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Greater Pittsburgh Publisher Bill Slattery Editor Christina Kleiner Contributing Writers Joan Pearlstein Dunn, Phyllis Gricus, Tresa A. Lovio

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We just feel connected to it all the time. —Bob Auray


It’s that simple connection to a home that draws you in. A kitchen could be just a room where you prepare meals or a back yard just the outdoor area behind your home. What make each of these projects unique are the homeowners’ ultimate inspiration, personal perspective and motivation. We are fortunate to be able to share these very distinctive insights and the households that portray them with our readers. After renovating the interior of their 1950s ranch, Bob Auray and his wife, Marion, focused their attention on the open space behind their home. Today, they have created a welcoming alfresco escape, the perfect oasis to enjoy a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning or entertain family and friends into the evening. It’s no surprise that families are spending more quality time at home. As this trend continues, we’re seeing more people venturing out their back doors and creating unique ways to blur the lines between indoors and out. In addition to the Aurays, you’ll meet Jay and Christine Henderson, who have fashioned a chic, open air retreat behind their French Manor home. We couldn’t resist tempting you with the gorgeous pergola on our cover. Who wouldn’t want to stargaze with cocktail in hand at this bar? Next up is Mike and Tammy Hodak’s alluring pool retreat, you’ll want to jump right in and enjoy the view. We are also highlighting several exciting projects from the 2010 Housing Excellence Awards. Finally, we extend a warm welcome back and a “Cheers!” to the ninth annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival. In that spirit we’re offering you an exclusive peek at two spectacular wine cellars, and the families whose passion for wine demands the very best. We hope you enjoy this issue and share it with a friend or two along with a glass of wine in your own backyard paradise! Cheers, Photo by Craig Thompson

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greater pittsburgh | vol. 5, issue 2







23 EVENING RETREAT A home life outside can be savored year-round


DECORATING TRENDS Establishing a Connection Couple transforms a 1950s ranch into their perfect family home

14 FRESH FINDS The latest finds in furniture, flooring and lighting


BUILDING TRENDS Two of a Kind Housetrends takes a peek at two winning projects from the Housing Excellence Awards


KITCHEN TRENDS Cooking Outside Is So In! Something magical happens when you cook food outside

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THE POOLMAKER’S CHILDREN DO HAVE A POOL Mike Hodak shares his backyard oasis

87 A TALE OF TWO CELLARS Pair of homeowners share a toast

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A home life outside can be savored year-round By Phyllis Gricus | Photos by Craig Thompson continued >

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built an exquisite French Manor home in which to live their family life; then they built an extension of their home to live more of it—outside. Their new patio offers outdoor rooms that blend with the architectural style of the home and function like indoor rooms while giving the family many opportunities to commune both with nature and friends.

The centerpiece What helps to transform the patio into a full-scale living area without walls is the covered pergola that connects with the home and extends over the kitchen and bar. Custom-crafted from red cedar beams supported by Corinthian-style fiberglass columns and roofed with clear polycarbonate sheeting, it conveys the luxurious character of the house. Just like inside the house, the spot for a gathering crowd is the kitchen. Guests can sit and enjoy cocktails at the granite top bar that partially surrounds the outdoor kitchen while keeping Jay company as he cooks. And cook he does, he likes to use the rotisserie feature of his grill to roast chicken or a round of beef to serve the crowd. The exquisitely designed kitchen with amenities like a prep sink, icemaker and ventilating hood over the grill, makes cooking outside pleasurable. Handcrafted from marine plywood that resist rotting, the outdoor kitchen cabinets were finished with Danish oil rub for weather protection. Details like lighting inside of the cabinets and doors that slide back into the sides of the liquor cabinet not only make it easy to work in the space at night, but add to the elegant ambiance. Beautiful and functional, the custom-made pergola provides cover from the weather and allows for entertaining and grilling year round. During the winter of 2010, the Hendersons hosted their children’s friends and their parents for a blizzard barbeque. After they all went sledding, Jay grilled hamburgers and served hot cider while the group warmed by the outdoor fire pit. Jay teased that if the covered pergola could withstand that thirty inch plus snow load, it confirmed that he hired the right company to build it. Jawn Funyak, of Funyak Lawn and Landscape designed the entire outdoor space—built and installed most of it with his own crews—from the stone work to the lighted custom liquor cabinet. Funyak modestly said that the Hendersons had a good idea of what they wanted; he just actively listened to provide it to them. continued >

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The firepit skirts the edge of the formal patio and the landscape.

