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CONTENTS 12 –– Publisher Letter

18 –– Artistically Modern

33 –– Color Trends

36 –– If Michelangelo Had Built A Home

2016

49 –– Day at the Beach

54 –– Home of Distinction

58 –– Trade Secrets

60 –– Inside Out

68 –– Elements

73 –– Ground Floor

74 –– Indulgences ABOUT THE COVER... This magnificent home design by NSPJ Architects is the envy of the neighborhood

80 –– Self

through its character and personality. PHOTO BY MATT KOCOUREK

84 –– Mercantile BACKGROUND PHOTO BY MATT KOCOUREK

88 –– Premier Portfolio

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PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE BY RENEE DEMOTT

Dog Dof ays

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Ok, I have to admit that one of the perks of my job is that I get to

Summer is definitely in full swing and we found some hammocks

meet some pretty terrific people –– homeowners, business owners,

to take a swing in (page 68). And while you’re outside, there’s

sports players and even a TV star or two. But it’s when you ring

plenty of ways to protect yourself from those summer rays (pages

the doorbell and the first thing you hear is a woof from the other

80 and 84).

side of the door that really puts a smile on my face. Yes, I’m a

Want to live at the lake? KC offers some of the best lake

dog person. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against cats, but it’s

communities –– we visited two lake homes that will make you

something about those furry four-legged creatures whose tails

ask, “When can I move in?” (pages 36 and 49).

are wildly wagging that tugs at my heart strings.

Hankering for something grilled for dinner? Dave Eckert, our

And so it was on a recent photo shoot. Besides two super

new Indulgence writer and producer and host of Culinary Travels

homeowners, I was greeted by two loving Boston Terriers, Maiya

with Dave Eckert, has some great tips for mastering seafood on

and Noodles. They were just as excited to have their home featured

the grill (page 74).

in this issue as were the people who lived there! Staging

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Home of Distinction tour

themselves into several shots, it was their day to shine. They even

(page 54). At almost 11,000 square feet, this home is one not to

had to join me in this shot for my column. I thank them and their

miss. Ticket proceeds benefit Braden’s Hope, a wonderful charity

owners for being gracious hosts while we invaded their home.

helping in the fight against childhood cancer.

Take a tour yourself on page 18.

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MODERN This West Plaza home, with a healthy balance of mid-century influences, will first catch your eye at the curb and when you cross its initial threshold, it will undoubtedly capture your heart.

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f ever the proverbial “wow” factor was written all over a home, this one has it. Just a quick glance at all of the amazing interior

photos not only provides a warm embrace upon all of your senses, it makes you realize that so many layers of personality and charm can comfortably decorate and add just the right amount of fun and whimsy while still giving a strong nod to character and integrity. Although this is a new home, these walls can definitely talk and they have so many stories to tell. Designed by NSPJ Architects, this 2,900 square foot home located in the West Plaza area boasts two complete living levels in addition to a basement and a rooftop gathering spot that could easily be the talk of the neighborhood. “It was interesting to see this go from just a foundation and garage slab when we first bought it to what it is today,” said the owner. “The former home was torn down and we worked from a clean slate.” After construction was completed, the owners moved in two months ago and enthusiastically put their fingerprints all over the place with some of the most imaginative ideas in terms of design, artwork, accessories and style. “This is a departure from anything we’ve had before,” noted the homeowners, who previously lived in a ranch-style home with a pool and large yard near Meyer Circle. “This time around I wanted something that was low maintenance and more energy efficient.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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This modern home, with a healthy balance of

require a roll-up-your-sleeves mentality as forces

mid-century influences, will first catch your eye at

came together to complete the look, and, invariably,

the curb and when you cross its initial threshold, it

the couple did encounter a few differences of

will undoubtedly capture your heart. Of course, the

opinion, but it is their own unique tastes that seem

owner jokingly refers to the front yard as “postage

to work so compatibly together.

stamp size,” but that is just fine with him, as it trends

“Our prior home was not truly a reflection of the

with his desire for a low maintenance abode. The

two of us,” expressed the owners. “And when we

remaining perimeter of the yard enjoys casual and

sold that home, we not only sold the house, but also

comfortable landscaping of minimal impact but still

most of the furnishings to the buyer. We basically just

of great personality. The exterior siding of the home

took with us our personal effects and certain pieces

does its job by offering a warm and modern look.

of artwork.”

