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Hyde Park Bath Reinvented
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If you are putting your needs first, this seems like a logical place to start. —Prisbet Yanes, page 22
This may not be the wisest thing for me to admit given where I work and how I spend my days, but I am in a decorating rut. I’ve lived in my home for more than 18 years and feel that for most of those years the place has looked pretty well pulled together. But lately, as I look around, I wonder why I’ve never, in 18 years, moved that planter with the philodendron from the left side of the mantle. The same can be said for most of the artwork I have on the walls; I loved each piece when I bought it, still like it, but know for sure that it would be fun to have a new splash of color catch my eye as I pass through the family room. My yearning to reinvent seems to be clashing with my “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” lethargy. And if I am being honest, some of the broken things around the house aren’t even getting the attention they need. However, a big dose of inspiration just came my way when I met two families who reminded me of the power of transformation. A Madeira couple sees their 153-yearold farmhouse as a labor of love and spends most of their available free time working to update the home while respecting its rich history. One look at their to-do list made it clear to me that I should stop complaining about mine. Then I met a Hyde Park woman who says the motivation behind her master bath’s makeover was a redefining of her needs and wants. After much introspection during the renovation project, she came to the conclusion that sometimes the effort is “all about respecting yourself.” And I get that. This issue of Housetrends celebrates transformations and tells the story behind the before and after pictures. If you’re ready for a reinvention of your own, you’ll love what’s inside.
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36 Haunted But Happy Historic farmhouse in Madeira occasionally hosts spirited guest
BATHROOM TRENDS Worth the Wait Hyde Park bathroom is respectfully transformed
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62 Is It Time to Remodel Your Kitchen? The National Kitchen and Bath Association offers advice on when and why to update
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on the cover 36 This Italianate Victorian house was originally built in 1859 on property owned by the family of a revolutionary war soldier. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz
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Hyde Park bathroom respectfully transformed By Karen Bradner | Photos by Robin Victor Goetz
Some of us may remember reading the book “Me First” to our young children. It’s the story of a plump pig named Pinkerton, who always insists on being first. When Pinkerton travels with his Pig Scout troop to the beach he insists on being first on the bus; first in the water; first down the slide and first to the picnic basket. F In its review of the book, the School Library Journal says Pinkerton is “still in the egocentric stage.” So naturally the pig’s actions meet consequences, in this case delivered by the Sandwitch who ultimately teaches Pinkerton not to be so pushy. The lesson is clear for anyone over the age of five. continued >
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What if you are way older than that? After her kids had outgrown story time and moved on to college and careers, one Hyde Park homeowner decided it just might be time to unlearn that lesson. After years of revolving around the wants and needs of others in the household, she asked herself an unfamiliar question: “What do I want versus what does everyone else need?” It took lots of introspection and communication with her husband to arrive at the answer. “Once you get to that empty nest state you are really defining who you are,” she says. One thing both agreed on was that they loved their home and wanted to stay put. They bought the 1950s Cape Cod style in the summer of 1998. The kitchen had been updated recently, but the master bath had not been touched since the 1980s.
Me first It made sense to Prisbet Yanes, senior kitchen and bath designer for Evolo Design, that the couple would want to address this space. “The bathroom is where you start your day and where you end your day,” she says. If you are putting your needs first, this seems like a logical place to start. Plus, Prisbet says, “The previous bathroom was not a place you would want to go to relax and pamper.” The motivation behind the remodel was not focused on resale value or current trends. Instead the driving force was to create something that would add another attractive reason for homeowners to stay in the home. The couple knew the bath needed work; there was a bit of a challenge with mold that required an overhaul of the shower space. Then the floor became an issue. Also, the current bath shared space with the master bedroom’s closet and the homeowner decided she didn’t care for that arrangement.
“The cubbies were really high,” she says, and the open storage was an unattractive visual. “I decided if I’m going to live here until I can’t live here anymore, I needed to design a bathroom I could grow old in.”
A natural progression Once the decision was made to proceed, the homeowner gathered photos that represented the vision she had for the bathroom’s overall feel and presented them to Prisbet, who had orchestrated their earlier kitchen remodel. “The inspiration was her redefining her lifestyle as to her needs and wants,” says Prisbet. During the six-month design phase, as the vision transformed in scope and scale, the homeowner admits that her husband wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about what was becoming a major remodel as his wife. But she says good communication between all three parties involved—husband, wife and designer—was key. When the women would come up with a new concept, the homeowner would tell Prisbet, “My husband is going to need a presentation on this.” “Prisbet is really willing to go through that entire creative process with you one idea at a time,” she says. “We really took our time. I decided I am going to do it right while I’m doing it.”
