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Site map ...7

What’s cookin’ ...20

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Meet the builders

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Ianuzzi and Romans...........................................31 Jamesville Carpet................................................36 Lan’s Flower Farm................................................35 Leo A. Kline.............................................................. 5 Northern Nurseries.............................................24 Phoenix Flower Farm.........................................22 Plank Road Fireplace..........................................28 Premo Products....................................................32 Ra-Lin’s.....................................................................36 Reeve’s Garage.....................................................38 Ryan Homes............................................................ 3 Sandy Creek Storage..........................................21 Seneca Federal Savings.....................................40 Stickley Audi & Co................................................. 6 Wicker World.........................................................18 Walk on Wood.......................................................38 Watson Farms.......................................................23

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is a supplement to Eagle Newspapers: 5910 Firestone Drive, Syracuse, N.Y. 13206 Phone: 434-8889 Fax: 434-8883 Baldwinsville Messenger Cazenovia Republican City Eagle Eagle Bulletin Eagle Observer Skaneateles Press Star-Review

Publisher: David B. Tyler Associate Publisher: Colleen Farley Executive Editor: Gary Catt Managing Editor: Jennifer Wing Circulation Manager: Lori Newcomb

Photography by Jennifer Wing

Parade of Homes to be held in Manlius The Home Builders & Remodelers of CNY proudly presents the 2010 Parade of Homes at Mallard’s Landing in the town of Manlius. This year’s event features eight distinctive homes by distinguished Central New York builders. The homes are state-of-the-art, representing the latest in design, decorating, construction and energy-saving techniques, including state-of-the-art green-building techniques. These green building techniques not only can lower operating costs, but can reduce maintenance issues, increase home values and improve environmental quality. Don’t miss the best of Central New York living! And, don’t forget, furniture, rugs and many other home decor items are for sale in each home! Free parking is available at the site. For more information visit hbrcny.com.




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Single-Family Homes from the $120’s

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Own more for less. The best sq. ft. value in Baldwinsville! Fully decorated Sienna Model. Take Rt. 690 W. to Jordan/Baldwinsville exit. Turn right off the exit on to Downer St. Turn right on to Sun Meadows Way. Model on the left. (315) 635-0965

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Single-Family Homes from the $210’s

1 to 2 Acre Homesites! Beautiful Country Setting and Popular West Genesee Schools. (315) 488-3506

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Single-Family Homes from the $150’s

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New Phase Just Released for Sale! Single-Family Homes from the $120’s

Own more for less. The best sq. ft. value in Baldwinsville. Fully Decorated Sienna Model. Take Rte. 690W to Jordan/Baldwinsville Exit. Turn right onto Downer St. Turn right onto Sun Meadows Way. Model on the left. (315) 635-0965

CAMILLUS Country Oaks

One Acre Wooded Homesites Available! Single-Family Homes from the $150’s

Large wooded homesites in the West Genesee School district are now available! Visit us at our fully decorated Milan Model. Take 690 W. to exit 5 (State Fair Blvd.). Take a left off the exit, followed by an immediate right on Lakeside Rd. Follow Lakeside Rd. to end and take a left on Winchell Rd. Right on Van Buren Rd. Left on Armstrong Rd. Left onto Shetland Place. Model is the first house on the left. (315) 488-3506

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Single-Family Homes from the $130’s

Beautiful homesite located in the West Genesee School District. (315) 488-3506

Cicero’s Newest Community. Great Location! An Established Community within the Popular CNS School District. (315) 699-2423

CLAY Lawton Valley

Single-Family Homes from the $150’s New Phase with Estate HomesitesJust Released!

New Phase just released for sale! Large homesites in Clay’s most highly sought after community. Enjoy a great community with low taxes in the C-NS School District. Visit us at our fully decorated Stanford Model. Take Rt. 81 N. to the Cicero exit. Left on Rt. 31. Left on Rt. 11. Take a quick right on Crabtree Ln. Left on Lawton Rd. Right on Bingley Ln. Model on left. (315) 699-2423

DEWITT Shadow Hill

Estate Single-Family Homes from the $180’s The best single family homes value in the Jamesville-DeWitt School District.

