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s promised, we are devoting the majority of our October issue to recovery and restore with a special section on “After Harvey.” We hope our articles inspire you to move forward toward new beginnings, and we continue to keep everyone in our thoughts and our prayers. As shouts the popular motivational slogan seen everywhere on T-shirts, banners, bumper stickers and more, we cheer, too, for “Houston Strong.” Let’s start by celebrating heroes, from first responders to bighearted neighbors to brave new friends from all over the country, who came to our rescue and many of whom continue to reach out to people in need. “Heroes & Help” takes a full bow to these incredible people, including Gallery Furniture's Jim McIngvale who’s fondly known as Mattress Mack, as well as to companies and corporations, charities, religious groups of all denominations, restaurants and generous individuals. The list is impressively long... and is growing by the minute. “Recovery & Steps” offers practical advice for those thousands of homeowners who are dealing with flood damage. Take photos, schedule a mold inspection and don’t wait to renovate. And watch out for contractors offering fast and cheap fixes; only hire Texas-licensed and -certified companies. We have the contact info so you’ll be sure you — and your home — are in qualified hands. Two of your top priorities in reclaiming your house are to check the roof and replace any waterlogged walls. “Roofing & Siding” walks you through the basics of these key components with pros and cons on the different types. We present this article in a “101-style” format to help you start your own research. Don’t forget about doors and windows. “Repair or Replace?” talks about how to make these determinations. Doors standing in water may have swelled or warped. And if water damage was severe, even windows may lead to mold problems if not attended to.


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“The Wash-N-Wear House.” What a great idea! This personal story of a Meyerland-area couple flooded out for the umpteenth time is based on their collective brainstorming to make dealing with floodwaters less of a life trauma and more of a maintenance issue. HardiBoard rather than Sheetrock, FEMA-approved glass blocks for easy cleanup and a decorative touch, freestanding stainless steel work stations in the kitchen in place of low kitchen cabinets…read about it! How do you know if your swamped plants have a chance to recover? And what do you do to help them thrive again? “Garden & Soul” addresses these questions and more about bringing life and joy back to your landscape. Big key: Permanent soil amendment. Our “Pet of the Month” resumes soon, as members of our SPCA partner are busy now working to reunite Harvey-victim animals with their owners. Best wishes to everyone. Get out and enjoy the sunshine at the beautiful Bluejack National master-planned community where Morning Star Builders and a host of contributors bring Texas-style luxury to this year’s Southern Living Showcase Home. Our featured house on the Annual AIA Home Tour seamlessly and fabulously combines indoor and outdoor living, the result of collaboration of architect and design pros from Australia and Houston, as well as the vision of the homeowners. In closing, Houston House & Home will continue its “After Harvey” series with more on recovery tips. I must personally thank our core staff and contributing writers and photographers for their perseverance to make this issue happen. Many of them are dealing with their own “After Harvey” issues, too. Let’s all stay “Houston Strong.” Take care, Barbara


PUBLISHER........................ Mike Harrison, Ph.D. ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER........ Susie Reisenbigler EDITOR........................................ Barbara Kuntz CONTRIBUTING WRITERS.................................... .................. Shirley Barr, Anne Breux, Debi Bryant, ..........................Barbara Canetti, Marsha Canright, .......... Mary Chavoustie, Sandra Cook, Susan Fox, ..................................Linda B. Gay, Whitney Radley CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS.................... ....................................Linda B. Gay, Benjamin Hill, ...................................... Mike Kaskel Photography ART DIRECTOR............................ Robert Coplin ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES.................................... ............................ Christina Garza, Gia Montalto PRINTING........................................ RR Donnelly

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Celebrate the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Oct. 14-15 with 300 artists in 19 different disciplines. Photo by Ed Schipul/Flickr/Creative Commons License

DESIGN/INTERIORS OCT. 6: “EMBRACED BY THE VOID,” opening reception with artist talk 5-8 p.m. Archway Gallery presents works by Cecilia Villanueva reflecting upon open spaces using few lines and very few architectural structures, creating compositions that verge on the void. The show is on view through Nov. 2. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St., 713-522-2409, www.archwaygallery.com OCT. 7: WEIRD HOMES TOUR, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The tour showcases the weird, wonderful and whimsical places that make our world amazing. During the selfpaced, self-driving day, visit the homes of collectors of oddities and rare art, performance artists, painters, sculptors and architects. www.weirdhomestour.com

OCT. 8: POP SHOP AMERICA DREAM CATCHER CRAFT CLASS, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Use leather, twine, feathers, beads and more materials to make a dream catcher, the perfect magical craft before Halloween. All’s fun for beginning and experienced crafters, with the $36 fee including the top-notch supplies. 321 A W. 19th St., www.popshopamerica.com OCT. 21-22: ANNUAL AIA HOUSTON HOME TOUR, noon-6 p.m. both days Open to the public, the AIA Houston Home Tour highlights the finest residential architecture in the Houston area. This year’s popular event includes 10 AIA architectdesigned houses selected by a jury of industry experts and completed within the last five years. For this self-driving event, full-tour tickets are

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$20-$25 and $10 for a single house visit and are available online or at any of the participating houses during the tour. www.aiahouston.org THROUGH OCT. 29: SOUTHERN LIVING SHOWCASE HOME BY MORNING STAR BUILDERS, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Come experience this beautiful custom-built house with views of the second fairway on Tiger Woods’ first U.S. golf course, Bluejack National in Montgomery. The home incorporates many of today’s popular design trends, including an attached guest casita and a spacious outdoor living area. From top to bottom, this home speaks to all that is “Southern Living.” Bluejack National, 4430 S. FM 1486, Montgomery, www.homesbymorningstar.com

THROUGH NOV. 4: TEXAS ARTIST OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION More than 50 works in a diverse range of media by Trenton Doyle Hancock are on show through Nov. 4 as Art League Houston presents its 2017 Artist of the Year exhibition, “Texas: 19972017.” 1953 Montrose Blvd., 713-5239530, www.artleaguehouston.org

EVENTS OCT. 12-14: THE GARDEN CLUB OF HOUSTON’S 75th ANNUAL BULB AND PLANT MART, 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday early shopping, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.2 p.m. Saturday More than 500,000 top-quality bulbs from domestic and international suppliers are available at this popular event. Experienced as well as beginning gardeners find an expanded collection of hardto-find and unusual crinums, day lilies, gingers, perennials,