Extra amenities The central location of the kitchen affords a good view of all the other recreational activities going on around the twotiered, cut bluestone patio. The patio, at 1,500 square feet, is perfect for a crowd by allowing for separate gathering areas without feeling like you’re bumping into each other. The focal point of the handsome “living room” area is a grand and statuesque, custom cast fireplace, which was handcrafted by Stephen Palsa of Ornamental Concrete Concepts. Palsa also cast the balustrades that make up the railing around the patio from ones that were original to the Hendersons’ home. It’s only one of the many details that were paid attention to in Funyak’s design that make the patio

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A concept is born Marion worked closely with contractor Dave Voelker, of Dave Voelker Design and Construction. With her ability to draw up plans, and put her vision on paper, it made the job easy for the contractor. “It’s neat to work with her because it’s kind of like being in an art class,” explains Dave. “She conceptualizes, she draws it on paper, and then I build it.” The newly renovated kitchen was designed with a look that’s contrary to popular style. She was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Craftsman design, and combined it with Asian aesthetics. Marion didn’t want a professional kitchen look, so appliances were concealed beneath two-tone, natural cherry wood cabinetry. “All appliances were hidden, because I don’t like a kitchen that

looks like a kitchen,” says Marion. Her design integrated a linear and curve combination that extends to counters, stools, and windows. A separate cooking area makes it comfortable for guests to linger around the ample island, and 20-inch porcelain tiles seem to radiate a luminous glow from below. The Asian influence carries through to the dining room. The owner’s mother was an Asian art importer, and pieces from her collection are showcased on the walls of this notable room. A cherry dining table, accented with leather and linen chairs, commands the room. Marion is a bit of a chemist when it comes to paint colors. “My husband has seen me mixing paints at two in the morning,” she

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tells. “I went through 10 different shades before getting the warm red that I wanted for this room.” As with the other rooms, each space is designed with a color.

Artistic touches “The uniqueness of this being a 1956 ranch is the open flow that it now has,” points out the homeowner. “There are no dead ends, and there is a center core with all rooms circling around it.” An 8-paneled painting in the living room was commissioned by an artist friend, who worked as a shoe designer in Marion’s company. Painted with a birch tree theme, all panels are painted top to bottom, and on both sides. “It’s a unique piece that we originally

had made to hang over a large stairwell in our Connecticut home,” she points out. Modern art has been mixed in with traditional art, and artifacts collected during the couple’s travels inspire good conversation. Marion chose earth tones because she finds them most comforting throughout the seasons of the year. continued >

OVERLEAF: Comfortable furniture and accessories, even an outdoor rug, create the ultimate outdoor seating area. OPPOSITE TOP: The homeowners added the first level of the back patio after they finished construction on the kitchen. FAR LEFT: Rich linen and silk fabrics cover the elegant furniture in the formal living room. LEFT: Old trees line the driveway leading up to the house. ABOVE: This wonderful 8-paneled painting was commissioned by friend and artist Dinora Felske Justic.

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“From the moment we purchased this house, I saw the potential of the master bedroom suite which looked nothing like this,” explains Marion. “The bathroom was a sitting room, and the closet was the bathroom but much smaller.” She wanted a bathroom that was open, spacious, and with the sunshine pouring in. In keeping with a traditional home, she didn’t want to go with a high ceiling. Cherry cabinets, rainforest marble, and stained glass are the key elements in the room. The whole bathroom was planned around the stained glass window. Originally designed by Tiffany, the window is a remake of the “tree of life.” In step with the rest of the home, the master bedroom is warm and intimate. Much attention was paid to the custom cabinet work around the TV and, once again, Marion was able to convey precisely what she wanted. “She pushes through her artistic side, and then gets it through to the contractor’s side,” says Voelker. “She’s involved, she understands, and we all know what to expect at the end of the day.” The stained glass in these floating shelves is backlit, and coordinates with the glass in the patio doors. Marion and Bob wanted the bedroom to be connected to the outside. In warm weather, they open the door to their lush patio, and often relax by the nearby fire pit. Pieces are an eclectic mix of finds from Pier One and JC Penney, to one-of-a-kind treasures from the Orient. “You have to invest in certain pieces that are important to you,” explains Marion. “Then you find filler pieces that make a place beautiful.” continued >

LEFT: The appliances are expertly hidden behind cabinet panels which completely match the surrounding two-tone, natural cherry cabinetry. ABOVE: The homeowner proudly displays pieces from her mother’s art collection on the walls of her dining room.

