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6 Upcoming Events 7 Safe and Shady: Cordless Blinds are Sleek, Stylish & Safe DRAPERY STREET 9 A Fresh Coat: Finished Garage Floors are the New Standard INDY FLOOR COATING




18 A Solid Career CUSTOM CONCRETE 19 Thawing Out: Spring is the Perfect Time for a Roof Clean-Up


20 9 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Spring Listing PHIL HOTLE - CENTURY 21 SCHEETZ



44 Who’s Ready for Spring Cleaning? HOME ARTISANS OF INDIANA

14 BAGI: Build Your Future Indiana BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF

A Secret Recipe for Success


12 5 Questions to Ask When Decluttering this Spring



40 A Breath of Fresh Air HOMESENSE HEATING &

10 Creating a Marvelous Master Bath STONE ARTISANS


Cover Story


42 You Ask, We Answer: 4 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Front Door FRANKLIN WINDOW & DOOR



22 Blending Indoor & Outdoor Spaces GETTUM ASSOCIATES 23 Design Inspiration All Under One Roof INDIANA DESIGN CENTER 24 Feel the Difference: Tips to Rejuvenate Your Master Bathoom ACo

46 Out With the Old, In With the New


47 Get Inspired DALTILE 49 How to Select Appliances FERGUSON 51 Creating Your Own Footprint NICHOLAS CONSTRUCTION 52 Picture Perfect: 3D Renderings Bring Your Dream Home to Life G&G CUSTOM HOMES 54 Connecting in the Kitchen – 6 Simple Tips ACo 56 One of a Kind: Building Your Unique Home EXECUTIVE HOMES 57 A Stylish Surface: Adding Personalization to Your Garage Floor TAILORED LIVING 58 Home at Last GRADISON DESIGN-BUILD 60 At Work With an Artist POLISH INTERIOR

26 Outdoor Lighting is More Important Than You Think BURTNER ELECTRIC

61 Designed for Your Lifestyle CUSTOM LIVING

37 Outdoor Luxury SURROUNDINGS BY

64 Haven Cover Party


62 Designers Spotlight 66 Realtors Spotlight

38 Don’t Do it Yourself DIGITAL SIGHT & SOUND

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Upcoming Events March 2018 2018 Indiana Flower + Patio Show March 10-18 The Indiana State Fairgrounds – 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205 Expo Hall & West Pavilion The 2018 Indiana Flower + Patio Show will feature 40+ extravagant showcase / exhibitor gardens crafted by many of Indiana’s premier landscapers, hundreds of finer outdoor living experts, and thousands of ideas to take home! The show will also feature well-known speakers like Tyler Wisler and John Orick. As always, you will be able to stroll through more than 50,000 square feet of gardens with beautiful blooms and gorgeous greenery. There will be everything from extravagant displays to mid-sized gardens and budget-friendly backyard designs. Buy tickets online & save $2, AIA Southern Indiana Monthly Lunch-N-Learn Wednesday, March 21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm (central time) Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library – 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN 47713 Join AIA Southern Indiana on the 3rd Wednesday of every month to have lunch, meet other professionals from Southern Indiana and earn 1 AIA CEU. National Kitchen and Bath Association, Indiana State Chapter March Meeting Thursday, March 22, 5:30pm - 8:30pm Indiana Design Center, Second Floor, 200 South Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032 Visit for more info American Society of Interior Designers Design Interaction Day 2018 Friday, March 23 Indiana Design Center, Second Floor, 200 South Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032 The Indiana Chapter of ASID is pleased to present our annual Design Interaction Day for 2018 – a day for students and professionals to gather together and create lasting relationships.

April 2018 March 2018 Cover Party featuring Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes Wednesday, April 11, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Arthur Rutenberg Model Home in Chatham Hills – 20531 Chatham Hills Blvd., Westfield, IN 46074 Come connect with industry professionals and fellow home owners at Haven’s FREE 2018 March Cover Party, featuring our host Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes. This event is open to the public and will be a great opportunity to mingle with the best of the best in Indianapolis. RSVPs are required. The event will benefit Twisted Pink, an organization near and dear to Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes’ heart. Twisted Pink’s mission is to extend lives and improve quality of life for late stage breast cancer patients and their families by funding metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer research. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer courtesy of Centerpoint Brewing and Anheuser Busch, along with bites provided by Eddie Merlot’s. Partake in a bourbon tasting with Bourbon Aficionado, Mike Clayton, as you tour the latest Arthur Rutenberg Model Home in Chatham Hills. Go to or visit and let us know you’re coming to the party. National Kitchen and Bath Association, Indiana State Chapter April Meeting Thursday, April 19, 5:30pm - 8:30pm Indiana Design Center, Second Floor, 200 South Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032 Visit for more info American Society of Interior Designers Ask a Designer Event Saturday, April 28 EF Marburger – 9999 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038 More details at

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Cordless Blinds are Sleek, Stylish & Safe by Christy Heitger-Ewing

CORDLESS By the end of this year, U.S. consumers will be unable to purchase window treatments with accessible cords.

When it comes to choosing window treatments, there are many options. It’s important, however, to be aware of the safety issues associated with shades that have long cords because they present a strangulation hazard to small children and pets. In fact, new industry standard rules passed in January 2018 state that by the end of the year, U.S. consumers will be unable to purchase window treatments with accessible cords. They will have to go to a window treatment specialist for corded options. This is because according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly one child death per month is caused by entanglement in window blinds. Window treatment

specialists, however, can walk clients through all viable options and determine the best one for you. “If we’re meeting with someone to choose window treatments for an in-law suite for their aging parents, for example, we may suggest a totally different lift system than if it’s for a baby’s room,” says Caryn O’Sullivan, owner of Drapery Street. Though cordless options are most popular from both a safety and aesthetic design perspective, there are situations when they simply won’t work. For instance, in a two-story great room, the top of the window cannot be reached. An elderly or disabled person may also struggle with a cordless option. In such

instances, your choices are a cord, a motorized blind or a retractable cord. Hunter Douglas makes one called Ultra Glide that’s available through custom order. Hunter Douglas also offers products that can be operated via remote control or smartphone. Though motorized blinds are costlier, O’Sullivan notes that in the past few years prices have dropped considerably and technology has improved dramatically, making them a viable option for many. Curtains are another safe window treatment option – not to mention a great way to finish a room. “I view drapes as a picture frame to the window,” O’Sullivan says. “If you have a great view, drapes can really

accent that view. They don’t have to block anything.” Stop into the Drapery Street gallery, located at 200 S. Rangeline Rd., Suite 109 in Carmel, and check out all the lift systems on display. You can give them a call at 317-399-1746 or visit them online at

DRAPERY STREET 200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 109 Carmel, Indiana 46032 317.399.1746

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Finished Garage Floors are the New Standard by Christy Heitger-Ewing

There was a time when “epoxy” flooring was considered a luxury in garage flooring. Today, full flake broadcast floors are becoming standard in new home construction as the popularity has skyrocketed. “We do epoxy hybrid polymers and polyaspartic concrete coatings for residential, commercial and restoration customers,” says Nick Knight, co-owner of Indy Floor Coating. “Thanks to our skilled and seasoned technicians, we’re able to restore aging, cracked concrete at a fraction of the cost of new concrete, with amazing results.” Family owned and operated since 2008, Indy Floor Coating specializes in beautiful, protective coatings for all concrete surfaces – from upgrading or repairing garage, basement, outdoor and commercial flooring, to creating stunning metallic reflective finishes to enhance any space. They use only industrial-grade coatings for superior

durability and abrasion-resistance. Around this time of year, Knight fields calls from customers looking to redo their garage floors in preparation for graduation parties and other spring soirées. “It’s usually the only space in a home where the floor isn’t finished,” Knight says. “Quite often guests enter and exit a home via the garage. Having a beautiful and inviting space just makes sense.” In addition to the aesthetics, coating the floor protects your investment in your concrete, prevents cracking and pitting (common from road salt), is easy to clean and is maintenance-free. “All the gunk that gets on the floor during the winter can be squeegeed out, making the surface shiny all over again,” Knight says. Concrete coating is an economical way to have a big impact on home improvement. For residential, the company coats garages, porches, patios and basements. They also do commercial

kitchens, restaurants, warehouses, athletic venues, automotive and medical and dental facilities. With spring, however, the garage floor business really ramps up. “It’s instant gratification when you get your garage floor done,” Knight says. “It’s kind of like after you’ve painted a room and then ask yourself why you didn’t do it sooner.” Indy Floor Coating is located in Fishers. For more information, call 317-430-0851 or visit them online at