“The wood lends texture, color and warmth under

Yes…a clean slate…from top to bottom, and

the eaves of the roof,” stated the owners. Other

what a perfect platform from which to create a space

materials include stucco and two kinds of metal ––

that blends the couple’s tastes, and it is interesting

brown corrugated metal on the lower part and white

to move about the home and begin to understand

metal on top.

which eye and style had a hand in the shaping of

Besides the home itself, the owners are thrilled

each room. With three bedrooms (one of which

with living in an area of town that is growing in a

doubles as the office), two and one half bathrooms,

sort of Renaissance style, close to the Plaza and

all floors are either tiled or hardwood, except for

Westwood Park, which is the perfect spot to walk

the master bedroom, which has distressed and

their two Boston Terriers, Noodles and Maiya.

washed bamboo flooring and warm accent tones

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“My taste tends towards excess,” noted the homeowner. “I tend to think about all of the details, whereas my partner excels at editing me and pulling me back when needed. It was definitely a fun process, but not without its frustrations on occasion.” Among the many focal points of the home include the three inset glass floor panels made of half-inch tempered safety glass in the upper hallway. Not only do they provide that initial jaw-dropping expression, they also turn up the volume on functionality. “This is a long, narrow home that can get dark in the middle,” explained the homeowner. “These panels serve to harvest the light from the penthouse level and bring it down to the lower level.” Additionally, the panels have accent lights beneath them to enhance the area once the sun goes down. So….do you actually walk across them? “While we have obviously gotten used to them, it is interesting to note that when guests come over, they initially tend to walk around the glass,” laughed the owner. The see-through staircase is made of aluminum and glass in a mid-century pattern. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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“I left the aluminum raw, as I like the distressed nature it gives,” said the owner. Most of the artwork within the home is locally sourced and Kansas City inspired. “That was very important to us,” noted the homeowners. “We have many beautiful things in Kansas City that need to be celebrated.” Among the many personal touches that you most likely won’t see in any other home are the pieces of both owners’ past that still have a heartbeat today. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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For example, the mid-century collection of salt and pepper shakers, once put away in boxes because of lack of space in which to display them, now enjoy their new home in the dining area. Moving into the office, there is a grand collection of toys, from sock monkeys made by an aunt and mom many years ago to a seemingly endless collection of little people that line the shelves. From a distance, they bring a pop of color to the space, and when viewed up close, you eventually realize that they are cleverly placed and displayed toys from days gone by. An old drum made by one of the owners when he was in Boy Scouts holds its own on a side table and the triangular wall mural gives the room added character. Other fun touches include the highboy cabinet with eclectic mid-century lines in the entry way accented by a collection of circle mirrors above; a KCP&L historic tower tile mural with an actual blinking red beacon light at the top made by the owner; and the pièce de résistance –– the “can’t miss” Gulf sign that adorns the wall going up the stairs. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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“I had a love of vintage, large scaled signs for years and when I found this at a place called Retro Inferno, that re-inspired me,” he said. “It is 72 inches in diameter and has backlit LED tape lighting and a frame built around it to match the wood ceiling in the penthouse. The upstairs penthouse level is the perfect lounging spot after the end of a long day. The coffee table doubles as a gas fire pit with volcano rock. There are hookups in place for an outdoor TV and a hammock with accompanying umbrella is the perfect spot for that late afternoon weekend nap. The simple approachability of the space can certainly make anyone feel comfortable enough to kick off his shoes and sit back for a bit. “We definitely feel at home here. This place has so many opportunities to talk,” smiled the owners.

