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Features Christmas 12 Ways 22 Kitchen Work 29 Dress your Home in Ribbons and Bows 35 Low-country Concept 42


A Different Kind of Tree House 45 Building for the Modern Family 48 Family, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability 54 Rustic Elegance 63

Departments Art Fix 14, 18


On the cover 27 Gift Guide 60 Green Fix 65 Hospitality Fix 66


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From The Editor


ome is at the heart of holiday celebrations. This issue of FIX explores ways to freshen and personalize traditional holiday designs. Our design experts’

make great gifts. Check out a few of our

suggestions, from mix-and-match china to

pumpkin butter dip and a glass of mulled

hand crafted bows to rustic tree decoration,

apple cider (pg. 66).

favorites on pg. 60. Food is also an integral part of holiday festivities. Wow your guests with fall

may help you find inspiration to put a twist

As new editor of FIX, I’d love to hear

on an old family tradition or create new

feedback on this issue and issues past.

traditions all your own.

What do you love about FIX? What would

This year, the 2013 VESTA Home

you like to see more of? We feature

Show at St. James Place in Germantown

local home projects in each issue, such

coincides with the holidays, and we are

as Bartlett resident Warren Zimmer’s

providing an in depth look at several of the

newly remodeled kitchen (pg. 29). If

show homes (pg. 42-55). Whether your

you are preparing to embark on a home

taste is more traditional or contemporary,

improvement project, I’d love to hear about

this issue has features fit for every interior

it and share your experience with our

style. This season is all about giving, and

readers. My email address is Patterson@

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Vinodini Jayaraman works on her mural at the University of Memphis


inodini Jayaraman received

grew up in Kerala, India. Her mother was

her first set of paints when she

a lawyer and mathematician. Her father

“I once lived in the foothills of the

was 3 years old. Jayaraman

was a conservationist, and Jayaraman

Himalayas,” said Jayaraman. “I didn’t

suffered from a stutter and her

spent her youth traveling to tiger and

realize it then, but to be able to travel was

mother thought the problem

elephant reservations, she said.

such a privilege.”

first job with the Indian Civil Service.

stemmed from a trouble with expression.

Valedictorian of her college class,

In the 1990s, Jayaraman immigrated

By age 12, Jayaraman’s stutter was

Jayaraman went on to receive a master’s

with her husband and two children to the

gone. Her romance with paint, however,

degree in International Studies from

United States. After settling in Memphis,

had only just begun.

Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1980.

she worked as the director of refugee

She traveled the breadth of India in her

and immigration services at Catholic

Jayaraman, a Memphis resident, 14

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Charities of West Tennessee. Jayaraman


she hopes that, in addition to raising to


throughout her career and has now dedicated herself to the craft full time. Her preferred medium is silk, but she works with different paints on a variety of surfaces.

“Seeing the tigers at the University always makes me happy,” she said. Naturally, tigers and elephants have

This fall, she began painting a

walls of Jayaraman’s Memphis home.

mural at the University of Memphis,

She draws inspiration from Indian

near the school’s community garden.

mythology and her life on the Malabar

Jayaraman’s 20-year-old son, who

coast. Her work is a blend of South

is an economics major, works in the

Asian ethnic art and modern art.


“I now live by the Mississippi, but several

the sights and sounds of India continue

endangered animals that Jayaraman

to haunt me,” Jayaraman wrote in the

encountered in her childhood.

artist statement on her website. “I am



Of her favorite, tigers, she painted

ever conscious of the paradox that

twelve. She also featured the extinct

is Asia, its poverty and opulence, its

Tasmanian tiger and other endangered

irresistible urge for modernization and

animals, such as komodo dragons and

its equally determined resolve to retain


tradition.” of

Jayaraman’s work is available for

animal care facilities at the University

purchase at her website: http://www.

of Memphis, said the mural will serve as




a teaching tool to highlight diminishing numbers





encroach on territories. Jayaraman said Mother Earth and Sita – by Vinodini Jayaraman

students and visitors.

prominence in the work hanging on the

garden. Shree Ganesha – by Vinodini Jayaraman

awareness, the mural will bring joy to

“I like to say that my art is a pictorial diary,” Jayaraman said. “It’s been a good journey.”