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Creating a

Marvelous Master Bath

by Suzanne Huntzinger / photos by Angela Jackson and Chatham Hills

When it’s time to “unplug” and unwind, your master bedroom is a sanctuary and place to escape. Flowing from the master bedroom, your master bath should have the same relaxing effect. You can create a magnificent retreat in your master bath whether your budget allows for a splurge to create a spa-like environment or not. With a variety of options, you can choose the best one to give you an elegant and peaceful atmosphere. “Light” or white surfaces have become a popular trend for the master bath. If that sounds surprising to you, be assured, there’s a reason so many have gravitated to white. “This color palate extends the space and makes it feel larger,” says Cory Kroger, President and CEO of Stone Artisans. “It’s crisp, clean and elegant.” You can choose from options in natural stone such as marble, granite, quartzite or even engineered quartz products in a variety of price points to achieve the look you want. “You can make it look luxurious yet comfortable by adding simple touches like an under-mount sink for simple, clean lines,” Kroger adds. “Or you can add detailed or scrolled edges to the countertop to enhance the space.” Adding a few other details to the master bath, such as breaking up countertop sections, will add dimension to the space. We do this by changing the depth of cabinetry followed by the countertop. “When you have a long vanity, it’s a great way to achieve this while adding interest and character,” Kroger says. “It looks clean, yet the overall effect is plush, warm and comfortable.” Another way to connect the space in the master bath is by using the same countertop material throughout. “The tub and shower area provide a great opportunity to create consistency and flow,” Kroger says. This will also simplify the selection process as the space is being created. Start planning your luxurious, spa-like master bath retreat today. Contact Stone Artisans at 317-874-8955 for a free estimate. Whether your doing a remodel or new build, they can help you. Visit them online at stone-artisans. com to get some excellent ideas by browsing some of the spectacular projects they’ve done.

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“A light color palate extends the space and makes it feel larger. It’s crisp, clean and elegant.” – CORY KROGER President and CEO, Stone Artisans

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Decluttering this Spring by Maria Baer

Spring has sprung, which might mean you are feeling a bit antsy to declutter your home. As a professional organizer, I often help clients make decisions about what to keep and what to donate as we work to whip their space into shape. If you are playing Tetris with the contents of your pantry or have found that your master closet is about to burst, here are some tried and true questions to consider when decluttering.






DO I STILL LOVE THIS ITEM? Fill your home with items that put a huge smile on your face and part ways with those that no longer fit your lifestyle. DO I STILL HAVE A USE FOR THIS ITEM? Pass along items you are saving for “someday” — especially if you haven’t touched them in a year or could borrow from a friend. DO I STILL NEED THIS ITEM? Anything expired should be disposed. Take a peek at the contents of your pantry and medicine cabinet to start. Also consider duplicates. Once you’ve upgraded an item, donate the original. IS HOLDING ONTO THIS ITEM CAUSING ME STRESS? If you’ve got a feeling of guilt weighing you down for not using an item, or maintaining it is causing you to waste time, don’t feel bad about passing it along to someone who could put it to use today. COULD SOMEONE IN MY COMMUNITY BENEFIT FROM IT? One of the best parts of helping people get organized is finding community groups that can put donated items straight into the hands of those in need. Visit to download a DONATION GUIDE specific to Indianapolis charities.

If you need help tackling an organizational project in your home, contact The Baer Minimalist at 317-294-8409. For organization tips and inspiration, follow @thebaerminimalist on Instagram and Facebook. THE BAER MINIMALIST 317.294.8409 @thebaerminimalist

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What is BAGI? The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) is proud to partner with Haven as our official industry publication. BAGI’s mission is to promote, educate and network along with providing advocacy and meaningful services to benefit its members and the new-home building industry. BAGI exists so that members of the residential construction industry and related businesses across the Greater Indianapolis nine-county region can conduct their business efficiently and ethically to provide the community with reliable, safe, affordable residential construction

President’s Message New homes are in high demand. That demand currently surpasses the available existing homes inventory in nearly every county of Central Indiana. While this should be great news in the world of new construction, workforce shortages are limiting our region from being able to reach its fullest growth potential. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, “Nearly 80% of construction businesses are struggling to fill skilled labor positions,” which is hindering our businesses from being able to keep up with the demand of our market. A wide range of professions are available within our industry – many which offer significant opportunities for advancement and high earning potential. That is why BAGI has joined forces with the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation and the Indiana Builders Association to create ‘Build Your Future Indiana’ – a program designed to help create awareness and promote all that the construction industry has to offer in order to recruit the next generation of bright, young talent. We strive to eliminate stigmas of working in the industry and show that construction isn’t all about hammers and nails. You can read more about this initiative in the following pages and learn about the existing careers in our industry by visiting Scott Thompson 2018 BAGI Board President

accomplished by competent professionals in the industry. If you would like to become a BAGI member or are interested in more information, please call the office at 317-236-6330.

Would you like Build Your Future Indiana to visit your school district? Do you know of an upcoming career fair where you’d like us to participate?

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Helping to build Indiana through careers in the Construction industry!

We recruit the next generation of craft professionals through these three goals: 1 Shift public perception about careers in the construction industry to reflect the wide range of professions available. For five straight years, the skilled crafts have remained the toughest positions to fill globally. This is in spite of the industry’s upward mobility and high earning potential. JOINING FORCES Indiana reached an all-time high of over 61,000 construction career openings in August 2017. To help attract new talent to this industry and meet this demand, the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation joined forces with the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis and the Indiana Builders Association to create “Build Your Future Indiana” — a program designed to help educate, create increased awareness, and promote the wide variety of career opportunities that the construction industry can offer our young people! Opportunities that can provide huge earning potential and opportunities for advancement. Construction careers in today’s market are all about high-tech, high-stakes, and huge earning potential. Videos, posters and fliers assist Build Your Future Indiana’s nationwide network in increasing the awareness of opportunities in this incredible industry.


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2 Make career education and awareness a priority in your community. Build Your Future Indiana is working with school officials and educators to bring this program to schools so that students and their parents can learn that great career opportunities are achievable at all levels of education – from high school diploma, technical skills training and on-the-job experience, to associate and bachelor degree levels. CAREER FAIR DAYS Thousands of young students are eager to learn about career opportunities after school. Build Your Future Indiana’s presence at career fairs at local high schools around the state provides a platform for these young minds to explore the world of construction. The program provides an opportunity for students to talk with experts in the construction industry and ask questions to gauge their interests so they can have a better idea of what training and education requirements are necessary for the careers that interest them.


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Each October is Careers in Construction Month and Build Your Future Indiana capitalizes on this time to teach educators, parents and students about the construction industry. Resources, classroom materials and events all highlight the vast opportunities that are available.

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM Build Your Future Indiana has brought together a group of subject matter experts to speak in schools across the state about the benefits construction has to offer. Students have the chance to learn about what a day in the life of a craft professional is like, while teachers will begin connecting with industry professionals.

3 P  rovide a path from ambition, to training, to job placement as a craft professional. Industries such as construction and manufacturing will provide nearly 8 million job openings, of which 2.7 million will require a post-secondary credential. (Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Build Your Future Indiana provides valuable resources to help connect students, parents and teachers with information about career paths in the construction industry.

ONLINE RESOURCES Craft professions, training centers, blogs and career paths all are featured on Whether you are an educator, parent or student, Build Your Future Indiana is your trusted source for industry workforce recruitment information.


TRADING CARDS Want a quick look at the wide range of craft professions available? Look no further than Build Your Future Indiana’s trading cards. Each card highlights a specific craft with up-to-date wage information and job training and education requirements.








