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Greater Miami Valley Publisher Evelyn Yaus Editor Christina Kleiner Contributing Writers Alison Bour, Alice P. Drake, Robin McCracken, Julie Thompson Contributing Photographers Martin Biel, Jim Crotty, James DeYoung, Daniel Feldkamp, Ryan Kurtz, Mike Stutler

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If you live in, or have ever visited New Carlisle, you’ve probably unknowingly walked right past Sally’s back yard, which sits at the corner of Jefferson and Main Streets. Not only do Sally and her husband, Al, own the house, they own the building next door, which was at one time the New Carlisle National Bank. The bank was made famous in 1933 when it became the first of many banks to be robbed by the infamous John Dillinger. I called New Carlisle home as a teenager. I even purchased my first house on Funston Avenue, so I know the Raiteris’ house well. For years I remember walking past the secluded back yard, hoping to see what was hidden beyond the tree-lined fence. This issue is especially exciting because Sally has allowed us to catch a glimpse of the peaceful retreat she has created right in the heart of town. It is featuring homes like this, and the others you’ll see in this issue, that make producing Housetrends so fulfilling. We hope you enjoy receiving the magazine, and seeing what your neighbors are doing to their own homes, as much as we enjoy creating each issue. Sincerely,

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38 FUN FOR ALL AGES Finished basement offers hours of playtime for parents and children

17 LANDSCAPE TRENDS Two for One A pair of gardens bring joy to New Carlisle

10 HOUSETRENDS.COM Bonus articles, photos, projects, resources and inspiration!

47 MAKING THE GRADE A closer look at the 2010 Contractor of the Year awards

28 KITCHEN TRENDS Zest for Life Cooking up a new kitchen in Washington Township

53 catch of the day Cooking fish with finesse

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57 SPRING INTO ACTION Tips to get your house fresh and clean, inside and out

17 The gazebo offers a secluded escape in the heart of Sally and Al Raiteri’s back yard Photo by Jim Crotty

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A pair of gardens bring joy to New Carlisle By Julie Thompson | Photos by Jim Crotty At the corner of State Routes 171 and 235 in downtown New Carlisle sits a little piece of heaven. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a home that was built in 1845 and has kept most of its charm even as the town has evolved around it. In fact, most of those who have visited the historic property call it a gem, but few would know that it even exists if they have never stepped inside its gate. continued >

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Unearthing a gem For years, most of the home’s two side yards at 106 East Jefferson Street have stayed hidden behind tall evergreens and shade trees. But strangers traveling by the property just recently got their first glimpse at one of the home’s yards when a transforming landscape design pulled back the thick curtain that it once hid behind. The homeowners, Sally and Al Raiteri, decided to reshape their east yard after building a new garage on the property. They hired New Carlisle-based The Site Group to help reshape the small yard into a more organized and neat outdoor living space. They didn’t have much in mind except to incorporate some of the property’s historic building materials—like the walkway pavers—in with the newly constructed garage. Dave Swearingen, a landscape architect with The Site Group, knew one of the keys to reshaping the yard was to open it up. It took some time, but he managed to convince the Raiteris to open up the small side yard to the east of their home and create a cleaner and more organized design. continued >

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A charming evolution The first thing to go was the line of dense evergreen trees that lined the yard’s fence. Next, they pulled up all the old pavers and leveled and relaid them properly with a gravel base. The multi-sized and colored stones were laid where existing pathways had been, as well as in newly created walkways. Lastly, the space was transformed by new plantings. Swearingen and his team reshaped an area that once held one of Sally’s beloved shade trees (which had rotted out) and placed a family of Knock Out Roses for her to enjoy from spring to fall. A rock border surrounds the roses, bringing a quaint feeling to a spot Sally often enjoys from her kitchen window. Evergreens were still included in the design even though it was a main shrub removed to open the space. Several Natural Capitata Yew, for instance, were placed along the yard’s alley side to create privacy. The shrubs are small right now, but will continue to grow until they reach 10 feet tall. New landscaping beds were cut and a variation of perennials now add color and seasonal life. Pinks, blues and maroons come out in plants such as sedum, summer wine ninebark and thread leaf cypress. Other perennials adding life to the area are daylilies, Russian sage, hostas and coral bluebells. The open space is a new feel for the Raiteris. Still, Al says he enjoys the cleancut feel of the design. “I like the openness that we have now and that you can see it from the street,” he says. “We now can see things like the iron fence that was once hidden with the shrubbery.”