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Artist Spotlight contd. By Sara P. Shirley, Photos by Brandon Dill

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wenty years after artist Nancy Cheairs graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Memphis College of


Art, she decided to go back to school. The impact on her work after the

return to academia was “profound,” she said. “That was a real turning point in my life,” said Cheairs. “The conversations between student

and teacher, and student to student added depth and new questions to my practice.” Cheairs received her master’s degree in 2007 from the University of Memphis and longed to incorporate her experiences at school into her everyday life. So, with her sculptor husband, she opened up her art studio on Flicker Street in Memphis for classes in 2010. “What we’re doing is a little unusual for this area, and needed,” said Cheairs. “We’re committed to offering high-quality community art education to students.” Cheairs and her staff teach classes to students of all levels and ages. Inspired by a class she taught on color, Cheairs used only primary colors to create the collection of oil paintings titled “Arcadia.” The collection will be will be on exhibit Nov. 20-Dec. 21 at David Lusk Gallery. The concept of Arcadia is of an “untouched and unspoiled land, a place that restores both body and spirit,” said Cheairs. “My goal with these paintings is to construct a new world from fragments of remembered experience, including pieces from childhood, art history, literature and architecture.” “In ‘The Town’ (featured in back) I wanted a sense of tension between the flatness of pure color and the deeper space that perspective creates.” – Nancy Cheairs


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A decorative tip for each of the days By Anne Canale and Karen Eskin Photos by Craig Collier

12 ways

holidays are times of tradition, but they also present opportunities to make traditions of your own. FIX consulted with the entertainment experts at My Perfect Party in Memphis to provide 12 ways to personalize your holiday displays.




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Use mementos from your travels to decorate for the holidays. Take all those shells you collected on the beach and place them in a glass jar mixed with silver and gold ornaments or display a collection of photos from your travels in coordinating frames.

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Use all the Christmas cards you receive to decorate your home. Display them attractively on a wire card holder or attach them to a ribbon hung from the wall.

Use natural elements from your region of the country to decorate everything from your mantle to your front doors. In the South, we often see cotton, magnolia leaves, pine cones and spruce displayed prominently.

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Place a small favor that also serves as a place card at each table setting for guests to enjoy. They will be thrilled to be taking home a personalized gift.


To make any holiday gathering festive, use candy to decorate and serve as dessert for your guests. Fill clear glass containers with a variety of candies that match your color scheme and provide guests with small containers to sample the sweets.

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Instead of hanging the same old wreath on your front door, purchase boxwood letters and add a festive ribbon.

For a festive look, concentrate on setting a beautiful table by first layering different fabrics. Choose colors that match the theme of your party and consider mixing different prints and textures.


Consider using fruit as part of your dĂŠcor. Red and green apples, cranberries and oranges last quite a while, are inexpensive and really add a festive touch to a mantle or centerpiece.


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envelopes that contain trinkets, candy, or coupons for fun activities. Label each item with the numbers 1 through 25 and let your kids open one each day through Christmas. Display your calendar by stringing envelopes on tinsel or festive ribbon or lining up the boxes on the mantel. This is one tradition your kids will count on!



Use your favorite summer containers that you just can’t bear to store all winter to set up a charming food display. Think outside the box and bring the outdoors in.


Create a themed Christmas tree. Using ornaments you have collected from your travels, base a tree entirely on your most recent adventure or base one on your favorite sports team using the team colors as your guide, along with mementos such as ticket stubs.

About the authors With a little help from Anne Canale and Karen Eskin, your perfect party awaits. The two friends started the local party planning business, “My Perfect Party,” after discovering they share a knack for pulling together casual events that look like over-the-top affairs. Together, they have created a website that makes you want to entertain. For more information, tips and entertainment ideas visit www.