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A Solid Career by Courtney Walker

Jobs. It’s a buzz word in nearly every industry. One local concrete business is going the extra mile to create excitement about careers in the construction industry. For starters, they are intentionally seeking opportunities to educate the youth of Central Indiana on construction jobs and have conversations with those 15 to 17-yearolds who might be thinking, “college might not be for me.” “Custom Concrete, our partners and the trade community as a whole has been presented with a tremendous opportunity to encourage, train and develop a new generation of laborers,” says Jason Ells, Senior Vice President of Custom Concrete. “There are so many kids, looking for hope, a career that they can hang their hat on and at the same time, there are so many employers looking for these kids. We just need to connect the dots.” One Custom Concrete employee, Jeff Wheeler, shared his journey from being a young boy who dreamt of working with equipment and through a career fair, he is now actually living his dream as a tradesman with Custom Concrete. “As I grew older, I found myself reading magazines and books about heavy machinery. I wanted to be able to describe and identify each piece of equipment. I wanted to be an expert,” says Wheeler. “Each day, I learn something new and I’ve developed a sense of pride and accomplishment in my work.” Not only is Custom Concrete Indiana’s “Destination Employer”, they also stand behind their work as Central Indiana’s quality concrete contractor. They have an inspiring presence in the community and Greater Indianapolis building market. As a family-owned and operated company of 50 years, their clients (ranging from residential to commercial contractors) continue to depend on the expertise of Custom Concrete because so much depends on getting it right and they will continue to hold this mission and purpose high. The end result to the investment in the right tradesman is extremely valuable. “We are finding our future right here in Indiana, but it takes time to identify the right people. We show them the work our teams do, day in and day out, and the pride and satisfaction in a job well done – success built with two hands,” Ells says. If you are a homeowner, builder, or contractor in need of a highCUSTOM CONCRETE quality concrete foundation or if you are or you know of someone 17241 Foundation Parkway looking for your future career – be sure to contact Custom Concrete. Westfield, IN 46074 For more information visit or give them a call at 317.896.2885 317-896-2885.

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Custom Concrete stands behind their work as Central Indiana’s quality concrete contractor, but they also have an inspiring presence in the community and Greater Indianapolis building market.

“Our future is right here in Indiana and we are excited to identify the right people to help us.” – JASON ELLS Custom Concrete



Thawing Out: Spring is the Perfect Time for a Roof Clean-Up by Christy Heitger-Ewing

ICE DAMS are an ice build-up on roofs that may cause water damage to the building and contents if the water leaks through. This is a big issue for homes in the Midwest that have low sloped roofs.

With mild temperatures just around the corner, now is the perfect time to do some early spring cleanup regarding roof issues. In January, a customer called Millie Hindes, owner of Watergate Roofing, and told her that his pipes had frozen because of a stretch of bitter cold temperatures. Hindes found that the customer’s pipes were not insulated, which caused them to freeze, collect moisture, condense and then leak through the ceiling. “People need to be sure to install insulated flex pipes,” Hindes says. “This is true for bathroom and kitchen exhaust vents as well.” Ice dams are another huge issue –

especially for homes in the Midwest that have low sloped roofs. An ice dam is an ice build-up on roofs that may cause water damage to the building and contents if the water leaks through. “Ice and water melts into the gutters, then backs up underneath the shingles,” Hindes says. “It can also happen around other areas that have flashing like chimneys and pipe boots and where the roof meets the wall – especially if there is no ice and water shield.” Wind storms contribute to tree limbs and branches falling onto roofs, which can make divots in shingles. Wind can also break the seal of shingles and possibly even lift them. But all these

issues can be addressed in the spring. “This winter has been quiet for me, so that generally means my spring and summer will be crazy busy,” Hindes says. For more information, visit or call 317-771-5489.


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to Prepare Your Home for a Spring Listing by Phil Hotle

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Before you put your home on the market, you may want to think about enhancing your curb appeal. Here are several tips to improve the look of your home and whip your home into shape and wow potential buyers. Buyers are looking for the best, so a home for sale can easily slip through the cracks if it’s not in pristine condition.


TRIM AND SHUTTERS Painting your home can add brightness and revive your house. Pick a bold color that makes your house stick out but make sure to match it to the rest of the colors on your home. Properly prep all surfaces before you paint to get great results that will last for years to come.

Buyers are looking for the best, so a home for sale can easily slip through the cracks if it’s not in pristine condition. 6. INSTALL NEW HOUSE NUMBERS

If your house has old or faded numbers, replace them with new numbers to spruce up the entrance. Try to match your new numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures.



Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home’s lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.


A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you slacked on interior maintenance as well.

4. MAKE REPAIRS You want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers. 5. UPGRADE YOUR MAILBOX

It doesn’t matter if you have a mailbox by the road or mounted to your house. Adding a new one can add curb appeal. Make sure that you follow the regulations of the city you live in.

Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your home. Before you plant a tree, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your home. If you have enough space, try planting two trees to frame your house or entryway.


WELCOME MAT Let buyers know they’re invited into your home.


BOXES If your house is lacking color, try adding flower boxes. Install them on the front porch railings and below windows. Also, consider buying container gardens in pots and placing them on your front steps or porch. When you’re ready to list your home, email me at or give me a call at 317-919-8504. You can also visit us online at

Phil Hotle


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Blending Indoor & Outdoor Spaces

When investing in an addtion, the goal is to make it blend in and make it look like it has always been there, according to Jason Gettum, owner of Gettum Associates.

by Lynda Hedberg Thies

With the growing popularity of outdoor living spaces, merging indoor and outdoor spaces is a must no matter the size of the home. If you are yearning and dreaming of a new deck, screened in patio or other


Design & Remodeling Contractors

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outdoor structure, choosing a builder with decades of experience and a reputation for quality, Gettum Associates is the solution. Gettum Associates, a fullservice, design/build remodel contractor has operated in the same building for more than 30 years. The family owned business is operated by Phil and Jason Gettum, says second generation owner Jason Gettum. Gettum knows that an addition to your home, whether indoors or outdoors, is an investment. So, they provide an in-house designer to help determine the best

design that will complement your home’s exterior. “Our goal is to make it blend in and make it look like it has always been there,” Gettum says. The benefit Gettum shares to having a designer on staff is that it will save their clients time and money because they do not have to wait for answers from an outside contractor. With 3D capabilities, the designer can provide a very realistic picture of the end product, and if the client changes their mind, the process is streamlined because the staff is right there. Each project has a designer

and project coordinator to ensure that the end result is what was promised. And because Gettum is committed to quality, they offer a fiveyear warranty that is standard with any remodel project they do, which offers peace of mind that the job will be done to their customers’s satisfaction. “Ultimately, we are looking to earn your trust and business for the long haul,” Gettum says. For more information, visit them online at and or give them a call at 317-542-3853.



D ES I G N I N S P I R AT I O N All Under One Roof by Christy Heitger-Ewing

THE INDIANA DESIGN CENTER is your one-stop design resource with 15 showrooms, 20 designers, an art gallery and artist studios all under one roof and open to the public.

If you’re looking to transform a single room of your house or your entire home, the Indiana Design Center is your one-stop resource. With 15 showrooms, 20 designers, an art gallery and artist studios all under one roof, it’s an awesome resource that features the latest trends in home furnishings, kitchen and bath, lighting, window coverings, beds and mattresses, fireplaces, tile, stone, art and one-of-a-kind décor. “You can pick out your tile and granite, your faucets and design your draperies within the showrooms then have your kitchen designer down the hall,” says Andrea Kleymeyer, Indiana Design Center marketing director. “Here we have a great collaborative, synergistic community.” Indiana is one of fewer than 20 states with a dedicated design center. But unlike many traditional design centers that are trade-only, this 80,000-square

foot facility is open to the public. There’s a common misconception that people think they have to have a badge or come in with a designer in order to utilize the resources but that’s not the case. In this hybrid design center, retail showrooms sell directly to the consumer among a few trade-only showrooms. “This is the best place to find inspiration because customers can see the latest products, trends and resources,” Kleymeyer says. “It’s a great first step to just come in and browse. Then when the rubber’s hitting the road on your project, you’ll have your bases covered.” The majority of the businesses are Indiana-based and independently owned. Therefore, in many cases customers are working directly with an owner of a business. They do, however, have access to national brands as well. “If you see something in Architectural Digest but you’re interested in things

that are made in Indiana or crafted by Indiana artisans, you can find those options here,” Kleymeyer adds. When you first arrive at the Indiana Design Center, stop by the concierge desk for directions and personal guidance to make the most of your visit. Located at 200 S. Rangeline Road, the Indiana Design Center offers tours, events and workshops for the public to learn from design professionals. To see a schedule, visit or call 317-569-5975.

