At Home in York Summer 2014

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6 Ask The Expert:

Remodeling Edition

8 Great Outdoors: At Home Escapes

18 Grill Masters Grill Guidance

23 Do-It-Yourself

Vintage Conversion

24 Local Success Making History

31 Fresh Ideas

French Lessons


Letter From The President


LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT At Home in York Magazine is owned by the York Builders Association.


THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTORS: Katie Dennis, Editor Barry Strine, President of York Builder’s Association Kevin Miles, Miles Maytag Dan Longenderfer, York Building Products Joe Dodson, Fox Pools Colin Jones, Trump Lawn & Land Joseph Nardo, Private Paradise Construction CONTACT US: York Builders Association 540 Greenbriar Rd York, PA 17404 717.767.2444 Fax: 717.764.9395 SUBSCRIPTIONS: For new subscriptions, changes of address or questions about subscriptions, call 717.767.2444 ext18, or visit www.AtHomeinYork. com. Annual Subscriptions are $10. Digital subscriptions delivered to your email inbox are FREE: sign up on our website: www. EDITORIAL: Send your comments, story ideas, and suggestions to: Editor At Home in York 540 Greenbriar Rd York, PA 17404 Or email:


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really love this time of year. As I go about my day to day activities and witness the beauty of the season, I also notice how many people are cleaning up their yards and their homes in preparation for a family get together, cook out, and entertaining in the great outdoors. Seeing the new buds and flowers in the gardens and on the trees, it reminds me that many people are planning to spruce up their homes or add the long awaited deck, back patio or add a flower garden or pond. Not only do these projects add beauty to our homes, when done correctly these they add value to our homes as well. But once the excitement turns towards planning, a lot of homeowners quickly feel overwhelmed. Do I need a permit? Must I provide plans or blueprints to the township they reside in? How do I know there aren’t any utility lines buried where my new deck post will be? Which plants should I use? Concerns and questions like these will postpone or stop the dream before it even begins. So, how do we keep the creative juices flowing and make a dream into a reality? The answer is easy. Contact the York Builders Association. We have expert builders, remodelers, landscapers and lawn care professionals that will guide you through the decision process right up to the big day when family and friends visit to be entertained on your new deck or patio. When a homeowner visits us, opens our website, calls us, or emails us—they will find friendly experts. YBA members are professionals. Relax, knowing that every member of the York Builders Association has signed and pledged to conduct business morally and ethically with each and every customer. Make those dreams into realities by contacting an York Builders Association professional, and start enjoying this beautiful time of year in and around your home.

Barry Strine

President 2014 York Builders Association

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ASK THE EXPERT: Remodeling Edition


WHEN YOU REMODEL From the mouths of long-time professionals who have seen & heard it all.


“Whatever you think it will cost, add at least 25% to that figure.”

No two projects are alike, and even the best laid plans change. Make sure you leave some wiggle room for your budget. Don’t base your estimate on basic features when you know you’ll want to spring for specific upgraded items—or else your $20,000 estimate might balloon into a $50,000 estimate. Including them from the start will create a more accurate quote.

The following York Builders Association Professionals contributed to our list: Kristen Falenski, Executive Director, Re-Source York Dave “Smitty” Smith, Dallastown Manager, John H. Myers and Son


Thomas Seiser, Store Manager, 84 Lumber Company



“Never start a job without a clear, concise contract.”

If you’re acting as your own general contractor and hiring a variety of people to get the job done, you can bet you’re going to be a little overwhelmed with all of the details. Get every element possible in writing—while your product selections might happen after you sign a contract, it should detail the types of products you’ll be choosing from to meet the budget outlined.


“Expect the unexpected—TV shows are edited for time—no project happens that fast in real life.”

While “reality” TV shows offer a plethora of inspiration, the true reality is that project timelines and expenses can vary for a slew of reasons. Backorders, changes in the way products are manufactured, unanticipated hurdles like termite problems, discontinued parts, shipping delays, weather—these are just a handful of things you might encounter. Contractors are used to this sort of thing, and can usually give you a more realistic timeline, but unforeseen issues always happen. There are lots of factors that can’t be explored until demolition begins and the interior construction is assessed. Don’t sweat the small stuff— there is a fix for everything if you can stay flexible and open to changes, as a homeowner.