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emories are made around the dining room table each holiday season, and we wanted to share ideas to help make your festive meals more memorable. Stacy McSpadden and Linda Perry, with Chestnut Hall Fine Furniture and Interior Design, mixed antique china with modern tableware to create the stunning setting displayed on this issue’s cover. The idea behind the setting was to use inherited pieces with newer ones to give your table a personal and unique, yet timeless look. The table is dressed with a champagne tablecloth and tea green

table runner. McSpadden placed newer Lennox holiday series dinner plates over silver and gold chargers, and then put antique salad plates on top. “Mixing the pieces makes the setting more interesting,” said McSpadden. “And family members will recognize the older china—maybe your mother or your grandmother’s things—and it just makes it more personal.” Antique crystal water glasses were paired with sleeker, more modern crystal tea glasses, adding extra pop to each place setting. At the table’s center, a floral arrangement composed by Perry draws the eye. White and gold

ornaments inside the arrangement add a decidedly holiday feel to the flowers. On each side of the arrangement sit boxwood topiaries, which McSpadden said can be used to dress up a table on any occasion. In front of the topiary, three crystal candlesticks catch light and add elegance to the spread. At each end, large ornaments enclosed in bell cloches seal the table’s Christmas theme. Lastly, in place of napkin rings, McSpadden tied the napkins with a ribbon and ornament, which could be given as party favors to guests. nove m b e r • dece m b e r 2013


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hen Bartlett home owner Warren Zimmer relocated to Arizona in 2005 for work, he rented out his home. Upon his return in 2010, he said the house had suffered a bit of wear and tear from renters and was in need of renovation. Zimmer turned to Marble and Granite Products, of Cordova, to remodel his kitchen. Warren’s formica countertops had bowed, he said, and he wanted a cabinet design that would maximize storage. He also updated his appliances to have a complete set of stainless steel products. In three weeks, Warren’s kitchen was transformed. His cabinets were replaced with a glaze-finished cherry wood set. The custom design included a pantry built into the back side of the bar, to give Warren much-needed storage space. Warren chose beige, speckled granite countertops and a textured, glass tile backsplash. One of Warren’s favorite features, he said, is his faucet, which has a pull-out sprayer handle. Sammy James, the general manager at Marble and Granite Products, said the tiled glass backsplash is a unique kitchen feature gaining popularity with consumers. Also in the business of bathroom renovation, James said one of the hottest trends currently is the Salita stone shower. Marble and Granite Products imports the stone for the showers from Italy. Because the stone is installed without grout, cleaning and upkeep become much easier than with grouted tile, said James.

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Dress Your Home in Ribbons&Bows By Sara P. Shirley

Photos by Nathan Berry

For years, Germantown resident Anne Combest has been lauded for her holiday decorations. In 2012, she hung wreaths with hand-crafted red ribbons over every window in her house on Rowan Lane and also used the ribbon to accent greenery around her door and entryway.


s a child, I didn't know why we couldn't have colored lights,” she said. “But a wreath with a red bow, that has always stuck with me.” Last Christmas, Combest easily held on to her winning title in the city’s holiday lighting contest in the “traditional wreath” category. The trick, she said, is all in the red ribbon. Combest uses hand-crafted bows to top her wreaths, tree and mantelpiece. In fact, she makes them for most holidays and special occasions. “I probably make 200 bows a year,” Combest guessed. “People have come to expect my bows when they get a gift.” In late October, wreaths on Combest’s doors were dressed in black, purple and leopard print bows in honor of Halloween. Inside, ribbons were tied to the staircase, and boxes of Christmas ribbon had been retrieved from the attic. Combest reached inside her Christmas box and offered to show us how she makes her bows. It’s easier than you might think and only takes about 15 minutes. First, Combest suggests buying ribbon with wire. She buys hers on the internet, but also suggests going to Hobby Lobby, where you can purchase 90 feet of ribbon for $19.99 (or less, if there’s a sale). Combest suggests pulling back the bolt over the ribbon to have a better look at how much you’re really getting. Next, you’ll need pipe cleaners, which are also available online or at a crafts store. Finally, pull a pair of scissors out of your junk drawer, and you’re ready to go. nove m b e r • dece m b e r 2013


Make your own bows NA step-by-step guideO

Step 1

Make several loops. Combest says odd numbers of loops look and work better. Combest made seven loops in her demonstration.

Step 2

Grab a sparkly pipe cleaner, cross it over the center of your bow, and twist it together at the bottom.

Step 3

Grab another color of ribbon and repeat. When you’ve made your second bow, attach it to the first with the pipe cleaners. Repeat with as many different kinds of ribbon as you please.

Step 4

Fluff! Combest said using ribbon that already has a bit of wire on its edging helps it keep shape after you mold it to your liking.

