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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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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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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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The master bathroom was designed around the stained glass window, depicting a tree of life.
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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€™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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CHIPOTLE BEEF & CHIMICHURRI SAUCE
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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Recipe and photo courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.
FIRE ROASTED PORK AND VEGETABLE KEBOBS
Recipe and photo courtesy of Cal Flame.
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 1Â˝ 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 180Â°F.
Recipe and photo courtesy of San-J.
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