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Michelangelo HAD BUILT A HOME IF

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McDermott and the RDM Architecture team were fully involved with the development of the home, which encompassed roughly four years of committed teamwork. In addition to the 10,000 square feet of living space, there is another 5,000 square feet of usable outdoor space which is easily accessed from within the home. Just like a jaw-dropping piece of art, this inhabitable sculpture represents the result of keen attention to detail, design, functionality and form, seamlessly coming together as undoubtedly one of the top designs in the portfolio of RDM Architecture. “This Mediterranean style home has four bedrooms plus one additional room currently used as an exercise room that can be converted to another bedroom in the future, along with two half baths, one full bath with tub and four full baths with showers,” noted McDermott. “This house was completely customized for the owners and they were involved in the design and the material selection throughout a long and in-depth process which resulted in a great house that fits their style and the way they live.” Among the outstanding highlights of this home include the helical staircase and tower above in the entryway; a two-story great room; a master suite with a formal sitting room; sun room; main floor laundry room that doubles as a catering kitchen and “Her” office and lower level gathering room and theater room. There is also a second floor screen porch that offers a spectacular view. Mahogany was a running theme throughout the home, as well, and was used in the ceilings in the great room, as well as in the trim and the columns. The numerous outdoors spaces situated on all levels, along with large windows strategically placed throughout, support the ambiance of being among nature at nearly every turn.

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Besides going “green” for the natural aspects of the

and light to allow for the views. We also used various

home, “green” elements were incorporated to include

greenery and plants in the repetition of colors and

ground source geothermal heating; spray foam insulation,

patterns on fabrics throughout the home, repeating

deep overhangs and energy efficient double glazing

landscape colors against a neutral background. This was

reduced solar gain, and the maintenance of mature trees

truly a labor of love, from choosing the furniture, the

wherever possible to maximize shade.

accessories, the tile work and all of the hard finishes. consummate

Virtually every piece of furniture, as well as every fabric

collaboration,” stated interior design expert James.

“This

project

was

definitely

the

and trim, was chosen specifically for the home. The

“There was never a meeting without myself (representing

owners were very participatory with every decision made

the client) or a representative of both the builder and of

and we all took a cue from them.”

RDM Architecture from the time I became involved through its completion.”

The formal sitting room, for example, enjoys a hand-carved limestone fireplace and a foliage-enhanced

James indicated one of the the most notable features

area rug. African mahogany on the trim work adds a

of the home is the spectacular inlaid marble center

strong layer of style. The main kitchen (one of three in

medallion in the custom designed floor on the main

the home!) enjoys limestone quartz countertops and

level in the curvature of the staircase that was specifically

handcrafted back splash tiles, along with a hand painted

designed for the home. With so many exquisite details

carved tile relief of a basket of fruit and flowers over the

throughout the home, each room is part of a greater

range. Even the refrigerator provides a unique look with

tapestry working together cohesively to provide

its armoire façade.

beauty, comfort, and spectacular views as well as very livable spaces.

An inviting sun room enjoys a sprinkling of colors with purple, pink and orange popping throughout as rattan

“The primary goals with respect to this home were to

chairs, a painted farmhouse table, hand painted tile

maximize the setting and to bring the outdoors in,” James

around the fire place and hand painted accent tile in the

explained. “That meant the incorporation of lots of glass

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And while the upper levels of the home tend towards more of an elegant, yet still homey feel, the lower level bar and theater area suggest a more rustic and casual atmosphere. The wool plaid sofa and the subtle browns and greens on the chairs, which are traditional pieces with a bit of heather on them, lend themselves to that feeling. The sliding barn doors are designed to close off the space or to open it up, and the custom designed wine cellar behind the bar is not to be missed. “In my 40 years as a residential home builder, I can certainly say that this home is one of the most intricately detailed homes, using the finest materials and workmanship we have ever built,” expressed builder Julian. “The homeowners were a dream to work with since they enjoyed every step of the process and made a financial commitment to make it the very best it could be. In a 40-year career, you hope to have at least one project where the owners are committed to produce the best of the best, and this client fulfilled that dream with the completion of this true work of art.” One of Julian’s favorite aspects of this home is the helical main staircase, which opens to the expansive living area, featuring solid mahogany throughout. “The attention to detail in this home far exceeds any expectation you may have as you tour the layout,” said Julian. “Working with the owners as they strived for perfection truly helped us jointly create a masterpiece. This is the type of project an owner (and their builder) can only create once in a lifetime.” Landscape designer Heichel expressed similar sentiments. “It was challenging to work with this level of client,” conveyed Heichel. “It’s a place that has a million-dollar view, and the Tuscan-style design is reflected in the outdoor elements.” “We married the interior of the home to the exterior, picking up on the same style,” said Heichel, noting that home sits on a large double lot with 50 feet of fall from the main level to the lowest part of the road. With everyone working PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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together, this home was built right the first time,

consistent basis throughout the year, pruning,

and the homeowner understands and appreciates

planting, weed pulling, adjusting irrigation timers,

the value of that level of quality.”