INDIANA DESIGN CENTER 200 South Rangeline Road Carmel, IN 46032 317.569.5975

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Feel the Difference T I P S T O R E J U V E N AT E Y O U R M A S T E R B AT H R O O M by Courtney Walker

Home is a special place for all of us. It’s comfort, family, friends, familiar sights and sounds. It’s likely where we feel best about ourselves. One space helping us to relax, prepare and unwind for the everyday is a rejuvenating master bathroom. Value added features can make this experience even more enjoyable. Suppose it’s winter here in the Midwest and the chilly, dark morning has you less than thrilled to jump out of bed and begin your day. Instead, you could prepare for these cold mornings and install a heated floor timed to turn on well before your alarm even goes off. The system is installed before tile is set, making your tile selection still available for a completely custom look. Couples or even the busy, single mom could express one water head in the shower doesn’t quite meet the expectations of a full shower experience. Why not consider multiple shower head and sprays for full coverage and an efficient spa-like experience? If you’re into the technical applications, systems are even available to operate from a smartphone. Now imagine you are walking into a master bath with a warm floor in addition to shower sprays started and the warm water is already flowing. To top it off, we know clutter can bring down anyone’s mood. Sufficient cabinetry and a fresh, clear work space for the simple things, such as washing your hands or doing makeup, can make or break the overall bathroom experience. Working with an experienced cabinet designer at ACo will ensure every last item, from a hairdryer to that last tube of LipSense, has a home. These bathroom options could be the key to a joyful, rejuvenating experience morning or night in your newly renovated or built bathroom. Be sure to explore and search for inspiration and bring your ideas to the ACo showroom. Their helpful designers are sure to make your bathroom the oasis you deserve. Call ACo today at 317-688-1972 to schedule your appointment or visit them online at

Contact ACo at 317-688-1972 to rejuvenate your master bathroom. They are experts at helping you

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PAMPER YOURSELF. Why not consider multiple shower head and sprays for full coverage and an efficient spa-like experience?

Clutter can bring down anyone’s mood. Sufficient cabinetry and a fresh, clear work space for the simple things, such as washing your hands or doing makeup, can make or break the overall bathroom experience.

FLOORING / CABINETS KITCHEN + BATH REMODEL ACo 1000 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 120 Carmel, IN 46032 317.688.1972

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Outdoor Lighting is More Important Than You Think by Courtney Walker

As spring quickly approaches, our home improvement desires take a turn and head to the outdoors. Homeowners frequently forget how important exterior illumination can be for them, their family and guests. From the safety aspect to functionality and aesthetics, we want to share a few of the options for your home’s outdoor lighting. Pulling in the driveway, you might first notice the lighting connected to a home. Fixtures such as entry or garage sconces, hanging chandeliers, recessed cans and flood lights are either an entry recognition or security feature. We have all heard a well-lit home deters crime.

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“Outdoor security lighting is no longer just an item that you should do when you get around to it, it is now a vital part of the protection of your home and family,” says David Burtner, owner of Burtner Electric. When weighing electrical options, be sure to consider a timed system for the entry fixtures and a motion sensor for security fixtures, such as flood lights. Also, never forget to illuminate your house numbers in case of an emergency. Secondary to the home’s attached lighting, you might notice landscape illumination, which again, can be both aesthetically pleasing and a wayfinding feature. “Landscape lighting extends the time you can enjoy your yard,” Burtner says. “You spend money to landscape your yard, and if you don’t put in the right landscape lighting, you miss out on the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful yard in the evening hours. “ From paths, step risers, pool decks, to trees – walk your property and stand at unique views to determine where landscape lighting might best suit your needs. Combining several layers of exterior

Exterior home illumination is important for safety, functionality and aesthetics. Landscape lighting extends the time you can spend outdoors in the evenings enjoying your yard.

lighting presents the full package of a well-designed home. From the moment you, your family or guests pull in the driveway, the comfortable and inviting appearance this spring will make the statement your home has been longing for. If you are considering an addition of exterior or interior lighting, give your local professionals, Burtner Electric, a call. Visit Burtner Electric online at for more information or give them a call at 317-773-7663.

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A Secret Recipe for Success by Suzanne Huntzinger


asis Outdoor Living & Landscapes has been turning outdoor places into dream spaces for more than a decade now. But that’s not what sets them apart from other outdoor living companies. “Anyone can come to your home and build something great in your back-yard,” says Rob Delaby, owner of Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes. “I show people they can trust me to create a space that will make them happy,” he says. “I know it’s a big investment, but it’s my job to show them they can spend their lives living, making memories with their families at home. It’s rewarding when I hear customers tell me they don’t even need to leave home because their backyard is like being at a resort. “We’re good stewards of your investment,” Delaby adds. “We’re going to help you make the most of your budget, and we’ll do it with honesty and integrity.” With more than 20 years in landscaping and construction, Delaby along with his staff, approach every job with the objective of taking care of the customer and optimizing their space to reach its full potential, as if it were their own backyard. The Indy native, family man and father of two worked multiple landscape jobs throughout high school and college and built homes with his grandfather in Springfield, IL. After college, Delaby started his career in restaurant management, and he quickly moved to brand management for a coffee roasting company to which he remains closely connected. During that time, Delaby even took the time to supplement his food knowledge by getting a culinary degree through the Culinary Institute of America. He was also part of Rob Delaby, Owner, Oasis Outdoor Living a team in Seattle who helped develop the & Landscapes Super Automatic Espresso Machine.

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“Rob and the Oasis team took the time to make sure the project was done right. They care about the process and outcome. We love our outdoor space, we use it to have family and friends over and relax at home.” – DAVE SMILEY Z99.5 radio host and Oasis Outdoor customer

“Rob was phenomenal. His customer service is great and I’m looking forward to using him again in the future.” – GRAHAM RAHAL IndyCar driver and Oasis Outdoor customer

“I’ve known Rob for more than 15 years. He is like family, except on the golf course where we get pretty competitive. I don’t know that there is a guy you could laugh with or trust more.” – KRISTI LEE News Director, The Bob and Tom Show and Oasis Outdoor customer

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Although the restaurant and coffee industries don’t share a lot in common with landscaping, Delaby yearned to get back into the residential construction arena after college. “I traveled a lot. Free time with my family took on a deeper meaning for me,” he says. “I realized I wanted to spend it at home with my family, just like everyone else wants.” When the opportunity arose for Delaby to purchase a landscaping business, he dove all the way in just like with all his other ventures. Drawing upon his lessons from culinary school and the lessons his grandfather taught him when he was in the construction business, he developed his own special recipe for success. He set out to create the best team to build the best spaces possible for his customers and so there could be no better place to spend time than right in your backyard. From the beginning, Delaby established a family atmosphere with his staff and customers, never failing to show he cared about their homes and loved ones. “I just want to be the best boss I could be,” he says. “It is about taking care of people whether it is your employees or customers – everything else falls into place.” Through the roller coaster ride of difficult economic times that started just a year after he bought the business, Delaby weathered it all by capitalizing on a critical component. From the first step when Delaby and his staff meet with a customer, Oasis Outdoor delivers on its promises. Offering unique and creative designs, Oasis Outdoor personalizes each project to the client’s space and lifestyle. Putting his whole heart and soul into each job, Delaby turned what one customer calls his virtually non-functional space into an incredible outdoor entertaining and gathering area that they’re able to use year-round. “Even when we made some minor changes to the plans, they happily complied,” The Meier family says. Oasis Outdoor has designed and built amazing backyards for local celebrities and business leaders like Pippa Mann, Graham Rahal, Dave Smiley, Kristi Lee and more. They all agree about the unbeatable customer service. Delaby walks the customer through the entire process and makes it a point to visit job sites in progress to personally ensure the job is being completed to his standards and the customer’s. The Huckabee family’s experience is a classic example of Oasis Outdoor’s winning, signature customer service. “We obtained three estimates for our project,” the family says. “ The owner, Rob, was the only one of the three that actually came out to the house