A perfect fit Although you’d never know it when looking at the finished space, a tub was not part of the original plan. “We did not design the room around the tub,” Prisbet says. “It came late in the process.” Before the remodel began, the master bath was the only bath in the house that didn’t have a tub. As an avid gardener, once she gave herself some time to think about it, the homeowner realized a good long soak after an afternoon digging around in the dirt had definite appeal. continued >
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I love a full length mirror in the bath where you can see yourself head to toe. OVERLEAF: Sugar, a West Highland Terrier, looks right at home. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: A window built into the side of the shower allows in plenty of natural sunlight. ABOVE: Mirrors and material selections help flood the room with light. RIGHT: Closet space took up about half of the original bathroomâ€™s footprint. The wall behind the hanging racks housed an earlier window opening. The tub sits in this space now.
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OPPOSITE: A spacious shower sings in a symphony of Carrara marble. ABOVE: The original closets can be seen in the mirror and hallway of the former space.
A previous owner had taken out an original window in the bathroom—the only source for natural light in the space—and bricked over the opening. “We missed that window,” the homeowner says. “A bathroom with natural light has a whole different feel than one without.” When they replaced the window, it became clear to the team that the space now had a perfect spot to place a soaking tub. The designer recommended the homeowner try on as many tubs as it took to get the perfect fit, saying the process is similar to buying a pair of shoes. Eventually she selected an Americh air tub. “It’s the most comfortable tub I’ve ever been in,” says the homeowner.
Working the plan Construction took place over the summer of 2012, ironically, the timing happened to coincide with a summer break when both of the empty nesters’ children were back home. But the whole family moved to the upstairs bedrooms and got along just fine. Throughout the process, the designer and homeowners were careful to respect the architectural style of the home. For example, while the more public rooms of the home had cove ceilings,
the master bath did not. The homeowner wanted this treatment in the new space. Although Prisbet was skeptical at first, the cove ceilings became part of the final design, and all parties are pleased with the results. “It’s very rewarding to do bathroom transformations,” says Prisbet. “There’s such a rich learning process for everyone involved. Clients teach me things all the time.”
Finishing touches The new space glistens with multiple layers of Carrara marble wrapping around white cabinetry and accented with soft gray walls. The effect is monochromatic but rich. A large six-foot-tall mirror was placed near the entrance to the bath. The designer placed it there instead of another cabinet or shelving to “uncrowd the space” but she also had another reason in mind. “I love a full length mirror in the bath where you can see yourself head to toe,” she says. “It’s a here-I-am look at yourself.” The homeowner agrees with the philosophy behind the mirror saying in the end, “it’s all about respecting yourself.” Now that’s another lesson to teach your kids. Or grandkids.
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Haunted but Happy Historic treasure occasionally hosts spirited guest By Karen Bradner | Photos by Robin Victor Goetz Thereâ€™s talk of tombstones, creaking floors, scary ghost stories and frightened children in Madeira. Is the town getting ready for Halloween? Perhaps. However, these tales are not centered around late October festivities. Instead they are circling in the air, in the basement and deep within the closets of a 153-year-old farmhouse that conceals secrets behind its warm and inviting buttercream faĂ§ade.
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“Before I lived here,” says homeowner Leslie Gordon, “If you asked me, ‘Do you believe in ghosts?’ I would have said ‘No. I’m a scientist.’” But the seeds of doubt were planted long ago when Leslie was just a kid running around the neighborhood. Long before she began spending her days as a research scientist, Leslie and her friends scared themselves silly at a nearby house which the gang claimed to be haunted. “Kids would set nickels up on a rock in the back yard and dare each other to go up to the front door or look in the windows,” she says. But apparently the coins weren’t enough incentive because, Leslie says, “There was always a line of nickels left untouched.” Who would ever imagine that Leslie would grow up to not only live in that house, but to present the ghost with gifts during the holidays?
A return to her roots College and work led Leslie away from her hometown and eventually planted her in Atlanta, where she lived for 20 years with husband Steve Gordon, a management consultant. OPENING SPREAD: The exterior of the 153-year-old farm house is decidedly Italianate Victorian. Over thirty gargoyles guard the Gordons’ gardens. BELOW: When a 200-year-old elm tree located very close to the house died, its branches were removed one at a time by crane, and the remaining stump was cleverly used as a foundation for a waterfall. OPPOSITE: The pergola adds an intimate touch to the extensive deck.