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Connecting with nature The back patio area didn’t exist when the couple first moved into the home. The first level was completed during kitchen construction, and the couple expanded it this year with a fire pit, and overhang porch to their master bedroom. “I added little curves, and asymmetrical lines,” points out Marion. “Then I gave it flow by carrying the tile colors from the kitchen, to the outside back patio.” “We wanted a flowing expanse, and although it’s not a Frank Lloyd Wright house, it has a Frank Lloyd Wright feeling to it,” says Bob. “In that, you take a smaller and more intimate space, and release it to a flowing space.” The couple didn’t want to go the big home route. “We’re only two people, and didn’t want something that we could get lost in, but rather have a home to entertain and have an occasional house guest,” tells Bob. “We just feel connected to it all the time.” The symmetry of this stunner home is clearly a combination of Marion’s natural raw talent, her ability to translate vision to paper, and her working chemistry with her contractor. “The energy that comes from within her is fantastic,” says Voelker. “Although she was always present, I never felt like she was hovering because she is an absolute blast.” continued > RIGHT: The master bedroom is decorated in warm neutral tones, as seen throughout the rest of the house. ABOVE: The custom floating shelves surrounding the television feature backlit stained glass panels.

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Grill your next feast in the great outdoors By Christina Kleiner

As the temperature outside rises, we all tend to get that urge to migrate outdoors. With a cool drink in hand, one of the first things we do is fire up the grill. Summer goes hand-in-hand with outdoor barbecues, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing quite like cooking a juicy steak or pork tenderloin. continued >

FIRE ROASTED PORK AND VEGETABLE KEBOBS Recipe on next page Recipe and photo courtesy of Napoleon Fireplaces and Grills.

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CAL’S SPECIAL PINEAPPLE PORK 1½ pounds pork, lean boneless ½ cup teriyaki sauce ½ teaspoon ground ginger 1 cup rice, uncooked 1 cup pineapple, sliced in syrup ¼ green onion, finely chopped ¼ garlic powder ½ cup cherry tomatoes

6 12-inch metal skewers 2 medium zucchini 2 medium red onions, peeled 3 sweet peppers (red, yellow, and orange) 12 medium white mushrooms 3 pounds pork tenderloin, silver skin removed

2 beef shoulder petite tender roasts (about 8 to 10 ounces each) 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ to 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder 2 large red bell peppers, cut into quarters Salt Fresh parsley sprigs (optional)

Chimichurri Sauce: 1 cup fresh parsley leaves 3 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice Combine 1 tablespoon oil and chipotle chili, as desired; rub evenly over beef roasts. Place roasts in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals; arrange bell peppers around roasts. Grill peppers, covered 8 to 10 minutes or until tender, turning once. Grill roasts, covered 14 to 18 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally. Transfer roasts to carving board, tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare chimichurri sauce. Place parsley, garlic, oregano, salt and chili powder in food processor container. Cover; process until chopped. With motor running, slowly add oil and lime juice through opening in cover, processing until blended. Carve roasts across the grain into slices. Season with salt, as desired. Serve roast and peppers with chimichurri sauce. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

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Cut pork into slices about ¼ inch thick. Drain pineapple, reserving all syrup. Blend syrup, teriyaki sauce, green onions, ginger and garlic powder; pour over pork and pineapple. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions and prepare grill. Remove pork from marinade and grill about 5 inches from hot coals for about 5 minutes on each side or until completely cooked. Pour pineapple and remaining marinade into large skillet. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and serve pork with sauce and pineapple over rice.

¼ cup Napoleon® Savory Chicken and Rib Spice 2 tablespoons olive oil Vegetable marinade Basting sauce Cut zucchini, red onions and sweet peppers into 1½ to 2-inch chunks and place into a large sealable container or bag. Add mushrooms and pour in marinade mixture, seal and refrigerate, turning occasionally for 2 hours. Meanwhile, cut pork tenderloin into large, 1½ to 2-inch chunks and place into a large bowl. Add ¼ cup Napoleon® Savory Chicken and Rib Spice, and 2 tablespoons olive oil to the bowl and mix well to coat pork completely. Skewer the seasoned pork, packing pieces together tightly, onto three of the skewers. Cover and set aside until needed. Remove vegetables from marinade, reserving marinade, and thread onto three skewers, pressing the vegetables together firmly. Cover and set aside. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill pork kebobs for 6-8 minutes, turning and brushing with basting sauce during final 2-3 minutes of cooking, until lightly charred and cooked throughout (internal temperature should be 165°F). After the first 5 minutes of cooking the pork kebobs, place vegetable kebobs onto grill. Grill vegetables for 4-6 minutes, turning and basting with reserved marinade every 1-2 minutes, or until lightly charred and tender. Move vegetable kebobs to top rack of grill to keep warm, turning occasionally while pork is cooking. Remove skewers from grill, and serve with warmed pita bread and extra basting sauce on the side.