“I highly recommend Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes for their quality and integrity. Rob’s relationship with me, our race team and his passion for others speaks volumes about who he is.” – PIPPA MANN IndyCar driver and Oasis Outdoor customer

to see the area, obtain measurements and provide an estimate along with a design diagram of the project. His pricing was competitive, but what really set his team apart was when I wasn’t completely satisfied on the design, his designer came to the house with Rob, and we worked on the design until we obtained perfection. I was simply amazed at his team that completed our hardscape. They worked with such great care and precision to ensure that every stone was laid correctly. They were so professional, courteous and dedicated to getting it right. As with any big project, there are always minor things that you dis-cover after the completion of a project. Oasis Outdoor responded very promptly to correct very minor issues.” Delaby sets the bar high with his level of dedication and involvement with his customers. “I’m invested in my customers’ investments. I care about what they care about,” he says. “I love to see them happy, enjoying their own space while they host backyard barbecues or neighborhood pool parties. It’s their space to celebrate, entertain, grill out or relax. They deserve it. They’ve earned it.” Delaby shares his caring and giving spirit with the community as well. Through a friend, he became involved in Twisted Pink, an organization dedicated to improving and extending the lives of late-stage breast cancer patients and their families by funding research. Delaby began meeting survivors and has been dedicated to the cause ever since. He also supports the Central Indiana Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and was awarded the 2015-2016 “Pink Tie Guy of the Year” award. Delaby doesn’t just write a check, he pours his heart and soul into the cause and incorporates working to help these organizations in his everyday life. But beyond building his business, Delaby loves to connect people with each other. “It’s important to me to spend time with customers and friends socially to connect them with each other,” he says. “Together, we can make great things happen.” You’ll want to transform your backyard too once you see all the amazing things Oasis Outdoor can do. Create an outdoor kitchen with a pergola, a warm, inviting seating area with a fire pit, and so much more. Start planning your backyard Oasis today. Visit to browse the projects in the Oasis Outdoor portfolio. If you already have ideas in mind, give them a call today at 317-485-6514 for a free estimate.

Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes specializes in outdoor kitchens, seating areas with firepits, pergolas and much more.

OASIS OUTDOOR LIVING & LANDSCAPES 1300 E. Broadway Street Fortville, IN 46040 317.485.6514

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March 2018 Cover Party featuring Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Arthur Rutenberg Model Home in Chatham Hills 20531 Chatham Hills Boulevard Westfield, IN 46074

Come connect with industry professionals and fellow home owners at Haven’s FREE 2018 March Cover Party, featuring our host Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes. This event is open to the public and will be a great opportunity to mingle with the best of the best in Indianapolis. RSVPs are required. The event will benefit Twisted Pink, an organization near and dear to Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes’ heart. Twisted Pink’s mission is to extend lives and improve quality of life for late stage breast cancer patients and their families by funding metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer research. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer courtesy of Centerpoint Brewing and Anheuser Busch, along with bites provided by Eddie Merlot’s. Partake in a bourbon tasting with Bourbon Aficionado, Mike Clayton, as you tour the latest Arthur Rutenberg Model Home in Chatham Hills.

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Outdoor Luxury BY NATUREWORKS+:

The New Definition of Outdoor Living Spaces by Christy Heitger-Ewing

STAY HOME. BE MOVED. Create your personal definition of luxury with pleasing privacy, a low-maintenance lifestyle and restful outdoor living.

Who doesn’t love a glorious outdoor living space? One complete with patios, pergolas, fire features and grill stations. Though these structures and elements have been the primary luxury components for the past decade, Randy Sorrell, founder of Surroundings by NatureWorks, encourages consumers to think more comprehensively when it comes to trends in outdoor living space. “Ask yourself what intrinsic issues are driving comfort and luxury,” says Sorrell, who believes that the hot trends of today are not, in fact, trends at all but rather movements that will persevere for decades, reshaping more broadly how we live. Sorrell suggests consumers contemplate a new definition of luxury – one that asks the best way to create pleasing privacy, a low-maintenance lifestyle and restful outdoor living without the worries of third-degree sunburns.

“Sure, those strategies often employ patios, pergolas and grill stations, but they are much more comprehensive, studied and planned,” says Sorrell, noting that such considerations shape the way couples and families choose to entertain. The launching point for developing these luxury components often starts with connecting with the right professionals, developing a design that reflects specific living habits and family structure and establishing the material pallet from there. Sorrell believes one of the other emerging movements involves outdoor living furniture and the advent of technology as it invades our lifestyle. “Balancing quality and too much technology will be a fun issue to explore,” says Sorrell, acknowledging that it’s an exhilarating time to be in the outdoor living business. “We simply can’t imagine

the new materials and tech advances being introduced that will drive how we live.” Perhaps the tag line for Sorrell’s company says it best: Stay home. Be moved. Visit Surroundings by NatureWorks online at or call 317-575-0482.

SURROUNDINGS BY NATUREWORKS+ Indiana Design Center 200 South Rangeline Road, Suite 120-A Carmel, IN 46032 317.575.0482

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We create lifelong clients by simplifying technology

DIGITAL SIGHT & SOUND 1044 Summit Drive Carmel, IN 46032 317.848.0101

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“Let us help you before you even start buying pieces of what you think you might need, and we can sit down and lend our expertise for whatever you’re trying to do.” – RAY RICE Digital Sight & Sound

What happens if you want iPhone-integrated technology in your home but don’t have the time or energy to handle the planning, setup and installation yourself? Carmel-based Digital Sight & Sound has been providing the solution to such a dilemma for nearly 20 years. “If you want do-it-yourself products but you don’t want to do it yourself, that’s where we come in,” says owner Ray Rice. Since 1999, Digital Sight & Sound has specialized in the custom installation of audio, video, lighting and security systems for home and business, and Rice says while such technology is more affordable than ever before, the time required to plan, customize and install such systems remains substantial. “Being able to turn lights off from anywhere in the house, or having a thorough alarm system – the technology is cool enough and affordable enough for many homeowners, but if you have kids and you’re busy in your job, you might only have three or four hours free all week,” Rice says. “Do you really want to allocate that time to reading manuals and figuring out how to install your new cameras?” Rice says those interested in incorporating a new alarm system, audio-video setup, or even an automated thermostat, are encouraged to visit his Carmel facility for a full consultation. “Let us help you before you even start buying pieces of what you think you might need, and we can sit down and lend our expertise for whatever you’re trying to do,” he says. “For example, there are about 20 different digital and iPhone security products out there, and one might be a better fit than the others for your situation. So, we can apply our knowledge to find the best fit for you.” For additional details on services, support info, or to make an appointment, call Digital Sight & Sound at 317-848-0101 or visit them online at



GARDEN GURUS by Jon Shoulders

As springtime begins to make itself known, many homeowners will attempt to figure out how best to spruce up their front yards and back patios to impress neighbors, family and friends. Allisonville Nursery, Garden & Home stocks one of the largest selections of indoor and outdoor flowers, plants and accessories in the U.S., and can make building out your garden easy – even if you’re getting a late start on plantings. “If you missed the chance to get bulbs in the ground last fall, you may be wishing you had some spring flowers to expect, but you can get that with container gardens even in early spring,” says Scott Bardash, marketing director at Allisonville Nursery. “You can get started with container gardens earlier than you can get plantings in the ground – potted on a porch or anywhere around your yard. Pansies, primrose, snapdragons and tulips are great for that.” Founded in 1976, Allisonville Nursery’s

7,500-square-foot garden store and gift shop includes traditional and organic fertilizers, fountains, containers, home décor accessories and more. The expert staff regularly holds gardening workshops and events onsite, which Bardash says typically sell out within 12 hours of being posted on the company’s official website. “We have a selection that’s really unmatched anywhere,” Bardash says. “We also keep up with trends. For example, we’re seeing a tremendous push toward native and pollinator-friendly plants, so that’s what we’re going to focus on a lot this year. Indoor gardening with succulents and geraniums is also huge right now, so we’ll be focusing on that as well. Come on in and we’ll take care of you.” Allisonville Nursery, Garden & Home is located at 11405 Allisonville Road in Fishers. For more information on inventory and services, and to register for workshops, call 317-849-4490 or visit

PLANTING TRENDS Native and pollinator-friendly plants are popular choices for spring planting.