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While on a return trip to visit her ailing father, Leslie took a walk with her mother and Steve, and the three landed right in front of the spooky house of her childhood. But instead of nickels out front, this time a big “For Sale” sign grabbed her attention. At first, Leslie wanted nothing to do with the house, but Steve knew the time was coming when they would want to move to be closer to his wife’s family. Plus, he was enchanted by the place and wanted to take a look inside.
Original owner The Italianate Victorian house was originally built in 1859 on property owned by the family of John Jones, a Revolutionary War soldier who happens to be buried in the family cemetery that’s just a couple of streets away. The Gordons believe Jones’ spirit is who haunts the place. During the Civil War, the home served as the regional headquarters for a Union Army regiment. The family was forced out of the house during that period but they returned after the hostilities ceased. Over the years, the family name changed through marriage to DeMar, a prominent east-side family, whose descendents lived in the house until 1960. In fact, the residence is still known as the DeMar house today. Originally a dairy farm, there were cows on the property as late as the 1950s. From 1960 until 1965, the home was abandoned. This was the time period when it was known as “the haunted house” to Leslie and her friends. A doctor bought the house in 1965 and lived there with his family until 1976. They started a major renovation effort. Then an engineer and his family took up residence and made several more substantial improvements RIGHT: Color in the front gardens blooms in sync with the home’s façade. OPPOSITE TOP: The home’s original doors are eight feet tall and made of butternut wood (also known as white walnut) which formerly grew on the property. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The couple has dinner at the patio table in the garden on most warm evenings.
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to the home until the Gordons bought it in 2000. The house is somewhere in the ballpark of 6,000 square feet, although the Gordons have never actually measured it. On the first floor there are separate ladiesâ€™ and gentlemenâ€™s parlors, a dining room and kitchen that were part of the orginal home. Later additions included a family room as well as a breakfast room and office that have been converted from screened porches on either side of the house. There is also a solarium that used to serve as the dairy before it was a chicken coop. The homeâ€™s four full bathrooms are all somewhat unusual in size and design. They had to be fitted in wherever they could because when the house was originally built there was no indoor plumbing.
Move in date After touring the home, the Gordons were on a flight home to Atlanta when Steve had an epiphany of sorts and suddenly just knew it was the right decision to buy the house. continued >
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A sunny breakfast room gives diners an expansive view of the lush gardens.
It took a while for them to get used to their new house. In fact, for the first week they slept nearby at Leslie’s mom’s. Strange noises and occurrences kept the homeowners on their toes. “We never actually saw a ghost, but it sounded every bit like a haunted house. Our dogs would look at the walls or up at the ceiling and growl,” Leslie says, “But there was nothing there.” Also, things would mysteriously disappear and then reappear in a different place a few days later. For the first year, Leslie’s sister Julie lived with the couple and was a third witness to the strange goings-on. During the holiday season, Julie, who is a light sleeper, woke Leslie out of a sound sleep and asked her “What did you get Johnny for Christmas?” “She claims she could hear him rattling the wrapping paper,” Leslie says. After that Steve and Leslie decided to go out and buy a gift for their resident ghost.
“I found some old pictures of women and picked the most attractive ones to give Johnny for Christmas,” she says. Those spiritual shenanigans continued throughout the couple’s first year in the home. After, and perhaps because, the couple furnished the home with antique pieces appropriate to the era of the home, things quieted down. “We think Johnny started to feel more comfortable with us after we settled in,” Leslie says.
From the invisible to the visible The Gordons are quite happy to share their home with its past owners. According to Steve, when you live in a home with this type of history you never feel like you really own the house. “We’re just the caretakers for a number of years until we pass it on to the next residents. But we are doing our best to bring the house back to its past glory,” he says. continued >
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TOP LEFT: The dining room showcases some of the Gordons’ collectibles. TOP RIGHT: The front hallway and staircase separate the two parlor spaces. BOTTOM LEFT: A window, on what was an original exterior wall of the home, now gives a peek into Steve’s office. BOTTOM RIGHT: This view of the upstairs landing shows one of Leslie’s favorite spots in the home.
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And what loving caretakers they are. Since they bought the house, the Gordons have done considerable work while holding on to the historical integrity of the home. Both travel extensively for their careers and they enjoy finding antiques while they’re on the road. In fact, the couple has been collecting antique furniture for 30 of their 31 years of marriage. They love coming home, finding the perfect spot for their new treasures. When they’re not working on their endless list of projects, they enjoy playing with their two Golden Retrievers, Roux and Ember, or Sophy, an Australian Shepherd. Leslie is a skilled dog trainer and has won several championships in obedience and confirmation.