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If you’re working with a contractor, more than likely they’ll be dealing with the permits—but it’s still an important conversation to have prior to starting your project. If you’re a Do-it-Yourself weekend warrior, your first step is to make sure your project is in compliance with local ordinances. (One example: noise disruptions during specific times of day.) Be sure to double check nothing has changed before you begin demolition—ordinances have a funny habit of changing when you least expect it.

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“There is an overwhelming amount of products out there—with all kinds of different features, colors, pros and cons.”

Do your research well before starting your project. There are several factors that can help narrow your selections, and that’s where a great “selections process” is key—this is the process by which you sort through and choose all the products for your project. If your contractor provides this service for you, your consultant is likely well-trained in the art of helping you slim down your choices, according to your lifestyle and budget. But if you’d like to start the process, here are a few questions to ask yourself: 1. Does this fit into my budget? 2. Is it worth it? Will I able to keep up with high-maintenance materials, or is something low-maintenance better for my schedule? 3. If I’m concerned about resale value down the line, will this product increase the value of my home enough to see a major return on the investment? 4. Do they offer colors that match my appliances and other features I absolutely want to include in this project?

“Color samples you referenced during your selection process may vary slightly from what’s actually installed in your project.”

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Paint selections can be an especially frustrating, so make sure you look at samples under various types of light and times of day. Granite is a naturally occurring product and no two slabs are the same, therefore store samples can only show a portion of what the rock might contain. Some types of wood darken dramatically over time, and mature into what you might have seen in a showroom. Some products just appear differently as a larger pattern than they do in a tiny sample square. These are all things a good contractor or project consultant can point out for you before an order is placed, but new products are available every day with variations they may not have experienced just yet. There can be mix-ups, however, in the ordering and planning process, so keep an open dialogue with your contractor and get all of your selections in writing. That way you’re both on the same page and it’s easier to fix a problem if does happen.

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Great outdoors Pictured: Private Paradise Construction Brick & stone veneer facades. Granite by Frank’s Marble and Granite. Blue stone patio pavers. Landscaping plants provided by Mid-Atlantic Native Plants. Addition by Bradenbaugh Enterprises. Sun Bright outdoor TVs. Pond materials, provided by Sightscapes.

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Great outdoors


t’s our first day in paradise that it really hits us—instead of waking up to the usual surrounding, we’re swept away by the new colorful landscape outside our windows, as f we’re still dreaming. What if you could set that tone every time you step in your own backyard? Enjoy coffee with the birdsong in the morning, surrounded by flowers. Splash in the deep cool blue water of a private lagoon. Or enjoy candle-lit dinners with loved ones, sheltered by landscape from the rest of the world. It turns out, you can build paradise in your own backyard, and we’re giving you plenty of reasons to consider it in this section. We hope you get plenty of ideas from our gallery of gardens, landscapes, and backyard living.

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Left: York Building Products “York Tile” patio tiles in Fieldstone color on porch. The driveway features “Carriage Stone” pavers and “EdgeStone” edger trim units, all in Fieldstone.


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There’s no travel time— paradise is just outside your door.

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Grill Masters



Contributed by Kevin Miles, President of Miles Maytag



f you’re like anyone else, you probably couldn’t wait to get to grilling now that the snow has melted and the produce is fresh—but how’s your old companion of a grill looking? If you’re in the market for a new one, you’ll quickly find there are lots of options. Here’s a breakdown of grilling personalities to help you narrow the search. Quick & Easy Weeknight Kebabs: The Gas Grill

By far the most popular and the simplest to light and operate, gas (propane) grills vary in price from under a hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the quality of manufacturing, number of burners, and upgraded features like a rotisserie or a side burner. You probably guessed it already—you get what you pay for.