Step 5

Cut a few of the loops to add interesting edges to the bow, then take a new pipe cleaner and fasten it to your wreath. 36

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5 Now that you’re an expert, Combest suggests mixing your colors with a print. Her favorite is leopard, but any pattern gives the bow a special touch. Combest said her bows, when placed outside for the holidays, last about three years before they begin to fade or fray. For baby showers, Combest weaves pacifiers and booties into her bows. And for Christmas, she suggests adding an ornament to make the bow a gift in and of itself. nove m b e r • dece m b e r 2013


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9036 Telluride

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9035 Telluride

Builder, Dave Moore

This Eco-Build home was architecturally built to capture the charm and hospitality of a New Orleans style home. Dave Moore, The People’s Choice Builder of the 2012 VESTA Home Show, uses a combination of vaulted cedar ceilings, brick inlay archways, hardwood flooring, ornamental accents, plus front and back courtyards to capture this alluring atmosphere. The custom design features five bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, study-media room, and gallery. Brick-covered archways and inlaid flooring enrich the foyer/gallery opening to the living and dining room. The full gourmet kitchen features a professional grade Electrolux stainless steel appliance package to include free standing gas range/oven, double ovens, microwave, dishwasher, and 6-foot side-by-side built-in refrigerator with trim kit. Located on the main level, the master suite also has a vaulted cedar ceiling, hardwood floors, bay window, and French doors opening to the back courtyard. nove m b e r • dece m b e r 2013 39


9049 Telluride

Builder, David Clark

David Clark Construction welcomes you to Silverton. This Looney, Ricks Kiss designed home combines old world charm with the latest in design and technology. As you enter through the antique cypress doors, you immediately notice the open foyer and dining room design. The heart of the home rests at the apron front sink in the kitchen; from here you are able to view the open family room, breakfast room and outdoor room beyond. The latest in kitchen design includes a raised dishwasher, Thermador appliances, granite countertops, butler’s pantry and a large walk-in pantry. Silverton was designed with today’s family in mind. The 5,200sf home features an office just off the friends entry, his & her closets in the master with a designed “early morning entry” in his master closet, a second bedroom downstairs and an outdoor grilling area just off the screened outdoor room. Upstairs features a unique bunk room, a kids study, media room and two bedrooms with walk-in closets and direct access to private bathrooms. Home automation and whole house remote integration are just a few of the features in this high tech home. Energy efficiency was also considered with the Pella windows and MLGW’s Eco Build standards integrated into the design. The interior design, by Linda Wingo, was meticulously thought out and well executed throughout the home. David Clark Construction presents quality and luxury throughout the home. For a detailed description of Silverton and its unique features visit


9065 Telluride

Builder, Dave Tucker

The Maple plan was named out of respect for the large Japanese Maple tree, estimated 100 years old, located in the back yard of the home. This home was designed by Creative Home Designs to preserve the tree. The Maple floor plan offers the finest in modern living with a 4 bedroom, 4-½ Bath design. The Maple plan also offers a home office/ bedroom), vaulted ceilings in the hearth room, great room and the master bedroom with an octagonal sitting area, a full theater room, a game room, a gourmet Kitchen, as well as an outdoor kitchen and living area. In addition to the inviting floor plan, The Maple plan features a nove m b e r • dece m b e r 2013 40 Geo-Thermal heating and cooling system and was built in accordance with the MLGW Eco-Build standards.

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Low country concept

from builder Dave Moore By Robin J. Terry


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A walk through “The Monteleone”


ometimes when a builder sees a particular lot, he just

include in his 2013 VESTA home.

Even with a southern exposure, the

Enamored with the style of New

stately old oak trees add graceful style

Orleans buildings, Moore chose to name

to the lot, and keep the front courtyards

That was the case with

his 2013 VESTA home after the Hotel

shaded and comfortable for outdoor

Dave Moore, builder of “The

Monteleone, a historic hotel near the

entertaining. Not just a design feature, the

French Quarter.

courtyards in front serve as a welcoming

knows he has to build on it.

Monteleone” in the 2013 VESTA Home Show at St. James Place in Germantown.