Learning the ropes The house requires a tremendous amount of upkeep, but Leslie and Steve have, by necessity, learned a great deal about home maintenance, repair and renovation. “It seems like our lives here are continually two steps forward, one step back,” says Steve. “As soon as one project is finished, something else always needs attention.” One of the agreements Steve and Leslie made when they bought the house was that their first major project would be to update the master bathroom on the second floor. Remodeling the outdated kitchen was also high on the list of priorities. Last spring, after 11 years, they finally finished the kitchen and the master bath is this year’s project—they hope. continued >
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There is never a shortage of unexpected challenges that need to be addressed. For example, when the Gordons first moved in, the sunroom walls were so mildewed that the floor to ceiling windows were falling out and needed to be replaced. When the roof flashing failed and the family room and basement flooded, the homeowners had to install a French drain and sump pump system to prevent future reoccurrences. During the flood, the pecky cypress wood used to panel the walls in the family room was irreparably stained. The couple went to great lengths—and expense—to locate replacement paneling all the way from Louisiana. Although these repairs can be painstaking, the couple never doubts their importance. Do they ever think about moving to someplace a little easier to maintain? If they do, it’s only for a moment or two before the charm and the history of the home lures them back in. “All I have to do is walk upstairs and look out the front window,” says Leslie. “I know I would never have that opportunity in any other house. My roots are here. We plan on dying in this house if we can.” And who knows? Maybe caretakers of the home 150 years or so from now will be kind enough to buy the spirits of Steve and Leslie presents of their own.
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had more space to accommodate wall ovens or that extra cook who seems to consume all of your elbow room. Plus, all those great new gadgets like microwave drawers, wine refrigerators and ice-makers can lure us in like mythical sirens. F If you feel strongly about any or all of the above, take a look at some of our favorite kitchen remodels. You’ll see how something as simple as brushing on a fresh coat of paint and updating the hardware can be amazingly effective. See how much functionality you might gain by moving a wall back a foot or so, or by enlarging an opening to let foot traffic flow with ease. F Inspiration starts here with some of Housetrends’ favorite makeovers that run the gamut in regard to cost and creativity and will certainly get you thinking. continued >
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homeowners decided to remodel rather than move after living for years with a dated kitchen. The goal was a streamlined kitchen sans ornate woodworking. Beech was used for the cabinetry, stainless steel for the perimeter countertops and limestone for the island for a clean, contemporary feel.
Resources Design consultant: JosĂŠ Oubrerie; Contractor: Allen Builders and Remodelers Photo by Robin Victor Goetz
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years of living with their
kitchen gave this Columbus couple the impetus they needed to knock down a wall, raise the ceiling and create the open space they wanted. The kitchen now flows beautifully to the formal dining room and its new cork floor is softer and more comfortable than the original marble floor.
Resources Architect: Urbanorder; Contractor: Ketron Custom Builders; Cabinetry: Cooley Custom Cabinetry Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
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two avid cooks
in residence, this original Dayton kitchen made meal preparation a challenge. By removing a wall that backed up to a sunroom and pushing the sink countertop back 12 inches, the designer gained enough square footage to include a prep island which gives the couple plenty of elbow room.
Resources see more of this kitchen at housetrends.com Search: Two Cooks, One Kitchen
Contractor: Knapke Cabinets; Kitchen designer: Clive Morgan; Cabinets: Decora and custom from Knapke Cabinets; Granite: Marble and Granite Works Photo by Shelley Schilperoot
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and gutted most of the interior of a 1950s home, a Pittsburgh couple replaced the dated kitchen with French Country flair. The island in the new space is an organized work station that includes a pullout microwave, a dish drawer for storage and a prep sink located conveniently
close to the range.
Contractor: Brownâ€™s Building and Remodeling; Kitchen designer: The Kitchen Studio; Cabinetry: Custom from Superior Wood Products Photo by Craig Thompson
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after purchasing a
home built in and mostly untouched since the 1960s, a Columbus homeowner had just over a month to completely remodel the place before her move-in date. The kitchen makeover included carving uneven grooves into the cabinet doors and painting them white, adding new hardware, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a subway tile backsplash for a fresh, classic look.
Resources Designer: Katherine Rigby; Contractor: mpgharrity building/consulting LLC; Countertops: White Princess granite with leathered finish, Mees Distributors; Backsplash: Imperial Bianco, The Tile Shop; Hardware: Restoration Hardware; Cabinet: Ralph Lauren White Cap Photo by Michael Houghton
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soothing waters of Tampa Bay which serve as a backdrop, this Florida couple knew it was time to update their standard kitchen into a space more worthy of its surroundings. Knotty Alder cabinetry with a rich antique bronze stain creates a rustic atmosphere, while the unique blue island brings out the soothing hues of
Resources Kitchen designer: Nancy Braamse, CMKDB, Olde World Cabinetry; Contractor: Daniel E. Ashline; Cabinetry: Bentwood Photo by Johan Roetz
see more of this kitchen at housetrends.com Search: Nautical Inspiration
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the Blue Louise granite countertops and slate floor.
