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Famed interior designer Eleanor McMillen Brown once stated that “the contemporary eye combines objects and materials from the past, not because of fashion but because of one’s own knowledgeable eclecticism—the result of one’s own varied experiences and cultivated taste.” As you page through our annual Contemporary Issue, you will see exactly what Eleanor is speaking of. Beyond the clean lines and minimalist details of these homes are history and careful thought. Thought of how to transform a traditional French Normandy-style residence into a stark designer abode. Care when turning a family’s fire devastated home into a cutting edge renovation. There is wow-factor to be found behind every door—and in every crevice of this city, for that matter! Showcasing these homes is our passion, and we’re excited to see what the rest of the year brings. We’d love to hear what inspires you, so drop us a line at wslattery@housetrends.com or visit our Housetrends Pittsburgh Facebook page! Spring is just around the corner—and so is our Outdoor Living Issue—keep warm until then, we will be back soon! Sincerely,

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Couple refuses to let tragedy define their legacy FORM MEETS FUNCTION Couple builds a house that makes sense

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In a New Light Home’s classic architecture hides a modern-day contemporary interior KITCHEN TRENDS Cooking Up Colorful Flavor Kitchen remodel serves up intriguing palette SPECIAL SECTION A look back at the Housing Excellence Awards

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The

1930s French Normandy-style house was in perfect

move-in condition when it was purchased in 2007. But the new owners had a different vision for the residence, which they gutted entirely before moving in two years later.

An impressive collaboration Patricia Kann, owner of PSK Design, LLC., designed the 4,600-square-foot home located on close to ten acres on a quiet street in the western suburbs of Pittsburgh. Both Kann and Saverio Strati, co-owner of Avanti Construction in Hazelwood, had worked with the husband on his twolevel, ultra-contemporary bachelor pad overlooking Mount Washington years earlier. It was only natural that they’d come together again to rebuild the new home, along with architect Lewko Korzeniwsky. With the collaboration of such a talented team of professionals, the extensive endeavor was well worth the wait. Their combined efforts yielded a home that is elegant and contemporary while being comfortable and livable. Guests are treated to a ‘wow’ factor as they step into the home, as the traditional exterior belies the modern interior.

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LEFT: The couple purchased the 1930s French Normandy, which features a porte-cochÊre, home in 2007. BELOW: The living room offers views of the conservatory and screened-in porch. OPENING SPREAD: The homeowners’ eye-catching art and glass collections add bold splashes of color throughout the home.

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The dark center island pops against the lighter perimeter cabinetry and flooring in the kitchen. OPPOSITE TOP: Stuccoed red brick walls create a soothing sanctuary in this screened-in porch. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Colorful artwork brings character to the formal dining room.

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With the intention of this being their ‘forever’ home, the wife says they wanted to do it right from the start. She adds that she and her husband did not make any changes to the footprint of the home, with the exception of the wine cellar, which Housetrends featured in May 2012. “You could have moved into this house on day one,” Strati says of the original floor plan. “It was a colonial interior, and the owners had kept it in beautiful condition. Instead, we opened the door and tore it apart, top to bottom, inside, outside, everything.” The house, boasting a porte-cochére, was originally a six-bedroom home; the couple converted one into an upstairs laundry room, another into a study and two into guest rooms. Strati says the homeowners’ concept was to go with open, contemporary, crisp and clean lines, with unobstructed pathways between rooms. And the architect took a holistic approach to his designs. “Rather than look at the house as a room by room view, I looked at the house as a whole and the site as a whole. I looked at the relationship between the inside and outside and the views, as did Pat,” says Korzeniwsky.

Hidden details The project was quite complex. “We took apart a large amount of the existing house and put it back together again, like an intricate puzzle. There were so many complicated systems in the house that we

had to make sure they didn’t get in each other’s way,” says Korzeniwsky. Some of these included new wiring, heated floors and furnaces, different heating and cooling zones and ductwork that had to work with the recessed lighting. Fortunately, the crew had access to the original blueprints, which were extraordinarily helpful in putting the house back together. The team faced many challenges in this unique project, including blowing out the 8 foot ceiling of the master bedroom to put in skylights and converting the master bath from a sun porch. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the renovation was the kitchen, which originally featured a chimney structure and a much narrower space. The kitchen now has two Sub-Zero fridges and a double oven, along with “hidden” cabinetry around an angled portion of the kitchen. Another major challenge was the installation of the Hope’s brand custom-made steel and glass floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room, as the measurements had to be precise with no room for error. The Hope’s windows were in line with Kann’s design intentions, which were to return the home to its former elegance while giving it a contemporary feel. Kann was most concerned with function of space and function of lighting, which, she says, is essential for creating the ambience of the house. Using natural lighting,

she brought a contemporary edge to the house, and brought the outside in. Recessed lighting is placed throughout most of the downstairs, though the upstairs contains more light fixtures and lamps.