Secret garden Not all of the living space was opened to the public, however. The home’s other side yard, located to its west, remains the same private area it has always been. It’s a space that Sally has called her secret garden since the day she moved into the house in 1991. The yard, which measures about 30x90 feet, is situated between their home and another building they own. The building, which now houses a candle shop, was once the New Carlisle continued >

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National Bank and the spot where the infamous John Dillinger had his first of many bank robberies. The yard is Sally’s sanctuary. It is completely closed off from the busy traffic outside and allows her to enjoy some of her favorite pastimes in complete privacy. The area becomes the couple’s dining and living rooms when the weather turns nice. “Unless you are a guest here, you don’t know this space exists,” Sally says. A patio area holds a table and chair on which they enjoy most of their meals and a gazebo is the perfect place for reading a book. A Japanese Honeysuckle and Leatherleaf Viburnum act as canopies over the space and lend shade for all day enjoyment. The shade is nice, but it does restrict what kind of flowers can

grow in the area. Dragon Wing Begonias have become one of the couple’s favorite annuals to plant there because they grow so well in shade and add a lot of color. A variety of impatiens also fill pots that are placed in various spots around the garden. Perhaps what gives the area most of its charm, however, are the carefully selected garden pieces of all shapes and sizes. A large fountain sits in the middle of the garden creating a focal point while smaller art forms like wooden bird houses and concrete angels perch in precarious positions among flowers. It’s a haven that Al and Sally have come to love and enjoy. And one thing is for sure: They never get tired of seeing people’s reactions when they step off the busy street corner into their quiet world for the first time.

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Even though the owners of this home chose the vibrancy of the city over a roomy lot in the suburbs, they still want a custom designed outdoor living space with amenities selected to fit their lifestyle. In this age of varying savings accounts and unstable markets, the “nesting” feature of home still makes it an investment priority. However, many customers are not as concerned with a room for every purpose, and are more interested in flexible space that offers the backdrop for different size groups and occasions. Making the most of their small backyard and investing in sustainable, yet classic materials can help them get the most value out of their investment. In such a small yard some priorities must be set. You can’t have, for example, a nice-sized patio and a volleyball court, too. In this case, we are choosing the patio and allowing the yard to be minimized. The challenge is creating the flexibility to be an intimate space for a small group and still be large enough to accommodate a larger dinner party. In terms of overall layout of this property, privacy is paramount. Although they get along well with their neighbors and will probably host them on their patio, no

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one wants to be staring at each other, especially in tighter yards where conversations can practically be heard back and forth. In keeping with the green and low maintenance theme, a medium height hedge is my recommendation to give screening and privacy. I also like the idea of a classic picket fence to separate the driveway from the yard. This gives a sense of enclosure, narrows down the access points into the backyard, and defines the edges of the entertaining space. Small yards and patios, however, don’t have to be poorly designed or minimally detailed – especially on a property with lots of character and history. Classic surfaces like natural stone are making a comeback. Pavers are becoming more common and the price premium to go to a smooth natural stone has become more affordable. I am recommending a square cut, gauged flagstone for this patio. The natural material has enduring appeal and timeless value, so they won’t feel like tearing it out and going with the next trend that comes down the pike in five years. I would, however, recommend laying it on gravel if possible to eliminate the problems that concrete can have because of