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over from scratch, the team behind this Cincinnati area kitchen replaced all of the cabinet doors and trim, while keeping the existing cabinet boxes in place and spraying them to match. The design plan also included a new custom island with a vegetable sink, relocating the stove, and
Resources see more of this kitchen at housetrends.com Search: New Faces in Town
Designer, contractor: Kitchen Solutions; Countertops: Cincinnati Stoneworks Photo by Ross Van Pelt
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2 Children Depending on whether or not you have children, and their ages, your kitchen may need to be remodeled. Dated appliances and the design of your kitchen can be hazardous for young kids. If you are in the process of extending your family, you may want more room for cooking larger meals and lower cabinets for easier access to childrenâ€™s food. Based on the NKBA Kitchen Planning Guidelines, microwave ovens should be installed 3" below the principal userâ€™s shoulder but no more than 54" above the floor to avoid accidents. The NKBA also suggests avoiding sharp corners on countertops with kids around.
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If your appliances are dated, they may be costing you more money than you expect. New technological advances with dishwashers, disposals and refrigerators could save you a considerable amount of money and may be well worth the investment. For example, purchasing a dishwasher with low-energy consumption, delay timer and economy cycle or half-load button will result in saving water and money.
Thinking about adding a deck to the side or back of your house? Incorporating a door into the layout of your kitchen would be a great convenience for outdoor entertaining. You also may want to rearrange the position of windows to allow more or less sunlight or to watch your children play in the yard. When rearranging the layout of your kitchen, according to the NKBA guidelines, the clear opening of a doorway should be at least 32" wide, which would require a minimum of 2'10" door. Keep in mind that a cooking surface should never be located under an operable window.
4 Traffic flow If thereâ€™s more than one cook in your household, you may want to consider making more room around the main workspace. If you enjoy entertaining, you may want an open plan kitchen that allows for more social interaction between the kitchen and other rooms. According to the NKBA Kitchen Planning Guidelines, the width of a walkway should be at least 36" and the width of a work aisle should be at least 42" for one cook and at least 48" for multiple cooks.
5 Universal Design Is your kitchen accessible to individuals with disabilities? Will you be able to use your kitchen safely as you get older? Considering these issues is vital in a kitchen remodel. Employing Universal Design techniques in the remodel will help assure that the space is as accessible to or useable by all people, regardless of age, size or physical ability without the need for adaptation or specialized design later on.
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Cape Cod It was May 2003
Hill 1870s row house and knew the dwelling was
and Kristin Van Scoy, who was pregnant with the
not conducive to raising children, with its mul-
coupleâ€™s first child, moved to Mariemont from
tiple levels of stairs. F The Van Scoys went back
downtown Cincinnati. They were in a Prospect
and forth between older, urban neighborhoods
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By Alice P. Drake Photos by Ross Van Pelt
d Makeover with questionable schools and neighborhoods
older houses with character and award-winning
with great schools but fewer exciting housing
schools. They chose a three-bedroom, two-bath
options. Then they realized that Mariemont had
it all: A family-friendly neighborhood that offered
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The couple knew they would want to remodel the house in perhaps another five years, but were content with the big yard and adequate space the home provided for their family. Fast-forward to 2010. After adding two more children, the couple found their cozy home had become somewhat cramped. Kristin had played with archi-
tectural software for a few years, and read a vast collection of books and magazines to find inspiration in kitchen layouts and more. â€œA remodel was always in the back of our minds, but with two kids, a threebedroom Cape Cod is still an okay size. We wanted to make sure that we were in a position where we could do it without it
being a massive financial drain on us or a massive time drain. When we found out our third child was coming, it suddenly became much more the right time to do it,â€? laughs Kristin.
Meeting after meeting The Van Scoys met with several architects, but ultimately awarded Kurt Zobrist of
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The living room was one of the few rooms in the home that was untouched during the makeover. OVERLEAF: These exterior shots of the home show the expanded garage space and the new roofline.