Modern automatic igniters start-up instantly and quietly—some are electric, which require a battery, but others use a separate button to create the spark that ignites the burners. Igniters are often the first thing that needs repaired so look for a manual ignition area where you can insert a match or lighter. For all of this ease of use, you might sacrifice some flavor—but many companies have started providing accessories to combat this—for instance, smoking trays, which add flavor to food as it’s cooking. The downside to cooking with propane grills is that they are difficult to control temperature with—three or more burners, as opposed to only two, can help moderate a more even temperature. You’ll be able to set different burners to high, low, and medium heat to prevent hot spots. Most gas grills won’t burn hot enough to create the perfect searing conditions, but newer infrared burners claim the ability to reach the perfect level of heat.

If your greatest joy in life is a perfectly seared New York strip, charcoal is the only way to go— unlike most gas grills, the majority of charcoal grills can create more even high-heat temperatures, up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit or more, with the ability to move coals closer to your steaks—the main key in a delicious, crusty, seared meat surface. The way charcoal grills control temperature is by allowing proper ventilation and airflow. You can even smoke meats without a separate unit if the lid seals tightly enough. One added feature to look for— vents that shut down the charcoal’s burn to save for the next use. Charcoal grills come in relatively cheaper than gas—from less than fifty dollars to more than two thousand dollars.

Gourmet Cooking, Low & Slow: The Kamodo Grill Another version of the charcoal grill is the ceramic Kamado grill. Not only are they great for grilling but they also make perfect smokers—and to the surprise of many— they’re phenomenal for baking. Most Kamodo style grills are sealed to hold steady temperatures like an oven—as low as 200 degrees and up to and exceeding 700 degrees. This versatility makes them perfect for cooking everything from pizzas, breads, and cakes to fish and meats. Brands like the Big Green Egg provide tons of accessories to expand your grilling repertoire—it might become the secret to your best dishes.

Left: Napoleon Charcoal grills feature cool touch handle and dual purpose lid hanger with ACCUPROBE temperature gauge built in. The removable high capacity steel ash catcher makes cleanup easier than ever.

Bottom: The Big Green Egg is created from advanced ceramic materials with a lifetime warranty—and comes with their own brand of custom-fitted grilling, baking, and smoking accessories.


The Steak-Lover’s Friend: The Charcoal Grill

Above: Bull BBQ Islands come in a variety of rock and color selections, and can include upgraded features like MP3 Docking Station with speakers, Drawers, an ice chest, or a refrigerator among others.


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• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. • Keep children and pets away from the grill area. • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. • Never leave your grill unattended. • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

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• There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel. • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use. • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.




• Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it. This section is reprinted with permission from the National Fire Protection Association - Your Source for SAFETY Information. NFPA Public Education Division • 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169. You can find out more at

Camping & Game-day Grub: The Portable Grill There are lots of grills that claim to be portable—but only the most lightweight and sturdiest models will make it to your alma mater tailgating events. Look for something with an adjustable cart or stand. Investigate things like ease of cleaning, fuel sources (usually gas or electric) and find out exactly how hot it’s going to get. One of the bigger complaints for grills of this size, is getting the temperature high enough. Napolean TravelQ TQ285X Portable Gas Grill with Scissor Cart

More Things to Think About • Always do the shake test to see how sturdy a grill is. Open the lid and gently shake the lid, if the grill feels like it is going to collapse, then it probably will. • Ask about the quality of the stainless steel or the material the grill is made of, it may be a stainless grill but there are different gauges or levels of quality you should be aware of—some of the cheaper varieties don’t last very long. • Look for a Warranty you can live with. Will you have to pay for shipping yourself? Will you have to do the repair work yourself? How many years is it good for? • What accessories are important to you? Do you absolutely need a rotisserie, a side burner, a rear burner, coolers, cutting boards, or sliding tank trays? • Go to grilling demonstrations to see the units in action. The best sales teams will be able to answer questions and gladly help you find a grill that fits your lifestyle and your budget. (See right for more information on locations and dates)

Miles Maytag Grilling Demonstrations Miles Maytag and Miles Outdoor do several cooking demonstrations throughout the year. See below for a list of the dates and locations.