A contemporary palette The homeowner chose to go with white/natural stone color for their walls using custom-mixed paint. Vivid artwork and a vast collection of colored glass serve as the source of color woven throughout the house. One exception to the white and bright spaces is the master bedroom, which is replete with muted mauve-brown tones, softer ambient lighting and a fireplace. Perhaps the homeowner’s favorite space is the screened-in porch off the living room and dining room, a room that she said best blends the interior with the exterior, with the stuccoed red brick, custom-made tiles and a couch nestled in the rounded space.

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decoratingtrends well. That’s part of the complexity of what we created. We put it together to morph the personality of the clients with the interior.”

Spaces with purpose The homeowner says when she comes home she feels happy and relaxed. “I like the flow. I like that we generally do use every room of the house. We don’t have wasted space; every room has a purpose to our family and our life. Even our guest room has a fair amount of traffic, which is set up to be separate from the house.” “You’re not prepared for what you find. It’s like opening a gift,” adds Strati, of the impression visitors get when they walk inside the home, expecting one thing but finding another. “It’s like living art.” “The hardest part of the job was letting them move in!” quips Kann.

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Another unique feature of the home is the glass-walled conservatory, used primarily as a sitting room. The room was actually an addition by the previous owners, but the current owners completely refinished the interior and flooring and some of the glass panels. With the exception of the hand-forged iron rail, which was brought down from the second floor to the foyer, there remains no evidence of the house’s interior history. “We have an exterior that is traditional architectural style and we have an interior that matches the style of the client,” says Strati. “They personalized the entire interior. Some houses, you can’t get away with that, but with this house, we pulled it off quite

Interior designer: Patricia Kann, PSK Design; Architect: Lewko Korzeniwsky; Contractor: Avanti Construction, Inc.; Flooring: Tile and Designs, Inc.; Ann Sacks; Kitchen cabinetry: Neff, Kitchen & Bath Concepts; Kitchen countertops: Phillips Granite, Inc.; Dente Classic Stone; Kitchen backsplash: Tile Collection; Sinks: Duravit, Seymour’s Bath & Hardware; Faucets: Hansgrohe; Grohl, Seymour’s Bath & Hardware; Bathroom cabinetry: Hallcraft, O’Neil’s Custom Cabinetry; Appliances: Miele dishwasher; Wolf cooktop; SubZero refrigerator; Dacor oven, supplied by Hillmon Appliance; Lighting: Iris Square, Liberty Lighting; Wallcovering: Phillip Jeffries, Holly Hunt; Furniture: Holly Hunt; Rug: Weisshouse; Glass work: Emerald Art Glass; Rex Glass; Windows: Marvin, Allegheny Millwork; Exterior doors: Hope’s Windows and Doors; Hardware: Rocky Mountain by Beth Fay, Splash; Tile installation: Darren Jarvis; Plumber: Seigle Plumbing; Electrician: Skover Electric Services, Inc.; HVAC: Dave Rich Heating and Air Conditioning; Plasterer: McClelland Plastering Company; Painter: Colorworks; Exterior masonry: Jubic Masonry; Spray insulation: InsulRight

TOP: The master bedroom is decorated in rich mauve and brown tones. ABOVE: Sleek white marble establishes a crisp and clean look in the master bathroom.

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Rebuilding a Couple refuses to let tragedy define their legacy By Joan Pearlstein Dunn | Photos by Craig Thompson

Helene and Regis McQuaide had just celebrated five years of living in their Mid-Century modern home, when it was nearly destroyed by a fire. They had just left for a neighborhood barbeque, and in their rush, left a candle burning on the screened-in porch. The batten board ceiling ignited in flames, which then shot up to the attic and quickly engulfed the rest of the house. Within minutes, the home, and almost all of the family’s possessions, were destroyed. continued >

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Generosity of others In the immediate aftermath, neighbors opened their doors to the McQuaide family, and offered three things they needed the most: food, clothing and a key to their homes. “We asked ourselves, ‘Why did this happen?’ and knew that we could either become victims or become empowered,” remembers Helene. “We loved our lot and our neighbors, so we chose to stay and rebuild.” They wouldn’t need to look past their own back yard to find the best man for the job. Regis is the owner of Master Remodelers Inc., which is a full service design and build company.