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GRILLED LEMON HERB CHICKEN 1½ cups San-J Sweet & Tangy Sauce 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped 3-4 pounds fryer chicken, cut into individual pieces In a large glass or plastic mixing bowl, combine the San-J Sweet & Tangy Sauce, lemon juice, parsley, thyme and rosemary. Add the chicken pieces and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for at least 3 hours or overnight. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium heat. Place the marinated chicken pieces on the grill and cook with the lid closed for 45 to 60 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Cook until the juices run clear and a meat thermometer registers 180°F.

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Housetrends takes a peek at two winning projects from the Housing Excellence Awards By Christina Kleiner | Photos by Craig Thompson Each year, the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh unveils the winners of its annual Housing Excellence Awards. Started in 1996, these prestigious awards recognize and honor the spectacular craftsmanship created by builders and remodelers in the Greater Pittsburgh area. This latest crop of winning projects left nothing to the imagination. Here is a look at two projects that left a lasting impression with us. continued >

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the test of time

OPENING PAGE: The curved staircase and elaborate fireplace accentuate the formal living room. LEFT: The formal dining room features built-in shelving units that resemble the white perimeter cabinets in the kitchen. RIGHT: The Wolf range is set apart in the kitchen, boasting its own counter space and glass-front doors flanking the range hood.

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As much as ten miles—that’s how much molding is flowing through this captivating home in Lake MacLeod. As you wander through the roughly 6,000-square-foot home and gaze up at the ceilings, you immediately believe you’re looking upon more than three miles of bed molding. You also understand why it took nearly three years to come to fruition. The homeowners purchased the piece of property situated along the lake in 2006. “We were looking for a lot and spent a lot of time driving around,” the homeowner recalls. “As soon as we drove over the bridge and into the community we fell in love.” continued >

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buildingtrends The master bedroom features doors leading out to a private balcony overlooking the lake. BOTTOM RIGHT: The bathtub is built into its own custom dormer, providing extra floor space in the master bath.

They hired architect Anthony Stillson to draw up the plans for their new home. “We wanted the house to exhibit a Southern Colonial style,” the homeowner says. “We wanted it to look like it had been sitting here along this lake for 100 years.” They turned to Jeff Martin, owner of Primrose Homes, to bring their vision to life. “This is a great community because every home is different. I’ve built everything from Victorian and French Provincial to Federal and Prairie style homes in Lake

MacLeod. I love the eclectic feeling here,” Martin says. So, when it came to this home, Martin was prepared and excited to create something altogether different. In addition to the fresh and cheerful interior, the homeowners’ primary goal was to take advantage of the enticing views. Nearly every room in the house offers a peek at the lake. Inside, the attention to detail is astounding. The home incorporates special details

in nearly every room to complement the abundance of molding and trim work, as well as the exterior views. The formal living room features a wonderful curved staircase, 20-foot ceilings and the huge 48-inch masonry fireplace surround that soars to the ceiling. The homeowners say the living room and kitchen areas are their two favorite places to relax, so they wanted to make sure they took advantage of the welcoming atmosphere. When designing the

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kitchen, the formal dining room continues the same clean and timeless look, with soft colors and built-in shelving for collectibles and china. The home also includes three bedrooms, including the elegant master suite. The homeowners purposely created a comfortable retreat. “In so many new homes you see huge master bedrooms, almost cavern-like in size. Ours is only 14x20 feet,” says the homeowner. “We didn’t want a large room because we were afraid it would look bare.” The dark wood furniture, including the four-poster bed, juxtaposed to the light neutral walls and carpeted floors, create a cozy and intimate space. A balcony allows the couple to open the doors and take in the lake view. The adjoining master bath incorporates all the modern luxuries, including a bathtub tucked into a dormer,

an oversized shower and separate his-andher vanities. Along with the refreshing decor, it’s what you don’t see that completes this home. Both Martin and the homeowners paid special attention to the home’s energy efficiency. Its five-star energy rating is thanks to a variety of practices. Martin used Icynene insulation in all the walls and expanded the thermal envelope up to the roof line, even the attic is insulated. “This process guarantees no more than a five degree difference in the attic compared to the rest of the home,” he says. The inclusion of hydronic radiant heat flooring throughout much of the house also contributes to better energy efficiency. “We wouldn’t have done a single thing different in this house,” says the homeowner. “Our goal was to love this house for a lifetime, and we will.”

