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Editor’s Note Calendar Project: Custom Swimming Pools Product: Countertop Options Recipe: Valentine’s Sweets & Eats Editor’s Picks: Go Western! Gardening: All About Roses Pet of the Month: Doug

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home for a delectable lemon tart with fresh raspberries from Killen’s STQ. Oh, so good. “Gardening” is all about roses — need I say more? It may be chilly outside, but February is THE time to get that backyard swimming pool ready for the oncoming sweltering weather. One of Star Pools’ beautiful projects graces our cover, and more pool companies in “Take a Dip” share the latest in home pool trends. “Top it Off” turns to indoor home improvements, including an informative chart to help you decide what materials you want in your kitchen or bath. Inspiration for the entire house? Read about a contemporary residence in historic Riverside Terrace in “New Kid on the Block” and get the latest on “Elevated Living” to ensure your home is protected from future flooding. Check out on your own how many areas of Houston lie in flood zones. It’s amazing. And adopt our latest featured Harvey survivor: Doug, an energetic guy ready to love you and your family. Cheers! Barbara

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Hold on tight for a thrilling time at the rodeo, set this year Feb. 27-March 18. Photo courtesy of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

DESIGN/INTERIORS FEB. 11: POP UP AT AURORA, 11 a.m. This craft market offers a variety of works by local artisans, each handpicked and vetted by a panel of jurors. Visitors and shoppers at this Heightsbased event enjoy food, music and a Valentine’s giveaway. 129 Aurora St., www.popupataurora.com FEB. 16-18: THE HOUSTON GLASS SHOW & SALE, preview 6-9 p.m. Friday, show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Depression-era glass and pottery from the 1920s-1970s are for sale, plus linens, china,

silver, jewelry and primitives as part of “The Best Little Antique Show in Texas.” Enjoy free parking, good food and glass repair by experts in their field. Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Rosenberg, www.houstonglassclub.org

EVENTS FEB. 9-11: 32ND ANNUAL TEXAS HOME & GARDEN SHOW, 2 -7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday “Think Spring” at this annual extravaganza, with exclusive show specials on outdoor living, kitchen and bath, windows, floors and decor. Adults take advantage of info from

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those-in-the-know on remodeling ideas, landscaping and interactive workshops, while children head to The Kids’ Zone for their entertainment. NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, www.texashomeandgarden.com FEB. 10: “FLOWERPALOOZA,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pop Shop America invites you to join this fun session to make Valentine’s Day terrariums, modern bouquets and more. Materials are provided at this free event. 1201 Main St., www.popshopamerica.com

FEB. 17: CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Dog at one of the largest cultural festivals in Houston. The event includes a bazaar with varieties of Asian foods, arts, crafts, cultural activities and more to entertain and educate all fest-goers. Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Drive, cchouston.org FEB. 17-18: 11TH ANNUAL CY-FAIR HOME & GARDEN SHOW Get inspired by discovering fresh, new ideas presented by more than 200 local area home improvement profes-


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spread over 12 days and includes galas, parades, music, food and plenty of family-friendly activities. Those looking for a challenge should sign up for the Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Costumed Run for Fun. www.mardigrasgalveston.com

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sionals. Enjoy Discovery Channel’s Dr. Lori and her “Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show” and stop by to talk with Renewal by Anderson replacement window experts, Sherwin-Williams color gurus and Texas Custom Patios officials. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, www.cyfair homeandgarden.com FEB. 21: THE GARDEN CLUB OF HOUSTON’S LECTURE WITH MICHAEL VAN VALKENBURGH, 9:30 a.m. coffee, 10 a.m. lecture The Nancy Thomas Horticulture Lecture presents landscape architect Van Valkenburgh, whose firm works at all scales, from the re-imagination of Waller Creek in Austin into a linear city park with ecological function to small gardens at places like The Menil Collection to a series of park master planning projects at sites across Houston. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, www.gchouston.org

FEB. 24: ROSE PRUNING AND PLANTING, 10 a.m. Gaye Hammond of The Houston Rose Society leads a class on rose pruning and planting, just in time to have your own plants looking beautiful! The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851, arborgate.com FEB. 27-MARCH 18: HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO Pull on your boots, buckaroos. It’s time again for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. And, once again, it’s packed with talented cowboys and cowgirls showing their incredible skills, agricultural displays, livestock and horse shows awarding millions in scholarships to young participants, carnival and midway and more food than you can imagine. Of course, phenomenal musical performances are scheduled throughout the 20-day event. Don’t miss the petting zoo! NRG Park, www.rodeohouston.com

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ANTIQUES/VINTAGE THROUGH FEB. 11: "BESTOWING BEAUTY: MASTERPIECES FROM PERSIAN LANDS” The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents this exhibition of more than 100 works drawn from one of the most significant collections of Persian art held in private hands and rarely publicly displayed. The show highlights the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iranian civilization from the 6th to the 19th centuries through carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, scientific instruments and jeweled objects. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., 713-639-7300, www.mfah.org

OUT OF TOWN FEB. 2: MARDI GRAS! GALVESTON, continuing through Feb. 13 Grab festive bead necklaces at the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas and the third largest in the United States. The extravaganza is