There was a process where the insurance company had to take inventory of the contents and literally count everything. With the couple starting from scratch, Regis pulled together a group of professionals to help him lay out plans. The team consisted of a structural engineer, a home auditor, a landscape designer, an interior designer and an architectural designer. Because of insurance specifications, they had to see the finished result before even beginning the process. “We had to put ourselves in the place we are today, while everything was torn apart,” explains Regis. “We

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living room ABOVE: This bold red rug, paired with dramatic furniture, creates a glamorous feel in the living room.

also decided to incorporate special provisions for aging in place because we intended to stay in this house for the rest of our lives.” The original house was built with Frank Lloyd Wright influences, so it was fitting for that design palette to be incorporated in the new plan. Regis had very specific goals on how he wanted his new home to function and insisted that it be energy efficient, scientifically functional and comfortable throughout. “We wanted to have a porcelain tile floor and quartz countertops, so that was going to create an acoustical problem,” points out Helene.

“Sound would have just bounced off of these hard surfaces.” Regis engineered the solution, and had sound absorption panels built into the ceiling. This would allow people to comfortably interact in the kitchen and not overpower what was happening in the family room. The home is equipped with stealth speakers that can be heard, but not seen. They were imbedded in the drywall and placed strategically throughout the space. continued >

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Cambria quartz countertops were chosen for their eco-friendly components. The nonporous texture is a low maintenance surface that inhibits bacteria growth, making it a practical choice for moist environments. “We reuse many products and some of the green features are things that you don’t even see,” explains Regis. “The addition was built out of recycled wood from old decks that my company had torn down.” Another cost effective measure was in the use of structural insulated panels (SIPs). Regis had them manufactured with R50 insulation, which is 30 percent more than the standard R30. The entire home was taken through the Energy Star Program. “I wanted the family room to be casual, comfortable, and forgivable,” says Helene. “Everything was designed around function and entertaining.” The floor-to-ceiling windows are high performance with less energy loss. They have been glazed with a metallic material that reflects light and at the same time, protects upholstery. Each living area and bedroom is on its own individual thermostat and can be heated according to individual needs. Floors are warmed with radiant heat. “We always try to buy American furniture, to buy locally and to repurpose things,” Helene points out. “Some of these things were in office buildings or in other people’s homes.” continued > OPPOSITE: The new kitchen boasts a seamless design thanks to flat panel cabinetry, stainless built-in appliances and low-profile lighting. BELOW: The muted gray sectional offers plenty of seating in the family room.

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Their custom-made dining room table was the only piece of furniture to survive the fire. “We hauled this sucker out that night and it had damage but we repaired it and brought it back to life,” tells Helene. She found the black and white pictures at an auction and designed the room around them. The credenza was covered with a countertop made from recycled blue bottle glass.

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ABOVE: The homeowners preserved and repaired their original dining room table, which was damaged in the fire. OPPOSITE TOP: The highlight of this guest bathroom is the large piece of stained glass, a homemade gift from the homeowner’s parents. RIGHT: 50-year-old dressers, bought at an auction, adorn the master suite.

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In planning the layout of their living room, they were mindful to preserve the original guise of the home. “This is my girl’s-night-out room,” smiles Helene. “I wanted a little bit of glamor, but also a sense of humor, and to not be formal.” It is a step back to the 60s, giving the room a feeling of days gone by. Keeping with the Frank Lloyd Wright era, it was structured to be harmonious with the outdoor environment. Sliding glass doors are an open invitation to a stunning outdoor living space. As part of the “aging in place” element, they raised the patio’s elevation to be level with door thresholds. The stamped concrete floor was glazed to look like natural stone and a polycarbonate ceiling shades the porch without darkening the indoor rooms. continued >

