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is to remove walls and unnecessary doors and “de-compartmentalize” living spaces. It’s amazing to see how much a few adjustments in a floor plan can do to open up a space; see pg. 24 for a comparison of old and new floor plans. We had an incredible response to our 2013 Green Thumb Garden Contest; the FIX mailbox and email inbox were both brimming with entries until just a few days ago. Due to the late spring, we extended the deadline to June 14, and will therefore wait to announce our winner in the September/October issue in order to give our judges time to look more closely at our six finalists (announced on page 50). Between these unbelievable before-andafter home transformations and alluring gardens, maybe you’ll be inspired to start your own home project! If you do, share it with us at edtior@memphisfixmagazine. com.

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the house into an updated, spacious family gathering space. "We knew that we wanted a large hearth room, a

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Work began in October 2012 and

and a lot of custom details added to the

walked in and said, 'that has to go',"

the couple moved at the beginning of

front entrance to enhance the existing

recalls Kathy. "We didn't want to walk in

January. A few months later, the project

French Colonial style." The remodeling

and see a closet door." The new door -

was complete inside and out. "Structurally,

team installed arched doorways in the

an arched barn-style wooden door with

the facade of the house is the same,"

entryway for visual interest, and moved

iron hinges - is an example of the eclectic

explains Shapiro. "But there was a

the dining room closet door around the

style that the designer worked to create

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corner. "Our interior designer, Lee Pruitt,

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Originally, a U-shaped floor plan included a master suite on one side of the house, the kitchen and family room on the other side, and a central terrace. The master bedroom sat between the guest room and the master bath, preventing window views from the master bedroom.

the backyard. "At our previous house we had a very large hearth room," offers Kathy. "We like to have parties, and meetings, and to be able to volunteer our home for gatherings, so we wanted a large space." With two separate seating areas, the Albertines have plenty. Built-in bookshelves and cabinets flank the wall-mounted television, and two chairs, a sofa, and a loveseat define one area, with also boasts French doors that open to the pool deck. The home's original fireplace remains, and serves as the focal point of the second seating area. Aside from the kitchen and dining room, which remain essentially unchanged, the fireplace area was where the home ended.

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After

Enclosing the courtyard creates a large, open family gathering room with French doors that open to the backyard pool deck. Adjacent to the hearth room, a narrow outdoor space is incorporated to add an office, pantry, and storage. An addition allows for an exercise/office room and a large master bedroom; the second floor now has a third bedroom and an additional bathroom.

"There used to be the living room right past the foyer, and then an exterior wall," Kathy says. "Beyond that, to the side, there was a family room with just a fireplace and two windows." Now, the former living room serves as a parlor-like vestibule that houses the staircase. "There was really no privacy between the master bedroom and guest bedroom, so we split them up by putting the bathroom in the middle," shares Shapiro. A short hallway, featuring a sculpture by local artist Wayne Edge (see page 16), is an attractive way to create a barrier between the two bedrooms. The Albertines extended the side of the house to create more room for the master bath, the office, and a larger bedroom, which has substantial 24

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love New Orleans. I’ve always loved New

decided to turn them into doors, which forced us to take the

Orleans,” says homeowner Wes Kraker. What

plunge” and finally construct the New Orleans patio area that

was once an overgrown, functionally useless

Wes says he’s wanted forever.

piece of land abutting the Kraker home

Choosing builder Tim DiSalvo to design and implement the

has been transformed into a little bit of the

project was, Wes says, an easy decision. “I didn’t want a yes-man.

French Quarter right here in East Memphis. Wes and his

I wanted somebody who would say, ‘Based on my experience

wife, Becky, have been in their home for fifteen years, but it

and my best practices, this is what we should do.’” The Krakers

wasn’t until another remodeling project two years ago that

had heard and read about Tim’s stellar reputation, and when he

they committed to transforming their outdoor space into the

made his proposal, Wes says, “I just said, ‘That’s our guy.’” When

stunning, comfortable courtyard it is today. “The area was

Wes told Tim about the New Orleans feel he was looking for,

just kind of overgrown, all azaleas and monkey grass. Not a

DiSalvo actually made a trip down to the Crescent City for ideas.

lawn we could use or enjoy. Just wasted space,” says Wes.