Zobrist Design Group with their very specific, four-page prioritized wish list. “We wanted every nook and cranny utilized and I wanted to make sure we weren’t compromising things that were important to us. The last thing you want when you do a project like this is to spend a lot of energy and time and not walk away with your ‘forever’ home,” says
Kristin. The couple hammered out the final plans with Zobrist, which took about six to seven months to perfect. The couple then turned their attention to hiring a contractor. After interviewing a few other companies, the Van Scoys happily settled on The Howland Group. Kristin had heard positive reviews from other local homeowners about the com-
pany and felt owner Tim Howland really understood what the couple wanted in their house and that he had the passion for working in the same way as the couple worked. “I wanted a project that was malleable and if we saw an opportunity where we could modify and take advantage of that, we would. Or if we saw an opportunity continued >
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where we could save money, that the contractor would be open to more ways to do that,” she says. Although there were some tweaks made here and there to the final design from Zobrist, the house looks like the plans originally put to paper. However, those minor changes, such as creating a loft in their older daughter’s bedroom, were welcome embellishments. There were also chances to reduce cost, such as when the plans called for stick framing the entire roof line, Howland found a way where trusses could be used for the whole back part of the house, which was significantly less expensive. “I have been drawing interior designs since the seventh grade,” says Kristin, so taking the role of interior decorator was an organic fit. The couple had a feel for what they really liked in a home, so Kristin started seeking out different options for the general look and feel of the spaces. She didn’t work with specific suppliers, but rather would focus
her efforts on a room-by-room basis in order to understand the best choice for that space. “I wanted to be able to go anywhere and pick what I wanted. I am the kind of girl who looks at 2,347 antique bronze knobs to find the one I like,” she says. The couple did go with Decora cabinets and Moen faucets because Greg works with those companies and has really grown to believe in the product lines and wanted to support them. “Kristin played the primary role in this project,” says Greg. “She picked out a lot of fixtures and took the trouble to find the right appliances and more.”
Moving right along The family initially believed that they would be able to stay put in the house despite the major overhaul going on around them. However, that was not to be the case, as rooms that were not getting remodeled still needed to be used as storage areas for furniture or be ready to
receive fresh coats of paint. Fortuitously, the Van Scoys’ friends Jared and Laurel Robinson had moved their family to Florida temporarily and plans for tenants to rent their house fell through, so their house was vacant. Therefore the Robinsons’ house, which is only a few blocks away from the Van Scoys’ home, was available to lease for the four-month timeframe needed. After about a month and a half into the remodel, the Van Scoys packed up a limited amount of their belongings and moved out. The Van Scoys’ project broke ground on January 3, 2011. Yes, in January! However, the family was assured that the start date would not be a problem and lucky for them, those particular winter months did not hamper the project. Because their rental house was such a short distance away, Kristin was able to spend a couple of hours each day at the construction zone in order to follow the progress and be rest assured that every minute detail was precise. continued >
ABOVE: The new kitchen provided plenty more space whether prepping for family dinners or parties with friends. OPPOSITE: Even the rear view of the renovated home shows the careful attention that was paid to architectural details.
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As the months passed by, the appearance of the Cape Cod dramatically changed. The kitchen, which used to be a cramped, stark white space became an open concept that allows a comfortable flow throughout the house, and marries the great room and dining room into one happy union. The archway that divides the kitchen and great room was dubbed “The Howland Arch” by Kristin. She was joking around with Tim Howland that his company needed a signature design concept, only to realize they already had one: it was the beautiful woodwork casing the arch that the company created to disguise an exterior wall that had been blown out to allow for an addition. Those exterior walls are usually thicker than interior ones, so the Howland Arch diminishes the obvious size difference between the two. The addition of a second-floor master bedroom grew to include an en suite bathroom in which Kristin handpicked, and laid out, the pebbles for the shower floor. His and hers sinks separate the whirlpool tub from the shower, and dual windows allow an abundance of natural light to stream into the bathroom. Also upstairs, the children’s bedrooms and bathroom were completely overhauled to give extra storage, with a few hidden surprises, to their individual footprints.
Special places Even with such an impressive transformation of their home, the couple did not decide to chuck all of their old furniture and accessories for all-new models. Yes, they did have to supplement the larger spaces with new acquisitions, but they also wanted to make the house their dream home by reusing and repurposing things they already owned. In fact, one of Kristin’s favorite pieces is the blue dresser in the master bedroom that was restored and repainted by friend Keri Malafa, owner of East Street Designs. Artwork, sculptures and photographs were moved around the house to display them more prominently. They did purchase two new
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OPPOSITE: The contractor found a way to capitalize on unused space with this nifty loft. TOP: An all-new master bedroom sits above the great room addition. LEFT: Two sinks, a whirlpool tub and separate shower cover the necessities and provide a few bonus perks in the master bath.