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Spaces with purpose The couple worked with Phyllis Gricus, of Landscape Design Studio, on the outside spaces. “The McQuaides brought me in at the start of their redesign,” explains Gricus. “They really considered the ‘whole building design,’ which meant that I could influence the integral relationship between the inside and the outside.” The team from Green Leaf Landscaping expertly implemented the sustainable practices built into the design, which

made for a successful planting. Helene and Regis wanted to keep their master bedroom simple, serene and dog friendly. Dressers were bought at auction and are half a century old. The use of soft lighting and muted color tones make the room a welcoming retreat. Handmade by Helene’s parents, the faceted stained glass window in the guest bathroom was a gift to the couple. It was safely tucked away in storage during the

fire, and then became an important part of the re-build. The shower was designed with a zero threshold and a sloped floor, to keep water flowing toward the drain. It was equipped with water conservation fixtures, which control the flow of gallons per minute. A European commode has the water tank hidden within the wall. No house is complete without a dark and cozy man cave to watch football. Regis is no stranger to the sports world, having played offensive lineman for Michigan State University, and taking home a Big Ten championship ring. He went on to play professionally, for the Philadelphia Eagles, but we Steeler fans won’t hold that against him. Editor’s Note: Master Remodelers recently won the Housing Excellence Award for Best MultiRoom Renovation, $300,001-$750,000 by the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh for their work on this home.

ABOVE: Rich leather furniture and a unique geometric rug add a masculine touch to this man cave. OPPOSITE AND OPENING SPREAD:Entertaining under the stars is easy thanks to the new, inviting outdoor patio.

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by top-tiered Universities and globally renowned hospitals, its residential streets are a diverse mix of Victorian mansions, condominiums and student housing. â—† Penny and Kirk had been looking to buy a home that they would be able to pass down for generations. Coming from row house living on the Mexican War Streets, they were looking to settle in an area with a little more breathing room. When they walked into the 7,500-squarefoot Shadyside mansion, they knew they had found their future home. The house was built in the early 1890s, which is around the time that the area began to see tremendous growth. continued >

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Remodel keeps history intact The couple decided to begin their first renovation with the kitchen. “It was old and in tired shape when we moved in,” explains Kirk. They called Laura Reid Riggin, of Premier Home Design Center, to help them come up with a design plan. “I felt honored to work with them on a home with such historical significance and unusual architecture,” says the designer. “We started the project off by talking about their love of color and we went from there.” Riggin wanted to maintain some traditional elements, while incorporating unusual shades in the room. “We are part traditionalist, but are also part funky, so these colors worked well for us,” laughs Kirk.

For the cabinetry, they chose onyx, cardinal and mushroom as the color scheme. The onyx cabinets are cherry wood and the other two are both maple. “The onyx is a black painted finish with an artistic over-sanding technique that’s applied to the accent and raised areas,” explains the designer. “This creates the vintage look of fine furniture.” The maple cabinets were painted and then glazed over. The original kitchen consisted of two smaller rooms, which were opened up to create the new large space. “There were a lot of limitations because of the stone structure of the house,” says

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tiles himself and put them in place with an adhesive bond. He interlaced small brass diamond pieces and a strip of stainless steel to tie it in with the overall scheme. Cambria quartz countertops were chosen, because of their natural look. “The patterns are realistic and look like granite, but without the maintenance,” points out Riggin.

Modern conveniences Floors are made of cork, which is soft and easy on the feet. “Cork is a little more forgiving, and that was good because we were combining two rooms,” explains the designer. “It is also a very durable material that is softer than ceramic tile and has a long lifespan.” Originally, the kitchen had a freestanding radiator that sat in the center of the room. “We had to rip it out, but found a unique alternative,” says Kirk. “We installed a toe kick radiator that sits under the cabinets and runs along the floor.” Kirk came up with the idea to build a giant sized chalkboard on one of the walls. He applied black chalkboard paint and then framed it in with strips of trim. For a finishing touch, he beveled out one of the pieces to serve as a ledge for chalk. The kitchen is a beautiful blend of funky and chic, and is a place where the whole family loves to hang out. “The kids can sit and color, while someone is drinking coffee or cooking at the island,” says the owner. Penny and Kirk are thrilled with their new kitchen and can now start thinking about the next room to decorate. With seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, they will have no shortage of projects.

Kirk. “We also didn’t want to play with the integrity of the home or the architectural elements.” The new plan would have to carefully work around old windows, doorways, a butler’s pantry and a back staircase. Everything is new except for the oven hood, which is original to the kitchen. They debated taking it down, and then decided it was a focal point and that it belonged to the house. “It used to be cream color and looked pretty bad, so I sprayed it with copper paint to give it a lift,” says Kirk. The backsplash behind the stove was constructed of rectangular pieces of marble to look like a brick wall. Kirk laid out the

Resources

Designer: Laura Reid Riggin, Premier Home Design Center; Cabinetry: Merillat’s Masterpiece Temora Cherry in Vintage Onyx; Countertops and backsplash: Cambria Lincolnshire, supplied by M&M Creative Laminates; Paint: Bryant Gold and Georgian Brick, Benjamin Moore & Co.