ONONDAGA Skyland Meadows

Estate Single-Family Homes from the $210’s Popular West Hill School District, Large Private homesites in Established Community. (315) 492-1061

LIVERPOOL Waterhouse Landing Estate Single-Family Homes from the $170’s Decorated Bainbridge Hall Model Now Open!

WOODED SITES AVAILABLE!

Wooded homesites in a location in Liverpool that’s hard to beat. Take Rt. 690 W. to exit 4 (John Glenn Blvd.). Turn right on to Buckley Rd. Turn left onto Morgan Rd. Community is on the right. (315) 883-7869

MANLIUS Megnin Farms

Estate Single-Family Homes from the $180’s

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Call now to be one of the first to take advantage of beautiful homesites in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. Conveniently located off of Rt. 5, this community offers 0.5 acre, wooded, and cul-de-sac homesites in a peaceful country setting. Take 481 to exit 3E toward Fayetteville. Continue on Rt. 5 and turn left into the community approx. 2 mi. past Green Lakes State Park. (315) 656-2451

Close to Downtown Syracuse and Rte 81. Visit us at our decorated Courtland Model Home today! Take 481 S. to exit 1 (Brighton Ave.). Take a left off of the exit on to Brighton Ave. Brighton turns into Rt. 173 E. Continue for approx. 5 mi. to a right on Southwood Heights Dr. Model straight ahead. (315) 492-1061

MINOA Minoa Farms

ENERGY STAR HOMES

New York ENERGY STAR® Homes use 30% less energy than conventionally built homes.

New Homesites Just Released! Single-Family Homes from the $140’s

Visit us at our fully decorated Venice Model to learn more about the best value available in the ES-M School District. Take Rt. 690 to exit 17 (Bridge St.). North on Bridge St. to Manlius Center Rd./Rt. 290 E. Continue 3.2 mi. to left on Clemons Rd. Proceed 0.25 mi. to right on Baird St. Left on Forest View Ln. into Minoa Farms. (315) 656-2451

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Getting there...

2010 Parade of Homes directions

From North of Manlius:

1. Take I-481 South. 2. Take Exit 3E toward Fayetteville. (0.2 mi) 3. Merge onto E Genesee St/NY-5 E/NY-92 E. (0.9 mi) 4. Turn slight RIGHT onto Highbridge Rd/NY-92. (3.9 mi) 5. Turn LEFT onto E Seneca St/NY-173/NY-92. (0.1 mi) 6. Turn slight RIGHT onto Washington St/NY-92. (1.3 mi) 7. Turn LEFT onto Pewter Ln. (0.7 mi) 8. Turn RIGHT onto Watergap. (0.1 mi) 9. Turn LEFT onto Hobnail Rd. (0.2 mi) 10. Turn LEFT onto Ringnecked Path. (0.3 mi) 11. Turn RIGHT onto Gadwall Ln. Arrive at the Parade of Homes site, on RIGHT.

From South of Manlius:

1. Take I-81 North. 2. At Exit 15, turn RIGHT onto US-11. (0.1 mi) 3. Turn LEFT onto US-20. (9.8 mi) 4. Turn LEFT onto Pompey Center Rd/CR-10. (4.7 mi) 5. Turn RIGHT onto Enders Rd. (0.3 mi) 6. Turn RIGHT onto Market Pl. (0.1 mi) 7. Turn LEFT onto Pewter Ln. (0.7 mi) 8. Turn RIGHT onto Watergap. (0.1 mi) 9. Turn LEFT onto Hobnail Rd. (0.2 mi) 10. Turn LEFT onto Ringnecked Path. (0.3 mi) 11. Turn RIGHT onto Gadwall Ln. Arrive at the Parade of Homes site, on RIGHT.