fertilizing the flowers, mowing and chemical

Creating the landscape features required a very analytical approach, factoring in all of the

Other exciting features around the perimeter of

hardscapes, ensuring each worked in tandem with

the home include an upper level screened porch

the other creating a seamless and harmonious

that overlooks the various gardens, landscapes

presentation. Taking a leisurely walk along the

and the lake. There is a covered outdoor kitchen,

grounds is somewhat akin to strolling through an

pool, waterfall, hot tub and fire pit.

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“This is a vacation home in and of itself,” expressed Heichel. “And the backyard specifically has a resort-like feeling to it.”

views,” emphasized Heichel. “In fact, this home

A solid team player, Heichel is quick to point out

has been on a number of garden tours already.

that with a project of this magnitude, no one

It has a very active landscape with constant

person gets all of the credit.

blooming color depending upon the season. I

“It required the effort of all of us together –– the

love to see all of the changing colors throughout

best of the best –– and it was exciting to work

the year.”

with these brilliant design minds and contractors to

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applications, all to ensure that the integrity of the

create this masterpiece,” said Heichel.


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ubtle elegance coupled with a casual, laid back vibe attend to the overall ambiance and charm of this Lee’s

Summit lake home nestled contiguous to Lakeview Lake. It

has a true vacation feel to it yet enjoys all of the comforts of home. Built in the 1980s, this space was easily brought into the 21st

century with the help of professional staging designer, Helen Bartlett,

owner of Refined Interior Staging Solutions. With a strong background in styling and staging homes to focus on the home itself, creating a

With a palette of blues and greys throughout the home, this Lakeview home captures an easy-going coastal feel reminiscent of a cozy seaside cottage. Story by A NN B UTENAS Photos by DAWN C ONNERS P HOTOGRAPHY

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natural flow from room to room, Bartlett has been an integral part of creating a genuinely calm, peaceful and serene environment that coordinates perfectly with the outdoor landscape and is beautifully inspired by the water. “I love this location. The home is so beautiful. It was built in a very traditional way but it currently supports a more transitional style,� she said, referring to the unique touches she has incorporated into the home, elevating its look to embrace an updated style without losing touch with its traditional roots. A true stand-out in this home is the inviting living room. With two couches symmetrically, yet casually, facing one another to provide the perfect place in which folks can just lose themselves for hours in conversation while allowing the copious amounts of light and the stunning lake

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view to provide enough visual entertainment without overwhelming the space. The light grey walls partner harmoniously with the tweed-like, nubby linen fabric of the couches and with the soft baby blue with a hint of grey on the expansive area rug, along with the spindle chairs flanking either side of the fireplace, all of which encourage both a formal and informal gathering spot. The darker than royal blue colors on the chairs match the dark urns on top of the fireplace mantle while the checkered aqua blue and white coral pattern of the couch throw pillows offset the tone of the hardwood flooring and work well with the coffered ceiling above. “The original ceiling in this room was dark and the owner repainted it a bright white, also adding a new stone fireplace and hardwood flooring,� noted Bartlett. The dining room makes a statement with a unique distressed table that provides a beachy look. The accompanying slip cover chairs give it a casual feel which are tempered by the two burlap ones on either end, giving the space a bit of texture. The existing pendant lighting and hardwood flooring in this room complete the look, along with the unassuming centerpiece.

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“It was important to keep the centerpiece on this table to a minimum to allow the light fixtures to be more of the focal point,” noted Bartlett. The deck just off the dining room is the perfect extension, not only of the home but also of the day. Can you just imagine yourself relaxing with a cool beverage on a warm summer’s evening while lounging in these comfortable wicker resin outdoor chairs? “I could just sit out there and spend an entire day,” smiled Bartlett. Working with a palette of blues and greys throughout the home, Bartlett has captured an easy-going coastal feel reminiscent of a cozy seaside cottage. She has successfully blended soothing hues along with numerous beach-like accessories and furnishings, to create an appealing look. Because this home sits on the lake, the details of the furniture and the accessories provide a coastal-like atmosphere without being too beachy. “It is good not to have everything match to allow for more depth and interest in the space,” emphasized Bartlett. “It makes it more interesting that way.”