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Recognizing the Area’s Premier Home Builders and Remodelers in 2012

Twenty-two Housing Excellence Awards were handed out in December 2012 to local builders and remodelers by the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. Here is a complete list of the winners in the 2012 categories.

Associate of the Year | Tim Hillebrand, Don’s & Hillmon Appliance Builder of the Year | Todd Klippa, TK Carpentry & Construction, Inc. Best Kitchen Renovation Under $75,000 | TK Carpentry & Construction, Inc. Best Kitchen Renovation $75,001-$150,000 | TK Carpentry & Construction, Inc. Best Room Addition $150,001-$300,000 | TK Carpentry & Construction, Inc. Best Room Addition Over $300,001 | TK Carpentry & Construction, Inc. Best Multi-Room Renovation Under $300,000 | TK Carpentry & Construction, Inc. Best Multi-Room Renovation $300,001-$750,000 | Master Remodelers, Inc. Best Multi-Room Renovation Over $750,001 | Primrose Homes, Inc. Best Outdoor Living Project Existing Home | Eichenlaub Inc. Best 50+ Housing Single Family Attached Under $250,000 | Traditions of America Best 50+ Housing Single Family Attached Over $250,001 | Traditions of America Best 50+ Housing Single Family Detached Under $250,000 | Traditions of America Best 50+ Housing Single Family Detached Over $250,001 | Suncrest Homes, Inc. Best Multi-Family Home of the Year—Under $500,000 | Signature Homes Best Green/Energy Efficient Housing Under $500,000 | S&A Homes Best Green/Energy Efficient Housing $500,001-$850,000 | Primrose Homes, Inc. Best Green/Energy Efficient Housing Over $850,001 | John Hobart Miller, Inc. Best Single Family Home of the Year $251,001-$350,000 | Traditions of America Best Single Family Home of the Year $351,001-$450,000 | Heartland Homes, Inc. Best Single Family Home of the Year $451,001-$650,000 | S&A Homes, Inc. Best Single Family Home of the Year $651,001-$850,000 | Suncrest Homes, Inc. Best Single Family Home of the Year $1,000,001-$2,000,000 | Primrose Homes, Inc. Best Single Family Home of the Year Over $2,000,001 | John Hobart Miller, Inc.

ABOUT BAMP’S HOUSING EXCELLENCE AWARDS The Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh began the Housing Excellence Awards program in 1996 to showcase the outstanding craftsmanship of building and remodeling professionals in the metropolitan Pittsburgh area. Participation is restricted to builders and remodelers who are members of the association in good standing. Certain additional restrictions may apply for the particular category entered. Entries are submitted anonymously and are judged on its own merits by a panel of qualified, independent judges recognized for their expertise in home building and design. bamp

The Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh is one of the oldest builders associations in the country. Founded in 2013 BAMP President 1938 by a group of South Jeff L. Martin, Primrose Homes Hills builders to, in their words, “protect and promote the interests of general contractors engaged in the construction industry,” the founders’ primary reason for starting the organization was to unify builders against the threat of government control of the housing industry. Throughout the years, the building industry has seen many changes, plenty of which BAMP helped pioneer. Today, the Association is still banded together for nearly the same purpose: to protect and voice the rights of builders in the industry. BAMP is recognized nationally for its government affairs, educational and community efforts. BAMP takes great pride in its community service. In 2012, BAMP orchestrated the Veteran’s Service Project – the remodeling of a Marine veteran’s home in Cranberry Township, PA, which included product or service donations from over 140 companies and hundreds of volunteers. In 2013, BAMP plans to build Pittsburgh’s first handicappedaccessible children’s playground. “I got involved as President of BAMP because I feel it is a privilege to give back to the industry that has been so giving to our team. BAMP works hard to improve the community of builders and suppliers in order to improve the quality and value of homes for the Pittsburgh region,” says Jeff Martin, 2013 BAMP President. BAMP will celebrate its 75th anniversary at Heinz Field on Friday, May 17, 2013 with its members, along with local political and business leaders. Also attending will be the chairman of BAMP’s national organization, NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). BAMP is truly excited to celebrate this milestone and looks forward to many more years of service to home builders and suppliers. bamp

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Suncrest Homes Best Single-Family Home $650,001-$850,000 | by mia feinberg | Photos by Peter Neff