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Queens Gate – York: 2013 Springwood Road York, PA 17403 717.600.8165

Grilling Dates and Locations June 7, 10–2 (Shrewsbury) June 14, 10–2:00 (Queens Gate – York) (At Home in York will be here with Giveaways!) Please Check the Website for future dates and locations of the demos.


You can find all the grills pictured at Miles Maytag Outdoor in York County.


Grill Masters:


Beer Butt Chicken Recipe

1. Preheat the grill to 375°F — eventually you’ll want to keep the burners below the chicken off, and use the indirect heat of the others to cook. 2. Prep the chicken by rinsing, removing the giblets, and pat dry with a paper towel. 3. Squeeze lemon juice into small bowl. 4. Pour out half of the beer into a glass (We recommend drinking this as you grill, you won’t need it for the recipe!) 5. Pour the lemon juice into the remaining half can of beer.



1 whole roasting chicken fresh thyme, chopped (about 2 TBSP) 2 fresh thyme sprigs 1 lemon 1 tbsp. of your favorite Chicken Rub (see right) 1 TBSP Olive oil 1 can of beer 1 pie plate or baking dish

1 tablespoons paprika (try smoked paprika) 1 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoons garlic powder 1 tablespoons onion powder 1 tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon celery salt 1 tablespoons dried oregano

6. Stuff the thyme sprigs inside the beer can. 7. Rub the chicken with 1 TBSP of olive oil and then thoroughly rub the chicken with dry rub and chopped thyme. Stand it up on the can, stuffing the top of the can inside the chicken, in a pie plate or baking dish to catch the drippings. 8. Grill-roast the chicken over indirect heat for 1 to 2 hours depending on the size.

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hen EcoSmart Fire’s U.S. Marketing Coordinator came across a vintage, wood-burning fireplace she knew it was the perfect opportunity to breathe new life into a mid-century classic with a BK5 Bioethanol Burner. Being a part of the EcoSmart Fire family means having an innate desire to work with sustainable design principles—it’s more than a job, it’s a way of life. “The culture at EcoSmart Fire is so energetic, creative, and entrepreneurial that you can’t help but be inspired on a daily basis,” explains Kim Rodgers, U.S. Marketing Coordinator. “And to top it off, we get to work with some amazing installation imagery from world-class architects and designers, so the creative wheels are always spinning!” As a staple of the mid-century modern home in the 60’s, conical fireplaces provided a vibrant alternative to the traditional hearth. Their availability in various colored enamel or porcelain finishes only furthered their popularity and helped usher in a new era of self-expression in fire design. More than 40 years later, these vintage fireplaces are seeing a resurgence in popularity within the design community and lending their classic shape to clean burning conversions. After spending most of its life as an indoor, wood-burning fireplace the conversion to a bioethanol fueled, outdoor fireplace started

with a thorough cleaning. Not only was the inside covered in messy soot, but the mandarin red enamel had lost its luster, “It’s amazing what a little warm water, dish soap, and elbow grease can do, and luckily that was the hardest part!” says Kim. The final step to this retro conversion was simply closing the flue so all of the heat produced by the e-NRG bioethanol fuel wouldn’t escape up the chimney. Instead, it radiates off the interior curved belly and pushes the heat directly out. The merging of an old design with new technology proved incredibly seamless. “It’s as if these fireplaces were originally designed with ultra-efficient, clean burning fire in mind,” says Kim. A case study by EcoSmart Fire reprinted with permission—you can find out more at





Local Success


Left, Walter Beck; Right, Mark Ness

A Local Woodworking Shop Grows Under The Hands Of Skilled Craftsman

A talented Beck & Ness employee at a large Computer Numerical Control Machine. Photos by Marisa Renee Photo


By Katie Dennis



t doesn’t look like much from the road, but the Beck & Ness Woodworking warehouse has created projects for some of the biggest companies in the world. Inside the long brick building are remnants of a colorful history—previously the manufacturing location for American Acme, which went out of business in the 80’s, you can still see paint splatters from the wooden circus