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our winter freeze / thaw cycles. Although our local flagstones are mostly too rough for patio furniture, there are some smoother options available in the local market from adjoining states. A natural stone veneer would reintroduce a classic material on the grill counter, fire pit walls, and decorative columns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; making them look like they were always designed to be there, not an afterthought. Since the clients are environmentally aware, I would like to suggest a couple of items for them to consider. Behind the garage, where it will get a great deal of sunlight, would be a great place for a vegetable garden. Sometimes veggies can get a little unruly, so having them out of sight, but easily accessible, would be best. Along with the garden would be a compost area, where the owners can throw their green waste for a season, then use it to enrich their garden soil. There are also various collection systems available for rainwater storage. Rain could be collected off of the gutters and stored underground, then reused for bed irrigation or garden watering. I would also

suggest a couple of shade trees to provide scale and shade the patio, although I did not show them in the sketch for clarity. Hardy, disease resistant plant varieties would help them eliminate future sprays and chemical applications. As customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; appetites for debt are changing, people are looking for ways to get more value for their dollars. Our homes, however, are still the largest investment most of us will make. Creating a hospitable feeling and providing activity space for each member of the family will make memories that will give this family a lasting return on their investment.

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Zest for Life A joy of cooking leads to a kitchen renovation in Washington Township By Robin McMacken | Photos by Daniel Feldkamp/Visual Edge Imaging

There is a chic coziness about Barbara and Ted Santo’s kitchen that makes visitors feel remarkably relaxed. Maybe it’s the cheery ceramic roosters that add French-country appeal to the room or the stunning kitchen island and its spacious seating. F Regardless of what keeps guests mingling in the kitchen, it is the Santos’ love for entertaining that shines through and also motivated them to redo their kitchen— basically from ground-zero—in 2008. continued >

OPPOSITE: The old ceramic tile floor was replaced with elegant hand-scraped hardwood. ABOVE: The two-tiered island holds the Wolf gas range and convenient bar seating.

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before Cooking up flavor The homeowners, who married in 1990 and built their home that year, admit they tweak their residence with an uncommon zeal that might frazzle others. “And we’re still married,” says Ted with a laugh. During the course of five remodeling projects, the square footage of the Santo home, which is located on a half-acre lot in Washington Township, has blossomed from 4,000 to 5,000 square feet. The most recent project was the kitchen—and its wonderful transformation has added warmth, much-needed storage and, most importantly, the ability for Barbara to cook with her trademark flair and yet still be part of the conviviality during the many parties she and Ted throw. Whether hosting Optimist Club meetings or their annual Kentucky Derby party, the Santos entertain with hospitality and easy charm and it’s evident the kitchen is the heartbeat of their home. “I love to cook,” Barbara says. “It’s one of my hobbies.” At the time the couple built their home, however, they were not in a position to upgrade the kitchen, and its limitations were sorely noticeable. “I couldn’t even get a cookie sheet into the old oven,” Barbara recalls. Another priority in the redesign was to create a stylishly efficient office-computer area in the kitchen so Barbara could have Internet access at her fingertips. Search engines often provide the quickest answers to her cooking questions. “I also like to read recipe books and Cook’s Illustrated and Southern Living magazines,” she adds, noting that her cookbook collection now has a space of its own.

Peeling back the layers The couple called upon Remodeling Designs Inc. to spearhead the remodeling project, which began in August 2008. Although the Santos had never worked with the company before, they were thrilled with the synergy and expertise the staff brought to the table. “Anything we wanted, they went out of their way to find,” Barbara says. Erich Eggers, owner of Remodeling Designs Inc., concurs that lack of storage and inadequate lighting stifled Barbara’s joy for cooking and entertaining. Barbara also relied upon Pam Brown of

OPPOSITE: The copper farm sink and garden window add a charming touch to the kitchen. TOP RIGHT: The built-in office area holds the computer and extensive cookbook collection. BOTTOM RIGHT: The china cabinet stands out, thanks to its dark-stained cabinetry.