Moore found a fellow enthusiast of

place to greet guests, or to listen to the

As Moore was building “La Montagne”

low-country style in plan designer Ed

soothing sounds of a fountain placed

in the 2012 VESTA show, which was

Yendrek of Classic Home Designs.

near the home’s main entrance. Because

honored as the People’s Choice home,

The Monteleone is a two-story

there is a gentle rise from street level

custom 5,869 square-foot home, sitting

to the home’s front elevation, Moore

Moore made arrangements to be

on a one-acre lot that Moore used for two

explained, there is also a comfortable

able to build on Lot 10 before plans fell

large outdoor living areas in the front of

sense of privacy to the front courtyard.

into place to also host the 2013 VESTA

the home, an element not often seen in

Home Show at St. James Place.


he set his sights on an adjoining lot.

Once inside, brick archways and inlaid brick tile flooring carry through the design

Early on, Moore decided that his

“There are some beautiful old trees

elements of low-country living. Exposed

home for the 2013 show would be

on the lot,” Moore said, “so I decided to

beams and 10-foot cedar ceilings give

“something different” and reflect the low-

keep them, and incorporate them as

the foyer and adjoining gallery a distinct

country style he admires, one that’s often

part of an entertaining courtyard in the

flair, yet the wood makes the area feel

found in homes along the southern coast.

front.” Moore chose to set the home a bit

cozy and warm.

Prior to choosing a plan for this

further back than the other homes in the

The foyer opens to the living room/

year’s show, Moore made trips to Baton

development. He used the courtyards,

dining room, and the flow of these rooms

Rouge and New Orleans, La. to look at

with low brick walls and New Orleans-

into the state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen

a variety of homes and buildings in order

style ornamental iron to create a grand

is perfect for an active family who loves

to identify design elements he wanted to

entrance into the home.

to entertain. The center island, with

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low country concept its farm sink, granite countertops and

exceptional storage space with custom

with “nailed it” when it came to creating a

custom cabinets becomes a gathering

shelving. Finally, a second bedroom with

unique home that exemplifies the relaxed,

spot for more than cooking. To the right

private bath on the opposite end of the

old-world charm of low-country style.

of the entrance foyer, a hallway leads into

home provides a first-floor guest retreat,

the study, designed with floor-to-ceiling

or another bedroom option for family

custom bookcases and barn-style sliding



Upstairs, the design elements of low-

Moore said he’s excited that the opportunity this year for Christmas decorating





enhance the warm and family-friendly

From the kitchen, the sight line is

country style extend into a spacious third

unbroken to the breakfast room and

bedroom with private bath, and another

atmosphere of the home. Moore said

expansive family room towards the back

two bedrooms that share a Jack-n-Jill

that the design of his home will appeal to

of the house. Beautiful French doors

bath. Continuing to offer many storage

visitors “who understand our desire, from

open onto another outdoor living area in

options and open spaces, the second

concept to completion, was to feature a

the backyard, enhanced by an outdoor

floor also includes a state-of-the art

home that truly reflects low-country, New

fireplace, and an outdoor kitchen with

media room, often a favorite feature of

granite countertops, ceramic smoker and

visitors to the VESTA Home Shows.

stainless steel grill with rotisserie. The downstairs rooms include a

With a spacious family-centric plan

An important part of creating “that VESTA




Orleans-style design.”


and attention to details throughout the home, Moore said The Monteleone offers

grand master suite with en suite master

working with the right people throughout

bath, separated from the “noisier” areas

the project. From Yendrek, to his various

of the home to offer privacy and a place

subcontractors to Ashley Toney with

temps rouler” design, one that definitely

to relax in the bath’s large soaker tub. The

First Fruit Collection, who did the interior

reflects this favorite Cajun phrase--“let

room’s expansive walk-in closets offer

design, Moore said everyone he worked

the good times roll!”

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a different kind of tree house By molly fromkin


ave Tucker, of D&D Homes,

development is to have a lottery type

the process that Tucker realized what

has been building homes

drawing to assign the available lots to

was really special about this property.

in the Memphis area for

different builders,” he says. Tucker was

“I noticed that one of the trees that the

14 years. In that time, he’s

not able to be present for this particular

engineer had marked for removal was

become a master of shaping

lottery, however, and so he didn’t even

a 10” caliper Japanese Maple,” he says,

the environment to suit the eccentricities

realize what a special property he had

and when he saw it on the grading plan

of a particular design. Recently, though,

been awarded until several weeks into

Tucker immediately changed his plans to

he encountered an environment simply

the project. “One of the requirements for

accommodate the tree.

