shopper on a personal level. But Roberts cautions visitors to Home Emporium to act fast if they see something that strikes them as a perfect fit for their personality and home. “We tell people, ‘The item you saw today and want to think about tonight is being bought by the people who saw it yesterday and thought about it last night,’” she says. n

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Inspiration for Your Kitchen Big Sandy Superstore’s first Dayton location offers homeowners quality furniture and luxury kitchen appliances By Karla Hollencamp

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hen Elder-Beerman Furniture Gallery closed near the Dayton Mall, it left behind a 53,360-squarefoot showroom and warehouse. Seeing the opportunity to expand their retail presence westward, Big Sandy Superstore—a furniture superstore with a large selection of name brands in seating, dining, sleeping, storage and office essentials—recently opened their first Dayton location in the old Elder-Beerman space. 42

This new showroom at 2400 Miamisburg Centerville Road also features displays of kitchen appliances for a range of budgets, from the basics to luxury brands like Bosch and Thermador. “Our Dayton customer service team offers more than 200 years of experience to deliver the ultimate kitchen of your dreams,” says Jeff Lewis, account manager at Big Sandy. Big Sandy feat ures a div ision ca lled Kitchens.Inspired. that caters to builders, commercial clients and shoppers looking for premium kitchen offerings. In addition, the company’s building and remodeling division services all of central Ohio and is now a force in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. “Working with your builder, remodeler or interior designer, you can save hundreds of dollars on appliance packages for a complete new kitchen, indoor or outdoor entertainment area,” Lewis says.

Big Sandy Superstores feature showrooms for its Kitchens.Inspired. division, displaying appliances from brands like Cafe (seen above), Jenn-Air and more.

“We have all the great new ideas from the National Kitchen and Bath Industry show,” adds Lewis. “Panel ready column refrigerator units, range hoods, dishwashers, built-in refrigerator and freezer systems, as well as island appliances that make it easy to put the power where you need it in your kitchen design. Smart appliances are the now and the future.” Founded in 1953 by Robert and Lorna Van Hoose, Big Sandy Superstore is still a family business and partially owned by the over 700 employees across the Franklin Furnace, Ohiobased company’s 19 superstore locations. The second generation of the Van Hoose family is now the top management and maintains the philosophy of its founders “to live by the golden rule.” More information about Big Sandy Superstore’s Kitchens.Inspired. division and offerings can be found at its website at kitchensinspired.com or by calling 937-319-4374 to talk to one of the store’s knowledgeable employees. n

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Nicole Nichols of Cincinnati’s Revival Designs talks about kitchen design trends By Kevin Michell

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itchens are a vital part of every home and, as such, one that deserves an update every so often. From her role as owner and lead designer of Revival Designs, Nicole Nichols sees which kitchen trends are sticking around and what new motifs are becoming popular with her clients. “Trending more recently was a lot of white and minimal cabinetry and that’s continuing for sure,” she says, noting that one of the homes she recently worked on featured no upper kitchen cabinets to create an open, airy feel. Remodeled kitchens are often opting for simplicity in whatever cabinets remain, particularly by choosing Shaker style cabinetry. Designers like Nichols are trying new things with their clients as established norms like white-dominated kitchens are becoming a bit tired. “One of the shifts I’ve seen more so lately is actually a return to dark,” Nichols says. “Colors are getting darker and moodier, deep navy and grays, olive and sage green, even a return to wood tones.” Warm wood textures and earthier colors are being used to create a lived in, cottagestyle feel that is inviting without being too

dark and moody. That can entail the color or texture of walls, fixtures and counters—one creative new way Nichols has integrated this new trend was through using painted beadboard paneling on one wall of a kitchen. “Things have been a little minimal and stark for a while—it’s hard to add warmth to something that’s white and gray and black,” she adds. “But I feel like it’s this kind of homey, traditional feeling that things are shifting toward.” With minimal cabinetry allowing for more open kitchen layouts, some homeowners let their appliances or dishware add that pop of color on their countertops or shelves and serve as conversation starters. Nichols has also seen that apply to custom range hoods and big box appliances, shifting from the recently ubiquitous stainless steel options. The use of more color and darker tones is pushing new ideas about lighting in kitchens as well. One example is using wall sconces that mesh well with the space, something that 10 years ago was nearly unheard of in kitchen design. But it’s always a case-by-case basis; few homeowners have the budget for major structural changes like expanding or adding