Centerville Design Associates and Eggers’ sister, Sue Muenchow, who was a designer with Remodeling Designs at the time, to help actualize her already well-honed vision of a dreamy kitchen. To brighten the kitchen, a garden window was installed over the sink and the dated fluorescent light fixture over the island was taken out and replaced with three pendant lights. Recessed lighting in the ceiling was installed throughout the primary areas, continued >

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BarBara Santo’S Spaghetti with Spicy MeatBallS Makes 6 main-dish servings. Olive or salad oil 2 medium-size onions, finely chopped ¾ pound sweet Italian sausage links ¾ pound lean ground beef ½ cup seasoned dried breadcrumbs 1 large egg ¼ cup chopped parsley (Barbara once use cilantro by mistake and was pleased with the results)

Salt and pepper 1 garlic clove, minced 1 28-ounce can tomatoes 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 1 teaspoon beef flavor instant bouillon ¾ of 16-ounce package spaghetti

In 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil, cook half of the chopped onions, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden. Remove Italian sausage meat from casing. In medium bowl, mix sausage, cooked onion, ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, 2 tablespoons of the chopped parsley, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until just blended. With hands, shape the meat mixture into 24 1½-inch balls. In 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil, cook meatballs until browned on all sides, removing them to plate as they brown. Discard all but 1 tablespoon oil in skillet. Cook remaining onion in oil until tender and golden. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Slowly stir in tomatoes with their liquid, sugar, basil, beef bouillon, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Heat sauce to boiling. Return meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat to low; cover sauce and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are cooked through. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons parsley. Meanwhile, prepare spaghetti as label directs, using 1 teaspoon salt in water; drain. To serve, toss spaghetti with the meatballs and sauce.

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and under-cabinet, crown and in-cabinet lighting lent additional lighting, Eggers explains. To increase the seating at the kitchen island, about 15 square feet of space was cleverly stolen from the utility room. Although Barbara was clearly the chief decision-maker in the kitchen redux, she chose a color palette Ted also would enjoy. Sherwin-Willams’ Navajo White was painted on the walls and sunny Golden Fleece accents the wall area behind the built-in desk. Barbara showed her plans beforehand to Ted, but he happily admits that the kitchen is her domain. “Barbara likes to keep the house updated and modern-looking,” Ted explains. “She has redone all the rooms in the home, working her makeover magic by changing paint colors, replacing wallpaper or adding whimsy through trompe l’oeil in the guest baths.” The kitchen was a labor-intensive job, and the first step was to rip out the ceramic tile floor, which Barbara says she had grown weary of, and then extend the gas line from the furnace room to the kitchen. “The number one goal was to get gas here for the new six-burner Wolf range and KitchenAid double oven,” adds Ted. Although most of the appliances are new, Barbara refused to part with her 20-year-old GE Potscrubber dishwasher. “It’s the best dishwasher I’ve ever had,” she says. The dishwasher, despite its advanced age, looks thoroughly modern next to the weathered copper farmer’s sink that was installed during the renovation. A hand-scraped wood floor is now underfoot, and it gives the kitchen an old-world feel that complements the Omega cabinetry stained in such luscious sounding—and looking—colors as Dijon Coffee and Alma Coffee. The bistro ambience continues with the multi-media counters that include the robust pattern of Rainforest and Verde Jade granite with beveled edges and Omega maple wood. When Barbara visited Remodeling Designs’ showroom, she was immediately drawn to the handsome green tones of the Rainforest granite. “The minute I saw it, I knew I wanted it,” she says.

Entertaining comfortably Barbara says the three-month renovation wasn’t difficult to handle. “There were no surprises. The lifestyle change was the biggest difficulty we had with it.” During the remodeling, the Santos relied on their impressive great room—complete with a pool table, bar and fireplace—for casual dining. Thankfully, the couple was able to spend much of the time at their lakehouse outside Knoxville, Tennessee. Perhaps the most confused members of the household, Ted admits, during the remodeling were the Santos’ two energetic yet friendly Bichons, Kodye and Kasey. The couple has eased into their new kitchen, and it is apparent entertaining their friends and family warmly continues with down-to-earth elegance. “I love our house,” Barbara says. “It’s ‘us.’ I tell people the only way I am going out of this house is either feet first or to the home.” TOP RIGHT: The nearby powder room was also remodeled to complement the kitchen.