From East of Manlius:

1. Take I-90 West. 2. Take Exit 34 for NY-13 toward Canastota/Chittenango. (0.9 mi) 3. Turn LEFT at NY-13 S/N Peterboro St. (1.3 mi) 4. Turn RIGHT at NY-13 S/NY-5 W/Seneca Turnpike. (5.9 mi) 5. Turn LEFT at Genesee St. (0.8 mi) 6. Slight LEFT at Brinkerhoff Hill Rd/NY-173 W. (5.2 mi) 7. Turn LEFT at Enders Rd. (0.9 mi) 8. Turn LEFT at Decoy Run. (0.2 mi) 9. Turn LEFT onto Pewter Ln. (0.3 mi) 10. Turn RIGHT onto Watergap. (0.1 mi) 11. Turn LEFT onto Hobnail Rd. (0.2 mi) 12. Turn LEFT onto Ringnecked Path. (0.3 mi) 13. Turn RIGHT onto Gadwall Ln. Arrive at the Parade of Homes site, on RIGHT.

From West of Manlius:

1. Take I-90 East. 2. Take Exit 35 toward NY-298/E Syracuse/Syracuse. (0.5 mi) 3. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd Exit onto NY-635 S/Thompson Rd. (2.5 mi) 4. Turn LEFT at Erie Blvd E/NY-5 E. (1.9 mi) 5. Turn LEFT at E Genesee St/NY-5 E/NY-92 E. (1.1 mi) 6. Slight RIGHT at Highbridge Rd/NY-92 E. (3.9 mi) 7. Turn LEFT at E Seneca St. (0.1 mi) 8. Slight RIGHT at NY-92 E/Washington St. (1.2 mi) 9. Turn LEFT at Enders Rd. (0.1 mi) 10. Turn RIGHT onto Market Pl. (0.1 mi) 11. Turn LEFT onto Pewter Ln. (0.7 mi) 12. Turn RIGHT onto Watergap. (0.1 mi) 13. Turn LEFT onto Hobnail Rd. (0.2 mi) 14. Turn LEFT onto Ringnecked Path. (0.3 mi) 15. Turn RIGHT onto Gadwall Ln. Arrive at the Parade of Homes site, on RIGHT.

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7854 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090 Phone: 622-5150 eldanhomes.com

Harrington Homes

3848 Henneberry Road, Jamesville, NY 13078 Phone: 682-8851 harringtonhomescny.com

J M G Custom Homes

6265 Route 31, Cicero, NY 13039 Phone: 698-1009 JMGcustomhomes.com

Konrad Builders

6102 Waitsfield Drive, Jamesville, NY 13078 Phone: 727-5369 konradbuilders.com

Sciuga Custom Builders 2339 Milton Ave, Solvay, NY 13209 Phone: 468-1358 sciugabuilders.com

Signature Crest Builders

634 Old Liverpool Road, Suite 1, Liverpool, NY 13088 Phone: 461-9027

Stringer Homes LLC

4500 Pewter Lane, Building 3, Manlius, NY 13104 Phone: 682-9797 stringerhomes.com

Zellar Homes

85 Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035 Phone: 420-4345 zellarhomes.com


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Notes from Parade of Homes 2010 Exteriors

Interiors Floor Plans/Bathroom/Kitchen layout

Landscaping

Colors/Fabrics/Lighting

Paint/trim

Furnishings/Decor/Applicances

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Pictured on the cover of Parade of Homes 2010 is the house at 4011 Gadwall Lane in Mallard’s Landing, Manlius, built by Konrad Builders. For information about this house or Konrad Builders, call 727-5369.


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Stringer Homes

Stringer Homes LLC 4500 Pewter Lane, Building 3, Manlius, NY 13104 682-9797 stringerhomes. com

According to stringerhomes.com, David Stringer, founder and President of the Stringer Development Companies, is the inspiration that has helped Mallards Landing become the most prestigious community in Central New York. In 2006, Steve Gadoua with over 20 years experience with The Stringer Companies formed Stringer Homes, LLC to continue the Stringer tradition of building. The Stringer Homes staff ’s experience is available from design to construction of the home and continues after its clients move in.