not meant to be altered at the whim of

building in this particular development was

man; instead, he tells Fix, the property

the submittal and approval of a grading

to make the tree the focal point of the

ended up changing him.

plan that required the identification and

house,” says Tucker. “I had never seen a


marking of any trees that might need

Japanese Maple of this size.” At first, he

brought Tucker to the Japanese maple

to be removed,” says Tucker. Typically,

said, he considered transplanting the tree

that features in his most challenging

he says, an engineer works up such a

in order to preserve the original house

and compelling building project to date.

plan and the builder reviews it before

plan; after consulting with the experts at

“The normal process for building in a

it is submitted. It was at this point in

Red’s Tree Service, it became clear that





“I knew instantly that I wanted

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a different kind of tree house a transplant would seriously threaten the

totally changed the back of the home to

framers, bricklayers, installers, and others

life of the tree. At that point, Tucker said,

accommodate the tree. I had to move the

had to make sure not to damage it.”

the choice was clear: modify the house

back porch completely, and also move


plan to save the tree.

and redesign the master bedroom sitting

complete, the house and the tree coexist

For nearly ten years, Tucker

area. The structure was also moved

has been working with Creative Home

forward as far as possible within the

Designs in Bartlett to create his house

limits of the lot.”




harmoniously. “The tree is visible from the master bedroom, the great room, and the kitchen/breakfast area,” he says. A door

plans. This time, the plans were nearly

Even with all this disruption

done when the discovery of the tree

and last-minute changes, Tucker said

led to an abrupt upheaval. Tucker

the biggest challenge was physically

said. Fortunately, the two businesses’

working around the tree itself. “I had

longstanding partnership made it easy

to make sure all the subcontractors

ferns and grasses that complement the



and suppliers knew to respect the tree

tree’s Japanese origins.

alongside Rick Ray and Ernie Eben of

and to be careful around it,” he notes.

Creative Home Designs, Tucker said, “I

“It’s still close to the house, and the




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from the master bedroom opens right onto the area around the tree, which has been landscaped into a rock garden with

“It’s a very tranquil environment,” Tucker said.

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Building for the modern family

By Robin J. Terry

from builder David Clark


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A walk through of “The Silverton”


hen builder David Clark of David Clark Construction became part of the 2013 VESTA Home Show at St. James Place in Germantown, he didn’t start planning “The Silverton” from scratch. Clark used a plan for the 5,200-square-foot

home that he had put on the backburner during the recent economic slowdown. As the economy improved and the VESTA opportunity presented itself, Clark and architect Carson Looney pulled out the plan they’d been tweaking the last couple of years. Clark, a third-generation builder who is the father of two young children, said he approached the task by choosing the design for a home he would want to live in, and one that reflects how modern families really use their space. The Silverton is a home that works for families with young children, as well as for families with aging relatives in the household. Attention to detail makes the home unique and special, even before one actually gets inside. Looney and Clark chose large cypress entrance doors and cypress columns for the front porch. The cypress columns are slightly tapered. Clark said the subtle tapering was not an easy task, but one that made a huge difference in the style of the front entrance. Once inside, the welcoming foyer opens into a formal dining room, which is easily accessible from the kitchen through the butler’s pantry. The heart of Clark’s home is the open-concept common area with its central kitchen. “When you stand at the ‘command center’— the apron front sink — you can see all of that open family gathering space,” Clark said. This includes the family room, with its massive stone fireplace and built-in cabinetry, the breakfast room, and the adjacent screened-in outdoor room, which Clark said he thinks will be used quite often because of its proximity to the kitchen. With state-of-the-art design, the kitchen features granite countertops, Thermidor appliances, an easy-on-the-back raised dishwasher, and both a butler’s pantry and walk-in storage pantry. “I can easily see a party, with people in the kitchen and family room, kids playing out in the yard, and the guys gathered in the outdoor room watching football or around the grill.” Clark said. “That’s the way my family entertains.” The downstairs floor plan includes a second bedroom with private bath, an office off the side “friend’s entry” and the private master bedroom. In addition to the spacious storage in his-and-her closets, one has a unique “early morning entry,” a touch Looney nove m b e r • dece m b e r 2013


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A walk through of “The Silverton”

included in the design that is perfect for

efficiency is understood and important

family in mind — the bunkroom. With

professionals who may be on-call or work

to everyone in the building process,

built-in bunks and stairs leading up to

different hours than a spouse. The entry



the beds, this room (next to a media

allows someone to enter or leave the

Because today’s families are more tech-

room) is ideal for sleepovers. “I can

master suite without having to go through

savvy than in previous generations, the

just see a whole bunch of cousins

the bedroom and disturb a sleeper.