Contractor: Erich Eggers, Sue Muenchow, Remodeling Designs, Inc.; Interior designer: Pam Brown, Centerville Design Associates; Flooring: Prosource; Cabinetry: Omega/Dynasty Cabinets; Cabinet hardware: Top Knobs; Countertops: Rain Forest Green granite with beveled edge; Verde Jade granite with beveled edge; Desk countertop: Omega Maple with Alma Coffee stain; Sink: Belle Foret weathered copper farm sink; Faucet: Grohe Bridgeford; Lighting: Sea Gull; Appliances: Wolf range; KitchenAid double oven; warming drawer, supplied by Custom Distributors


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this lower level was turned into an entertaining haven for parents and children alike, it had developed one purpose. “It had become 2,400 square feet of toys,” Shannon Ruby says with a laugh. Soon after the homeowners moved into their new Beavercreek Township home in 2007, which was built by HBS Development (Homes by Bill Simms), they decided they wanted and needed more living space. During construction of the house, the couple knew at some point they would finish the lower level. They made sure Ruby, designer for HBS and project manager for Simms Custom Remodeling, divided the basement into several areas. The space was also prepped for both a bar and a full bathroom. Electrical work was also pre-installed.

Entertaining options By June of 2008, the homeowners hired Simms Custom Remodeling, a division of HBS Development, to finish the space. “They were expecting a second child so they needed a playroom,” Ruby says. But, as avid entertainers, they also needed the lower level to serve multiple purposes. Initially the homeowners envisioned a media room as the focal point of the renovation, then decided they would get more use out of the bar area. But they desired something different than a traditional straight-lined serving counter. “We wanted to angle the bar so you could see the TV and everyone could mingle and the guys could watch sports and have a drink,” says the homeowner. continued >

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TOP LEFT: The tile floor makes cleaning up after craft time a breeze. BOTTOM LEFT: The vessel bowl sink is a dramatic design element. ABOVE: The home足 owners stay in shape, thanks to their private exercise room.

They do utilize counter seating but, thanks to the unique U-shaped configuration, they have room for seven chairs. Each seat provides an unobstructed view of the adjacent media room, which boasts an 8-foot projection screen. An existing music system was extended into the basement as well. The bar itself features the same cabinetry found in the upstairs kitchen, but in a dark-

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er color for more dramatic flair. In shopping around for items that would catch attention, the homeowners found the perfect glass tile for the backsplash, which is highlighted with lowhanging contemporary lighting they discovered online. The homeowners also found the perfect granite countertop through Dark Star Marble & Granite. “It’s beige, black and brown with gray swirls in it. We’ve gotten so many compli-

ments from friends regarding the granite’s interesting pattern,” says the homeowner.

Play time While the parents gather around the bar, they can rest assured their children are safe, and having fun themselves, in the nearby playroom. Ruby and his team needed to pull out a few tricks in the playroom. Since part of the space faced the front of the

house in the same configuration as an upstairs bay window, this area was converted into a walk-in storage closet. Additionally, angled ceilings were designed to hide under-

the-floor duct work servicing the upstairs. The flooring was a special consideration as well. Installed by Page’s Flooring in Springboro, the playroom features both tile and carpeting. The use of primary colors, such as the blue carpet and paint, creates a stylish but functional room for kids who routinely spill drinks and love to dabble in paint, Play-Doh and markers. Frosted glass doors divide the playroom and nearby exercise room, which features a floor-to-ceiling mirror, ledges for drinks and weights, workout equipment and a Dayton Flyers decor. With a busy lifestyle of kids and work demands, the homeowners— who are committed to staying fit—love the convenience. The new living space has worked out perfectly for the family. The homeowners have tested the space several times with both large and small gatherings. They especially love the fact that they can invite others with kids and everyone can have a good time on the same level. “Now it’s where we spend the majority of our time.”