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Eldan Homes

Eldan Homes 7854 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090 622-5150 eldanhomes.com

With 30 years of experience in the construction of luxury homes, Eldan Homes is one of the leading home builders in Syracuse. Their luxury homes can be found throughout Upstate New York and Central New York and in the municipalities of Liverpool, Cicero, Clay and Manlius. Eldan Homes creates neighbor-

hoods where you want to live. Their new homes in the greater Syracuse area feature luxury house plans that reflect clients’ lifestyle needs. From their colonial, craftsman and arts & crafts style house plans, to their Florida style ranch house plans, Eldan Homes’ designs are unique, exquisite and affordable.


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405 Gadwall Lane

Harrington Homes

Harrington Homes 3848 Henneberry Road Jamesville, NY 13078 682-8851 harrington homescny.com

Harrington provides creative solutions for your housing needs. The company has created and updated new home designs that win awards year after year at the Parade of Homes. Harrington offers customers the opportunity to customize their new home to become exactly what they have dreamed, and use a collaborative

approach to incorporate the client’s ideas. In business for almost 20 years, Harrington’s distinctive new homes are found throughout Central New York and will build in a location that will suit the customer, and can help the customer who already owns land or wants to build a home away from others on land of their own.


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Zellar Homes

Zellar Homes 85 Lincklaen St., Cazenovia, NY 13035 420-4345 zellarhomes. com

According to zellarhomes.com, as a small builder of custom homes in Syracuse, Zellar Homes, Ltd, has become known as a builder of beautiful homes, homes with warm and inviting open floor plans desinged for today’s busy lifestyles, with a particular flair for one level living. Dave and his partner, Robin Curtis, established Zellar Homes firmly committed to excellent service and enduring workmanship – all for a great value. Zellar Homes is also passionate about energy efficiency and every Zellar Home is an Energy Star home. Zellar Homes invites its clients to meet their design team to capture their needs and desires with their imaginative and thoughtful designs. While providing great value, Zellar Homes offers clients a variety of financing options to suit their needs. Kristin Curtis of Kristin Curtis Interiors offers guidance to Zellar Homes’ clients. With over 25 years as an award winning interior designer with Stickley, Audi & Co., Kristin can offer her help with all the selections for the new home. For a builder of unparalleled personal service who will build a high quality home customized to fulfill your every desire, you need look no further than Dave Zellar of Zellar Homes.


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Signature Crest

Signature Crest Builders has been known for its commitment to excellence, use of quality building products and plans that suit the client’s lifestyle. Al Adams of Signature Crest Builders has been in business for more than 30 years. The company works to make the customer’s dream plan a reality and is flexible within its home designs. Signature Crest houses feature 2x6 construction, Andersen windows, hardwood floors, custom trim packages, 12-course basements and attention to details.

Signature Crest 634 Old Liverpool Road, Suite 1 Liverpool, NY 13088 461-9027


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Sciuga Custom Builders

Sciuga Custom Builders 2339 Milton Ave. Solvay, NY 13209 468-1358 sciugabuilders.com

When a client decides to go with Sciuga Custom Builders, they get three generations of artisans working together to create the finest in custom homes today. Sciuga Custom Builders does new construction, renovation and additions with a staff of professionals to make sure the customer’s vision of their dream home is met. The customer, working with that staff, is given freedom to choose every detail of their home from colors and trim to overall style. The most important aspects of Sciuga’s business are quality, service and value, ensuring a pleasurable experience for the home buyer.

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JMG Custom Homes

JMG Custom Homes 6265 Route 31 Cicero, NY 13039 Phone: 698-1009

According to jumgcustomhomes.com: “JMG Custom Homes understands that the home should be as unique as its owner. So not only do we build homes that are both beautiful and functional, we include an abundance of features that will make the house your home-and yours alone. “We are here to make you happy by increasing your quality of life and making sure it stays that way for many wonderful years to come. When the time is right for you to take the next great step in life, consider JMG Custom Homes. “We have everything it takes to make it happen.”