Silverton includes home automation with

piling up in that bunk room,” Clark said.

All of the doors into the master



whole-house remote integration.

Rounding out the second story is a child’s

bedroom and bath were built to aging-

Family-friendly features aren’t limited

in-place standards, with wider frames for

to the inside of The Silverton, Clark said.

wheelchair accessibility, said Clark. The

The home includes a two-bay garage,

shower also was built for easy access,

each bay with extra-wide doors and

and includes what Clark said may be

rooms that are deeper than standard

“Shelby County’s first approved linear

garages, to accommodate family SUV’s

drain.” The drainage lines are built into

and lots of storage. In addition, there is

the floor at the rear of the shower, not in

the convenience of a pull through single-

the center, which is more common.

bay garage, which has its own water

The home was also built to MLGW’s

supply and central vacuum system to

Eco-Build standards, Clark said, which

create a wash bay for equipment such as

makes it extremely energy efficient.

ATV’ s, boats and riding mowers.

study and two additional bedrooms with walk-in closets and access to private baths. Clark said builders tend to build homes they could see their own families living in. Both he and his wife, Laura, (who happens to also be his Realtor) said they loved the floor plan of the Silverton, and how well-suited it is for an active family. “From the time we turned over that first shovel of dirt, I’ve had to keep reminding


Laura ‘we are not moving into this house.’”


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or Jon Ruch, building his second house for the VESTA Home Show at St. James Place in Germantown meant not just building a home, but building it

better. He used this philosophy when choosing the design for his 2013 home, which is actually a modification of the home he built just down the street for the 2012 VESTA show. “But you’d never know it,” Ruch said. “We took what we really liked in that home, and just modified the plan to make it even better.” Ruch said the design of his home, “Bianco,” is all about “family, energy efficiency and sustainability,” guiding principles in all of the homes he builds. The spacious floor plan is designed 54

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for large families and those who like to entertain. The foyer easily flows into the great room beyond, and to the formal dining room on the left. The dining room has unobstructed flow into the family room, which opens into the breakfast room, and from there, into the heart of the home--the kitchen. Furnished with state-of the-art appliances, the kitchen features a massive curved island that allows a home chef to easily see into all of the surrounding family spaces. The back wall is exposed, an interesting element that makes the white cabinetry and granite countertops all the more impressive. Added to the entertainment value is the outdoor living area just off the great room, with a builtin fire pit, and a covered patio that looks over an expansive back yard, perfect for

a future swimming pool or other outdoor feature. To the right of the foyer is a short hallway to the guest suite, with a private bath and large closet that is well suited for an older child, aging parent, or use as a private office. Off the great room is another short hallway leading to the master bedroom suite, where attention to detail makes the space not just functional, but also elegant. The bedroom opens onto an outdoor patio space, a convenient escape for morning coffee. That master bath has an attention-getting crystal light fixture over the soaking tub, placed strategically in front of a zero entry walk-through shower. Instead of linen closets, Ruch included free-standing linen presses, each with decorative wood details and mirror finishes that add to

A walk through “Bianco” from builder Jon Ruch the luxurious feel of the suite. Ruch said an important element in the bath is the “separate but shared” closet, with dedicated “his-and-her” spaces. One of the most interesting features in the home is immediately noticeable at the entrance and carries through to the upstairs: an intricate iron stair railing. The custom ironwork not only gives the home a unique design element, but one that provides continuity to the design that’s also seen in a custom wine rack inset in a dining room wall, and in the corbels on the kitchen island. Upstairs, the home has three more bedrooms, one with a private bath, and two sharing a Jack-n-Jill bath. Each room has spacious walk-in closets, providing extra storage functionality. At the top of the stairs is a wide hallway, with a step-up to an open sitting area perfect for a teen hangout or group study area. The media room is designed with entertaining in mind, with a countertop eating area and wet bar that is conveniently located so

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green fix By John Ruch

2x4 or 2x6 Walls? In preparing to build a house for client, a question he brought up was, “Should we frame with 2x6 walls?”