paintings by artist Kevin Poole for the master bathroom and dining room from Art Design Consultants. Greg and Kristin cite many aspects of their remodel as their favorites, including the last-minute mudroom. “It was an afterthought, but was fantastic in the winter,” says Kristin. Greg also likes the expanded two-car garage, into which the mudroom opens from the kitchen. “Someone was always having to park in the driveway because the garage was not large enough. Now it is not a problem,” says Greg. continued >
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Both parties agree that the addition of the screened-in porch was a definite bonus. The porch was integrated into the back architecture of the property, so it gives the illusion that it was always there. The couple did not realize how much they would enjoy the space even in the summer, when Cincinnati humidity can be brutal. “We use the screened-in porch all the time. It is great for the whole family,” says Greg. The couple also notes that they are thrilled that the children have special retreats for themselves, and even more importantly, that they don’t have to share bedrooms! “It’s just good for everyone to have their own rooms. We got everything we wanted out of this remodel and we are really happy,” says Greg. Kristin adds, “The house is so different from the original and we love it!” ABOVE: The dining room features a painting by Cincinnati artist Kevin Poole. TOP RIGHT: A screened porch off of the great room is perfect for leisure time activities including chess, a family favorite.
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Resources Architect: Kurt Zobrist, Zobrist Design Group; Contractor: Tim Howland, Jason Wise, The Howland Group; Kitchen cabinetry: Decora Cabinetry, Countertops & Cabinetry By Design; Kitchen countertops: Perimeter in Hanstone Quartz, Island in Madura Gold granite, from Countertops & Cabinetry By Design; Kitchen backsplash: Porcelain Mosaic Tile in Dusk, The Tile Shop; Kitchen Sink: Ticor; Kitchen faucets: Moen Arbor; Kitchen and dining lighting: Franklin Iron Works, Metro Collection; Appliances: Bosch Integra 500 dishwasher, GE Profile refrigerator, Electrolux range hood, from The Appliance Loft; Range: Fratelli Onofri, Royal Chiantishire dual fuel range; Bathroom cabinetry: Merillat Cabinetry, Countertops & Cabinetry By Design; Bathroom countertops: Granite, color: Giallo Napoleon, Countertops & Cabinetry By Design; Bathroom tile: Sandlewood Honed Travertine, The Tile Shop; Bathroom faucets: Moen 90 Degree; Bathroom lighting: Murray Feiss, Tribeca Collection; Paint: Sherwin-Williams; Windows: Pella; Patio screens: The Screenery; Artwork: Art Design Consultants, ADC
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to the plucky homeowners who fearlessly incorporate art into their lives and homes, awarding it pride of place with verve and sass, making for memorable places and unique spaces.
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Try This On for Size…
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. (Wall space, that is.) Artwork on a grand scale plays with proportion and alters viewers’ perceptions of space. TOP: columbus Photo by daniel feldkamp/ visual edge imaging RIGHT: PITTSBURGH Photo by craig thompson
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The Third Dimension
Populate your space with sculpture in the round to add motion, depth and the all-important conversation starter. TOP LEFT: columbus Photo by daniel feldkamp/ visual edge imaging TOP RIGHT: DAYTON Photo by daniel feldkamp/ visual edge imaging LEFT: INDIANAPOLIS Photo by CHRIS BUCHER
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A Patch of Blue
Bold use of signature colors can exude a range of emotions from calm serenity to heady excitement, whatever ambiance you want your home to express.
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The Sum of Its Parts
A clever collection of deftly arranged pieces combines to provide an eyecatching composition just begging for closer inspection. BELOW: dayton Photo by daniel feldkamp/ visual edge imaging RIGHT: cincinnati Photo by robin victor goetz/ rvgp inc. BOTTOM: cincinnati Photo by robin victor goetz/ rvgp inc
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Study in Contrast
Although prevailing wisdom dictates gallery-white walls, art placed against the right intense and saturated hue jumps off the wall as an immediate, arresting focal point. BELOW: pittsburgh Photo by Craig Thompson
RIGHT: cincinnati Photo by joe vandehatert
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Up Build strong muscles in the comfort of your own home By Eva Grippa In an age where staying in shape and healthy are increasingly important and convenience is a top priority, it is no surprise that the home gym is one of the most in-demand special function rooms. As the desire for functional home gyms continues to increase, homeowners are choosing bolder, more chic and more architecturally impressive designs. Once mismatched equipment collecting dust in boring spare bedrooms or dark basements, the home gym is making an upscale comeback. continued >
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Large windows and a sports theme create an inviting home gym. OPPOSITE TOP: Add a spa or sauna for the perfect way to wind down after a workout. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: A sauna promotes both mental and physical relaxation.