FEB. 24: AUSTIN MODERN HOME TOUR & ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN WEEK The Austin Modern Home Tour celebrates 10 years of collaborative exchange among architects, developers, designers and real estate professionals. About a dozen residences show off contemporary style. New this year, special seminars and lectures follow the next week. mads.media/2018-austinmodern-home-tour

UPCOMING MARCH 10-11: RUSTY CHIPPY VINTAGE HIPPY & GARDEN SHOW, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Put on your most comfortable shoes to browse all the deals at this popular annual show. You’ll walk away with a carload of goodies. A $5 entry fee per person is good for both days. Walker County Fairgrounds, 936581-1131, www.huntsville antiqueshow.com MARCH 23-25: 47TH ANNUAL BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL The three-day festival highlights more than 300 artists from around the country and features music, food trucks, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and much more. Every year, a new jury selects the participating artists, some new and some returning. Produced by the Art Colony Association Inc. Memorial Park, www.artcolony association.org


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The birthplace of Mardi Gras? If you guessed Louisiana, with this year’s over-the-top festival set Feb. 9-13, you might have some explaining to do to the people of Mobile, Ala. Yes, Louisiana folks may argue their right to “first” with d’Iberville’s landing in 1699 at “La Point du Mardy Gras,” just south of what is now New Orleans. But Mobile claims the oldest annual carnival in the United States started in 1703, as well as the oldest carnival parade and float. It’s all about defining celebration! Inside the William & Emily Hearin Mobile Carnival Museum, visitors are enchanted by four galleries that include meticulously detailed robes and jeweled crowns intertwined among stories of mystic societies and MoonPies. The city’s carnival also has dibs on colorful Joe Cain from which Mobilians claim comes the idiom, “Raising Cain.” Everyone loves a Four galleries of Mardi Gras history await inside. parade, but none Photo courtesy of Mobile Carnival Museum more than those who line the streets the Sunday before Fat Tuesday in anticipation of the “Joe Cain Procession” or “People’s Parade,” where tales of Chief Slacabamarinico, Cain’s fictional character created to resurrect Mardi Gras in 1866, become as embellished as his legendary women. The Merry Widows, adorned with black roses and matching beads and later, the Merry Mistresses in apropos red, join in the jovial air, making their way to Church Street Graveyard, each at different times — and each one attesting she was Cain’s favorite. Though some believe “Raising Cain” has a Biblical connotation, Mobilians believe it most assuredly ties with those who shortly after Joe Cain’s passing came to the cemetery to “Raise Cain” to rekindle his spirit. Like to know more on where to celebrate? Visit www.mardigrasneworleans.com, www.mardigrasgalveston.com, www.mobilecarnivalmuseum.com and www.mobile.org. 18 house& home | February 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


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A beautiful pool is a good reason to entertain in the backyard. Photo courtesy of Laguna Pools & Designs Ltd.

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emember when a backyard swimming pool was just a big rectangle with a float and a diving board? Those days are gone. Contemporary swimming pools are more visually appealing with landscaping, resort-style amenities and high-tech functionality. “If you have a beautiful pool, there’s a reason to spend time and to entertain in your backyard,” says Toni Denzer, senior designer with Laguna Pools & Designs Ltd. in Houston. “It’s like a luxury vacation. Even if you don’t go swimming, you can enjoy the serenity of the pool and the relaxing sound of the water.” Today’s pools are integrated with landscaping and other entertainment areas, like outdoor kitchens, to extend the functional use of a homeowner’s outdoor space. “Pools bring families together, and they provide a place for exercise and relaxation,” says David Vollmer of Vollmer Custom Pools LLC.

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SHOP AROUND If you’re planning a backyard pool project, local builders recommend you do your homework and explore your options. Talk with friends and neighbors who have pools about their recommendations. Visit a local pool showroom where you can see actual pools and amenities. “When you evaluate prospective builders, it is important to know how long they have been in business and make sure they offer a follow-up service when the pool is complete,” Denzer says. Large or small, swimming pools are a major investment. So know your budget before you dive in. A medium-sized custom pool with water elements, fire bowls, up-to-date cleaning and sanitation, lighting and automation will cost $80,000 and up.

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“If you are planning to build a pool, now is exactly the right time to get started,” says Nathen Martens, a designer with Pacific Pools Inc. of Houston. “By the time you settle on the right design, a contract, the necessary permits and allow nine to 12 weeks construction, depending on size and specifics, you could still have your pool ready by the time the weather gets warm.” And when it is warm, then hot and then really hot, what do the pros think about chillers for the pool? There’s no consensus on that one. Chillers can lower the water temperature as much as 10 degrees. “I have a chiller in my personal pool and I love it, but it’s not for everyone,” Vollmer says.

DESIGN TRENDS Iridescent mosaic adds sparkle to a rectangular pool. Photo courtesy of Pacific Pools Inc. of Houston

Design trends shift overtime, and pools are no exception. Here are 10 tips and trends from pool professionals to consider in project planning. 1. GO SIMPLE, GO SMALLER. The style and shape of pools are shifting from the once-popular free-form design to simple, clean lines and less decking. Large custom pools are still being built but as a rule, new pools are smaller and every bit as luxurious. “In the Houston metro area, the trend is definitely contemporary: Sleek lines and sheer descents — that is, a sheet of water coming out of the wall,” says Vollmer.