“I’d love to tell you about some of our current projects, but I have to keep a lot of that information confidential”


wagons once built here. But the employees working here today, under the banner of Beck & Ness are creating residential custom cabinet installations, and extravagant commercial installations—some of which are for somewhat secretive companies explains Walter Beck, one of two owners. “I’d love to tell you about some of our current projects, but I have to keep a lot of that information confidential,” he says with a smile. Beck and his business partner Mark Ness, have a long history together. They’re both graduates of York Votech, and both were

employed as sample furniture makers at Thonet, who’s original owner Michael Thonet was famous for designing and manufacturing bentwood furniture. “They also made case goods: furniture for dormitories, hospitals, and nursing homes, but their main business was those chairs,” Mark tells me. “They were bought out and moved out of Pennsylvania in 1987.” It was two years before this, in 1985 that Walt and Mark were laid off from Thonet, but instead of looking for other work, they decided they were going to turn what had been a side project, into a full fledged business. At that time they took their furniture skills to a new task: civil

war and revolutionary reproductions. From 1985–1987 they had a stand at the Colonial Valley Flea Market where they sold wooden toys and cutting boards. From there, one of their biggest customers in commercial furniture was McDonalds. “At that time, McDonald’s was corporate owned,” explains Walt. “They were making money hand over fist and they weren’t afraid to sink a lot of money into restaurants—even in their employee break rooms.” They started in Walt’s garage at his home, but very quickly outgrew it—and then purchased a portion of the space at the old American Acme warehouse, where they are today. York County residents might continued on page 28

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“Their goal,” says Justin, “is to make the homeowner feel like they never have to make a decision by themselves.”

recognize their work at local businesses like Heritage Hills Golf Resort, and Old Towne Jewelers and Morgan Jewelers case displays. After continued success they were able to grow from 5,000 sq ft of space, to fill the entire 20,000 sq ft building. “With long ago established customers, we rarely advertise. We’re as busy as we possibly could be right now.” It hasn’t always been that way—despite their talents, they lost about half of their customer base through the recession, says

Mark, explaining that many of the kitchen, as quickly as we’d hoped—some might of bath, and home office furniture companies thought we were silly for opening when we on their resume closed their doors some- did,” says Mark. “But we waited it out, and time between 2008 and 2012. While their it’s been great.” commercial sales stayed strong, those wilting This residential cabinet division is known businesses had made up a large portion of as B&N Design Group—and it’s run by their residential and specialty furniture ac- Chris Conley, Designer and Consultant, and counts. They decided the answer was to open Justin Hawkins, Marketing and Showroom their own cabinet showroom—at a store Coordinator. You can find cabinets, flooring, location known previously for Woodmode countertops, plumbing fixtures—anything cabinets, less than half a mile from their interiors for kitchens, baths, home theatres, warehouse. “Things didn’t pick up quite offices, and libraries with only your imagi-

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he interviewed with designers at a few places, but selected me because I had unique ideas. It exceeded his expectations. We’re not the cheapest, but we use our creativity to make a better design.” B&N Design Group is currently expanding their showroom, installing five new bathroom displays with ceramic and marble tile, tub decks, faucets and fixtures— all things their customers can now see and touch when they visit. Walt’s son, James Beck, pictured above. Mark’s son, Matt Ness pictured at bottom left. Along with their fathers, all four went to York Votech for their education in woodworking.


nation to limit you. “We go from standard cabinets to custom cabinets with stops in between. There’s really something here for every budget,” says Chris. “One of our more unique wood finishes is the distressed finish, for a more rustic look—we can even match your cabinets to existing furniture you might have.” B&N Design Group offers Woodmode cabinets as their custom line, which have been in businesses since 1942 and are made in Kramer, Pennsylvania. “They’re even covered by a lifetime warranty,” he says. They also carry Bertch Cabinets among other lines. But if you ask them what really makes them different—it’s the hardworking personalities at both locations. Says Justin of the team, “We’ve had people tell us that they preferred our interaction with them to a company that might’ve come in slightly cheaper. We always maintain contact. We’re not one of those companies that sells you a job and then disappears.” In the granite yard helping with slab selections for countertops or matching flooring selections, their designer, Chris, is always involved—their goal, says Justin, is to make the homeowner feel like they never have to make a decision without them. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” says Chris. “One of our customers, in the York County Parade of Homes, last year, said




Rustic Meets Elegance in French Country Style.