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OUT OF TOWN OCT. 13-15: HILL COUNTRY BUILDERS ASSOCIATION’S 2017 PARADE OF HOMES From modern country cottages to lakeside retreats, these homes redefine the possibilities for homeowners in beauty and functionality. Experience the latest in new home designs and technologies among Texas’ most picturesque backdrops. Make plans now for a fun weekend in Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay and Kingsland. www.hillcountrybuilders.com

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trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and citrus plants, as well as exclusive offerings from the gardens of GCH members grown specifically for the mart. St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., www.gchouston.org OCT. 14: Cilantro: 2017 Herb of the Year, 10 a.m. Henry Flowers of Festival Hill Gardens leads the class on this culinary herb. Flowers discusses growing conditions, harvesting, usage and how cilantro differs from coriander. The Arbor Gate, 281-351-8851, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, www.arborgate.com OCT. 14-15: 46th ANNIVERSARY BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days Celebrate the big event around City Hall, Hermann Square, Houston Public Library and Sam Houston Park with 300 artists in 19 different disciplines. The festival is a sophisticated outdoor gallery under the iconic Houston skyline,

transforming our streets into artistic avenues bursting with color. Patrons also enjoy music, entertainment, food trucks and the Children’s Creative Zone. www.artcolonyassociation.org OCT. 20-21: RIVER OAKS GARDEN CLUB’S 66TH ANNUAL PINK ELEPHANT SALE, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days The city’s oldest rummage sale offers all kinds of treasures, including clothing, collectibles, home decor, furniture and plants in the 21,000-squarefoot Bayou City Event Center. Proceeds benefit the community through scholarships and education and conservation, environmental and beautification projects. www.riveroaksgardenclub.org

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE THROUGH OCT. 7: COLE’S ANTIQUE SHOW Held in Warrenton, just four miles from Round Top, Cole’s Antique Show hosts 250-plus dealers selling quality antiques, art and jewelry in the largest indoor venue in the area. www.colesantiqueshow.net

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OCT. 14: 16TH ANNUAL TEXAS MUSHROOM FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Madisonville, the “Mushroom Capital of Texas,” once again hosts “Fiesta de Hongos” featuring 240 booths, food court, live entertainment, classic car show and Texas craft beers and wines. There’s also a Kids’ Zone, so it’s fun for the entire family. Madisonville Visitor Center, 113 W. Trinity, 936-348-9333, www.visitmadisonville.org “JACK UNRUH: THE TEXANIST EXHIBIT," opening reception 5-8 p.m. Red & White Gallery in Fayetteville presents works for sale by the late artist, whose artwork illustrates Texans' curiosity with their state. Shop online now for Unruh’s legendary drawings at www.jackunruhtexanist.com. The exhibit remains on view through November. 102 W. Main St., Fayetteville, www.redandwhitegallery.com OCT. 20-21: HERITAGE VILLAGE MUSEUM’S 29TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL, 9 a.m.3 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Bring the entire family to this pioneer crafts demonstration featuring potting, spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, quilting, soap making and more. Everyone enjoys bluegrass and

gospel music, as well as square dancing. Woodville, 409-283-2272, www.heritage-village.org

UPCOMING NOV. 2-4: SUGAR PLUM MARKET, preview 6-10 p.m. Thursday, market 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday “Believe in the Magic” is this year’s theme of the Sugar Plum Market presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League and Memorial Hermann. More than 100 vendors are on hand with a variety of merchandise, including apparel, jewelry and accessories, home interiors, children’s items and holiday gifts and decor. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, www.sugarplummarket.com NOV. 9-12: HOUSTON BALLET NUTCRACKER MARKET This signature holiday fundraising event is a giant, one-stop pop-up shop featuring more than 280 merchants and offering unique items for everyone, including home decor, food, clothing, toys, toiletries, novelties, ornaments, pottery, pewter, accessories and more. Special event and general admission tickets go on sale Oct. 17. www.houstonballet.org NOV. 11: THE TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION’S 9/11 HEROES RUN The fundraising event, postponed in September due to Hurricane Harvey, is rescheduled for Veteran’s Day. The organization is launching a TMF Service Expedition to assist in Houston’s recovery efforts, in addition to its continuing mission to serve veterans, first responders and the military. www.travismanion.org


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Due to Hurricane Harvey, the following home and design shows have either been rescheduled for this month or postponed until further notice. Have fun gathering ideas for your own house and lawn recovery by attending the open events. Check out the websites (provided below) for updates on plans for all these great shows. OCT. 21-22: TEXAS HOME & GARDEN SHOW, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Turn to this show for expert advice, money-saving tips, remodeling ideas, landscape features and everything you need for your home and garden. Attend workshops, comparison shop and learn about the latest products for your home. The big event also includes a charity garage sale, The Rusty Truck Vintage Market with retro and re-purposed furniture and home accents and a Kids’ Zone. The show is promoted as “Texas homeowners’ best resource,” all under one roof. NRG Center, Hall C, 1 NRG Park, www.texashomeandgarden.com OCT. 28-29: KATY FALL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Industry experts in landscaping, lighting, flooring, paint, home automation and more are on hand with their products. The show also includes a Vintage Market and Kitchen & Bath Idea Center. Katy Elite Sports Complex behind Katy Mills, 25307 Kingsland Blvd., www.fallkatyhomeandgardenshow.com OCT. 28-29: THE WOODLANDS 15TH ANNUAL FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Transform your house into a dream home or create the custom home of your desires with the latest products and fresh ideas at this favorite show. Feature presenter Dr. Lori Verderame of Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings” is on hand to appraise your antiques, representatives of Cunningham Gas Products offer live cooking demos both days and popular gardening expert Randy Lemmon is ready to answer your questions. And there’s more! The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, www.woodlandsshows.com DATES TBA: HOUSTON ANTIQUES + ART + DESIGN SHOW 708-366-2710, www.fall.houstonantiquesartdesign.com

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urricane Harvey produced many Houston heroes. But it was the generosity of Gallery Furniture’s Jim McIngvale that exemplified the kindness and spirit of the city’s citizenry after the storm and captured the attention of the nation and beyond. Better known everywhere as Mattress Mack, a name dating back to his unique television commercials in the early 1980s, McIngvale has always been known for his philanthropic contributions to many local causes. But right after the August flooding caused by Harvey, he opened two of his furniture company’s 160,000-square-foot showrooms to the public and allowed those people who were stranded a warm, safe place to stay. Despite his good deeds, he shies away from the hero label. “I don’t think anyone should be called a hero for simply doing the right things,” says McIngvale, who credits his Christian faith and Catholic upbringing as the influences in his life. “The real heroes were the first responders and the people that had to deal with the flood.” Via Facebook, he invited “those in need” to come by his store to eat, rest, shower and sleep. Evacuees came in droves and stayed for several nights, sleeping on sofas, recliners and hundreds of mattresses in the store showrooms. More than 20 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