Clean lines, falling water and fire bowls exemplify the contemporary pool. Photo courtesy of Vollmer Custom Pools LLC

2. A SUNNY SHELF. Having a sun shelf has become the standard for most custom pools, although the width and design vary. “Tanning ledges with bubblers are popular and practical because they create a shallow lounge space where adults can relax and small children, even pets, can enjoy the pool,” says Martens. Denzer adds, “Our designs often incorporate an umbrella into the sun shelf by putting a hole in the gummite with a plastic sleeve about five or six inches deep that the umbrella slides into. When it’s not in use, there’s a cover. Customers love it.” 3. RESORT OR BEACH ENTRY. Consider a beach entry. The pool has no lip, so it’s like walking into the ocean. 4. WATERWORKS. Popular amenities include scuppers, sheer descents, bubblers, water bowls, rock waterfalls and Laminar jets, which shoot streams of water that are colored by LED lighting. Vollmer says these can be controlled via smart phone or remote. 5. FIRE OPTIONS. The glow of a fire against a shimmering pool creates an almost magical atmosphere. That’s why fire bowls, fire

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pits and fire within a rock waterfall are some of the hottest trends in pool design. 6. NOT SO DEEP. Pools are not being built as deep as they used to be, and for good reason. This allows a larger shallow area in the pool where people actually spend most of their pool time, says Denzer.

A contemporary pool features a sundeck on the porch side and a spillway on the opposite end. Photo courtesy of Vollmer Custom Pools LLC

Sized for a Victorian home’s courtyard. Photo courtesy of Pacific Pools Inc. of Houston

Small and sleek with a dual spillway. Photo courtesy of Vollmer Custom Pools LLC

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7. POOL DECKING. There are many choices for pool decking. Travertine pavers, spray or sun decking and stamped concrete are only a few of the choices. “Laguna Pools specializes in acrylic inlaid decking, a dressy option, that goes over concrete and is not slick. It has several pattern choices and is extremely durable,” says Denzer. Another trend is porcelain tiles. “For the past 15 years, higher-ends pools used travertine for decking, but now the trend is toward porcelain tiles. It’s got a rough finish so it’s not slippery, and it isn’t hot. Also, it comes in all different sizes. Right now, I’m doing a deck with tiles that are two feet by four feet,” Vollmer says. Vollmer uses an Eco finish, which is blown on top of the plaster or pebble bottom to make it smooth. “It lasts longer and it doesn’t fade,” he says. 8. SANITATION. There are now choices in pool sanitation including salt, chlorine, ozone and UV sanitation, sometimes in combination. Professional builders say there are pros and cons for all of these. How you choose to keep your pool fresh depends on your individual preferences. 9. IN-FLOOR CLEANING SYSTEM. Builders recommend spending dollars upfront to keep maintenance to a minimum. “The Paramount in-floor cleaning system is a great cleaning option for your pool,” Denzer says. “It allows you to spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning your pool. It is built into your pool shell and is engineered to clean your entire pool, including your floor, steps, benches and spa.” 10. AUTOMATION. Automation is another trend that is almost standard in custom pools, whether you use a remote, a smart phone or an iPad. These will operate your pool, spa, lights and water features with the touch of a button. If you want a close-up look at custom pool choices, Laguna Pools has a showroom with nine display pools. This makes it possible to see different pool shapes, water features and materials, as well as a lot of great decking choices.


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alk into any kitchen, and the first things that stand out are the countertops. The color, material and style of those work surfaces selected set the tone and style of the room. And there is so much to choose from. In fact, because of the wide range of options, homeowners are sometimes overwhelmed with all the different choices: Natural or man-made, light or dark or shiny or matte, as well as the bigger item — budget. In the past few decades, granite was the No. 1 countertop choice. But designers have introduced to their clients other options that require less care and maintenance, while still providing scratch, stain and heat resistance.

TOP PICKS Local contractors and designers have watched as granite as taken a back seat to the more durable quartz, a man-made product, or its similar natural product, quartzite, says Tara Brown, a designer with Lippold Custom Homes. “We have definitely seen a decrease in the use of granite,” she says. “Clients are moving towards clean and sophisticated palettes. Quartzite or quartz provides a simple and neutral surface that is not only durable, but has the versatility to stand the test of time as trends evolve. In addition, quartz requires no maintenance. There are no special cleaners required. It never has to be sealed. It is stain and chip resistant.” Engineered quartz, like “Calacatta Novus” with a veined marble look, is an attractive alternative to granite and easy to clean. Photos by Randy Godeau/Bay Area Kitchens 26 house& home | February 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net


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Brown says she favors “Mont Blanc” and “Sea Pearl” quartzite and “Nouveau Calacatta” quartz. Randy Godeau, owner of Bay Area Kitchens, says engineered quartz is gaining in popularity because it can look so much like marble, including the veining and designs. “Personally, I got tired of the granite. Through the speckles and colors, I was unable to see crumbs on the counters. The quartz is easier to clean, and I think it is more accessible,” Godeau says, adding he recently installed a new counter in his home, choosing the veined marble-look quartz. “Unless you look really close, you cannot tell it is not marble.” Quartz is a bit more expensive than granite, and the veining adds more expense.