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Expert advice Mark Harigian of Harigian Fitness has been creating custom upscale home gyms worldwide for over 20 years, and says he strives to create a total workout environment that will keep his clients in their home gyms every day. A personal trainer in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Harigian says that while training clients in their homes he discovered that their home gyms lacked the design flair that was overflowing from the rest of the home. “Your home gym should always match the rest of your house. If the rest of your house is something out of Architectural Digest, why should your home gym be generic?” he asks. Harigian customizes his home gyms from paint color and flooring down to tailor-made equipment engraved with the client’s name. Above all, Harigian says, your home gym should complement your style and personality. “I always do a personality profile to decide what equipment to use. I might do a rotating climbing wall for someone who likes the outdoors or an endless pool for someone who likes to swim or kayak. It’s got to be something that you enjoy doing,” he says. Innovation and creativity are crucial to designing a stylish and functional home gym. For one client’s contemporary home, Harigian built a contemporary gym by mounting the equipment to the walls and even hiding the weight stacks in the walls. Not a single piece of equipment touches the floor, and the machines look as if they are suspended out of the wall. continued > Photo courtesy of Harvia Sauna
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Winding down Spas and saunas are fast-becoming the latest trend in home gym design. Kevin Harris, chair of the American Institute of Architects Small Project Practitioners committee, says that most of the homeowners he works with want home gyms and increasingly, clients are asking for steam rooms or saunas. A home sauna is the perfect way to wind down after a strenuous workout, and the designs can be as creative and appealing as the home gym. According to Harris, the key to designing a functional home sauna is to make the space visually appealing. “Saunas are usually small rooms with nothing to look at, so it is important to make them more visually appealing,” he explains.
More helpful tips When designing a home gym, keep in mind that it shouldn’t look or feel like a health club. It’s your space in your home, and it should feel that way. Harigian adds that good ventilation is important and cautions against using carpet or rubberized flooring. “You should never use carpet because it’s unsanitary and any flooring with a petroleum base, such as rubber, you will smell throughout your home,” he says. It’s also important to make it an inviting and convenient space that you want to visit every day. Innovative designs and customized equipment individualize your workout and your space. If you don’t have your health, what do you have? Your home gym just might be the most important room in your home, treat it that way.
fitness tIps Think about what you like to do in the real world
What recreational activities interest you? For example, if you enjoy hiking and walking, a stepper is a perfect fit. When Harigian trains professional athletes, ten minutes on a stepper is a must. “Walk up the steps, without holding onto the railings, for ten minutes. This motion forces you to stand up correctly and it really works your legs and posterior,” he says.
Invest in a weighted vest Enhance your game. Use it when you are walking on the stepper or treadmill. “You’re making the body work overtime, burning three times more calories in ten minutes than you would in 40 minutes without the vest,” Harigian says.
Elevate the treadmill It’s not about how long you walk, it’s about elevation. “Elevate it as high as you can handle,” Harigian explains. “Take long, slow strides, plant your heels and pull.” Another tip: Don’t run, because running makes you lean forward. Long strides up a steep incline help burn calories.
Row the boat If you sit in front of the computer or behind the wheel of the car or truck for long hours, you probably complain about back problems. Alleviate the ache with a rowing machine. Not only do you strengthen your back muscles, you’re working out your glutes, hamstrings and other posterior muscles.
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AdvertiserIndex Distinctive Patios.....................................................66 DZI¯N Home Furnishings
Modern Wood Elements.........................................48
AE Door & Window Co.........................................11
A & S Lighting Center.............................................87 Apollo Draperies Inc...................................77 and 88
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The Appliance Loft..................................................50
Pendery Construction, Inc.......................................97
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Art Design Consultants...........................................84
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Floor Coverings International..................................32
Sibcy Cline Team Hackett Roe................................34
Hoffman & Albers Interiors...........................7 and 88
Bizarre Bazaar.............................................88 and 89
Homearama® 2013....................................98 and 99
Blue Moon Home Furnishings.....................60 and 86
Bluford Jackson & Son, Inc......................................18
Howard’s Kitchen Studio.........................................67
The Howland Group LLC........................................2
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Coldwell Banker West Shell....................................49
Cooks’ Wares.............................................86 and 87
McCabe Select View...............................................95
Designs on Madison....................................89 and 90
McSwain Carpets and Floors...................................60
No Limits Landscaping, Inc......................................78
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President and CEO, REACH USA Robert J. Slattery © 2012 Reach Publishing, LLC Housetrends magazine is published by Buzz Publications, LLC in conjunction with Reach Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
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