400 people took advantage of his generosity at each location. And for those who couldn’t get to his stores, he dispatched big delivery trucks to fetch the people and bring them safely to him. He also housed 60 National Guard troops and first responders who were deployed to assist in Houston. Additionally, he began a donation drive, putting out a call to Houstonians for cleaning supplies destined for those in need. He started a fundraising drive and collected nearly $180,000, which was turned over to Crisis Cleanup, Points of Light, Houston Community Toolbank and TXRX Labs. He also donated thousands of boxes of athletic clothing with assistance of the University of Houston’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and distributed pet supplies through the local SPCA. This is not the first time McIngvale has opened his heart and his store. Last year during Houston’s floods he invited Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale marooned homeowners to stay at his stores, as well as when Hurricane Katrina hit 12 years ago. Despite the fact that it costs him thousands of dollars to keep his stores running through the crisis and now much of his inventory will be sold as used furniture, Mattress Mack says his acts of humanity and community service are what motivate him. His kindness and service have been noticed. More than 200,000 people have signed a petition to declare Aug. 26 Mattress Mack Day in Houston. As one petition signer says: “Mattress Mack’s heart is bigger than Texas! Thank you for your generosity! Houston loves you.”





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Sunshine and thousands of Good Samaritans are bringing Houston back. You can help, too. Photo by J. Daniel Escareño/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Heroes & Help THE CARING & GENEROUS CONTINUE TO BESTOW HOUSTON WITH SUPPORT BY SHIRLEY BARR You’ve read and heard about all the monies, physical help and supplies that have poured into the Greater Houston area for more than a month. A Meyerland family used its kayaks and canoes to rescue neighbors and pets, turning members’ second story into a “Noah’s Arc”-like scenario. Two men hauled their boat all the way from the East Texas town of Palestine to save a West Houston family. The accounts are numerous — and all heroic. Churches and temples of all sizes, sports arenas and even furniture stores opened their doors to the storm victims in need of a bed, clothing and a meal. Children also needed the normalcy of toys and hugs, even from strangers. 30 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

Here are some of the organizations and individuals who continue to offer Harvey relief initiatives. Pick your favorites among these or others to support. As my mother always said, “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”

ORGANIZATIONS & FAMOUS GIVERS Members of and volunteers for the American Red Cross were everywhere helping everyone, making this a charity of choice for many fundraising efforts by restaurants, Gulf States Toyota and numerous others. www.redcross.org BakerRipley, a local nonprofit helping low-income Houstonians for 110 years, operated the crowded Harvey shelter at NRG Park. www.bakerripley.org Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of GalvestonHouston moved into action with shelters and supplies. www.catholiccharities.org

FEMA was on the ground immediately and is still providing detailed monthly reports online, including a funding summary on the Disaster Relief Fund. www.fema.gov Gallery Furniture owner/ philanthropist Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale opened two showrooms to shelter Harvey victims and was still giving out water and cleaning supplies weeks after the storm hit Greater Houston. He emerged as one of the battered area’s heroes. www.galleryfurniture.com

Hometown hero Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale in a file photo courtesy of Gallery Furniture

Kieu Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant and Houston billionaire, has donated $5 million to Harvey relief. Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Sandra Bullock have each donated $1 million. Beyonce Knowles is raising money for relief efforts through her foundation and Les Alexander, outgoing Rockets owner, has pledged $10 million. Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank serving 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, packed food and distributed to shelters. The bank welcomes volunteers to help. www.houstonfoodbank.com

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was quickly established by Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. It continues to have the pulse on neighborhoods in need. www.ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/




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Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston includes the revered Meals on Wheels services for the homebound. The organization always needs people to pack and deliver. www.imgh.org

United Way and its Houston Relief Fund pledged 100 percent of your gifts to funds helping our neighbors recover with online buttons for Volunteer Houston, American Red Cross, Houston Food Bank and the shelters at NRG. www.unitedwayhouston.org

J.J. Watt, perhaps the most famous Texans/NFL player, and his #HoustonStrong have raised more than $30 million and counting from 200,000-plus donations. Charles Butt, CEO of H-E-B, donated $5 million to this fund; Jimmy Fallon and “The Tonight Show” donated $1 million. www.youcaring.com Jewish Federation of Greater Houston reached out to all faiths with shelter, volunteers and supplies. www.houstonjewish.org The Salvation Army’s tag line says it all: “After the Unspeakable, We Speak Hope.” Its website has buttons to click the amount and type of your gift. www.salvationarmyusa.org or donate by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY Star of Hope, a well-managed nonprofit and always providing for nearly 1,000 homeless, was a shelter of hope for many more displaced by the floods. www.sohmission.org Team Rubicon, with more than 48,000 volunteers, unites the skill of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams. www.teamrubiconusa.org 32 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

HELPING OUR PETS Houston Humane Society was supported by many pet lovers, including President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Malania Trump who gave $25,000. www.houstonhumane.org Houston Pet Set is well known Naval Aircrewman Second Class Jansen Schamp rescues dogs. by all the rescue shelters. It Photo courtesy of the Official U.S. provides Harvey relief funds and Navy Page/Flickr/Creative Commons License year-round help to registered 501c3 animal welfare organizations. www.houstonpetset.org SPCA operated its 24-hour Injured Animal Rescue Ambulance (713-869-SPCA) and Animal Rescue Disaster Hotline (713-861-3010) during the Harvey deluge. www.houstonspca.org

EAT WELL AND DO GOOD Many food companies and restaurant chains stepped up to the Harvey relief plate and were generous. Here are but a few, as you’ll find them all over town:

Brennan’s of Houston, the Commander’s Family of Restaurants and the Greater New Orleans Foundation www.gnof.org/give.now Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group donated $1 million to the Houston Food Bank. www.delfriscos.com H-E-B supported the J.J. Watt #HoustonStrong fundraising with in-store fundraising and supplies. www.heb.com Kenny & Ziggy’s Delicatessen Restaurant is donating five percent of its proceeds through October to Harvey Relief being carried out by Jewish Federation of Houston. www.kennyandziggys.com Killen’s Barbecue and Killen’s Burgers pledge to raise $200,000 to provide 30,000 meals. www.killensbarbecue.com Kroger has committed $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank with the help of #KrogerCares social media posts. www.kroger.com/Harvey Legacy Restaurants donated 6,000 Antone’s sandwiches to members of the Houston Police Department and other first responders, plus 1,000 sandwiches to Texas Children’s Hospital. www.legacyrestaurants.com Papa John’s Pizza fed 4,500 Harvey victims at NRG Center and the Convention & Expo Center www.papajohns.com Second Servings of Houston, Houston’s only prepared food rescue organization, delivered over a ton of food during Harvey relief. It packages and delivers food donated by restaurants and hotels to hunger relief operations year-round and is currently accepting donations for more refrigerated trucks. www.secondservingshouston.org Sweet Tomatoes gave free meals to first responders and other volunteers, donated 50 cases of bottled water and launched a nationwide fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank at all of its restaurants in 10 states, which the parent company will match up to $100,000. www.sweettomatoes.com 34 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

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TAKE PHOTOS If you have flood insurance, make contact with your agency as soon as possible. According to the Insurance Information Institute, “It is a good idea to take photographs and document the details of damaged items, including the date of purchase and approximate value — and collect receipts, if you have them.” Many companies will ask you to submit an inventory of the items. And, even if you don’t have flood insurance, having photos on hand will ease the process when applying for federal aid.

SCHEDULE A MOLD INSPECTION MacDonald encourages homeowners to get everything that's wet out of the house to avoid mold and mildew. This includes carpeting, drywall and the insulation behind it. Don't risk salvaging material just because it appears to be dry: Hidden water can still cause mold. And, make sure to schedule a mold inspection. Houston Mold Inspections provides a list of 10 questions to ask your inspector, which can be found on its website at www.mold inspectionhouston.com. Some private companies offer flood debris removal. Photo by Chabad Lubavitch/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Recovery & Steps LOCAL PROS OFFER PRACTICAL TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS ON REPAIRING FLOOD DAMAGE BY MARSHA CANRIGHT From Cypress to Sugar Land, League City to Meyerland, the toll of Hurricane Harvey is visible in neighborhoods across Greater Houston, where it’s estimated that upwards of 130,000 homes in nine counties were damaged or destroyed. As if surviving a Category 4 hurricane and its 27-trillion-gallon deluge weren’t enough, residents of the Bayou City are now faced with the daunting task of rebuilding. “Even as they cope with the immediate effects of the disaster, many are already looking to the future and the long rebuilding process ahead,” says Granger MacDonald, a Texas builder, developer and board chairman of the National Association of Home Builders. Consider these practical tips to rebuild your home as floodwaters recede. 36 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

DON’T WAIT TO RENOVATE Once your home is completely dried out, it should be inspected by professional and reputable remodeling contractors, according to the pros at Houston builder Marwood Construction. Some items that might need replacement if completely submerged are electrical fixtures, wiring, switches and panels and appliances with motors such as refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers. HVAC equipment should be carefully inspected by a licensed technician to determine if the equipment can be safely operated. Officials from Marwood Construction offer this advice: • If your home experienced water infiltration from two to 12 inches and no structural damage, you are likely only to need new flooring and removal of the baseboards, insulation and drywall 24 inches from the floor. • If your home experienced roof damage, blown-out windows or sustained substantial amounts of storm water, you will need to have your home assessed by a qualified and reputable general contractor. You will likely need to make longer-term temporary housing needs while you plan your home renovation project. Officials at Houston renovation specialist, Brick Restoration Inc., say homeowners should be aware that masonry repairs and

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restorations can only be done during dry weather. “Due to the ongoing rain and saturation of the existing masonry, many jobs might not be able to be done right away,” says Roberto G. Zumeta, the company’s president and CEO. Zumeta says Brick Restoration is focused on offering immediate services to provide as much comfort and safety as possible. These include debris removal, temporary fencing, temporary coverings and tarps and demolishing unstable structures.

Officials at Marwood Construction say owners should plan and expect a much longer time duration for repairs and home remodeling projects to be started and completed. “The enormous demand will greatly outweigh the current local supply of labor and material needs for all these projects,” they say. “Owners will need to be patient and disciplined not to accept a repair offer out of desperation. It is in the owners’ best interest to wait for qualified remodeling contractors in the long run, rather than to have your home poorly rebuilt or to have your home project abandoned after being started.” Select items such as new carpet, tile, cabinets, paint colors and light fixtures as soon as possible. Many of these items will be in high demand and material shortages may occur.

HIRE A TRUSTWORTHY CREW Homeowners should watch out for contractors offering fast and cheap fixes. “It is not uncommon for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms,” says Liz Fredrichs, president of the Better Business Bureau. “Storm chasers may not have proper licensure for your area and may offer quick fixes or make big promises to which they won’t deliver.” There are tactics to guard against scammers. If you have insurance, coordinate covered repairs with your insurer and have an adjuster inspect the damage first. Avoid contractors who go door-to-door and pitch discount services. They might be unlicensed. Find out whether a contractor is licensed, plus get proof of workers compensation and liability coverage. Obtain several written repair bids and only start the work with a signed repair contract that covers cost, what’s promised, materials and schedule. “One thing we want to make clear to Texas and Houston homeowners and business alike is don't be taken advantage of by 38 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

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Roofing & Siding LEARN THE BASICS ABOUT THESE KEY COMPONENTS OF YOUR HOUSE BY DEBI BRYANT If your home sustained water damage during Hurricane Harvey, two of your top priorities in reclaiming your house are to check the roof and to restore the walls around you. Here is some basic information about roofing and siding to get you started. The most common roofing materials include composition shingles, clay tiles, concrete tiles, slate and metal material. In our part of the country, composition shingles are the standard. 40 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

COMPOSITION SHINGLES Composition shingles, with warranties that range from 20 to 50 years, provide a neat, clean look at a reasonable price. They are usually made of asphalt or fiberglass, which accounts for their durability. Even the most expensive category, the 50-year-warranty shingle, is still onethird the cost of any other roofing material. A roof using 50-year-warranty composition shingles on a 2,500-squarefoot, one-story house with attached garage costs about $5,100 for new construction and $6,300 for re-roofing. The disadvantage of composition shingles is that they can be damaged by hail. Also, they are vulnerable to a black fungus in high humidity areas, a problem that is mostly cosmetic. Manufacturers have addressed the fungus issue by introducing an algae-resistant shingle. Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or you’re hiring someone to fix your roof, here’s a helpful tip: Use ring-


Composition shingles, with warranties that range from 20 to 50 years, provide a neat, clean look at a reasonable price. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

shank nails — instead of plain roofing nails — to secure your composition shingles to the roof. The ringshank nail is ringed so it has more “bite” into the wood where it’s nailed.