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Natural stones come in different finishes from honed (matte, silky-smooth), polished (glossy, shiny) and textured. Brown says the leathered quartzite is very popular, with its textured surface showing pits and fissures of the stone, rather than the imperfections evident in the polished surfaces. The leathered look appears to have more depth than the honed and because of the finish, it hides stains, smudges and fingerprints better. In addition, with the leather finish the natural pores of the rock are closed; therefore, stains are less apt to occur. The leathered finish requires less sealing than the polished or honed. For a warmer look, homeowners are still choosing butcher block work stations, as well as the budget-friendly laminate, which now comes in oodles of colors and finishes. “Certainly, laminate is the best value all the way around, and it will last for 40 years. But it is limited in terms of shapes and edges,” Godeau says.


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EDGING & BASINS In terms of the edges, Godeau notes the timeless favorite bullnose, a classic rounded edge, is now being replaced by the square edge (clean lines, 90-degree angle), ogee (concave arch that flows into a convex arch), the beveled edge (indentation) and the mitered edge (seamless edge between the top of the countertop and a second piece of stone to create a specialty edge). And one of the latest new trends in kitchens and bathrooms is selecting integrated sinks on the countertops. These basins are made of the same materials as the counters. “I think this provides a modern aesthetic and if done correctly, can look simply gorgeous,” says Brown. A powder room with custom wrought iron vanity and cement tile floor features “Nouveau Calacatta” quartz by Lippold Custom Homes. Photo courtesy of Simply Photography

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ove is in the air because Cupid’s favorite holiday is right around the corner. Whether you’re looking for a simple date-night out, a full evening of Champagne and romance or artisan desserts to enjoy at home, we’re sharing the city’s sweetest spots for Valentine’s Day.

SWEETS Step out for a dessert-only date or bring it home to savor at your leisure. KILLEN’S STEAKHOUSE AND KILLEN’S STQ Pastry chef Samantha Mendoza has whipped up some beautiful new creations for the season, including Pear Four Ways composed of cinnamon pear cake with mascarpone cream and sugar cookie crumbs and Banana & Passion Fruit Chocolate Mousse with banana, pecan cake and passion fruit toffee. Killen’s Steakhouse, 6425 W. Broadway St., Pearland, 281-485-0844, www.killenssteakhouse.com; Killen’s STQ, 2231 S. Voss Road, 713-5860223, www.killensstq.com LUCIENNE One of the newest hotel dining games downtown has a dessert 32 house& home | February 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

menu worth celebrating. Talented chef Jose Hernandez crafts elaborate finales like the Gianduja, a silky chocolate bomb with nougaitine, macaron and passion fruit. If planning a special dinner, the four- or six-course tasting menus are exquisite. Hotel Alessandra, 1017 Dallas St., 713-242-8555, www.hotelalessandra-houston MONARCH BISTRO Treat him or her like royalty with the creative dessert menu at Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District. Choose the decadent Peanut Butter Overload with dark chocolate mousse and chocolate gelato or the Dulce de Leche tart with white chocolate mousse and candied pecans, plus dessert specials of the night. Hotel ZaZa, 5701 S. Main St., 713-527-1800, www.hotelzaza.com OOH LA LA SWEETS Hey cupcake! No one wants a rocky relationship, so sweeten up your chocolate fan with a luscious rocky road cupcake from this dessert boutique. Also, find pies, dessert bars and myriad scratchmade cakes, including an elegant Amaretto cake with buttercream frosting. Town & Country Village, 770 W. Sam Houston Parkway North, Suite 500, 713-465-6338, and other locations, www.oohlalasweets.com


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EATS Reserve ahead for a Valentine’s dinner, afternoon tea or a multicourse tasting menu with wine pairings. YAUATCHA Break for an exotic afternoon tea at this modern Asian dim sum house near The Galleria. The Teahouse Room with a starlit ceiling is stylishly appointed with cozy booths, and the three-course yum cha menu ($30) is sure to please for a daytime tête-á-tête. A diverse dim sum selection comes with a pot of tea and patisserie-crafted dessert from the bakery. 5045 Westheimer Road, 713-357-7588, www.yauatcha.com STATE OF GRACE Schedule a date in the Oyster Room and indulge in the coveted selection of raw oysters and a towering seafood appetizer. For a full Valentine’s dinner, reserve a table in the velvet curtained-off room for privacy and a Texas feast of grilled meats, Gulf seafood and other bold Southern specialties. 3258 Westheimer Road, 832-942-5080, www.stateofgracetx.com PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE If it has to be the very best in steak, wine and service, choose Pappas Bros. Fine dining sans trendy gimmicks, the menu features dry-aged prime beef, live Maine lobster and fresh Gulf seafood. Don’t pass up the dramatic beef carpaccio served on a salt ice block with aioli and epic Parmesan toast. 1200 McKinney St., 713-658-1995, and other locations, pappasbros.com RISTORANTE CAVOUR For a taste of Italy, this charming hideaway in Hotel Granduca may be the quietest restaurant in Houston. Highlights include the panseared lamb loin with raspberry-red wine sauce, braised veal osso bucco and short rib ravioli with Barolo sauce. The Tuscan menu features Italian regional courses with wine pairings. Hotel Granduca, 1080 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-418-1000, www.granducahouston.com

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Lemon Tart with Fresh Raspberries Pucker up for this lovely lemon tart inspired by the seasonal dessert served at Killen’s STQ in Houston. Presentation tip: Use only the freshest, most pristine berries to crown the top.