For homeowners Jeff Kelley and his wife Sharon, finding the perfect builder to craft their new home was the missing piece to their puzzle. Coming from a condo that was previously Jeff ’s bachelor pad, these empty nesters knew that they needed more space—comfortable but not crazy big—a first floor master, a screenedin porch and preferably to remain in Westmoreland County for tax reasons. Originally, the Kelleys were interested in a few other developments in Murrysville and Penn Township, but those plans didn’t pan out. Keeping their dream home in mind, Jeff scoured the computer for a layout that suited the couple and their lifestyle, until one day in 2009 he came across what they had been looking for. “I found a plan of a house on homedesigns.com, printed it out, and brought it down to my wife. We agreed that it met the criteria of what we had been looking for, so I went back to Mike Ruefle of Suncrest Homes and told him this time we were ready to pull the trigger.” Ruefle and the Kelleys searched Westmoreland County high and low for the ideal setting for their custom home, when they came across Foxtail Court in Murrysville.

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“We looked at several communities and lots in Penn Township and Murrysville and never found one that spoke to us,” Jeff says. “Then we visited Foxtail and we just liked the way it looked. It was the right fit.” Jeff observed that the house wasn’t quite big enough how it was drawn up, and Ruefle assured him that Suncrest could modify the plans. While the basic structure of the home did not change, width was added to the middle and in the back, increasing the square footage from 2,600 to 3,200 square feet. In fact, Suncrest and Ruefle were happy to accommodate any of the modifications the Kelleys were interested in making. “The original plan called for a two-car front-facing garage, except none of the other houses on the street had front facing garages. Per Mike’s advice, we extended the side of the house out ten feet to make a three car garage, which ultimately added a 12x24-foot bonus room above the space,” explains Jeff. “It actually turned into a really functional room for workout equipment. My wife calls it my man cave, but

she likes it too!” Another benefit that the Kelleys experienced with Suncrest was their flexibility—it was extremely important to the couple that their home be built exactly how they had envisioned while respecting the budget that they had created. For instance, the couple was not interested in a massive basement like many new homes offer, so Ruefle suggested to build out and plumb 2/3 of the basement and use the remaining 1/3 for crawl space. Jeff and Sharon were also impressed with Suncrest’s dedication to creating a flow within the house, while keeping it aesthetically pleasing on the outside. “The screened-in porch was a must, but the plans weren’t clear as to how to do it, so we invented it as we went. Mike and Tom were very instrumental in creating the look that we wanted while making the space accessible from both the living room and bedroom. Suncrest was happy to build a pergola in place of a shed roof to serve as the through-way from our bedroom to the porch.” Once the framework of the house was complete, the attention to detail inside became the focus. Audria of O.C. Cluss was especially helpful in creating a Tuscan inspired center island in the comfortable kitchen. Tom Ruefle, a master crafter, wowed the homeowners with his wrought iron railing that frames the home’s foyer. And family friend Eric Lazor of Finish Line Manufacturing designed the custom built-in bookcase in the second story loft. After fifteen months of construction, Suncrest Homes completed the Kelleys Murrysville marvel. “Suncrest was just wonderful to work with. Of course, like every building project there were frustrations, but overall, they went above and beyond to make sure we were pleased. Mike and his team are extremely talented and they did a gorgeous job.” bamp

Resources

Designer: Mark Allison, Home Innovations; Exterior stonework: AAA Stone Age; Builder: Suncrest Homes, Inc.; Flooring: ProSource; Cabinetry, countertops and backsplash: O.C. Cluss Building Supplies; Sinks and faucets: Splash; Lighting: Lighting Gallery; Electric: Harry Cerutti; Bookcase: Eric Lazor, Finish Line Manufacturing; Surfaces: Jones Stone & Marble; Landscaping: Justin Beall

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Creating a “dream home” means different things to different people: some yearn for more space, others for unique upgrades and amenities, or maybe location is key. But for this particular Upper St. Clair family, the most important aspect of their dream home was preserving their memories in the home they already lived in. Purchased in 2001, this family was the second to live in the fiveyear-old traditional style South Hills home, situated perfectly on a corner lot with ample room for expansion. After nearly a decade, the homeowners began house hunting for a residence that offered more space, primarily where the kitchen and den were concerned. Finding a home in Upper St. Clair was the top priority, as they did not want their children to change schools; however, new construction in the area was very expensive and pre-existing homes that met their needs were few and far between. After a year of searching for the perfect abode, the family realized they were not ready to cut ties with the home that they had made theirs. Thus, a compromise was reached; they would add on to their current residence and create the functional living space they so badly desired. For six months, the homeowner sat in different places of her house, imagining how the space could progress and change to accommodate the family’s lifestyle. Eventually, she knew precisely what she wanted, and ironically it was only a few doors away. She noticed an addition being built next door to her neighboring brother-in-law’s house that had the exact shape and structure that she had been visualizing. Todd Klippa of TK Carpentry & Construction was completing that job when the homeowners approached him about their renovation. “I liked Todd as a person from the beginning,” she says, after meeting Klippa. “And throughout the process, he was always honest and listened to my ideas. He wanted to build me a house that I would love.”