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“this is me” but don’t know where to start? KCH&S

“No matter if your yard is flat or has some variations in height, look at it

shares how-to tips gathered from Chris Feldkamp,

as a design opportunity. A hilly yard adds character and can separate

owner of Land Design Group of Roeland Park, who

spaces. A flat yard can be a clean canvas waiting for your creative touch,” Feldkamp continues. “Look closely at what you already have and make

specializes in creating unique outdoor spaces that

choices based on those more permanent elements. If you have a large

fit your individual style and budget.

tree for example, choose plants that could survive in shade or stonework that can withstand the elements to which they will be exposed.”

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2 KNOW YOUR BUDGET Feldkamp shared his most indispensable encouragement: “I think the most important thing to remember is that any space can look stunning on any budget. Budget does not have to restrain you when you find great inspiration. Look in magazines, on the internet, and visit stone yards. You can have the look and feel you want in an unlimited number of ways.”

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MAKE IT REFLECT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

with the amount of time and effort you

“I always recommend that clients go to the stone yard to find some inspiration. There is

want to invest. The location also adds

so much variation in stone and pavers that it surprises most people. If you are struggling

to the maintenance factor as the right

with how to make your space reflect your style, this is a great place to start for design

plant in the wrong location may not

inspiration.” Asking yourself the right questions is also important. “Look at the rest of

survive and need replacing.” He adds,

your life for inspiration as well. Do you love color or do you like things to look crisp and

“Stone and pavers also need care, so

clean? Whatever your design aesthetic, you can absolutely carry that over into your

keep that in mind as you choose.”

backyard haven.”

5 KNOW HOW YOU WILL USE THE SPACE “Before you start your design, it is important to know how you will use the space as it will affect your choices. Do you want to entertain and do you need space for the children to play? Once you determine how you will use the space you can let that guide the kind of materials you will use and their durability or where you will carve out space for each activity. You may want to put the play area within view of a window or you may want to define an area to entertain.”

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INSIDE OUT

Flexible, Functional & Fabulous More than just a custom-made deck, this all-season screened porch offers year-round living possibilities. Story by Ann E. Butenas

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screened porch to that home, you can add some decided value to your overall investment. More than just a structure attached to your home, a deck can serve to expand your living

space plus give you numerous ways to relax and unwind. With a great deck or screened porch, the possibilities for year-round fun are seemingly endless. Pop open a bottle of champagne on New Year’s Eve or fire up the grill and celebrate with hot

dogs and a hearty cold one on the Fourth of July. On Halloween, it can be a great place to show off those amazing pumpkin carvings. And the best part about having a space like this? The choices available in terms of styles, sizes and materials are numerous, offering a wide selection of hardwoods from which to choose, as well as fasteners and under deck guttering systems. No matter where you reside –– a country farmhouse, a city dwelling or a lakeside lodge –– a well-constructed deck or screened porch offers you one of the best ways to connect with nature, relax and meditate, and this particular screened porch is the epitome of what having a vacation at home can mean. While a picture clearly speaks a thousand words, some of the highlights of this 18’ x 22’ structure include tile flooring, a real stone veneer fireplace with a three-inch limestone handchiseled top cap on top, and 2” x 6” tongue-in-groove car siding on the incredible vaulted ceiling. This space truly rivals an interior living room for personality and style. Attached to a stunning 3,877 square foot Overland Park residence, this all-season screened porch is clearly a stand out when it comes to outdoor living spaces. “We brought the outdoors in a bit by fully screening in the space with custom-made materials that provide 60% UVA and UVB protection from the sun,” noted the president of All Under One Roof, the company behind the design and construction. “We specialize in the details with our designs and our bottom line is all about the craftsmanship.”

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The eye-catching tile flooring is no accident when it comes to its

“The pool was already in place when we built the deck,” said the

design style, either. Referred to as a modified hopscotch pattern,

president. “However, we added the flagstone skimstone around

three different sized tiles (12” x 12”, 6” x 12”, and 6” x 18”) were

the pool, grinding off the old surface and creating a new custom

deliberately placed to create what appears to be more of a work of

pattern.”

art than simply a flooring system. Comfortable and inviting outdoor furniture, coupled with artwork on the walls/siding and custom powder coated Westbury aluminum handmade spindles add to the finesse of the space.