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1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs ½ cup ground almonds, slightly toasted ½ cup sugar 8 tablespoons butter, melted

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½ cup sour cream 1 cup granulated sugar 4 large eggs ½ cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon lemon zest 6 ounces fresh whole raspberries 34 house& home | February 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and almonds with the sugar and butter. Mix with a wooden spoon. Set a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom on a sheet pan. Place the crumbs in the tart pan and press them into the bottom and mold to the edges of the pan using your fingertips. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside until cool. To make the filling, in a medium bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sour cream and sugar. Whisk in the eggs, and then add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Pour the filling in the cooled tart shell. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and set it on a rack to cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate the tart. Top it with berries a few hours before serving. Yield: 8 servings


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pring Break means the children are out of school for a week, and you are ready to take time off, too, from the hustle and bustle of busy days and work. Where to go and what to do? Let us take you on an adventure of ideas a little bit off the beaten path. Think of sugar-white sand beaches in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. Or consider the natural beauty of lakes, mountains and hot springs in Arkansas. Perhaps a Texas Hill Country dude ranch to experience the cowboy — or cowgirl — way of life? And Big Bend National Park is right in our backyard. Whatever destination you select, and whether you head to the airport or hop in the car for an old-fashioned road trip, you’ll find fun times await at your chosen escape.

ALABAMA While the state of Alabama and alumni nationwide are still celebrating another NCAA football championship (congrats!), you’ll find even more to enjoy here than the “Crimson Tide” pride. You’ll become a fan, too, of this beautiful getaway, and even make it your second “Sweet Home” for year-round stays. www.alabama.travel

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ages. Children build sandcastles and teen-agers hone their skim board skills. Parents can watch or join in the fun with volleyball, parasailing and much more. Introduce your family to the wetand-wild action of charter fishing off Orange Beach, home to the country’s largest artificial reef program. www.gulfshores.com

ARKANSAS You’re entering a world of enchantment when you pass through Texarkana, a city that straddles the Lone Star State and Arkansas, “The Natural State.” Arkansas is famous for its scenic wonders, with clear lakes, rivers and streams; mountains and caves; abundant wildlife; and of course, its hot springs. www.arkansas.com

Hot Springs Ahh. In Hot Springs Natural Park in the Ouachita Mountains, take in the relaxing and top-spa getaways in the country — and of, course, the therapeutic waters. According to a recent report by Time magazine, saunas, even of the outdoor type, are “ridiculously” good for you. In town, the art scene is amazing, as the city is home to glass blowers, leather craftsmen, jewelers and woodworkers. Gifts to the hears include the Hot Springs Music Festival, a premier performing and teaching classical music event set this year June 3-16; Hot Springs Jazz Festival; and Spa City Blues Festival. And check out the Arkansas Derby, which finalizes “The Racing Festival of the South.” www.hotsprings.org


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Lake Hamilton Ringed by condominiums, resorts, motels and restaurants, the 7,460-acre Lake Hamilton impoundment is one of Arkansas' most popular recreational lakes. And all aboard the “Belle of Hot Springs,” a 400-passenger riverboat that offers sightseeing, lunch, dinner and dance cruises on the lake. www.arkansas.com

Lake Ouachita Named one of the cleanest manmade lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating and fishing. Rent a fully equipped cabin along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline — and stay a while. www.arkansas.com

You’ll find Scenic Highway 30-A the path to an ideal Spring Break vacation. Hugging the Gulf of Mexico, this breathtaking drive includes white sand beaches and a mix of eclectic beach communities dotted like pearls along the northwestern coastline. Miles of greenway trails connect state parks, preserves and residential areas along this byway. The Coastal Dunes Lakes of South Walton intrigue with 15 unique geographical features found only in Walton County and in Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand and Oregon. www.visitflorida.com

Destin Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Scenic Highway 23 includes a stop at this USDA-licensed and GFAS-verified refuge, just a short seven miles from the historic tourist town of Eureka Springs. The lions, tigers, cougars, bears, monkey, coati, ligers, tiliger and servals are located in natural habitats where visitors can view and learn more about these magnificent creatures — all in the setting of the Ozark Mountains. www.turpentinecreek.org

Destin is the place to go for great catches year-round and has earned the reputation as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” Where there is great fishing, you’ll find great seafood restaurants. Golf enthusiasts at all skill levels love this paradise at eight championship courses. Or just soak up the sun, walk on the beach…and bring a bucket and shovel along for the children — or you — for play in the sand. www.visitflorida.com