*Primrose Homes was awarded the Best Single Family Home over $1,000,000 for this home.

kitchen, they created the peninsula bar to look out at the view. “When we sit at the bar, instead of looking into the kitchen, we’re looking out at the lake,” says the homeowner. The kitchen boasts a southern flair, accentuated with an oversized farmhouse sink and old-fashioned pendant lights hanging over the large center island. The white perimeter cabinets and backsplash comprised of white subway tiles finish off the classic look. While separate from the


Architect: Anthony Stillson, Stillson and Associates; Builder: Jeff Martin, Primrose Homes; Interior designer: Gerry Clark Interiors; Flooring: Carlisle Wood Floors; Cabinetry: Heart of the Home; Countertops: Marble Associates; Backsplash and lighting: Gerry Clark Interiors; Appliances: Miele dishwasher; Fisher and Paykel DishDrawer; Wolf cooktop and oven; Sub-Zero refrigerator, supplied by Hillmon Appliance; Sinks and faucets: Kohler; Symmons, supplied by Penstan Supply; Furniture: Bergers Furniture continued >

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Modern Marvel

LEFT: The custom wood ceiling beams and Old Growth Red Oak floors keep with the old-fashioned theme. ABOVE: With three oversized doors, the garage can hold up to six cars.

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Just like the previous homeowners, the owners of this unique carriage home aimed to create a living space that is timeless and classic. However, unlike the first home, which was recently built to withstand the test of time, this carriage house was renovated back to its formal glory, with a few modern touches to bring it into this century. F The homeowners purchased the old Sewickley estate in 2008. With four buildings on the property, the couple first set out to renovate the main house. “The main house is actually smaller than the carriage house,” says April Spagnolo, CKD, of Kitchen & Bath Concepts, who helped with the renovation. “It was originally used for the working class living quarters, more than likely the maids.”

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After renovation of the main house was complete, the homeowners turned their attention to the carriage house. At 3,000 square feet, the couple wanted to use the three-story building as a garage, while also creating a quiet retreat for themselves and their daughter. The couple hired Aspen Valley Con­ tracting for the renovation. Spagnolo, and a plethora of other Pittsburgh-area companies, helped turn the dilapidated carriage house into the impressive creation it is today. “The homeowner is into restoring things to their natural beauty and, just like the main house, he was adamant about putting it back to its original glory,” Spagnolo says. Starting from the ground up, the carriage house includes a relaxing library, complete with a faux-finished vaulted ceiling, custom bookcases and an exposed brick wall original to the building. “The classy design complements the English country feel of their main home and is a favorite spot for the homeowners,” Spagnolo says. The library transitions to a hallway leading to the elevator. While the exposed stone wall was kept intact during the renovation, it is now illuminated. Overhead, a coffered ceiling, which is completely removable, hides the building’s humidifier. The immediate area around the elevator was left completely open to provide views of every level. “Originally you could only get to the third floor via the staircase running along the side of the building. The homeowner added the elevator so that he could walk right into the library and have access to every floor,” says Spagnolo, who also mentions a small gardening area, tucked behind the door between the library and elevator. The elevator first leads to the garage level, where crews replaced the old floor with concrete topped with a custom epoxy finish. Dark green storage cabinets line


continued > OPPOSITE: Indiana Gray limestone and mahogany bookcases set the English tone in the library. TOP: The Inclinator Series elevator provides access to all three floors of the carriage house. MIDDLE LEFT: The elevator leads to all three levels, which are visible from the bottom floor. MIDDLE RIGHT: The storage area houses the building’s mechanicals, as well as this planting area. ABOVE: Dark green built-in cabinets provide convenient storage to keep the garage uncluttered.

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OPPOSITE: His-and-her desks run along the wall of the living space, across from the television. TOP LEFT: The kitchenette features a dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave. TOP RIGHT: The bath features a marble-topped vanity, porcelain flooring and eye-catching tile wainscoting. ABOVE: The bedroom is accented with a brick veneer wall.

one wall and hide everything from yard and vehicle tools, to a washer and dryer. The third floor now houses a studio apartment. Before the renovation, Spagnolo says the area was unused attic space, with old concrete floors and exposed rafters. “The end result is quite remarkable,” she adds. The space includes a small kitchenette, comfortable living room, bedroom and bathroom. The spiral staircase leads to a secluded loft area. Since the homeowners spend a lot of time here, they each have their own desk area along the living room wall. Built-in storage units on each side of the television hold extra kitchen items and the wife’s knitting and craft items. “This isn’t something you see every day,” Spagnolo says. “The homeowners have this special little retreat, just steps from their home. I understand why they love spending time in here.”