The skimstone extends around the pool and to the patio underneath the main deck. “We added the skimstone underneath the deck, around the pool and along the side of the house all the way to the front covered

Just outside the screened porch is the open air martini/grill deck,

porch,” commented the president, also referencing the added

complete with a gas grill that is operated by a propane line that

touches of the existing pea gravel, flagstone stepping stones, and

also services the fireplace.

wrought iron fencing.

Dry under-deck ceiling was installed under the martini/grill deck

The covered porch, coupled with all of the outdoor touches on

which drains excess water to a custom gutter on the house, so

the ground and around the perimeter of the home, happily offers

when it rains, the patio underneath remains dry.

an easy escape when some much-needed rest and relaxation is

Descending down the attached custom made iron spiral

on the agenda.

staircase –– a perfect answer to minimize over-usage of space

“What used to be just simply an uncovered deck is now a livable

that comes with a traditional deck staircase –– you are greeted

space,” emphasized the president. “The homeowners can enjoy

not only by meticulous landscaping but also by a welcoming body

using it year-round, using the fireplace with a blower motor on it in

of water that begs, “Everybody in the pool!”

the cooler months and the ceiling fan in the warmer months.”

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Resources

Project Designer: All Under One Roof Tile: Emser Tile Lumber: McCray Lumber Railing System: Kansas City Deck Supply Fireplace: Henges Insulation Concrete Finishing: Sub Q Artistics Mantle and Fireplace Landing: Legendary Stone Underdecking: Dry Deck Ceilings

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Making Under-Deck Guttering Stylish and Functional For a deck that comes out on top, it’s what underneath it that counts! Sometimes you don’t realize you need or want something until you discover it exists. That just might be the case with the amazing creations of Dry Deck Ceilings:

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beautiful, rainproof under-deck ceilings, also known as under-deck guttering. If your home has a deck with patio or storage space below, this could prove to be a fantastic addition to your outdoor living area. The aesthetic value is undeniable, considering these ceilings vanish the unfinished raw lumber overhead and the accumulation of dirt streaks, algae and bird/wasp nests. The ceiling also keeps all the nasty drip-through off of your patio furnishings or hot tub or grill. Plus, you can enjoy your clean, finished-looking outdoor space even in rainy weather. Dry Deck Ceilings operates primarily in the Kansas City metro area but has installed ceilings as far away as the Lake of the Ozarks. Owner Al Adriance is nearing his 100th under-deck ceiling installation and could certainly write the book on this system at this point. However, he describes his learning curve as both brutal and challenging. “There wasn’t any book on it when I started, literally,” he emphasized. “Much of what I learned from others on installing these ceilings I had to un-learn. Early on, I heard many sad stories from other contractors who had tried to rig up an under-deck ceiling to accommodate a customer. Once I got started at it, I quickly found out the reason for all the sad stories.”

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Because of his keen attention to his craft and his eye for detail, Adriance now routinely produces a stunning end result that makes a deck look like a natural extension of the home, but he is quick to give credit where it is due. “I actually owe my customers in a big way,” he explained. “I’m continually figuring out new improvements but a huge amount of the evolution of our product has come from my customers’ ideas.” So, what exactly is an under-deck ceiling? It is a rainproof, drip-proof ceiling that is affixed to the underside of your deck, allowing you to

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congregate, socialize and relax on the patio beneath your deck, no matter the elements outside, keeping you and your patio furnishings clean and dry. Made of .032” thick aluminum panels that are available in 27 colors, they are resistant to rust and are of the heaviest gauge used in the under-deck ceiling industry. Each Dry Deck Ceiling installation comes with a warranty on materials and workmanship that is valid for as long as your deck frame boards (joists) are still intact. Adriance could best be described as the most experienced under-deck ceiling installer in the metro area and he attends to each project with the utmost of attention to detail and perfection. “I love creating big, positive effects, and these ceilings do that every time,” he smiled. “I custom-make low-profile gutters that resemble trim instead of slapping up a tacky looking piece of plain eaves gutter. The final overall appeal of an under-deck ceiling is also related to the