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Pensacola Located in Florida’s Panhandle, Pensacola beckons with white sand beaches in numerous parks, reef snorkeling, water park rides, deep-sea fishing and diving, hiking, bicycle rentals and casual waterfront restaurants. History buffs take in historic Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas and other Civil War landmarks. As well, a vacation in the Pensacola Bay Area will convince you why it’s one of the top family-friendly destinations in the country as endorsed by Southern Living magazine. Plus, it’s a favorite wedding site with fabulous venues for your big day. www.visitpensacola.com

Rosemary Beach This master-planned community on a beachside road in Walton County includes about 105 acres of 400-plus home sites and a mixed-used Town Centre filled with sophisticated shopping and fine restaurants. Rosemary Beach is a haven for fitness lovers, too, especially tennis enthusiasts. Vacation rentals are aplenty. www.rosemarybeach.com

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Seaside Beach In artsy Seaside, you’ll feel immediately at ease among the internationally acclaimed New Urbanist resort area. “Here, most people get around by bike or by foot. Funky airstream trailers serve hot dogs, fresh juice, shaved ice and more. And just down the road, you’ll find cozy cafes and a specialty market,” according to the www.visitsouthwalton.com website. Seaside is a great place to rent an entire home for your family, with many villas available. www.visitsouthwalton.com

South Walton South Walton boasts turquoise waters, miles of white sand beaches and challenging golfing opportunities that are a big draw year-round here. South Walton’s luxury accommodations, eclectic shops, unique art galleries and award-winning dining are part of the area's distinctive character. www.visitsouthwalton.com


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WaterColor A master-planned community with Southern grace, WaterColor is tucked between the beaches of the Emerald Coast and Western Lake, a natural 220-acre coastal lake. The WaterColor Inn is a 60-room beachfront resort rated the No. 1 Family Friendly Resort in North America by Travel + Leisure magazine. Numerous other vacation rentals are available as well. www.watercolorflorida.com

MISSISSIPPI Mental spell check from memories of elementary school days: “M-I-double-S double-S double humpback humpback I.” Your visit to Mississippi will also be etched in your memories forever. www.visitmississippi.org

Biloxi & Gulfport Adults play cards, roll the dice and hit the slot machines at the numerous casinos in Biloxi, including Houstonian Tilman Ferttita’s Golden Nugget location there. Or, with the kids, take a boat ride from Gulf Port to one of the barrier islands for fun in crystal clear waters. www.visitmississippi.org White sand beaches in Destin, Fla. Photo by Tim Donovan/Florida Fish and Wildlife/Flickr/Creative Commons License

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TEXAS No matter where you roam, you’ll find great adventures in every direction, whether you go north, south east or west. Everything is bigger — and better, as native Texans like to say — in The Lone Star State.

Big Bend National Park It’s the wild, wild west at this 800,000-plus-acre park, where night skies are dark as coal yet filled with twinkling stars. Big Bend sits along the Chisos Mountains and is home to hundreds of bird species that take refuge in this area surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert, as well as bountiful wildlife and more than 1,200 species of plants, including tenacious cacti that bloom in the sun. The Rio Grande carves temple-like canyons in the ancient limestone along the U.S.-Mexico border. A haven for hikers, bird-watchers, campers, outdoor enthusiasts and the entire family, Big Bend is truly magical. www.visitbigbend.com

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Spanning 230 acres on the Medina River and Indian Creek, 2E Twin Elm Guest Ranch is one of the oldest dude ranches in the Hill Country, founded in 1939. Every night there’s a rodeo with bull and steer riding, barrel racing and roping. Go on a hayride, fossil hunt and swim and tube, as well as horseback ride. Accommodations include camping and RV sites, in addition to 21 rooms in cabins and bunkhouses. 830-796-3628, www.twinelmranch.com At Dixie Dude Ranch, a 725-acre ranch in Bandera founded more than 75 years ago, your cowboy hosts who work the horses here also train for and compete in rodeos. Enjoy horseback riding, fishing, bonfires, hayrides and Western entertainment. Duplex cabins, cottages, lodge rooms and a two-story bunkhouse are available. 830-796-7771, www.dixieduderanch.com Owned and operated by the Hicks family for more than a halfcentury, The Mayan Ranch sits high in the Hill Country. Producing seven world champion rodeo cowboys, the 348plus acre ranch offers visitors picturesque trails along the Medina River for horseback riding and nature walks, as well as fishing and tubing opportunities. Get a heaping cowboy breakfast or dinner on the trail or at Old West Town, where you can also two-step to your heart’s content. Shop at the general store for your Western needs. Accommodations include 68 rooms in cottages or lodges. 830-796-3312, www.mayanranch.com Horseback riding is a popular activity at dude ranches. Photo courtesy of HD Wallpapers

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Saddle up for your vacation at Rancho Cortez. Bring the entire family or schedule a company or church retreat to enjoy horseback riding, hayrides, campfires, cattle roundups, lasso lessons, swimming in the pool or soaking in the hot tub. The ranch also combines the fun with popular weightloss programs. Work with personal trainers under the direction of Mary Cortez for guided hikes, water aerobics, yoga, weights, aerobics and Pilates, along with more classes in the air-conditioned gym. 830-796-9339, www.ranchocortez.com Trade in your tie and slacks for a red bandana and jeans at the Silver Spur Guest Ranch in Bandera. Relax in the 14,000-square-foot lodge, and venture off for horseback riding, hiking or fossil digging. Even learn how to two-step or line dance to live music. The Silver Spur Guest Ranch has nearly 300 acres where you can explore, experience and enjoy Western life, from hayrides to campfire camaraderie to outdoor barbecues to cowboy breakfasts. 830-796-3037, www.silverspur-ranch.com