This home in the St. Bernard neighborhood of Cincinnati was the beneficiary of a kitchen redesign by Nicole Nichols. The blue wraparound backsplash and wood countertops offer a pleasing contrast to the white custom range hood and cabinets, plus a pop of color that adds depth and texture to the room. a window, so it’s important to use trendy designs in a way that fits with the existing space. “It is a balance,” Nichols says. “Not every house lends itself to having dark wood cabinets or dark navy blue paneling all the way up the wall in the kitchen.” In other trends, creative backsplashes continue to be a popular design choice. Budget-conscious homeowners can find a wide array of unique finishes to place behind their sink, like tongue and groove vertical paneling. A unique backsplash can also be achieved by extending the material higher up the wall or playing with its shape by rounding the edges. Those looking for a higher end look are stretching a slab of the same material used on the countertop—such as marble or granite—up the back wall for a luxurious look. n H O M E + D E S I G N . S P RIN G 2 0 2 0

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Right Place. Right Time. Right Size. Older and first-time homebuyers may find the right fit in newly constructed patio homes By Karla Hollencamp

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aby boomers have not moved out of their family homes at the same rate the generation before them did, making fewer existing houses available to buy. Meanwhile, rents in southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky have increased with the higher demand, to the point where it is now less expensive to buy your own home than to pay monthly rent for an apartment. As such, new construction may now be the best way for people to find a home they can afford with the amenities they desire. Sham Reddy, president of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors, admits, “there is a real 44

shortage of existing homes for sale in the $150,000 to $350,000 price range.” But Reddy adds that home ownership is both still possible and more desirable than renting. W hile the average age of first-time homebuyers has creeped up to 35 years old from 31 a decade ago, pressure has been placed on homebuilders to construct houses that fit the needs of these prospective buyers. One solution to finding a home that fits these buyers’ personal housing needs both in space and price could be a new patio home. Fischer Homes offers several designs of patio homes with many customization options. “We’re seeing young professionals who work a lot of hours, travel with their jobs or work from their residence and like the low maintenance aspect,” says Heather Kuth, new home sales counselor for Fischer Homes. “Newly single or widowed people with or without a child full time find these homes (fit) their needs. Baby boomers who are shedding

their big nest for a smaller one they can travel from like the convenience and privacy.” A typical patio home floor plan has two bedrooms, two full baths and a two-car garage. Some also offer basement and loft options, as well as enhanced outdoor spaces. A reasonable homeowners association covers a range of services, meaning you don’t have to worry about yard work, but “you can add as much or as little to your garden as you’d like,” Kuth says. “So, it’s right size versus downsize,” she adds. “Homebuyers who need less space but want to keep high-end finishes, as well as those who want to upgrade from an apartment or townhouse but don’t want to worry about the yard work and other maintenance.” Three Fischer Homes communities that offer patio homes in the Greater Cincinnati area are Prestwick Place in Pierce Township, Watercrest at Landen in Deerfield Township and Providence in Hamilton Township. “We’ve located these in metro areas with convenience to shopping, dining and recreation,” says Kuth. “The communities offer resort-style living, including pools, cabanas, walking trails and more.” n

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Histo ri c H o me 1041 Russell Street Covington, Kentucky

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The historic Harriet Albro house in Covington, Kentucky, was built in 1874 after the death of her husband, Henry Albro, who owned a sawmill and sold fine woods and veneers in the Cincinnati area. The house has been a fixture of Russell Street ever since, with each successive owner taking stewardship of preserving and renovating the home. The current owners bought this landmark home in 2012 from Todd and Carole Carter, who had received the 2006 Friends of Covington Beautification Award for their renovations. The new owners’ home of eight years still features many original fixtures such as the ornate sitting room chandelier and the intricate lantern sculpture that graces the ground floor newel post of the home’s central staircase. The interior has been repainted to echo the soothing cadet blue of the exterior and to play nicely off the rich, warm wood that graces many elements of the home. —Kevin Michell

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