Designer: April Spagnolo, CKD, Kitchen & Bath Concepts; Contractor: Aspen Valley Contracting, Inc.; Old Growth Red Oak flooring: Carlisle Wide Plank Floors; Painting: M&W Interiors; Cabinetry: Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc.; Installation: Tim Schuster, Tim’s General Contracting; Lighting consultant: Hilbish McGee Lighting Design; Electrician: Solari Electric; Plumbing: Giampa Plumbing; Library and powder room doors: Boswell Lumber; Rex Glass & Mirror; GARAGE Concrete flooring: Allegheny Installations; Concrete countertops and sink: Outlaw Studios; Faucet: Rohl, Seymour’s; Appliances: Sub-Zero refrigerator; Asko washer and dryer, supplied by Hillmon Appliance; Light fixtures: Focal Point; Prudential Lighting; Wilmette Lighting Co.; Spectrum; ELEVATOR Custom casework: Boswell Lumber; Light fixture: Restoration Hardware; Steel enclosure and copper corners: PMI; Elevator: Inclinator Series, James R. Pitcairn, Inc.; KITCHENETTE Concrete countertops: Outlaw Studios; Tile backsplash: Bob Timberlake Collection, Epro, supplied by Ceramiche Tile & Stone; installed by John Marziale, Rocks-N-Stuff; Backsplash design: Randy Snell, Archetype Design Studio; Sink and faucet: Seymour’s; Appliances: Miele dishwasher; Sub-Zero refrigerator; GE microwave; supplied by Hillmon Appliance; Mahogany sink insert: Craft Art; Light fixtures: Alkco; Focal Point; STUDIO GUEST BATH Interior designer: Randy Snell, Archetype Design Studio; Tile flooring and wainscotting: Ceramiche Tile & Stone; Countertop: Imperial Danby marble, Dente Classic & Exotic Stone; Tile and countertop installation: John Marziale, Rocks-N-Stuff; Sink and faucet: Seymour’s; Lighting: Hudson Valley Lighting, Inc., Archetype Design Studio; Bega, Hilbish McGee Lighting Design; Shower glass: Rex Glass & Mirror; LIVING ROOM Light fixtures: Focal Point; Holopane; Wilmette Lighting Co.; Edge Lighting; Bartco; HVAC: Tower Construction Services, Inc.; Custom beams: Boswell Lumber; Spiral staircase and railing: Red Star Ironworks; LIBRARY Flooring: Indiana Gray limestone, installed by John Marziale, RocksN-Stuff; Cabinetry and countertops: Premier Custom Built, Inc.; Light fixtures: Vode; Tokistar; Ardee; Focal Point

*Aspen Valley Contracting, Inc. received the award for Best Multi-Room Renovation over $1,000,000 for this home. continued >

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ExcEllEncE AwArds were handed out to local builders and remodelers. Here is a complete list of the winners in the 2010 categories:

Best 50+ Housing, single Family Home under $250,000: traditions of america

Best KitcHen renovation under $50,000: tK carpentry & construction

Best 50+ Housing, single Family Home over $250,000: traditions of america

Best KitcHen renovation over $50,000: master remodelers, inc.

Best green/ energy eFFicient Home under $500,000: s&a Homes

Best room addition under $150,000: master remodelers, inc.

Best green/ energy eFFicient Home over $500,000: Brennan Builders Best multi-Family Home oF tHe year under $250,000: s&a Homes Best multi-Family Home oF tHe year Over $251,000: Brennan Builders BatH renovation over $50,000: master remodelers, inc.

Best multi-room renovation under $300,000: master remodelers, inc. Best multi-room renovation $300,000-$1,000,000: aspen valley contracting, inc. Best multi-room renovation over $1,000,000: aspen valley contracting, inc. Best single Family Home under $200,000: Bachman Builders, inc.

Best single Family Home $200,001- $250,000: TK carpentry & construction Best single Family Home $250,001-$325,000: Paragon Homes Best single Family Home $325,001-$400,000: s&a Homes Best single Family Home $400,001-$500,000: Heartland Homes, inc. Best single Family Home $500,001-$650,000: Bachman Builders, inc. Best single Family Home $650,001-$850,000: Primrose Homes Best single Family Home $850,001-$1,000,000: sparkle constructionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sPP inc. Best single Family Home over $1,000,000: Primrose Homes


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Something magical happens when you cook food outside. Nothing illustrates that point more than the “Hobo Dinner” many of us prepared as children during summer camps or scout outings.