“Now that’s impressive,” says Wes, “when your contractor takes a

“So when we had to replace some windows in the house, we

road trip just to make sure he’s got the right image!”

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Looking around the Krakers’ finished

bluestone everywhere, and the way it

like a Garden District courtyard. “At first,

courtyard, it’s easy to see what DiSalvo

combined with the brick and the gas

all I knew I wanted was the fountain,” says

learned from that inspirational trip to

lamps,” says DiSalvo. At the Krakers’,

Wes, citing a similar work in the famous

NOLA. Graceful columns and elegant

serene bluestone paving in an ashlar

Pat O’Brien’s restaurant as its inspiration.

ironwork combine to make a space that

pattern and reclaimed Memphis Red brick

“Tim’s vision went so much farther than

is both airy and intimate, reminiscent of

anchor a beautiful, open entertainment

my imagination would ever have taken

the French Quarter’s lush urban gardens.

space surrounded by nature, insulated

me.”

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from the surrounding neighborhood just

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A New Orleans Courtyard

Argroves, handcrafted the fountain and

built, especially with such an elaborate

areas,

the focal fleur-de-lis on the back wall, as

fountain with that many angles.” Christie

sitting area,” he says. The showpiece

well as the elaborate scrolled gate, and

Cut Stone used a GPS to gather

quatrefoil fountain is open to the air

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extremely precise measurements for the

and surrounded by high tables—perfect

laid the stonework. “The pier caps, wall

limestone.

for parties. The outdoor kitchen area is

gathering

spaces,

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quieter

coping, and the water feature were all cut

DiSalvo adds that it was important

illuminated with gas lamps that could

from Indiana limestone, explains Michael.

to create separate spaces within the

have come straight from the streetlights

“The challenge was to make sure that

overall courtyard. “Outdoor spaces are

on Bourbon Street, and the open design

what we fabricated fit the areas that Tim

just like the home, you have entertaining

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laid

out

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facilitate cross-ventilation that makes the

The kitchen area is also equipped

week, shares Becky Kraker. “It’s just so

area breezy and comfortable even on the

with a sound system and flat-screen tv.

comfortable. First thing in the morning,

warmest evenings. DiSalvo notes that the

“I didn’t even know I wanted an outdoor

with a cup of coffee—it’s an ideal paper-

construction is reminiscent of the way

kitchen!”

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reading spot. We’ll cook breakfast out

things were built before air-conditioning,

knew what an asset it would be for the

there on the weekends, and it’s great

designed to maximize the flow of natural

Krakers’ frequent entertaining. Now the

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charming home in the Evergreens neighborhood of East Memphis is the perfect place for Bliss and Jan Hicky, now that they have transformed the interior from a series of inconvenient spaces with outdated fixtures into a customized, functional abode. The

project as well,” Jan shares. Chip Tayloe worked alongside

couple had worked with architect Charles Shipp to rebuild

their budget, and we worked together to achieve that goal.

after a 1989 fire at their previous home on Audubon Drive.

Since the Evergreens is an existing neighborhood, it was

Later, the two left Memphis for a job opportunity in Arkansas,

important to be sensitive to the neighbors when doing the

but came back and purchased this home in the fall of 2011.

remodeling, particularly during the demo stage, and we made

“Bliss and I knew we wanted Charles’ expertise as on this

special efforts to keep the impact to a minimum.”