CLAY TILES Clay tiles are often chosen for houses with a Spanish Mission or modern design. Their lifespan is often longer than the material on which the roof rests. A clay tile roof requires little maintenance, is rot- and insect-resistant and comes in a wide range of colors and styles. Clay tiles have two main drawbacks: If walked upon, they can break, making any kind of foot traffic — from regular maintenance to retrieving an errant baseball — a risk. Also, they are heavy and may require extra support, which increases the cost of the overall house.

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foot, compared to composition shingles, which weigh about 400 pounds per square foot. A concrete tile roof requires an upgrade in strength from the slab up. However, it may be worth it. Both slate and concrete tiles have long lifespans with low maintenance and are fire-resistant.

METAL ROOFS Metal roofs have long been a favorite roofing material. They are durable, fire-resistant and relatively maintenancefree. Dealers call them nearly bulletproof with one caveat: You must clean the debris off of them. (This advice is true for all roofs, by the way.) The main disadvantage to a metal roof is the initial expense. Whichever type of roof you choose, especially if your home was built before the 1980s, urge your remodeler to install hurricane clips or straps to hold the roof to the walls more securely and to secure the first floor to the foundation. Older homes in Houston were not required to have hurricane clips or straps.

SIDING For siding, you’ll find three broad categories. 1. Standard vinyl. Standard vinyl comes in several qualities, determined by thickness from 48 mils at the upper end of the scale to 40 mils, which is the lowest you want to go. They come in different grades, depending on such qualities as weight and UV barriers. Also, different vinyls come with different warranties, another indicator of quality. 44 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

2. Composite vinyls, like Crane’s SolidCore Siding and Alcoa’s Structure. These vinyls have a backboard that fits the profile of the vinyl like a hand and glove. Since they are bonded, they go up like single boards and, therefore, have a more authentic look. 3. Fiber cement, such as Hardiplank. These are good rigid products that are impervious to rot and termites. But they are more labor-intensive to install than vinyl and composite siding, since they must be painted. Some manufacturers make a pre-primed product, so all you have to do is apply the outer coat of paint. As a general rule of thumb on pricing, standard vinyl is the most cost-effective, fiber cement products are the most expensive and the composite vinyls run somewhere in the middle. Should you decide to hire a professional installer for your roof or siding work rather than do it yourself, find someone reputable. Ask for references and credentials. Check out what business organizations they belong to. Be careful about giving up-front money. At the very most, only agree to pay a percentage once materials are delivered, with the rest paid upon completion of the job. If your contractor won’t agree to that, then say you’ll go to the supplier and pay for the materials to be delivered to your house. Don’t make a decision in a hurry just because you’re ready to have your home back. You could be back at square zero before you know it.


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AFTER HARVEY Stainless steel, restaurant-style worktables have caught the homeowner’s and friend’s attention. Photo of SMEG USA appliances

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The following actions, we hope, will reduce the likelihood of continuously filling up our landfills with Sheetrock, furniture, insulation, flooring…and to save time and money over the long term. The objective is to make dealing with a flood less of a life trauma and more of a maintenance issue.



BY SUSAN FOX After my boyfriend surveyed the flooded ruins of his Meyerland-area home, I floated out the idea of turning his 1960s-era modern ranch into what I began calling a “washand-wear” house. It seemed logical. We agreed there could be repeat occurrences. In fact, this was his second go-around. During Hurricane Harvey, Brian’s home turned into a bathtub of 14 inches of nasty brown bayou water. It was an all-toocommon scene in his neighborhood, as well as in many others. Because Brian had just forked over $23,000 within the last 24 months to make repairs resulting from a Memorial Day flood, he took to the wash-and-wear idea like a duck to water.

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Like most, Brian removed about four feet of Sheetrock from the walls around his house. We are investigating using HardieBoard and attaching it with anti-corrosion screws to the stud walls, leaving drainage/air vents just below the remaining Sheetrock line and a few inches above the floor. The cement board claims the highest FEMA* rating. Removable chair molding and a baseboard will hide the upper and lower drainage and air vents. Jim Lupo at Tri-Way Enterprises was intrigued with the idea of using cement board, a material he likes. First, spray the stud walls, ceramic tiles — everything — generously with a disinfectant. Then wait until everything completely dries. Consan Triple Action 20 is one such nontoxic formula.

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Lupo wondered if the Hardie would be reusable. But, I found a discussion thread online where a fellow said he had soaked HardieBacker for 12 months in a tub. He turned it repeatedly, letting it dry and then wetting it again. He verified Hardie’s lasting integrity. Gypsum board, or Sheetrock, tends to get waterlogged and then becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

IDEA NO. 2 Payless Insulation owner Lynda Kornbleet says the best insulation to use is closed-cell cellulose. Because of its loose organic fill, it allows air to move freely. Therefore, the concept is that it dries more quickly. If there are accessible air vents and the room is well ventilated, drying takes two to three days. But, under other circumstances, it could also take up to five or more days. She advises webbing it to contain the loose pilings, maintaining that it could be left behind our cement board to dry. We would never need to remove it. And it, too, is highly rated by FEMA. Their Celbar Cellulose is treated to prevent pests and mildew/mold, while also acts as a fire retardant. Closed-cell insulation options also include polystyrene or polyisocyanurate products. Fiberglass, as a side, may trap and hold water. Typically, it must be removed post-flood.

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IDEA NO. 3 Glass blocks claim a high FEMA rating. Often as an upgrade, you see them a lot in bathrooms and foyer areas. But what a cool look for an interior wall. No worries ever. According to Ken Bowman at Masonry & Glass Systems Inc., some glass blocks withstand hurricane impact. Available in various sizes, there is a 3/4-inch of glass on each side with an interior air pocket. The Texas Department of Insurance approves these glass blocks.

IDEA NO. 4 Because interior walls do not require thermal insulation, some or all could be built out as “stud walls” with no wallboard or paneling for an interesting designer look that would be super easy to clean up after a flood. Another similar idea is to go with lapboard siding inside. I personally like this minimal and clean look — especially if you’re going to be doing flood duty now and then.