ALLISONVILLE NURSERY GARDEN & HOME 11405 Allisonville Road Fishers, IN 46038 317.849.4490

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A Breath of Fresh Air More Homeowners Demanding Healthy Air Testing An increasing number of homeowners are looking beyond comfort from their heating and cooling systems as the information about air health becomes more wide-known and technology improves to solve the air quality problems. “More clients are asking us about how we can help solve things like allergy issues and airborne illnesses,” says Brian Schutt, owner at Homesense Heating and Cooling. “It’s exciting that we have real solutions to offer.” One of the biggest advances offered by Homesense is an effective way to sample and test your home’s air quality to understand what issues, largely undetectable otherwise, your home has. “The advanced technology has now become available to home owners through a system like Air Advice Indoor Air Analysis, which will show realtime HOMESENSE HEATING & COOLING information about how 317.670.0171 polluted home air might

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be. Before this technology, it was largely guesswork by homeowners and air quality professionals,” Schutt says. With a simple testing process, taking 30-60 minutes, the Homesense team is giving peace of mind to homeowners who are concerned about their family’s health. THESE TESTS IDENTIFY: • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) • Airborne particulates and pollens that contribute to allergies and asthma • Home cleaning products and other common household items that pollute indoor air

“Knowing that Central Indiana is in the Top 10 of airborne particulate pollution, with indoor air being up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, health conscious homeowners are demanding to know the details about their air quality in the same way they’d get a blood test during an annual physical,” Schutt adds. For Haven readers, Homesense has agreed to provide this test at no charge during the month of March. Call Homesense today at 317-670-0171 for your free air quality test.









Many clients who consult with Kristen Moorehouse, principal designer and owner of Ardent Design, are eager to hear all of her creative ideas but are often hesitant to try them out in their own homes. “Sometimes people are scared to pick the bold pattern and commit to it,” Moorehouse says. For those who do, however, they are blown away by the dynamite results. The key, according to Moorehouse, is to not be afraid of pattern and texture because layering is what makes a space more interesting.

“The layered patterns have to be complimentary to each other, scaled properly to the element they are on and placed in a balanced manner in the space,” says Moorehouse, who recently designed a house for someone who was all in when it came to going for the bold. “She told me she wanted something different but didn’t know how to get there, so she trusted me to pull something together for her,” says Moorehouse, who chose horizontal cladding (shiplap) and marble in the bathroom, herringbone brick

on the floor of the sunroom and large-scale grass cloth wallpaper with small-dot print on chairs in the dining room. “The goal of this project was to create something out of the ordinary, and I did that by layering the space with lots of patterns and interesting fabrics,” says Moorehouse, knowing the importance of spreading the love throughout the home when it comes to pattern and texture rather than throwing everything into one room. “Scale will make it or break it,” she adds. “Always look at the big picture rather

than getting caught up on each individual piece. Then, just go for it!” Contact Ardent Design by calling 317-850-6145 or visit them online at

ARDENT DESIGN 317.850.6145

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You Ask, We Answer 4 Questions to Ask When Buying A New Front Door by Cori Brown

Have you been considering a new front door for you home but unsure where to begin? You are not alone. Listed below are some of the top questions we hear every day. 1. HAVE YOU ASKED YOURSELF, HOW MUCH DOES A NEW FRONT DOOR COST? It is a great question and probably one of the most important. A new front door can range anywhere from just under $100 from Lowe’s or Menards to upwards of $25,000 or more for a custom wood entry system. This broad range makes it challenging to budget for your own home. Some considerations to keep in mind when budgeting for your own front door is the size of the door. Do you have a single entry door or a door with sidelites and a transom? The bigger your door, the more expensive it will be. The glass you select also plays a significant part in the cost with decorative glass being more expensive than clear glass. To help you budget for your new front door, here are some ranges that should provide a good starting point. • Single entry door – $1,000-$4,000 • Entry door with sidelites or a double (French) door –


• Entry door with sidelites and a transom – $6,000-


• Fully custom entry systems – $12,500 and up

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2. WHAT TYPE OF FRONT DOOR SHOULD I CHOOSE? That depends on what is most important to you. Is energy efficiency your top concern? Maybe a maintenance free option is what you are looking for. No matter what your wish list contains, there is a material that would be a perfect fit for you and your home. Lets look at the pros & cons of the most common materials available.

WOOD Pros: Beautiful. Endless options, Fully Custom, broad price range. Cons: Requires maintenance, natural material that expands and contracts depending on outside temperature, moderate on energy efficiency.

FIBERGLASS Pros: Energy efficient, low maintenance, lots of design options, broad range of price points. Cons: More limiting than wood on customization, different levels of quality available, which can be confusing.

STEEL Pros: Cost effective, energy efficient. Cons: Can dent easily, which leads to rust if not maintained, limited customization.

3. SHOULD I GO WITH A STANDARD SIZED DOOR OR CUSTOM? This question causes more confusion than probably any of the others. The reason being is that many door manufacturers use slightly different sizing for their so called “standard size.” Just because your door is a “standard size” in one brand, it may not be in another. 4. I LIKE THE PICTURE OF THE DOOR I SAW ON HOUZZ, BUT DOES IT FIT THE LOOK OF MY HOME? Fortunately, the advancements in technology have helped us with this question. We can now superimpose new door styles onto photos of your home to help you visualize what your new door would look like. This is a great option if you are looking to completely change the style, color or layout of your front door. Whether you already know what you want in your new front door or you are just beginning your journey, Franklin Window & Door is here to help. Give them a call at 317-993-3660 to schedule an in-home design consultation. You can visit them online at

DOWNLOAD OUR EBOOK “ALL ABOUT FRONT DOORS” which includes important information, such as Types of Entry Door, Cost, Warranty Information, Installation and more. homeowner-looking-for-exterior-door

FRANKLIN WINDOW & DOOR 1069 3rd Ave SW Carmel, Indiana 46032 317.993.3660

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“It’s like, the groundhog went away, spring is here, let’s get rolling!” – JAMES SPINK Bin There Dump That


Who’s Ready for Spring Cleaning? by Christy Heitger-Ewing

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It’s that time of year when the days are getting longer and so are the to-do lists. Home Artisans of Indiana is your one-stop shop for all kinds of spring cleaning. James Spink, owner of Bin There Dump That, finds that spring really launches their busy season as homeowners emerge from hibernation, eager to purge their homes of the junk that has accumulated over time.

“It’s like, the groundhog went away, spring is here, let’s get rolling,” says Spink, who deposits a small dumpster at customers’ homes and leaves it for a period of seven days, enabling homeowners to fill it up at their leisure. He then returns a week later to haul the junk away. Those who want help with decluttering can enlist the skills of Maria Baer, residential organizer at The Baer Minimalist. “People call me when they have things on their to-do list that they really want to get done but don’t want to spend their time doing,” Baer says. These things may involve

organizing a pantry, decluttering a closet or seasonally rotating clothing. Helping her clients find great spots to donate items, such as shelters and churches is also a big part of her job. “Often people feel guilty letting go of something if they spent a lot of money on it or rarely used it,” Baer says. “If they know the item is going directly into the hands of somebody who needs it, they feel good.” Once the clutter is gone comes the deep clean – a necessary but often odious task. “We definitely have a spike in calls when spring hits,” says Christina Garten, owner of Christina’s Complete Clean. “No one wants to spend their weekends cleaning, especially when the weather breaks.” According to Garten, spring cleaning is an ancestral instinct that dates way back and is all about growth and renewal. “There’s nothing better than

“Cleaning the AC and duct work isn’t just about the preparation for the heat of summer,” Schutt says. “It has a dramatic impact on air quality and the health of your family.” Schutt notes that it’s wise to jump on these spring cleaning services early in the year since companies get busy as the weather warms. “If you’re not on top of it, before you know it, your spring clean has become a summer clean,” Schutt says. Contact Home Artisans of Indiana by e-mailing info@ homeartisansofindiana. com or visit them online at to learn more.

“No one wants to spend their weekends cleaning, especially when the weather breaks.” opening the windows, shaking out rugs, taking the curtains to the dry cleaners and letting fresh air blow through the house,” Garten says. “Mix that with the smell of all-purpose cleaner [that includes] lavender, basil or lemon verbena and you’re well on your way to feeling revitalized.” Brian Schutt, owner of Homesense Heating & Cooling, gives a home’s interior a fresh start by way of clean air.

– C HRISTINA GARTEN Christina’s Complete Clean


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Out With the Old, In With the New THE RENOVATION OF A 90-YEAR-OLD HOME by Christy Heitger-Ewing / photo by Chris Whonsetler Photography


Designer: Natalie Troyer SEAMLESS BLENDING OF OLD AND NEW When refurbishing and updating older structures, Emergent Construction is sure to remain period-sensitive, to seamlessly blend the old with the new.