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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK Contemporary House Joins the Neighborhood in Historic Riverside Terrace Article by Barbara Canetti Photography by Ben Hill

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his house in the Riverside Terrace neighborhood stands out. Among the many colonials, mid-century moderns and traditional homes is a new kid in town: A contemporary one-story structure with lots of windows and angular rooflines that defy gravity. Dave Marshak and Pat Ward left their two-story home in Old Braeswood and teamed up with James M Evans of Collaborative Designworks to come up with a 3,500square-foot wood/stucco house on a large corner lot that is very different from its neighbors. It replaces a dilapidated structure that was a neighborhood blight and adds a different feature to this residential community near the Texas Medical Center.

FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN The exterior, a combination of durable golden-brown Siberian latch wood coupled with white stucco walls and accented with brown brick screening walls, was designed with many windows to allow for lots of natural light inside. The interiors are almost all white, SherwinWilliams’ “Extra White,” as is the concrete floor created by Texas Concrete Effects with shards of blue, green and amber glass embedded, grinded and then polished and sealed, creating a whimsical yet sophisticated look throughout the house. Only the living room has a different floor. It is covered in the wood matching the house’s exterior. The living room, which is almost a flow-through room connecting the kitchen with the master suite, is lined on both sides with three sets of 9-foot-tall sliding doors. The front set of doors reveals a small private deck facing the street and enclosed with the decorative brick. The back wall of the living room opens onto the yard and large

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The yard and pool are surrounded on three sides by all rooms opening into this area.

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The main part of the house — kitchen, dining and living rooms — are light and bright.

pool, along with the Marshak’s garden (and an outdoor kitchen in the future). The living room is furnished only with a couch, two chairs and a family heirloom: A walnut-colored harvest table located under the television. The table, Marshak says, belonged to his mother and it “was the centerpiece” of her house in La Jolla, Calif. “It was already quite old when my parents bought it in Philadelphia about 60 years ago, and we recently refinished it here,” he says. “It now has leaves folded down, as it would during storage. During harvest time, when there were extra people to feed, it would have been opened up and used. Replicas of these tables have recently become

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popular, but this is the real thing.” The kitchen is an open-air room, with sleek bookmatched walnut cabinets from Stonewood Studios and a long Silestone (“Zeus” white matte) work surface facing the dining area and living room. “Pat and I enjoy cooking, and now there is plenty of room for us to do that at the same time. Even when guests congregate in the kitchen, they are out of the way, thanks to the peninsula design of the countertop,” he says. Additional seating is available at the counter, as well as at a small breakfast niche in front of windows in the kitchen.


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The dining and living rooms have two walls made of floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to the yard and a small enclosed patio.

OVERALL DESIGN The house was designed in three sections: The master suite, the public area and a two-bedroom guest wing with its own lounge and bathroom. “They wanted something separate from their room to give their guests privacy,” Evans says, explaining the grand plan of the house. The well-lit lounge in the guest rooms is also home to the Marshak’s orchids, which seem to thrive in the sunny location. Because of their interest in gardening, in addition to the orchids, the couple had several raised gardens constructed by Rita Hodge of RH Factor Landscape Design in the front and side of the house, as well as in the yard 52 house& home | February 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

and around the pool. And an attached greenhouse accessible from the back of the house will be filled with seedlings and sprouts this spring. “One year I bought some tomato plants a little early, and we had an unusually cool spring. As a result, we had to keep the plants in our breakfast area for a while,” Marshak says. “Now that won’t be necessary. We are going to install a grow light and start seedlings in there before putting them into the beds. We may eventually add a pottery studio for Pat in the greenhouse.” Each of the couple has a private office: Ward’s is in the vestibule in the front of the house off the foyer, while Marshak’s is on the other side of the house near the bed-


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Sleek walnut cabinets add rich accents to the kitchen. The floor is concrete with colored shards of glass embedded.

room and is decorated with an assortment of Japanese prints of colorful fish. The master suite is a relaxing wing with lots of windows and access to the pool.

ROOFLINE & OPENESS Because of the house’s interesting roofline — it slopes in different directions with large overhangs for shade and to protect the house in inclement weather — the ceilings in each room are different from adjacent rooms.

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“The ceiling heights relate to the roof design. Some are slightly sloped and some are higher than others,” Evans says. “It’s a modern and contemporary house, inside and out.” The house was designed with few obstacles: No door jams or unnecessary hurdles and wide entrances to rooms and closets in the event those requirements become necessary in their future. But for now, the openness is an asset — and another reason why they love their home.


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ABOVE: This mid-century modern home in Meyerland received a 5-foot elevation. BELOW: A 10-foot elevation project in Nassau Bay. Photos courtesy of Arkitektura Development Inc.