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Konrad Builders See page 10

Konrad Builders 6201 Waitsfield Drive Jamesville, NY 13078 Phone: 727-5369 Website: konradbuilders.com

Konrad Builders takes great pride in creating living spaces that compliment your lifestyle, with handcrafted, turn-key homes that represent their commitment to the highest quality in building standards. Using cutting edge technology, they offer stylish yet energy-efficient options in fixtures, windows, insulation and more. Konrad Builder’s customers have come to appreciate their high level of dedication to building the finest home possible - quality, energy efficient homes. Konrad Builders’ eco-friendly stance is addressed by using products that help reduce indoor air pollutants while saving you on your monthly energy bills. Their goal is to personalize each home to reflect the unique desires and needs of the client. They offer many optional services, with an in-house design team capable of making any change the customer desires to his or her preferred floor plan.

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Decorating ideas on parade Since I have been to every one of the Parade of Homes for the last decade or so, I know what to expect on the outside – beautifully manicured lawns, a nice path leading up to the front door and siding done in soothing colors and crisp lines. Inside the homes, however, I never know what to expect. True, most of the models will have wide open spaces, a fireplace of some sort and family-friendly eating areas, living rooms and finished basements. Floor plans will vary, but always with the idea of having a clear, airy flow throughout the home. But the dÊcor‌ Ah, yes, you know what I’m talking about. Many of these homes’ interiors have been designed with amazing

My finished basement includes features, such as play and entertainment areas, that I saw at the Parade of Homes. flair by local firms. Vibrantly-colored walls are paired with accents not only create a backdrop for family living, but a mood as well – with kitchens that can range from ultra chic to country French, living rooms that evoke relaxation as well as conversa-

tion and bedrooms suitable for each member of the family. It is in these rooms that I find inspiration. For instance, I recall one year there was a room with a balloon motif, where small versions of hot air bal-

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Going green can extend to the kitchen, and not only by the appliances one uses -- but also by how one cooks meals. Cooking in an eco-friendly way generally means taking measures to reduce energy in the kitchen. There are several steps that can be taken to cut down on energy usage. 3 Use the microwave. Microwaves heat up water molecules in food to cook it at high speeds. While a person probably can’t cook an entire gourmet meal in the microwave, it certainly can be used for side dishes or to prep food for other methods of cooking. For example, use the microwave to steam fresh vegetables and defrost meat so it cooks more quickly later on in the oven. 3 Use covers on pots. Don’t waste water unnecessarily. Cover pots on the stove when boiling water so that it can come to a boil more quickly. Also, water won’t be lost to evaporation. 3 Turn off the heat. Turn off the gas or electric burner on the stove top 10 minutes before cooking time is finished. The residual heat in a covered pot will continue to cook the food without the need for extra energy. 3 Choose the right cookware.Choose cookware made of metals that conduct heat well so that food is cooked efficiently. Avoid coated pans, as the nonstick coating has been shown to emit noxious fumes and flake off into cooked food. 3 Buy second-hand. One can find durable, well-made cookware and utensils at yard sales or antique shops. Cast iron is a

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The key to getting any job done right is having the proper tools on hand. The same concept applies to cooking in the kitchen. There are staples and luxuries most homeowners will want to include in their kitchens when designing, decorating and utilizing the spaces. Imagine trying out the latest recipe only to find a mandolin slicer is needed. It can save one time, money and energy by already having the needed equipment in the kitchen. For those who are unsure what to include, consider these options.