EMERGENT CONSTRUCTION 1202 E 23rd St. Indianapolis, IN 46205 317.572.7227

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Within a long and ever-growing list of capabilities including residential and commercial renovations, new construction, in-house custom cabinetry fabrication and community revitalization projects, Emergent Construction holds a strong suite close at heart. And that is reviving some of Indianapolis’ oldest and most prestigious homes in the MeridianKessler neighborhood. Emergent recently finished this 90-yearold historic home on Meridian Street. “Our customer had a vision of enjoying an enlarged kitchen floor plan, a revitalized laundry room and a spa-like master bathroom update,” said Emergent CEO, Matt Troyer. “When we get the privilege to help reinvent a home like this in a historic part of our city, we take pride is assessing the original architecture and providing our clients with an updated plan that sticks true to the period it was originally built for in order to seamlessly blend the old with the new.” A talented team of craftsmen and designers at Emergent carefully selected styles and finishes that reflected the home’s natural bones, but met the needs of a modern day family. Though the structure might have been 90 years old, all of the amenities that a family looks for today to meet their lifestyle were included in this drastic facelift. One unique feature of Emergent Construction is the fact that even though they’re a general contractor, they also have a custom cabinet shop working directly in-line with project managers and designers, all housed under one roof in their new headquarters in the up-andcoming Kennedy/King neighborhood. “That’s different from a lot of builders,” Troyer adds. “Our craftsmen do all the finish carpentry in-house versus hiring subcontractors. Clients appreciate that local craftsmen touch, and that’s the vibe we’re trying to put out.” If you have a residential or commercial project that you’re ready to get started, call Emergent Construction at 317-572-7227 or visit them online at



Daltile finds new ways to showcase products – giving customers and homeowners ideas for their projects.

GET INSPIRED by Courtney Walker / photos by Jamie Sangar

With nearly 30 years in the Indianapolis market, the Daltile showroom in Fishers is welcoming designers, architects, installers and even homeowners into their newly renovated space. Daltile is a manufacturer and distributor of tile products ranging from entry level ceramic tile to unique, exclusive field tiles and accents. Daltile has 7 manufacturing plants in the US (including their state of the art manufacturing plant in Dixon, Tennessee) along with 3 Distribution Centers, and 250 Sales Service Centers. The company manufactures the majority of their products in the U.S. and are expecting

their biggest year yet in 2018. “We are about to launch our largest product lines in years at the end of February,” says branch Manager of Daltile Indianapolis, Matt Knowles. “We are excited to bring these new products that cover the gamut on meeting our customers’ needs – high fashion, innovative style, large format and affordable.” Trends are all the talk in the design world, but sometimes it’s nice to take a classic look and put a spin on the usage or installation orientation. “We are always thinking of new ways to showcase products that give our customers and homeowners

ideas for their projects,” says Jenn Wilson, Daltile Indianapolis’ showroom designer. Daltile works with an array of clientele in both the commercial and residential markets. “We work with designers and architects for specifications on commercial and residential products, along with dealers and installers of tile and flooring,” Knowles adds. “This helps provide the best service and products possible to the end user.” Daltile’s showroom is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Walk-in’s are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged. If you are a homeowner looking for fresh inspiration and products, a designer looking for quality products with that cutting edge design or anywhere in between, make sure to plan your visit to Daltile. For more information call 317-841-0883 or visit Daltile online at



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HOW TO SELECT APPLIANCES Whether remodeling an entire room or looking to add a single upgrade, it’s important to select the best products that will last for years to come. One of the best investments you can make is in your appliances. With a vast array of choices on the market today, it is important to consider your options and select appliances that provide the features and style you want and will last for years to come. TREND WATCH

Today’s kitchens are high-tech, colorful and all about convenience. Consider the following appliances for your next upgrade. • Professional grade quality for the home:

Whether you’re a budding chef or culinary maestro, now more than ever before you can enjoy the benefits of commercial grade kitchen fixtures and appliances - without them necessarily having to look that way. Approachable pro style products are elegant and understated to integrate seamlessly with a variety of design choices, while maintaining high-powered performance and hard-working functionality.

• Induction cooking: Induction cooking

relies on magnetic technology to heat the cookware and uses far less electricity than standard cooktops and ranges. The heating response isn’t just fast – it is instant! You can boil a pot of water in three minutes. And because induction cooking only heats the pot and the area directly under it, the surrounding area is safe to the touch even when in use.

• Color in unexpected places: Many

homeowners keep their kitchen looking fresh and vibrant by adding a pop of color to an accent wall or by selecting colorfully coordinated dishes, pots and pans and small appliances. Building on this trend, a pop of color in a non-traditional space such as the exterior door of a range or the interior of a refrigerator is a fun and unexpected design detail.


From cooking up culinary creations to storing fresh ingredients, appliance purchases are an investment in productivity. Don’t simply replace an appliance, select an option that is larger, faster and stylish enough to meet your needs for years to come. To learn more about how to incorporate these top appliance trends into your home, visit your local Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. There are three showrooms in the Indianapolis area, including a location in Broad Ripple and a “one-of-a-kind appliance showroom on 96th street. Walk-ins are welcome. However, their product experts take pride in personalized service, so appointments are highly recommended. For more information, visit to request an appointment with a knowledgeable product expert.


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Build your dream home in your dream location with Davis Homes. We believe building your custom home should be easy and affordable. With years of experience building custom homes in Central Indiana, Davis Homes makes building your custom home stress-free. From land selection and free site analysis to financing and an in-house Design Studio, Davis Homes helps every step of the way. Customize one of our plans or bring your own. 0 – 5% down gets the process started. Downtown, in a custom community or rural setting.

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Creating Your Own Footprint by Jon Shoulders / photo by Jamie Sangar

As a homeowner, at some AFTER point you may decide your kitchen, bathroom or family room spaces are no longer suitable for your particular living situation. Preferences change, kids arrive, circles of friends expand – the list goes on. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to move or completely gut your existing home to achieve an ideal design layout. Nicholas Construction excels in helping homeowners realize their design vision by re-utilizing the existing home footprint and maximizing space functionality – without the need for additional square footage. “We’ve done many kitchen and bathroom projects where we can renovate the existing footprint of the home and Nicholas Construction excels change the flow of it and accomplish what the owners wanted in in helping homeowners a completely new home,” says President Kyle Nicholas. realize their design vision by During a recent remodel, Nicholas and his lead designer, re-utilizing the existing home footprint and maximizing Laura Sherrell, were able to transform a northside Indy home space functionality. In this the owners felt was lacking in space functionality. Through 1930s ranch-style home, the multiple creative design approaches, including removal of bathroom was transformed by removing the large tub several walls, reconfiguration of the bathroom, including that dominated the space. removal of a large garden tub that dominated the space, as well as consolidation of separate closets into one, the Nicholas Construction team was able to open up the space and give the owners a larger master shower and vanity. “There are so many options,” Nicholas says. “You can get a whole lot of bang for your buck inside of your space with these creative solutions that weren’t being done 15 to 20 years ago.” With comprehensive experience and a lengthy portfolio of proven results, the Nicholas Construction team can take the lead on reconfiguring your kitchen, bathroom, central living space, room addition, outdoor living area and more. Call 317-607-9465 to schedule a remodel or new build consultation. Visit for more info.


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Picture Perfect 3 D R E N D E R I N G S B R I N G YO U R D R E A M H O M E TO L I F E by Lynda Hedberg Thies

G&G Custom Homes wants to change the way you experience the homebuilding process using 3D Renderings, the latest technology in home building and remodeling. The technology of 3D Rendering is a tool that builders can use to help buyers that have a hard time visualizing their home based on blueprints and 2D plans. These renderings show the specific design elements homeowners have chosen in as clear detail as a photo. The planning and design process is completed upfront

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alleviating fears of the what-if ’s or regrets that lead to multiple revisions, which add more time and money to the process. Your vision and plans are sent to the 3D designer to create a realistic visual of the exterior and interior, complete with your own furnishings. The process will save you money, time and give you peace of mind. Joe Garcia, President of G&G Custom Homes is currently using the technology to build a home in the Chatham Hills


neighborhood in Westfield. The plans have been developed, designs meticulously crafted and the renderings provide a checks and balances with photorealistic 3D plans. “We gave the designer the roof color, manufacturer, the stone, the color of the windows, landscape design, and the client will know exactly what the house will look like,” Garcia says. Similar to the exterior process, Garcia says that the 3D Interior Renderings offer a vantage point of looking down into each room. “We also gave the designer the manufacturer and color of the wood MAIN floor, the color of the walls, light fixtures, and, for this spec home, they told them what furniture and how to place it,” Garcia says. The level of detail in these renderings leaves little to the imagination, and that is what makes the building and design process more efficient and cost-effective for the homebuyer. Garcia knows that the building process can be a great experience with the use of this technology and can offer that peace of mind by reducing the number of revisions up front. Being entrusted with someone’s vision of The level of detail in their dream home is a privilege. Garcia these renderings leaves is committed to working with clients to build the home of their dreams and little to the imagination, using 3D technology means your vision and that is what makes for your new space can be brought to the building and design life exactly as you imagine it. For more information about this process more efficient home or building a home with G&G and cost-effective for Custom Homes, call Joe Garcia at the homebuyer. 317-418-7665 or visit them online at


PICTURE YOURSELF HERE G&G Custom Homes is currently using 3D Rendering technology to build this home in the Chatham Hills neighborhood in Westfield.