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your life — and money, says Lynne Skinner, a Greenwood King realtor. Skinner, a woman in her 60s, is one of many flood victims grappling with what to do next. She says of her lovely single-story home on a tree-lined street in Bellaire, “It was very shocking to suddenly have one foot of water in the house,” recalling the unbelievable day of Aug. 27, 2017. A long-time resident of this neighborhood, Skinner says her house never had flooded — “not even close.” She was not prepared because nothing ever was indicative of her home being at risk, not once in all 35-plus years of living there.


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This "low-lift" 4-foot full slab home elevation near The Woodlands rests on 130 concrete piles. Photo courtesy of Planet Three Elevation

Skinner says today she is living with her daughter while looking long and hard at her options. At near retirement, she aims to be fiscally smart about her recovery. Skinner’s Greenwood King colleague, Jordan Longerot, is in a somewhat different boat. But, no doubt about it, he is paddling similar waters. He knows that he and his physician-wife, who are both in their mid-30s, will choose what is right for them — but it is sure to be expensive. Good news for them isthey hope to recoupe their losses over time. They are currently living with his parents while they mull over options. The Longerots’ home is in Meyerland, an area with an easy commute to the Texas Medical Center. Unfortunately, it has flooded all three recent times. Longerot says before they bought there, the realtor in him made him look to ensure flooding was a nearly impossible happening. His and Skinner’s stories are, sadly enough, all too common in this metropolitan area. Skinner and Longerot both now have close and personal experiences that allow them to help others move forward. The options, they say, include possibly elevating a flood-area and damaged house, rebuilding it or selling it for lot value.

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mum of two feet above the highest flood level. Before granting a permit, officials with the city of Houston’s Flood Management Office (FMO) may need to do an inspection of the home, understand the nature of the work to be done and review the costs associated with the work. The department also notes it accepts only current elevation certificates. Houston’s FMO is part of the Public Works and Engineering Department located at the Houston Permit Center, 1002 Washington Ave. Longerot says rebuilding is an option he and his wife are considering. But building a custom house, which many of his neighbors are doing, will likely take up to 24 months and cost between $175 and $215 a square foot.

ELEVATION Elevating an existing house is another option, and also one that the Longerots are actively considering. He says signage of two companies, in particular, have popped up all around his neighborhood. They are Arkitektura Development Inc. in Kemah and Planet Three Elevation — and there are others. The companies handle large-slab homes. Often included in the price to elevate: Utilities/plumbing, restoring steps, stairs, landings, decks and adding a decorative skirt or foundation wall. Of course, remodeling costs within are separate from the elevation costs and depend on what level of restoration and updating is done to the house. The companies claim nothing needs to be removed from the


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A full-slab home elevation raised this house 16 feet higher to avoid historical floods on the Guadalupe River. Photo courtesy of Planet Three Elevation

house — not even from the closets and shelves inside. More than 90 percent of their work centers around elevating oneand two-story homes. While costs vary, Longerot received a bid of about $80 a square foot to go this route. “Some of the elevated homes, if they are older, may never match the value of the new construction,” says Longerot. That may be something to consider. Elevation grants for about $30,000 are available to homeowners who have received “substantial damage” or who have had repetitive flood claims. For such an application, visit www.houstonemergency.org.

HOUSE FOR SALE If selling a flooded and damaged house, Longerot says a mortgage company will not lend money toward an uninhabitable house, so basically homeowners will be looking at getting lot value only. Location, location, location might be the mantra here, especially if the house is in a highly sought-after area. 66 house& home | February 2018 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

RESOURCES Abry Brothers 1-800-STRUCTURE www.abrybros.com Ashwood Designs & Custom Homes 281-435-3696 www.ashwooddesigns.com Arkitektura Development Inc. 281-957-9192 arkdevinc.com Cason Graye Homes 713-664-7272 www.casongrayehomes.com Flood Management Office (FMO) www.publicworks. houstontx.gov

Greenwood King Properties Several locations www.greenwoodking.com Jeffrey Harrington Custom Homes 713-626-5757 www.jhcustomhomes.com Planet Three Elevation 281-826-9799 www.p3elevation.com Titan Foundation 1-800-885-LIFT www.titanfoundation.com


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structure, as these obstructions reduce airflow and the amount of strong sunlight the plants receive. In other words, more sun produces more flowers. When there is a fence or wall, the plants only receive light from one side, causing phototropism of the plants, or growing to the light. Reduction of light and airflow encourages pests and diseases to set up house, as the plants next to a structure form a secure space from wind, rain and the elements. Roses need a minimum of six hours of direct sun, not filtered by trees or buildings. Using a north or eastern exposure can also be a hindrance if there are trees in the neighborhood, across the street or if you back up to a wooded area. So don’t just look at your garden space: Look around to see what could possibly impact your success with growing roses.


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CYPRESS 24150 Highway 290 Ste 270 281-758-2980

COPPERFIELD 17111 West Rd Ste 105 281-656-2224

MONTGOMERY/CONROE 18024 Highway 105 Ste 200 936-582-4000

TOMBALL 16945 N Eldridge Pkwy Ste 100 281-257-5955

KATY/CINCO RANCH Katy, TX 77450-6231 281-647-0777

SPRING 5015 FM 2920 Rd 281-288-2300

KATY WEST/FIRETHORNE 2721 FM 1463 Ste # 100 832-437-5305

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