Shipp as the general contractor. “The Hickys bought their home in the Evergreens with the specific intention of updating and remodeling it,” explains Tayloe. He also noted that "the whole team wanted a first class job that fell within

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To bring the first floor back to life,

storage,” Jan recalls. “There was a

spacious and functional, with plenty of

the team began tearing out cabinets

linoleum floor, and dated wood cabinets

texture in the countertops and weathered

and pulling up floors in the kitchen.

that did not maximize the space.” The

finish on the cabinets. Lower cabinets

“We installed a completely new kitchen,

walls were covered in a vivid eighties-

were replaced by more convenient

including new cabinets, granite tops,

style wallpaper of green, yellow and

drawers, and Jan found the perfect-sized

appliances, and hardwood floors,” Tayloe

bright orange.

piece to serve as a rustic island. In addition

explains. “Before, there was limited

The kitchen is now much more

to the kitchen rebirth, the master suite

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went through a total renovation. Upon

“We chose some fabulous doors,” Jan

enjoy their own closets and in the master

entering the front door, a long hallway

says. “We wanted something that would

bath have their own sink space, plenty

to the left once led to the master suite.

make the bedroom inviting, but still give

of storage, a "tucked away" television,

“There was a tiny powder room, then the

us privacy.” She notes that the bedroom

jetted tub and large walk in shower. Since

hall took you into the bedroom; there was

is a perfect size, complete with a reading

the entire room was gutted, there was an

a significant amount of wasted space,”

nook and a door to the back courtyard,

opportunity to install clerestory windows,

Jan explains. The renovation team closed

which was also extensively renovated.

which allow natural light but preserve

off the opening between the rambling

The rest of the suite shows a creative

privacy. There is even a small office/

hallway and the bedroom, which allowed

use of space that is comfortable and

workspace--an idea Jan found on Pinterest

for more space in the powder room.

functional. Before, the tub, shower, and

and elaborated to fit her needs. She adds

French doors off the living room mark

toilet all shared one room and closet

that “this home has classic features yet it is

the new entrance to the master bedroom.

storage was minimal. Now, Jan and Bliss

casual, cozy and perfect for our lifestyle.”

For the front sitting room, the homeowners and designer Gail Woods made bold choices that paid off. Rich leather furniture and bright crimson walls along with rustic accessories create a masculine feel to the comfortable space, which was covered in dated grasscloth wallpaper before the remodel. "We call this the Red Room and when weather prevents us from being on our back porch, this room becomes our retreat,” Jan explains. "It is the perfect size room for the two of us to read, watch movies, or play a competitive game of gin".

“The focal point of the exterior renovation is the covered porch with a wood burning masonry fireplace. The Hickys had a whole house sound system installed as well as a flat screen TV over the fireplace, which they use all the time. Also, Harriet McGeorge designed a new courtyard and fountain with all new landscaping that turned out beautifully. Because the houses are relatively close together, all the demo and, concrete work, framing, and masonry work in the back had to be done by hand or with a wheelbarrow.” - Chip Tayloe

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hen Mary and David George bought their Memphis home 23 years ago, they knew it was the perfect place for their family. “We loved the size of the house from the minute we saw it,” says Mary. Though they had no plans to move,

double duty as a laundry room!” With four boys in the house, they knew that eventually their laundry needs would eclipse the abbreviated space. “It felt like I was spending my days in that eight-foot space, just going from laundry to sink to

there were always a few things Mary had fantasized about

stove to fridge.” It was clear that they needed to open up the

changing. “Our main concern was how narrow and galley-like

space, but “we were still perplexed as to where to put the

the kitchen was,” she says. “And as small as it was, it also did

new laundry room. That was when we knew we needed help.”