The original renovation plans called for an expanded kitchen and an added den. Ultimately, the home gained square footage all over, all of the pre-existing bathrooms were completely remodeled, and each of the home’s windows was replaced. Speaking of windows, the view from the back of the house was a crucial element when it came time to design the addition. Pushing the kitchen past the existing patio, Klippa made use of the large back yard that the homeowners weren’t attached to, while maintaining the view they so dearly loved. Since the family entertains often, the oversized eat-in island, dual dishwashers, and single-basin extra deep sink were musts in their new gourmet kitchen. Tina Fruecht from Colonial Cabinets helped to create the homeowners’ dream space. Todd’s next task was to build a masculine den off of the elegant, formal dining room and it was key that the adjoining spaces did not conflict with one another. Complete with cherry wood encasements, marble fireplace, Crawford ceilings and French doors, this room truly showcases Klippa’s attention to detail and fine craftsmanship ability. In fact, these details can be found throughout the house. Todd paired up with the homeowner to create a completely custom style home. Everything from the ornate door handles to the designs in the bathroom tile were hand selected and well thought-out. After a long year of renovation, and uncomfortable living situations at times, the masterpiece was completed—and the homeowners could not be more pleased. “We got to know the workers like family; we even had a Thanksgiving dinner together at the house!” the homeowner shares. “We are satisfied in the sense that thanks to Todd, we got everything that we wanted and more in our house that was already full with memories.” bamp

Resources

Architect: Don Sivavel; Contractor: TK Carpentry & Construction, Inc.; Flooring: ProSource; Cabinetry: Woodmode; Countertops: Colucci Tile & Marble; Backsplash: Splash; Sink: Ferguson; Faucets: Seymour; Appliances: Don’s Appliances; Windows: Marvin, Allegheny Millwork

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Barbara and Arthur’s life together started on a blind date in New Orleans more than 40 years ago. Barbara, born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, was visiting The Big Easy when she was set up with Arthur, a Trenton, New Jersey native. They hit it off and embarked on a journey that led them to move nine times in their first ten years of marriage. “We lived here in Pittsburgh the first year we were married,” Barbara says. “But Arthur’s job as a physician took us to Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; Washington D.C.; and even Thailand.”

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purchased a quaint Colonial Williamsburg-inspired home and raised their two sons. “I thought we’d live in that house forever. It’s beautiful, but our lives are changing,” Barbara says. “The biggest problem we had were the steps leading up to the house, and we have too many people in our family who can’t do steps anymore.”

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Contemporary aspirations The couple aspired to move into something completely different from the Colonial they called home for 30 years. But finding that perfect house was becoming problematic, so Arthur started looking at lots around the area. He found what they were searching for in a new development, just a few miles from their house. “The location is perfect,” Barbara says. “It’s within walking distance to North Park and you can get downtown in 20 minutes.” Barbara, who has a background in interior design and spent the last ten years running her own jewelry-making business, had a vested interest in the overall design and layout of the new home. She met several times with their builder, Frank Madia, owner of Madia Homes, to iron out the details. “We were very interested in contemporary architecture, even though we were building in a very traditional neighborhood,” she says. Barbara calls their new 4,200-squarefoot home the ‘house that makes sense.’ Designed to be handicapped-accessible, with a first-floor master suite just inside the foyer and a spacious open floor plan, the couple has plenty of space to move about freely. “Usually at this point in our lives we should be downsizing, but I wanted space to roam and spread out,” Barbara says. The foyer sets the tone thanks to the 19-foot vaulted ceiling, stone-covered walls and silver metallic porcelain tiled floor. “I love the entrance. We placed lighting on the stone wall and on the stairs and, at night, when we turn on those lights, it creates a very dramatic effect,” Barbara says. The foyer leads directly to the inviting great room, which incorporates the same stone, along with rich Brazilian cherry flooring and oversized windows. A pair of stone columns separates the great room and kitchen, which is one of Barbara’s favorite rooms. continued >