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Shortcuts for fast meals Many people are busy balancing family life and careers. This can make mealtime challenging. Sometimes it seems easier to go through the drive-through lane of the nearest fast-food restaurant than to spend time in the kitchen. But making dinner doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. Arriving home from work at 6:30 p.m. and then thinking about making dinner leaves many people feeling stressed out. It is possible to create healthy meals the entire family will enjoy with planning and smart time management in the kitchen. Here are some tips that can make

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Shortcuts from page 21 for easier meals in a snap. 3 Mark the calendar. Sure it may seem like a page right out of the school cafeteria operations, but planning at least two weeks of meals in advance can alleviate the toughest part of meal creation -- deciding on the menu. This enables a person to shop for all of the ingredients and stock up the pantry and the refrigerator. Come mealtime, it’s simply grab and cook. 3 Prep in advance. Some people like to spend Sunday afternoon precooking items that will be used during the week. For example, one can bake chicken cutlets that can be used for a variety of meals later on. Or slice and dice items so that the preparatory work is done. Package into individual baggies or bowls for later use. Sometimes the longest time spent on meals is the prep work. 3 Take some shortcuts. Not every meal that is cooked needs to be entirely from scratch. Mix fresh-made elements with store-bought options. For example, serve barbecued flank steak with prepared salad greens from

your grocer’s refrigerated section and cornbread from their bakery. 3 Consider breakfast foods. Breakfast foods tend to cook faster and with less prep work than others. One night a week serve pancakes, French toast, omelettes, or Belgian waffles. It’s easy and tasty. 3 Invest in a slow cooker. Slow cookers cook food on very low heat for several hours. Many now feature programmable displays so a person can punch in the cook time and the slow cooker will automatically shut off when done. Individuals can come home after a long day of work and school with an entire meal fully cooked and ready to eat. 3 Stir-fry satisfies. Meats and poultry cut into smaller strips and pieces will cook much faster than an entire steak. Pair this with favorite flavors, such as ginger and teriyaki and seasonal vegetables (fresh or frozen) and serve over rice or noodles. There are dozens of stir-fry recipes a person can create with a little experimentation. 3 Have leftover night. One night of

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How to equip your home office As working from home Working from home is growing home, especially when working from home only part-time, the office does not have to be fully stocked. The essentials will probably do the trick. 3 Be flexible with choice of desk. A desk for a home office can be effective whether it’s a folding table or an aesthetically appealing oak desk. Oftentimes, the individual will know what he or she needs. For example, an architect will need a larger desk to spread out blueprints while a writer might be fine working on a smaller desk because he or she does not need much more than a computer. 3 Be choosy with the chair. Employers often look for chairs that discourage slouching and will keep workers comfortable and productive throughout the day. People working from home should also be choosy when finding a workday chair. Cost should not be a major consideration. Instead, comfort should take precedence or it could have adverse effects

grows more popular, more and more homeowners are placing a greater emphasis on building the perfect home office.

on an individual’s health over the course of time. Also, be sure the arms of the chair fit under the desk. 3 Install a second phone line. It’s not ideal to rely on an existing home phone line as the primary means of contact for work. Family or friends might call and force workers to miss important work-related phone calls. Many employers provide a phone line connected to the actual office where the business is located. However, they do not often expect workers to have a work-specific line at their home.

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survey by ServiceMagic, a business that connects homeowners with contractors, about 40 percent of respondents said that they have a man cave or room in their home and another 13 percent said the male domain is in the planning or construction phase. No matter what the man cave will entail, there are some steps guys can take to ensure the plans go smoothly. 3 Create the theme. This is a chance for the man to dream up any design style he prefers. Maybe the walls will be covered in sports memorabilia. Perhaps he desires a dark, solitary space. The room can also be a mix and match of