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“The Georges’ home was typical of the

area. As we worked, it became apparent

the only concern: the Georges had

time it was built in the seventies. It wasn’t

that we needed an open kitchen.” A large

long dreamed of finding a way to get

very open,” explains interior designer

island with a cook top and additional

the most out of the house’s screened

Graham Reese, who also worked with

counter space has added function, and

porch. Though pleasant in the early

contractor Tommy Young on the project.

the new wood flooring flows seamlessly

spring, the porch “became unbearable by

“Their initial thought was to create a pass

into the den.

midsummer,” laments Mary. Because the

through between the kitchen and living

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entrance, she notes, the relationship

had gone off to college, Mary says, “we

and color choices. “He was a great help

between the porch and the carport was

realized we didn’t want to go another

reeling me in!” she says.

also an issue. “When you finally stepped

day without our family being able to fully

With all the technical and design

up to the back door, you were tracking in

enjoy our home.” They contacted designer

issues they had to overcome, David

dust but grateful you hadn’t twisted your

Graham Reese, who Mary credits with

George notes that “it’s worth every penny

ankle!”

not only having designed the new spaces

getting a good designer and contractor.”

but helping to select lighting, appliances,

Reese and Young knocked down the

When two of the four George sons

“We went with a more contemporary Shaker-style wood cabinetry, and there is a lot of smart storage, like oversized drawers for pots and pans and a built-in spice rack. We chose a marble pattern for the countertops that had a lot of movement. We balanced out the simplicity of the cabinets by choosing a marble pattern for the countertop that had a lot of movement and visual interest. The stainless steel appliances accent other items in the house, and recessed low-voltage lighting gives the space a better ambience. Overall, the remodel helped the design go from traditional to more contemporary.” – Graham Reese

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wall between the kitchen and the den

incorporating the family’s personal style

and constructed a laundry room in the

into the new design. “David and I love to

Now that the remodel is complete,

space between the screened porch and

display local art in our home—it’s like a

the biggest difference, according to

the carport. Mary requested that the

small art gallery!” A seriograph by Picasso

Mary, is a sense of light and air. The

laundry equipment be back in place as

inspired Mary and Graham to take the

soon as possible, and Young had it ready

house in a contemporary direction. “The

in just two weeks. As for the screened

painting made me realize I was tired of

porch, “we made it into a sunroom that

the French Country look,” she says, and

is functional year-round,” says Reese.

they gave it a place of honor on the dining

“We replaced the screen windows with

room wall. Initially she was nervous about

casement windows and added French

the color Graham chose for the walls: “I

“What a difference it makes now to look

doors; there is much more natural light.”

just couldn’t imagine it. It just seemed

out the kitchen window and see green

When the construction was complete,

so dark. But with the cool white of the

grass,” she says. “We feel very blessed to

Mary says, the next challenge was

molding and the white matting behind the

be able to have such a fabulous space.”

Picasso, all the colors just pop!”

open kitchen and the flow between the den and sunroom open up the entire first level of the house, and the sightline from the front door goes right through the sunroom and opens to the backyard.

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The most important thing to remember when caring for your garden in the throes of Mid-South heat is to make sure your plants are sufficiently watered. Here are a few tips to make sure your leafy friends stay hydrated and healthy in the summer months, as well as some recommendations for plants that thrive in the heat.

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To prepare the lemon curd-yogurt topping, whisk together the yogurt, lemon curd, honey, and vanilla. Set aside. To prepare the fruit salad, combine the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sugar, and limoncello, and toss gently. Allow to stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to let berries macerate and release their juices.** Add banana and blackberries to the mixture, and gently combine.

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BACKYARD BLISS Our garden contests entries showed more than just perfectly groomed plants and immaculate landscapes. While our finalists and honorable mentions were announced a few pages back, these fun images were too good to pass up. Here’s a look at a few pictures to keep you smiling all the way to autumn... 1

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3 Rocky the Rescue Dog

submitted by Mark and Mary Wasson, Hernando

4 Mia Faith Wasson with Renegade the Rescue Dog

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5 17 inch 14 pound Cabbages

pictured and submitted by James Moser, Bartlett

6 Hunguss on the Porch

submitted by Carolyn Pollan, Memphis

7 Truck Farm

submitted by Paul Roberts, Cordova

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