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Intriguing details The kitchen came together after Barbara made a trip to Splash, where she met designer James Watts. “I went to Splash to select plumbing fixtures, but I started walking through their showroom and saw all of these beautiful ideas,” she says. Watts was instrumental in helping Barbara flesh out the final design for the kitchen. “She wanted the kitchen to have a sleek, contemporary edge,” he says. “We have so many wonderful materials to choose from and once she explained her vision we were off and running.” Minimalist teak veneer perimeter cabinetry topped with light gray Cambria countertops and stainless steel appliances establish the contemporary atmosphere. Barbara says the horizontal wall cabinets, which lift up, are more convenient than she could have imagined. “It’s easy to put items away and nothing is ever hiding in the corners,” she adds. The gray island provides the perfect amount of contrast to the brown tones of the perimeter cabinets and hardwood floors. But it is the backsplash that provides the pop of color in the kitchen. Created by local artist Jeffrey Phelps, the one-of-a-kind glass backsplash is called Tree of Life Moonlight Sonata and incorporates a tree and moon, along with six birds, which represent Arthur, Barbara, their two sons and daughters-in-law. “He did a phenomenal job,” Barbara says. “I told him I wanted something elaborate and he didn’t disappoint. It is truly a piece of art.” Three small windows were also incorporated into the design of the backsplash, offering enticing views of the back yard. Watts suggested adding the elegant white pendant lights above the island, which stand out but don’t compete with the bold colors of the backsplash. Barbara is also proud of the nearby butler’s pantry, which holds all of her fine china as well as her dining table leaves and other entertaining and serving pieces. “When we were designing the house, I tried to think of ways to eliminate furniture. The butler’s pantry has allowed me to do away with the china hutch in the dining room,” she says.

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Less is more Barbara carried that same theory into other rooms throughout the house. The enviable laundry room offers plenty of storage and counter space, along with a bright and fresh décor. “I suggested the soft white color scheme, which allows the chrome hardware to pop,” says Watts. “She has places for laundry baskets, two convenient lift-up cabinets above the washer and dryer hide the detergent and there is also a built-in ironing board. This is a very efficient room that allows doing laundry to be a bit more tolerable.” Watts also helped develop the design of the master suite. Barbara wanted the rock wall and cherry-stained wood ceiling to take center stage in the bedroom, so Watts designed the headboard and side tables as one streamlined piece. A pair of Sonneman lights hanging from the wall on each side of the bed offers just enough light for reading at night. Rather than additional bedroom furniture for clothing, Barbara opted for an extra-large walk-in closet. The spa-inspired ambiance of the master bath is due to the soothing beige and green color scheme of the limestone and glass tile. The cherry veneer of the double vanity adds warmth to the space. In addition to the soaking tub, the bathroom also includes an oversized shower that is wheelchair accessible should the homeowners ever have a need for it. “People are living longer and they are adapting their homes to meet certain requirements,” Watts says. “There are many stylish products available today that serve all of these special needs.” continued > OPPOSITE TOP: The gray island stands out against the teak veneer of the perimeter cabinetry. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The butler’s pantry is tucked behind glass doors and holds the homeowner’s fine china and serving pieces. LEFT: The custom-made headboard and side tables were created as one streamlined piece.

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Dual purposes The couple moved into their home last summer and Barbara says she’s happy every time she walks through the front door. “Everything flows together perfectly and serves a function. I love coming home,” she says. “We did this for us. My husband has worked hard all of his life, so it’s nice for him to come home and love where he lives.” ABOVE: Soft beige limestone and green glass tile create a soothing color scheme in the master bathroom. RIGHT: The laundry room features a unique floor tile by Florim USA called Layers Chalk.

Builder: Madia Homes; Interior designer: James Watts, CKD, Splash; Kitchen cabinetry: Eggersmann; Kitchen and bathroom countertops: Cambria; Kitchen pendant lights: Oggetti; Kitchen sink: Blanco; Kitchen faucet: Hansgrohe; Backsplash: Jeffrey Phelps; Appliances: Jenn-Air, Hillmon Appliance; Flooring: ProSource; Master bathroom cabinetry: Dutch Made; Tile: Island Stone Beach Glass; Euro Clear Limestone; Tile installation: Specialty Tile Company; Lighting: Cardello Electric; Master bedroom headboard and cabinetry: Dutch Made, designed by James Watts, CKD; Laundry room cabinetry: Greenfield; Laundry room countertops: Vangura laminate; Interior and exterior stone: Eldorado Stone, PF Cook Brick Company; Oriental rugs: Shehady’s Carpet & Rugs

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