The idea was that the client would get an improved insulation package with a 2x6 wall. With a better insulation value you get a payback with a lower utility bill. You may be surprised by this anecdotal information.

By the numbers Total extra cost for 2x6 wall


Annual savings



52 years

I looked at the difference in cost to

cellulose insulation and the difference

frame, seal, and insulate the exterior

in the cost was $1,260 more for the

walls with 2x6 over 2x4 and the

extra insulation to fill the 2x6 wall.

payback period for this investment

Next was the framing package. We



changed the plates and studs to build

energy consumption, i.e., power bill.




the exterior to 2x6, which increased the

I relied upon my licensed engineer

lumber package by about $1,340.

and HVAC contractor to generate the

The final step was to take the energy

heating/cooling load between a 2x4

savings per year that the client would

and 2x6 wall.

get with the 2x6 wall over the 2x4 wall

In this house, which was 3,600 heated square feet, the cooling load

and divide the total cost increase to get our payback period.

went from 3.76 to 3.94 tons. Since we

Based on the energy load difference

were using a four-ton geothermal unit

and projected energy reduction to

there was no savings gained by the 2x6

maintain the indoor climate, we came

wall to be had in reducing the HVAC

up with about $50 per year in savings.


Needless to say, we did not frame with






difference to insulate. I use blown

2x6 walls. The investment just didn’t make sense.

About this builder: Jon Ruch is the owner of Ruch Builders, LLC, a company that builds energy efficient homes in the Mid-South. To read this article in full, please visit Jon’s blog at: nove m b e r • dece m b e r 2013


hospitality fix Recipe by Sarah Matheny Gordon

Festive Pumpkin Butter Dip and Mulled Apple Cider


hen hosting family and friends for Thanksgiving, offering a few light appetizers helps stave off guests’ hunger and allows the cook time to make final preparations for the meal. With Thanksgiving appetizers, simplicity is important. A few easy-toprepare options give guests something to munch on while enjoying each other’s company without spoiling their appetites for the much-anticipated Thanksgiving meal.

This recipe for Festive Pumpkin Butter Dip is always a hit at gatherings this time of year, and is easy to put together using store-

bought ingredients. Feature it alongside Southern favorites such as toasted nuts and cheese straws. Add the aroma of mulled cider to the mix, and guests will never notice if the turkey is a few minutes late getting to the table!

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Festive Pumpkin Butter Dip


Mulled Apple Cider


1 block (8 oz.) regular cream cheese 4 oz. pumpkin butter* 4 slices high-quality bacon, cooked, drained, and roughly chopped (about 4 Tbs.) 3 Tbs. chopped toasted pecans 2-3 green onions, white and light green parts only, sliced thinly (about 2 Tbs.) 1 Tbs. dried cranberries (unsweetened is best)


Cook bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels. Once cooled, give it a rough chop. In a small bowl, combine chopped bacon with toasted pecans and set it aside. Working with a butter knife or offset spatula, form chilled block of cream cheese into a square (or desired shape). Top with pumpkin butter, then bacon and toasted pecans, green onions, and lastly dried cranberries. This dip can be assembled up to two hours ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before serving with an assortment of crackers, or crudités. *This recipe is adapted from a Williams Sonoma recipe, which calls for their Pecan Pumpkin Butter (available seasonally at their stores). Delicious pumpkin butters also can be found at other specialty food stores and in some supermarkets, and homemade versions can be found at your local farmers’ market with other jellies and jams.

The delightful aroma of mulled cider fills the house, keeping spirits warm and moods festive. For adults who would like an extra dose of holiday cheer, serve rum on the side to be added to individual mugs.

1 gallon fresh, unfiltered apple cider (found in most supermarkets this time of year) Juice and zest (peeled with vegetable peeler) from 1 orange 4 whole cinnamon sticks 1 Tbs. whole allspice berries + ¼ teaspoon ground allspice 1 tsp. nutmeg ¼ tsp. ground cloves 1/3 c. brown sugar (optional; some ciders are sweeter than others, so taste it first) Spiced rum, clear rum, or brandy (optional) Garnish with cinnamon stick or thin orange slice (optional)


Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to lowest setting and steep for at least 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve immediately in mugs, or pour into a slow-cooker set to low to be kept warm for 3-4 hours.



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