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potatoes, place them in the middle of a square of aluminum foil. We threw in some ground beef, a bit of ketchup, a sliced carrot if someone other than kids were in charge, and perhaps added a bit of onion, salt and pepper. After sealing all the ingredients tightly in the foil, we threw the whole contraption on an open fire.

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the fire and burnt our fingers opening the package to discover the amazing transformation of a few simple ingredients into an incredible feast. It’s easy to get hungry just thinking about it.

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Design tidbits from a pro Should you be considering an outdoor kitchen of your own, Russ Faulk, vice president of product development for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, suggests two areas to consider before you begin. Make sure you have enough counter space. This is an area which often gets shortchanged in the plans. You need plenty of room around the grill for dishes and serving plates. Faulk recommends you allocate counter space to each of the four functional zones of the kitchen—hot, cold, wet and dry prep. Lighting can be a challenge for year-round grillers

when it often gets dark before they’re ready to cook dinner. Have plenty of lights so that you can see what you are doing well after sunset. And if the appeal of sitting around a warm meal in the cool air with a few friends isn’t enough to inspire you, Faulk suggests that outdoor kitchens are a sound investment—on par with an indoor kitchen remodel when it comes to resale value. Ready to get started? Here are Housetrends’ staff picks for our favorite spots to roast, grill, or sample the fare out in fresh air. continued >

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11/2 teaspoons grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves For the Barbecued Shrimp:

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A dream materialized Mike’s wife Tammy learned that she enjoys the pool and its amenities from the perspective of a satisfied customer and as someone who is amazed by her husband’s vision. When the pool was built, it sat near what was then the edge of a slope. She expressed her concern that the pool was so big there wouldn’t be room for a patio. “Sure they’ll be,” said Mike. “I’ll just put a rock wall here, a patio there, and pine trees behind it all to make it nice for us

and the neighbors. You’ll see,” he said. “There’s no way!” declared Tammy. Mike saw the way, and Tammy is fast to admit, that after twenty-five years she still wishes she could envision some of the design ideas he comes up with. Unique ideas like the shallow pool rock ledge that Mike named the aqua patio. The last ledge in a waterfall series of drop pools, holds a few inches of water before

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OVERLEAF: Along with the heated pool, the fireplace and sauna extend the season starting in early spring through late fall. LEFT: The plantings provide privacy and interest year round. BELOW: The aqua patio is the ideal spot to lounge the day away.

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the water descends about four feet into the swimming pool. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large enough to place a few chaise lounges in the shallow water and lounge the day away, an ideal spot to stay cool, but dry, while the pleasing sound of flowing water surrounds you. Depending on your preference, the waterway can be anything from a pleasant trickle to a rushing stream. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling as energetic as a kid you can have fun climbing, playing and jump-

ing from the rocks. The waterfall is a year-round feature. In the winter, the Hodaks keep the water flowing and enjoy viewing the icy shapes that form. The aqua patio also forms the ceiling of a swimming pool grotto. Tucked behind the waterfall is a seating area with spa jets for both your back and feet. This underground oasis has a whimsically painted ceiling that adds to the enchantment. continued >

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Live, laugh, love The backyard retreat has been the hub of great fun with family and friends over the years. It holds great appeal to kids of all ages and it’s still a draw to the Hodaks’ children even though they are now young adults. Tammy thinks their outdoor space is great for entertaining intimate gatherings as well as large groups. They never know who’s going to show up, but they love sharing their home. And Tammy never knows what wild idea Mike will come up with next. One year, after allowing the chlorine to dissipate, Mike stocked the pool with trout (yes, live fish) for a fundraising contest. Families with kids came from all over the neighborhood for a chance to snag the golden trout and win a special prize. Fillet stations were set up for those interested in having the complete real fishing experience; others chose to catch and release. The proceeds went to the Watchful Shepherd organization.

As for the garden In his business, Mike works with Bruce Evanovich Landscape to create the ideal plant designs for his clients, and his home was no exception. Every job has a different plant palette, but the result is a naturalized setting that integrates the entire outdoor space. When you enter the back yard in addition to being surprised by all that is back there you would be hard pressed to find evidence of nearby neighbors. The sloped lot has pine trees planted two and three deep along the border of the property to give the typical suburban lot a feeling of depth. It also provides privacy and a windbreak. Planted around the pool are hornbeam, curly willow, birch, sweet bay magnolia, honey locust and fernleaf buckthorn. A mix of perennials and annuals add summer color of the garden.