Contractor: Simms Custom Remodeling; Bar and bathroom cabinetry: Supply One; Bar countertops: Granite, Dark Star Marble & Granite; Flooring and bar backsplash: Page’s Flooring; Audio/video equipment: Modern Media; Accessories: Premiere Lighting, Krispin’s

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The Miami Valley chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) recently handed out its 2010 Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards. Several local contractors received recognition for their exceptional work in a variety of categories. The following pages highlight some of the winning projects, along with thoughts and insight from the contractors.

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The kitchen is the base of operations on this family-run farm in West Alexandria. Updating the kitchen in the 220-year-old farmhouse required leveling the sloping floors, and creating an atmosphere that was new and modern, but still looked like it belonged in an old home. The black island, topped with a butcher block, stands out against the cream perimeter cabinets, all the while complementing the convenient new appliances. continued >

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The kitchen in this typical 1970s ranch underwent a dramatic transformation into a contemporary masterpiece. Sleek Merillat maple cabinets, quartz countertops, and a backsplash and island base comprised of glass rods laid vertically create a one-of-a-kind look.


“This homeowner created a kitchen that incorporates clean lines and natural products, resulting in a space that isn’t complicated or cluttered. Always remember to pick a design that suits your lifestyle.” —Ray Bell, Greater dayton Building & Remodeling

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additional local cotY awards: Commercial Specialty Residential Kitchen $30,001–$60,000 Residential Addition $100,000 and under Residential Addition $250,001 and over rEgional cotY awards: Residential Addition under $100,000 Residential Addition over $250,000 Commercial Specialty

In order to take advantage and enjoy their great back yard, these homeowners chose to install a low-maintenance composite deck behind their Dayton home. A curved bar has taken the place of a broken hot tub, while bench seating defines the edge of the deck. The curved outer edge, multiple tiers and intricate pattern add character.


“Your outdoor living space is an extension of the inside, be sure to consider eating and gathering areas and grilling and kitchen space into your design.” —Tim Stephens, archadeck of West central Ohio

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Remodeling Designs had 2,500 square feet of unfinished space to work with in the lower level of this Brookville home. The new living space includes a full bar, media area, informal dining area, guest bedroom and full bath. Nine-foot ceilings, engineered wood floors and a warm and cozy decor makes this living space resemble anything but a basement.

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The homeowners hoped to incorporate a large shower void of shower doors in an effort to modernize the bathroom. To accommodate this request, a new corner bathtub was installed so there would be enough room for the shower. Glass block obscures the view into the shower, while the new vanity complements the beige and brown tones of the tile used for the floor, shower and tub surround.

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“Finding a contractor that offers a design team can help minimize obstacles you might face during construction. This way the design team works with the construction staff, eliminating a possible loss of communication.” —Lee Baker, a.e. Fickert additional local cotY awards: Residential Kitchen under $15,000 Entire House regional cotY award: Residential Interior under $100,000

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Form meets function in this bathroom renovation in Centerville. Etched glass panels surround the toilet, providing privacy without blocking the flow of natural light from a nearby window. Other details, such as the custom-framed mirrors above the dual vanity and the large open shower with electronic controls, lead to an eyecatching bathroom unlike any other.

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“Determine what doesn’t work in your current bathroom, and write down the elements that you would like to have in your new bathroom. Magazine clippings are also a great way for us to understand your style and needs during the design process.” —Jeff Hurst, Hurst Total Home additional local cotY awaRds: Residential Bath $15,001–$30,000 Residential Exterior Residential Addition $100,001–$250,000 Regional cotY awaRd: Residential Kitchen $40,000–$80,000 Photo by Martin Biel/Biel Photographic

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This basement bathroom renovation consisted of gutting the old space and constructing a new, fully functional bathroom. The remodeled bathroom includes a new shower and ceramic tile floor, along with the salvaged pedestal sink from the old bathroom, which was reglazed to look new.


“Have a realistic expectation of what the renovation will entail. This includes the budget, as well as the renovation process.” —Michelle venys, W.E. Bilbrey General Contractor, L.L.C.