IDEA NO. 5 Because Brian had to remove his lower kitchen cabinets, he plans to restyle the space with freestanding pieces that can be easily removed, cleaned and dried after any future flood. Stainless steel, restaurant-style worktables have caught our eye.

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IDEA NO. 6 Brian had ceramic tile flooring with waterproof grout. Perfect. Concrete floors are also easy.

IDEA NO. 7 One hundred-percent recycled plastic (from milk cartons) creates some sturdy furniture pieces (as well as lumber sheets). Glass, acrylics, woods (not MDF), cement and high-grade stainless and noncorrosive metals limit choices, but meet FEMA standards. Outdoor fabrics offer plentiful choices. Be sure to use nylon or stainless zippers; the metal ones corrode, says Peter Crocenzi at The Upholstery Shop. Anti-microbial polyurethane foam may be a best bet, too. *FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency, www.fema.gov/ flood-resistant-material

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Floodwaters have receded and the furniture is all out. Sheetrock is being replaced, as are the floors. But what about the windows and doors? Do they need some attention, too?

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MIRRORS & OTHER GLASS Monitor mirrors in the house that have been submerged. Many are salvageable, says Rachel Ramirez with Lone Star Glass, but many times floodwaters can ruin a mirror. “Over time, the mirror can start to deteriorate — the silver backing can go bad,” she explains. “Have them inspected and refinished before any serious damage is evident.” Glass on tables, frames and furniture can usually be cleaned and disinfected with most solutions found at the store or with a mixture of vinegar and water. But get rid of any cracked glass items.

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Heavy soils and prolonged rains lead to flooding and slow root growth — or stop growth completely. Some plants go into a dormant state until the wet cycle passes. Plants like annuals, perennials and our beloved tropical paradise varieties are herbaceous (no woody bark for protection). They take a harder hit when the whole plant is under water for several days. Sadly, many just drown. But once the sun returns and the soils drain off excess water, keep an eye out for those plants trying to come out of dormancy. Heavy soils take another week or so for the air channels deep down to be free and clear of any moisture, allowing the plants’ roots to breathe deeply once again.

REJUVINATION How do you know if your plants have a chance to recover? If you start to pull out damaged plants and their roots hold tightly in the soil, their roots are still healthy and functioning. If the plants have root rot, they will pull out very easily because the roots cannot hold onto the soil. If the plants are lying down, prune the weight off the top of the plants so they can stand upright. As you go through your garden, you’ll find it important to remove dead and decaying plant tissue because bacteria is present and will attack remaining healthy tissue in the immediate environment. Rake the beds clean, as this will reveal clues in identifying the 56 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

soil structure. Is it compacted? Is it silty or sticky? Has the soil washed away, exposing roots? If your soil is compacted, sticky or silty, you will need to break this up and turn the existing soil. While turning the soil, work in with a tiller or shovel as much expanded shale and organic fertilizer as your back — and pocketbook — can handle! Shale and organic fertilizer activate soil microbes. The bacteria and fungi are the wizards of the rhizosphere and whether eating or being eaten, they hold nutrients in their cells until they die. The nutrients then are released in plant-available form. This is why it takes longer to see results using organic fertilizers because they have to be processed by the microbes first. Earthworms are attracted to the organic areas when searching for food, creating pathways that allow air and water to enter and leave the soil. So now you see why it is so important to use organic fertilizers: “You Feed the Soil, and the Soil Feeds the Plants.”

YOUR TREES Our native, stately trees with feeder roots extending out past the drip line need some special care. Roots that have been underwater for many days or even weeks can be resuscitated by using an auger that is one inch wide and 24 inches deep. This cool little implement fits on the end of a common hand drill and removes soil as you drill down and pull up. You can


Hymenocallis “Tropical Giant” has beautiful green foliage with white spider-like flowers and thrives on occasional flooding.

Trees that start to list and lean should be removed as their root systems have failed and pulling them upright only prolongs the inevitable. Photo of the Harris County Master Gardeners Association gardens

work a grid from inside the drip line and extend out the same distance past the drip line. Once you have created a grid of soilless tubes, fill them with expanded shale and organic fertilizer using a 50:50 ratio. The (porous) expanded shale will be a permanent soil aerator that holds water and nutrients and releases them back to the plants as the soil dries out.

spread of the tree. Remember, tree roots extend out past the drip zone of the tree. After removing more lawn from around the tree, add organic fertilizer and top dress with compost.

NEW BEGINNINGS Whether your garden has suffered from the storm or you are going “back to your roots” in the garden, these tips will help you produce the results you are envisioning. • Stop using the colored mulches, as they have no nutritional value. And stop using hardwood mulch, too, because it forms a hard crust that stops the penetration of water to plant roots. • Instead of mulch, top dress your plantings at least once a year with an organic fertilizer and cover with a good compost one to two inches deep to create a “soil zone” for new plant roots to grow. (Previously, this was the space occupied by mulch, and we have observed plant roots do not grow in mulch.) You have created an “above-grade” space for new root growth. In turn, new root growth promotes top growth, making the plants stronger than before. • Trees growing in the lawn need to have a “no-grass zone” (a tree well to prevent weed-eater blight and reduce competition for water) to a size that is in scale with the caliper and

• Once the lawn starts declining in the shade of the large tree, do not thin out the center of the tree. Instead, remove the grass out to the area where it still grows well. The tree is more valuable than the grass! In fact, those little branches in the center of the tree photosynthesize when summer sunlight is intense and air temperatures are in the high 90s, as the outside leaves and branches shut down to preserve moisture. • Again, as you work your soils, whether planting or renovating, always add expanded shale as this PERMANENT SOIL AMENDMENT keeps the air channels open for plants’ roots to breathe in the soil. You need to work this down into the heavy native soil, not just in your loose soil on top. This effort gets water and roots deeper into the soil, making plants stronger and needing to rely less on you. Gardening is an activity that promotes creativity and is fun and nurturing. Plants respond to the love and care we give them. Plants make us feel good; they make us smile with their happy flowers and beg us to spend more time in the garden. Gardening keeps our bodies moving, slows the aging process and begets our brains to be creative in a design process. We need to look at our garden spaces as a whole environment, not just the individual plants, because together we are the collective — and we thrive together.