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trim work, around the sides of the ceiling, around the stairs and around any beams.” An under-deck ceiling completely alters the look of a space, taking it from a routine deck to an eye-catching work of art that is ultra-finished. “My clients never fully anticipate what it will look like until they see the finished product, and then they are amazed,” emphasized Adriance. Perhaps the most compelling evidence for the viability of Adriance’s ceilings is that they don’t leak. He’s perfected his system regarding not just the visual element appeal, but also the mechanics of it. So his under-deck ceilings mean less maintenance on the patio furniture that sits under the deck.

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That’s a four-letter word with which no one wants to make

development of therapies for the treatment of chronic pain, to be

friends, but the Institute of Medicine reports that 100 million

trained with the use of the newly approved St. Jude Medical

people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and

Axium Neurostimulator System. Clinically described, this system

supporting research of that phenomena suggests this costs the

“targets the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), a spinal structure densely

American population an estimated 515 million workdays each

populated with sensory nerves that transit information to the brain

year, generating nearly 40 million visits to physicians annually. That

via the spinal cord.” This device allows for spinal stimulation that

also equates to approximately $100 billion per year in lost work

can target specific areas of the body where pain occurs.

time and health care expenses.

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Typically speaking, when someone is dealing with chronic pain,

relief to patients with certain neuropathic conditions that otherwise

they will usually turn to treatments such as prescription painkillers,

might not be achieved by traditional spinal cord stimulations.

which often prove to be an inadequate measure by which to treat

This is an ideal procedure for someone who has tried numerous

the pain. However, a recent FDA-approved device that has been

treatment options yet has failed to obtain sufficient pain relief.

used in Europe and Australia for the past seven years is showing promising results with respect to treating chronic pain.

“The perfect candidate for this procedure is someone who is experiencing unrelieved pain from such conditions as previous

Dr. Constantine Fotopoulos, a specialist in interventional spine

knee surgery; pain after knee replacement surgery; unresolved

and sports medicine at Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedic

pain issues from foot and ankle surgeries; post-hernia pain or

Clinics, is one of only 300 physicians in the United States who

hip replacement surgery,” noted Dr. Fotopoulos. “This procedure

has been specifically appointed by St. Jude Medical, Inc., a

allows localized stimulation, treating complex regional pain

global medical device company and international leader in the

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The DRG is a small bundle of nerves responsible for transmitting pain message to the brain, controlling when sensations can enter your spinal cord. Every vertebra in the spine has a DRG.

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Through the use of DRG stimulation, leads are implanted under the skin in the spine. Mild electrical impulses are sent to the area of a DRG within the spine, which allows the DRG to block pain signals from traveling to the brain from that specific area. As a result, instead of the sensation of pain, a patient may sense either a slight tingling feeling or the complete absence of pain. Procedurally, this device is easily navigated by a trained physician. A lead is implanted on the nerve that is attached to the DRG through which the electrical impulses are sent, powered by a battery that is also implanted beneath the skin. Much like a spinal cord stimulator, it is operated by a rechargeable battery and is implanted through a device that goes through the skin. DRG stimulation can be directed to certain areas from which the pain is felt. DRG simulation aids in reducing effects from problems such as continued pain after a total knee or hip replacement, post-amputation pain, pain after hernia repair and complex regional pain syndrome. It should be noted, however, that this type of stimulation is not promoted as a cure for the source of pain, as pain reduction varies by individual. Most patients, however, experience at least a 50% reduction in pain, with some studies showing as high as 90% reduction in pain. Done on an out-patient basis under light intravenous sedation in typically under an hour, an initial trial procedure is first required. Patients may realize minor post-surgical pain but can expect to return to their normal routine almost immediately. The use of the stimulator can result in decreased pharmaceutical requirements; less side effects; and additionally offers more long-term pain control. With both two and five-year data reports published, the company behind the device has reported upwards of an 80% success rate. “After researching all of the data, I am excited to offer it to my patients,” expressed Dr. Fotopoulos. “In all rights, it should nearly abolish the rare and severe pain seen after knee replacement surgeries. Bear in mind, it is not the norm to have pain (in this regard) but it

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