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sCOttish salmOn salad 8 ounces mixed field greens 6 each Roma tomato slices 4 each English Cucumber 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese 1 tablespoon caper berries 1 cup potato straws 4-ounce Scottish Salmon Filet 3 ounces Jalapeno Citrus Vinaigrette To prepare Salmon: Season with salt and pepper or your favorite seasonings. Heat skillet on medium-high heat. Add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, add fish and cook for approximately 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Turn fish over and place in a 350°F degree oven for 6-8 minutes or until desired temperature is reached. Place salmon on a paper towel or plate to drain excess grease. To assemble salad: Toss field greens and Jalapeno dressing to coat, place in serving bowl, arrange Roma tomatoes and cucumbers around perimeter of bowl, and sprinkle with feta cheese. Place salmon filet on top and finish by garnishing with capers and potato straws. Recipe courtesy of Mark Boor, Executive Chef, Trio Bistro

Combine all ingredients except fish in a bowl and whisk together. Add fish and let marinate at least four to eight hours. Pull out of marinade, let drain. Sear for 2 minutes on one side, flip and sear 2 minutes on the next side. Follow directions on linguini package to cook pasta.

tomato Ceviche 2 cups chopped tomatoes per person Juice from one lemon Juice from one lime ½ bunch of cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and black pepper to taste Cut the tomatoes in edible sizes. Mix with lime and lemon juices, olive oil, cilantro, salt and pepper. Let sit overnight.

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Marinade: 2 Mahi Mahi filets (4 ounces each) 2 cups olive oil 1 cup chopped basil Juice from one lemon 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed Salt and black pepper to taste 2 ounces dry spicy sesame linguini per person

baKed alasKan halibut 2 Halibut filets (6 ounces each) 4 ounces Buerre Blanc Sauce 4 ounces garlic butter 2 ounces Dijon mustard 8 ounces Japanese bread crumbs 2 ounces finely chopped parsley

Orange Kiwi margarita sauce 2 cups orange juice 1 cup kiwi lime margarita mix 1 cup tequila 1 clove minced garlic 1 cup heavy cream

Rub halibut with Dijon mustard. Dip each piece in the mixture of bread crumbs and chopped parsley. Bake in 350°F oven for 20 minutes, turning halibut once halfway through. Makes two servings.

Combine all ingredients except cream in a saucepot and let reduce by half. Add the heavy cream and cook it down until it can coat the back of a spoon. Salt to taste and serve. Recipe courtesy of Travis Ellis, Executive Chef, Compass Group

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include cleaning windowsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is the way to find the right fit. Painting, where it is inside rooms or outdoor trim, will absolutely wake up tired spaces. Doing it yourself can be satisfying, yet time consuming, so hiring out the job may not be such a bad idea. There are a variety of ways to keep your house maintained for years to come. Some are annual fixes, some only once a decade or more. You can tackle all the projects at once or take years to finish that â&#x20AC;&#x153;honey doâ&#x20AC;? list. Whatever you

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May 14, 2010 at 5:30pm to May 16, 2010 at 11pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Neon and several others with the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dayton and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? the festival will feature Dayton-centric feature and short films from around the world and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own backyard. Save the date for our 2nd annual FilmDayton Festival and keep checking back for more info. A complete schedule for the 2010 festival will be announced soon. Tickets for most shows will be $5, and ticket prices for workshops will be announced. The $35 Reel Deal Pass includes the Friday night party and access to all three days of films and workshops. The $75 All-Access Pass includes the Reel Deal benefits, plus access to a special themed party on Saturday night.

Please join us at the 2010 Kettering Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball for Charity, benefitting the Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals (SICSA), sponsored by the City of Kettering and Kettering Rotary Club. Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 7 p.m. - Midnight at The Reynolds and Reynolds Research Park Campus at One Reynolds Way in Kettering. Black Tie Evening with Wine, Spirits, Martini Bar, Dinner & Dancing, Silent Auction and Raffle.


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