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DESIGN JOURNEY A Home Conceived in Australia Comes to Fruition in Houston with Finesse from a Local Architect Article by Sandra Cook Photography by Benjamin Hill


ouston residents John and Jennifer Warren were not always fans of contemporary architecture. Then, in 2012, they moved to Australia. During their three years of living down under, the Warrens discovered contemporary homes could embrace their natural surroundings, resulting in clean and orderly design infused with earthy vibes. “Contemporary architecture wasn’t as popular in the U.S. before we left for Australia, but it was very common there and we sort of fell in love with the contemporary style. We found they did it a bit warmer there,” says Jennifer. The Warrens lived in Perth and later Adelaide, both cities located on the coast. They appreciated how many contemporary homes were built to highlight the natural beauty of the scenery, especially views of the sea. Once they found out they would be moving back to Houston, the Warrens approached an Australian firm about designing their future home. Architect Alex Pritchard of The Galvin Group in Adelaide, Australia, created concept and design for their future home. And then, when they were back in Houston and ready to build, the Warrens presented their home’s design concept to Houston architect Greg Swedberg, AIA, of 2Scale Architects. After evaluating the design, Swedberg developed and executed the plan to make it a reality. Swedberg worked out necessities, such as placement of the HVAC systems, incorporating drainage aesthetically and adding key functions like a butler’s pantry. “We gave Galvin Group our criteria without being restrictive. We said we wanted a main-floor master bedroom, connection to the outdoors, open space, three bedrooms, threeplus baths and a theater room and really left the rest up to them,” says John.

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Poggenpohl designed the elegant and functional kitchen. Touches of blue, such as the resin backsplash and the leather barstools, give a nod to the blue water of the pool. Generous storage cabinets are located beneath the bar counter. Walnut and American Brazilian Cumaru floors are found throughout the house. 63

To enhance the link between the elaborate outdoor area and the indoor living area, the couple worked with Swedberg to reimagine what would have been large windows as huge glass pocket doors that disappear into the wall when fully opened.

FORM & FUNCTION Since they moved in March, the Warrens have been very happy with the performance and feel of their new home, located in Lynn Park near Highland Village. “I like that the house feels spacious, but not too big,” says Jennifer. “We wanted cozy rooms. Even though the space overall is large, we wanted smaller rooms that felt intimate. We didn’t want a cold white box. We wanted the house to be very organic with lots of warm textural elements. Having views of treetops through the high windows was important to us.” “I’m very pleased with how it all works so well together,” says John. “There’s a good deal of common space, yet it flows so well. The squares all line up, the lines are well proportioned. It all makes sense as a whole.” John goes on to explain that beyond the aesthetic rewards of the design, citing how the home is enhanced by the placement of the windows, which bring ample amounts of natural light while yielding plenty of privacy. While the walls are all white and the general color palette is made up of muted natural hues, the couple says they enjoy watching how the shades of light change on the walls throughout the day. Highlights include seeing the warm glow of sunrises and sunsets and observing the shadow patterns of leaves on the walls.

MANAGING THE ELEMENTS WITH ELEGANCE Enjoying the outdoor space is easy to envision, given the dramatic pool, fire pit and outdoor kitchen, but addressing the extremes of Houston’s climate took more strategic thinking. A civil engineer was employed to assess the site topography and underground drainage. This was done with a combination of catch basins and pipes, explains Swedberg. Instead of traditional exposed gutters, he devised a more aesthetic system of hidden gutters. “The internal roof gutters were fun,” says Swedberg. “They are essentially troughs inside the edge of the roof. We basically built the gutters into the roof assembly, so the exterior edge is a uniform flat face, instead of just a flat face, such as the facia or eave, with a gutter screwed to the edge of it. This resulted in a clean, contemporary look.” 64 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

The Galvin Group of Australia designed the look of the house, which incorporates numerous views of the pool. The outdoor entertaining space includes a sunken fire pit and a kitchen with a pizza oven purchased from a company in Perth, Australia. 65

Three steps lead down into the living room, and the elegant staircase by Houston Stair Co. provides access to two guest rooms and a theater room.


Rectangles in varying sizes and materials define the front of the house. The walkway steps up towards the front door, yielding a subtle separation between the main entrance and the garage.

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With the unique scenario of refining and completing the design for realworld living and functionality, Swedberg enjoyed the challenge of bringing the design concept into reality and concentrated his efforts on the practical details of living in this specific house. “It is never too early to start thinking of the details, the functionality and the pragmatic solutions. Sometimes people get wrapped up in the concept, but they haven’t solved the basic necessities,” says Swedberg. “Enriching a schematic design with real-world thought and care for the living condition, in my opinion, leads an architect towards a more compelling and successful design.”


ABOVE: The master bathroom, adjoined to the master bedroom on the same level as the entryway, features mirrors by Robern that open to reveal hidden storage. The countertops are LG Viatera tile from La Nova. The master bedroom (not shown) includes large sliding pocket doors that lead to a balcony with a glass guardrail for uninterrupted views of the pool.

LEFT: In the guest bath, a wrap-around transom window provides natural light, treetop views and privacy.

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en architect-designed houses selected by a jury of industry experts are slated for the annual home tour, happening Oct. 21-22 from noon-6 p.m. each day. Open to the public, the self-guided, two-day tour attracts about 3,000 people each year and operates with generous permission from homeowners, community cooperation, 200 volunteers and architects eager to share each home's design. All of the homes on the tour are located within the Houston metropolitan area and are designed by an AIA architect and completed within the last five years. The criteria used to select homes for the tour include design excellence, quality and craftsmanship, innovative design solutions, use of materials and sustainability of design. Find more info and advance ticket sales at www.aiahouston.org. Full-tour and single-house tickets can be purchased at any of the participating houses during tour hours and are good for both days of the tour.

Featured Houses and Architects: • 4210 Whitman St., 2Scale Architects • 1501 Laird St., Brett Zamore Design • 1700 Haver St., Collaborative Designworks • 1427 Waverly St., CONTENT Architecture • 2411 Swift Blvd., Cusimano Architect • 420 Oak Lane, Dillon Kyle Architects • 721 Redan St., m + a architecture studio • 702 E. 13th St., McIntyre + Robinowitz Architects • 5280 Caroline St., Munoz + Albin Architecture & Planning • 5007 S. Braeswood Blvd., studioMET Architects 70 house& home | October 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net

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The bright foyer introduces guests to the bold yet comfortable use of color created by award-winning Chairma Design Group. Varaluz’s “LOFTY” semi-flush ceiling lights are one of 83 different styles in the home. Gremellion & Co. Fine Art (www.gremellion.com) provided artwork throughout the house.