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Furniture arranging 101: Your space - maximized When presented with an empty room in a new home, most people are a bit apprehensive about where to start. It can be difficult to picture where to place a sofa or how to arrange a chaise lounge. Although interior decorators may seem to have the knack for knowing where to place furniture, arranging items that are already owned or new furniture is something just about anyone can master. Before furniture can be placed, certain questions should be answered and room layouts examined. Consider the following: 3 Is the room used to travel through to another room? If so, a pathway will need to be left so that walking unhindered is possible. 3 Where are the doors and windows located? Furniture should not be placed where it can interfere with a door being opened fully or block too much light. 3 How is the room used? For ex-

ample, furniture shouldn’t be placed in a family room so that individuals constantly have to walk past the television and block watchers’ views. If a room is used as a sitting space, furniture should be geared around bookshelves or a fireplace. 3 What space is available? Too much furniture in a room can create the appearance of clutter. It can also make maneuvering around the room difficult. Keep furniture scale and quantity in mind when decorating. It may be wise to remove some pieces if the room is overrun with items. Once the general idea of where furniture will be placed is decided, it helps to take measurements to ensure everything will fit. There’s little point hefting around heavy furniture only to move it back to its starting position if something doesn’t fit correctly. Making a reduced-scale model of the room and moving paper cut-outs of the furniture is much easier on the back than mov-

ing the furniture itself. There also is software that can be installed on the computer that enables homeowners to see how furniture will look once arranged. Now that the time has come to place the furniture, follow these guidelines. 3 Coffee tables or ottomans should be set 14 to 18 inches away from the couch. Adjust accordingly to meet the needs of homeowners. 3 Televisions should be placed at a distance three-times the size of the screen. However, some of the very-large televisions will simply have to be placed closer. Otherwise they could very well be in the next room. 3 The average adult requires 20 inches of breathing room for dining room chairs. Allow an additional 16 inches of room for pushing the chairs out to get up from the seat. 3 Make sure the edge of a bed is

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Furniture from page 31 at least 24 inches away from a wall so that sleepers can enter and exit the bed comfortably. There are some other tips to keep in mind when arranging furniture. * Consider the safety of young

children. Choose furniture that doesn’t have sharp edges or temporarily cover these edges. * Figure out the focal point of the room (a fireplace or picture window) and arrange furniture to complement, not block, this

feature. * Protect floors and walls when moving furniture. * Enlist the help of strong individuals to move furniture. Don’t risk injury by doing it alone.

Decorating from page 18 loons were suspended from the ceiling. I thought taking the dÊcor into a 3-D application was a great notion. That room gave me the idea to hang pennants along a string in my son’s sports-themed bedroom, as well as a many-sided metal star from the ceiling in my bedroom. A bathroom at a Parade of Homes a few years back had a nautical theme, with bright blues and crisp whites used as a background for surfboard and seashell art. I decided to go with a similar theme for my children’s bathroom, using the same color palette, but highlighting sea life, such as star fish, instead of surfing. That theme has stood me in good stead, whereas if I had gone for a more juvenile feel, I would probably be looking at redecorating by now. Perhaps the biggest influence felt by touring a Parade of Homes can be seen in our basement at home. Each year, many of the homes feature a media room, with seating ar-

ranged around a flat screened television, a fully-stocked bar that just spells entertaining and a gaming area, complete with card table, video games and other fun pursuits. My husband, along with my brother, father and father-inlaw, created a similar space in our basement, complete with play area for the kids, seating area suitable for a card game and big screened TV with DVD player, video game system and enough seating for family and friends. I can’t wait to visit this year’s Parade of Homes, to discover what colors are hot right now, see what new decorating ideas area firms have come up with and look at window treatments (mine could use some updating.) So although many people will be focusing on the structure of the houses at this September’s Parade in Mallard’s Landing, I will be eyeing the “innards,� which help inspire me in my own home.

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Web sites or online bidding sites. Also, check out the classified section of the newspaper to find local deals on equipment being unloaded by others for a steal. 3 Furnish the place. The cornerstone piece of furniture could be a large leather sectional to fit many guy friends. Or, if the man cave is to be a solitary spot, a comfortable recliner. Remember to also include a small

refrigerator for refreshments. 3 Lock it up. For those who want to keep the man cave off-limits, install a lock to keep unwanted visitors out. 3 Enjoy the space. The man cave is a place where guys can kick back and relax and do what they prefer - something that may be off limits in the rest of the house.

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