Mastering the good life Overall, the Hodaks feel they get more enjoyment out of the pool and outdoor space than work they have to put into it. Having a pool with a garden and other amenities is a great lifestyle choice. Water is calming and allows you to escape the rigors and pressures of daily life. It can be a solitary pleasure or one experienced with family and close friends. Just being around water is a good thing—a natural invitation for enjoyment. Phyllis Gricus is owner of Landscape Design Studio in Pittsburgh, PA and specializes in environmentally sound gardening. LEFT: The waterfall is a year-round feature.

RESOURCES: Pools and Waterfalls by Mike Hodak Bruce Evanovich Landscape

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As the Latin saying goes: “There are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one’s present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.” Frequent travelers, homeowners Tom and Donna, find great joy in the vintages of friends. As a young man backpacking through California’s wine county, Tom came upon J. Rochioli Vineyards in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. “I walked in after hours and was told they were closed for the day. I asked the owner if there were any decent spots for fly fishing, we got to talking and hours later ended up in the winery, tasting wines right out of the barrels,” explains Tom. Fast forward to 2011, and you will find J. Rochioli wines prominently displayed throughout their wine room. Tom casually motions toward several other wines, all of them now long-time friends. In this wine cellar, wine truly beholds the heart of others. Another gem this couple has been lucky enough to discover is the Paso Robles region, often referred to as “the wild west” of the California wine country. Paso Robles’ Saxum Winery produced the James Berry Vineyard 2007, rated #1 Wine of the Year in Wine Spectator’s top 100 of 2010. Tom and Donna have been enjoying this vintage long before the accolades or awards it now holds. “We’ve got a 2008, just in case,” jokes Tom. Uncovering stellar wines is in Tom’s blood. “My father,” he explains, “had very limited taste in wine, but excellent taste nonetheless. He drank only First Growths and Grand Crus.”


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OVERLEAF: A barrel holds some of the homeowners’ favorite wines. TOP: This cellar holds bottles of eclectic vintages from all over the world. ABOVE: The wine cellar offers shelving for cases as well as individual bottles.

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If wine is the drink of gods, then Cheryl is an angel. Sewickley homeowners Cheryl and Steve, each successful business executives in their own right, thrive on the challenge of purchasing fine wines before their time. Case in point, quite literally— was uncovering a notable bottle of wine in Argentina, selling for $32. “Nearly six months later this same wine was featured in Wine Spectator, at a mere $300 a bottle,” smiles Cheryl. Creating this wine cellar was both a necessity and a labor of love for Cheryl. After moving into their new home, which didn’t have a cellar, Cheryl was faced with the challenge of creating—first in her mind, and then on paper—the perfect home for the family’s 2,000+ bottle wine collection. “I clipped photos in magazines, searched resources on the Internet,” she explains as she shows off a file full of photos, blueprints and papers. “I was the general contractor,” she laughs. A perfectionist and self-proclaimed “visual” type of person, Cheryl’s project took only four months from start to finish. A cascading waterfall is the focal point as you enter this masterfully designed cellar through one-of-a-kind redwood doors with iron inlay. Meticulously planned, Cheryl’s attention to detail and personal signatures are present in every aspect of the cellar. Great wine usually grows on poor soil like limestone, so including limestone from Burgundy on a wine cellar floor seems only fitting, and reflects authentic old-world charm. The space is cavernous, but somehow remains cozy and warm. “It’s very comfortable. It welcomes you, it makes you want to open the door and go in,” she says. continued >

TOP AND ABOVE: A tasting table and wet bar are conveniently located just outside this wine cellar.

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ABOVE: This wine cellar holds the homeowners’ collection of more than 2,000 bottles.

Cheryl’s husband, Steve, has painstakingly charted the cellar by wine type, region, and year. The couple’s interests are primarily in reds, mostly Burgundy and Super Tuscans, but the rare special whites can be found sparingly sprinkled throughout. “Wine is my husband’s passion,” explains Cheryl. “It’s the only thing he spends money on.”

Her quest for the perfect home for their formerly homeless wine collection, and a masterpiece for her husband now stands complete. Editor’s Note: You’ll find wines from all over the world at the ninth annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival at Heinz Field on Thursday, May 5.


Architect: Anthony Stillson, Stillson & Associates; Wine racking: Vinotemp; Westside Winecellars; General contractor: Gary Mogielski; Granite countertop: Dente Classic & Exotic Stone; fabricated by Phillips Granite; Ceramic flooring: Tony Cafarelli

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