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luejack National, a 755-acre, master-planned community and the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the United States, is the perfect setting for this year’s Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home. The home site is Morning Star Builders’ Ted and Yvonne Cummins’ fourth showcase home and the largest one to date in their nine years with the esteemed Southern Living Custom Builder Program. The unique wooded community is limited to 400 private residences, enabling buyers to select the type of residence that best suits their needs, including Custom Estate Homes, Sunday Homes, Cottages and Member Suites. This fall, Bluejack National will open The Fort that promises to be the coolest place to hang out. Where else can you find zip lines, sport courts, fishing and canoeing lake, an outdoor movie the-

White box beams in Sherwin-Williams’ “High Reflective White” add timeless character to the family room’s 10-foot ceiling. Cornelius Contracting's choice of EarthWerks Flooring, an oil-rubbed engineered wood (Plantation Hickory “Lakeport”), blends seamlessly throughout the home.

ater and even a bowling alley? Bluejack has already received “Best New Course in the U.S.” accolades from Golf Digest and Dallas Morning News, as well as “Best New Private Course” by Sports Illustrated/GOLF Magazine. Visitors to Bluejack National will find their own award winners in the amenity-filled Southern Living Showcase Home available for touring through Oct. 29. “We designed the home as a spec home, but came up with a buyer before we actually began construction,” says Ted Cummins, Morning Star’s chief creative officer. “We had already anticipated making a few changes to the Elberton Way plan, which I felt was perfect for this area, particularly for the view, but once we knew a large family would call the property ‘home,’ we ‘Texas-fied’ it, adding square footage throughout several rooms, plus adding a casita and multiple garages.”

The showcase home’s 6,500-square-foot living area includes six bedrooms, six and one-half baths, a conversation room, wine room, catering kitchen, study, expansive his and her master closets, laundry room, media/game room, an open kitchen/family living/dining area and casita. Adding the pool, courtyard, three-car and golf cart garages, plus the back screened patio and must-have front porch, the home’s square footage equates close to 8,000 square feet.

COLORFUL & CASUAL, LIGHT & BRIGHT “It was great getting to work with the whole family on this project,” says Chairma Design Group’s principal Cindy Aplanalp-Yates. “I presented three different color palettes to


appeal to everyone, with the homeowners choosing the most vibrant and what was actually my favorite palette!” Aplanalp-Yates admits she loves the use of color and particularly enjoys working with clients who are not afraid to go bold. The home’s foyer, with its white shiplapped walls set against vivid accents, sets the stage that color rules in the home. Sherwin-Williams was the paint of choice, giving both homeowners and designers the latitude to choose the type of finish that was best suitable for each room. For example, a durable, washable finish, Sherwin-Williams’ “Ovation” interior latex, was chosen for the kids’ second-floor bedrooms. Chairma’s design team worked with Gremillion & Co. Fine

Laundry duty in the showcase home is never dull with Roca Tile’s black-and-white “Matt Hex” and coordinating subway tile in “Snow White Bright” and Pomogranit Stones’ “Angola” black leather granite countertop.

Art Gallery in Rice Village to complement the homeowners’ personal taste. Celebrating its 37th anniversary in 2017, Gremillion takes pride in its many long-standing relationships with painters, sculptors and printmakers throughout the United States and Europe. “We also incorporated lots of textiles throughout the home, choosing Sunbrella fabrics both inside and out for their durability, color and softness,” explains Aplanalp-Yates. “Everything in the home is geared to help you relax. “Lighting can really elevate the interior of a home,” she continues, “and our showcase home is a perfect example. Over 83 different lighting fixtures were chosen along with 200-plus recessed lights.” Fine craftsmanship from Varaluz and Hubbardton Forge are two of numerous distinctive brands that illuminate the home.


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Morning Star converted what was originally the dining room in the Elberton Way plan to what the company calls a “conversation room.” Adjoining the area is a spacious humidity- and temperature-controlled wine room. The bark wall covering — a product of Bark House®, 100-percent sourced and made in the U.S.A. with renewable energy — creates a conversation all its own. Mont Blanc leather quartzite tops the kitchen island; the intricate veins of dark to medium gray playing well with the Barroca soapstone countertop, both by Pomogranit Stones Inc. Hubbardton Forge’s “Otto Sphere” five-light pendant, a blend of polished brass and black finishes, is agreeably as much art as function. Just in time for the holidays, visitors can duplicate the “Harvest Line” dinnerware pattern they see atop the home’s stylishly narrow farmhouse table. The Southern Living Home Collection is exclusive to Dillard’s with The Woodlands loca-


Above: Chairma Design Group’s great use of color shines even brighter in the showcase home’s master bedroom. Sherwin-Williams’ “Drizzle” highlights the walls and ceiling, while a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows fills the room with light to welcome the day. Below: The master bath flooring is Arizona Tile’s “Calcutta Series,” matte cut in a herringbone pattern. Sherwin-Williams’ “Aquaverde“ and “Silver Strand” team with great fixture and plumbing choices from Ferguson.

tion’s home department newly remodeled and ready to help prepare for holiday guests. Visitors are equally wowed by the home’s master bathroom, which features a luxurious wet room shower — a combination of a soaking tub and shower, all behind a glass door, completely separate from the sink and toilet areas. Ted had eyed the option for several years and was pleased the homeowners were onboard for the lavish design. The family room’s white box beams add timeless character to the 10-foot ceiling, a height carried throughout the home. Three sets of French doors from Marvin Windows & Doors open from the comfort of the family room to the back porch.

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For Ted, the casita design was a critical element to the overall flow of the home. By choosing an L-shaped back porch, the visiting guests or family members can step seamlessly from their two-story, two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot casita onto the TimberTech-decked porch — complete with fixed and motorized screens — and be worry-free from rain or mosquitos. The back porch’s cooking area, much like the indoor service kitchen, centers on convenience. “The Southern Living Showcase Home has the distinction of being our first estate lot to be completed,” explains Gary Short, director of sales at Bluejack National. “The home’s Lowcountry, Southern-style with its big porches and expansive views are timeless. Needless to say, we’re excited about the final results.” A portion of ticket sales for tours of the Southern Living Showcase Home benefits two outstanding nonprofits. Operation FINALLY HOME helps to build custom, mortgage-free homes for America’s veterans and widows of fallen servicemen. HomeAid Houston, a charity sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association with a mission to “build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach,” is working with homeless agencies in Houston to repair, restore or replace roofs damaged by Hurricane Harvey through their “Roofs Over Houston’s Homeless” initiative. The Southern Living Showcase Home is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29. Tickets are available at www.homesbymorningstar.com.

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