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n each issue of At  Home in York, we’d like  to introduce you to a building professional and a local chef, coming together to create a culinary paradise for the homeowners who dreamed up these beautiful projects. New kitchen features are reviewed from all three perspectives— real, local opinions to help you integrate some of these ideas into your own project!


Carmel Fantasy Granite tops the Island cabinets—by Classic Rock Fabrication: Woodmont brand cabinets, door style: “Danbury” maple.

“How quickly we could do it  — that surprised me!”



right, open, and airy—this kitchen in the Brittany II neighborhood of West York might have looked a lot different had homeowner, Lori Hanks not gotten her hands on it, first. She and her kitchen designer on this project, Matt Canaan of Swartz Kitchens & Baths, explain to me how Lori and her family decided to purchase what was then a spec home in the middle of construction with a pre-designed kitchen—which was about to be ordered. “We had a very tight timeline to design and finalize everything,” says Matt. “There were lots of late-night emails to get everything approved.” “We did that in 3 weeks?” says Lori, unsure. “Less than 3 weeks,” responds Matt. Lori lives here with her husband, Jodi, and their youngest daughter, along with three dogs, one of which is happy to laze about the warm home as we check out the kitchen. The family moved here from Memphis, Tennessee—their friends live in the neighborhood, but they also liked how open this area was, as the development grew. “We were looking for a new house. I’ve always renovated so this time we


One of the more unique features in Lori’s kitchen, a rustic sliding pantry door.

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“We did that in 3 weeks?” – Lori

“Less than 3 weeks” – Matt

decided we were going to look for a brand new house,” says Lori. “We had to get out of the old farmhouse we were renting by a certain date, so it was also a time issue.” Overall the space glows with white and lemon sherbet colors—the stark contrast of coffee brown and bright red spattered none too heavily throughout. Lori has also had a little bit of practice—“I’ve always been interested in design, so I’m always looking at the decorative magazines, but I’ve liked the French Country style for some time, and I had a similar kitchen before,” she says. “I already knew the things I wanted to keep and the things I wanted to change.” One of the more custom features in her kitchen is the sliding barn-style pantry door. The rustic chandeliers and distressed wood floors present a polished rural charm. White painted cabinets with a subtle glaze ring the perimeter, topped with Uba Tuba granite— the subtle blues and greens glossed over in the rock like sunken lily pads beneath a pond surface.


“I could throw some massively awesome parties in here,”


There are hints that Lori enjoys the culinary arts—a cutting board full of vegetables on the island, a wine fridge filled with bottles, and the white Ironstone china she presents us with to plate the food our visiting chef will be preparing shortly. “I like to cook—I had the Kitchenaid gas range before, so I knew I loved having lots of burners. And in the double ovens—last time I only got convection in one, this time I made sure it was both.” It’s no surprise that the feature she uses nearly every day is the pot filler that unfolds from the wall behind her cooktop. Our visiting chef is Andrew Barnes, owner of The Busy Bee, famous at York’s Central Market for simple, fresh, and delicious handcrafted dishes. They opened four years ago with modest provisions, but the masses at market have spoken and they’ve grown rapidly. “On a very meager budget, I purchased the stand from Kuc St Onge of Culinary Creations. When I initially set up shop, my kitchen was literally three table top catering burners and a fridge that

Fresh, organic, and local ingredients are important elements to Chef Andrew’s dishes.

barely worked,” says Andrew. “Our catering business is picking up with Parties, Soirees, Rehearsal Dinners, and Weddings.” Today, Chef Andrew is whipping up Quinoa, pan-fried Steelhead trout filets, and fresh sautéed asparagus. He’s started by sautéing some onions and the kitchen immediately fills with their aroma. Andrew’s plates are always made from scratch, and part of his market following comes from the element of surprise—The Busy Bee offers seasonal specials, and therefore their menu changes constantly according to what’s fresh from harvest. “Sometimes I have no idea what I’m going to make until I get to market,


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