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Connecting in the Kitchen – 6 Simple Tips by Courtney Walker

Naturally the kitchen is a space where we gather. We have all been there – cleaned the entire house, had the entire family room ready for guests and the majority end up in the kitchen. You might be wondering how you can take advantage of this natural connection place on a daily basis and ACo has some tips.

1. Consider your working triangle between

the kitchen, sink and stovetop. Ultimately this provides an efficiency while cooking, making the experience more enjoyable. If your kids love to participate, pull up their kitchen prep stool next to the sink and have them learn and enjoy cooking skills with you.

2. If your child enjoys doing homework or

chatting with you during dinner prep, plan to have countertop, bar top or banquette seating within the kitchen.

3. Although division is nice in some aspects

of the home, the kitchen is the perfect space for a bright, open concept. When tidying

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up from a dinner party, guests can still visit with you while enjoying the Saturday night game in the family room.

4. When the kids are not home from sports

yet, but you’d like to keep dinner warm – this is the perfect opportunity for warming drawers. The appliances come in a variety of finishes to either be disguised or match your other appliance finishes.

5. Natural light and neighborhood or

outdoor views are always an asset in a home – this is no different in the kitchen. From watching your kids play outside to watching those potted herbs in the windowsill grow, windows are a wonderful addition to your kitchen.

6. Ambient and task lighting can set the

mood! So often forgotten, this important selection will complete your kitchen design. Morning or night, dimmers and under cabinet lighting will help the sleepy walk to the coffee pot or the calming dim of an island pendant will help you wash the last dish.

If you are ready to make those special memories and start connecting more with family and friends in the kitchen, be sure to keep your local kitchen and bath remodel company, ACo in mind. Simply put, they are experts at helping you “Love where you live.” Give ACo a call at 317-688-1872 or visit them online at to schedule your first design consultation.

Start connecting more with family and friends in the kitchen. Contact ACo today at 317-688-1872. They are experts at helping you

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One of a Kind Building Your Unique Home by Courtney Walker

ARE YOU READY? If you’re interested in building or renovating and would like to learn more about the process, visit Executive Homes’ website at

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As a custom home builder serving Northern Indianapolis for more than 20 years, Executive Homes has a passion and commitment to build their client’s dream home. Whether you dream of living in one of Indy’s most prestigious communities, in a secluded getaway on your own private acreage or renovating your existing home, Executive Homes is committed to building a home that is as unique as you are. With a team of dedicated and seasoned industry leaders, the details of every home are carefully managed and each client is served with thoughtful insight and guidance to make each experience positive. “Building strong relationships is the key to our success as we believe authentic relationships with our clients, employees and trade partners help to build the best home for you,” says Executive Homes President, Pete Gray. Not only does he believe in Executive Homes, but also in the Indianapolis trade industry. Gray has been an active member of the Builder’s Association of Greater Indianapolis for many years and was honored to serve on the Board of Directors for 16 years. Along with a solid team of professionals, the company has also partnered with unique vendors throughout Indianapolis to form an even more personalized touch to the experience. If you’re interested in building or renovating and would like to learn more about the process, visit Executive Homes’ website at for details on their available homes and lots, what to expect step by step when remodeling and extensive images of the firm’s beautiful portfolio. Ready to get started on the next big move (or home improvement) for your family? The experts at Executive Homes are ready to answer all questions and help make your dream home a reality. Give them a call at 317-919-7293 today.




Many homeowners use the garage not only as a place to park vehicles but as an extended storage and functional space for their home. Out of convenience (or out of sight, out of mind), it often becomes a dumping ground for tools, sports equipment, outdoor equipment and so much more. Tailored Living featuring Premier Garage is your local garage organization and floor specialist, ready to make your garage functional and stylish. In addition to garage organization systems, Tailored Living is also proud to offer a large variety of garage flooring solutions to complete your home investment. With a variety of colors, textures and treatments – clients are able to coordinate their garage floor with other finishes such as wall, cabinet, countertop colors or even add personalization such as a favorite sports team. Ultimately,

garage flooring by Tailored Living offers a layered safety and aesthetic, protecting the surface from heavy and high traffic the garage endures on a daily basis. “Our most popular flooring solution is the Premier One decorative texture floor coating, which we recommend for most residential garages,” says owner Jon Elliott. The garage resurfacing and treatment process is actually a very simple two-day process. “Floor preparation is a critical part of the installation process,” Elliott says. “We grind the surface of the concrete to open it up and allow our coating to bond properly. A dust-collection vacuum system is used to keep concrete dust to a minimum. We then apply a base coat and a full layer of resin chips. The chips provide an added layer of durability and

a slip-resistant texture. The floor cures overnight, and a top coat is applied on the second day.” Within 24 hours, the floor has cured and is ready for use. If you are ready to get your garage in tip-top shape, remember Tailored Living. Get started by visiting them online at or give them a call at 317-842-4272.

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Gradison DesignBuild creates dream homes in the absolute best locations and beautiful locales.


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design and build the custom home they want. They build a relationship with their clients first, before anything is even put on paper. They make sure the client is heavily involved from start to finish. The Gradison Design-Build’s team of experts examine every detail of what your custom home will be, from your basic needs and budget to your musthave visions. They also have a drive for collaboration to make sure every client is able to include their input and opinions. “We understand that building a home may not be the most important thing in your life, but without a proven process it can be overwhelming,” says Joe Gradison, who oversees the design-build process. “There’s a lot of stress – moving, selling your home, making all those big decisions. It’s easy to get stressed. Right up front, we’re collaborative, relaxed,

but frank and informative. Like homebuilding boot camp – only we’re nicer. You’ll have a realistic, clear idea of what to expect, to avoid the usual stress, panic and pitfalls.” Gradison makes sure your blueprint is perfected to build the best house for you, using specified ideas from in-house architecture and interior designers. Gradison also has specialists in kitchen design, audio and visual systems, lighting, cabinetry and flooring to personalize your home. “All the time we invest in you upfront has a purpose,” Gradison adds. “When we lock in your blueprints and specs, we can lock in your price also, making money fears obsolete.” To get started on your custom home, visit or give them a call at 317-594-7575.

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After a long day at work, there’s no better feeling than entering your dream house and feeling like you are home at last. When it comes to building dream homes, the Gradison Design-Build team has more than 30 years of experience working closely with their clients to

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At Work With An Artist by Courtney Walker

“The only thing better than a good piece of art is a good piece of cheese,” says Lead Artist of Polish Interior and Art Design, Christina Greive, while finishing up a custom painting for a client. When Christina enrolled in art school, her original plan did not include creating a design firm. Fast forward 10 years and now she’s co-owner of Polish Interiors, creating custom art, networking with other local artists and expanding her personalized touch into the design of every client’s home and business. If you were to take a tour on the artwork of Greive, you would see an array of mediums, colors, sizes and inspiration. “My ultimate goal is to create a work of art that combines a client’s unique style, my aesthetic and at least an inkling of sentimental value. Recently, I completed a ‘wine and canvas’ project in which a family of five came to our studio and each created an abstract work of art. Canvases and color options were prepped to insure a cohesive design would prevail, but honestly the sentiment associated with the end product was what made this my favorite project thus far.” Greive says. For your next custom art or interior design need, Polish Interior and Art Design has the experience and excitement to collaborate with you, your family or business! Be sure to check out their Instagram @polishinteriorandartdesign, visit them online at or give them a call at 812-653-1125.

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The design team at Custom Living, Inc. provides their clients with “a consistent predictable process in an unpredictable industry,” says Director of Internal Operations, Marissa Doner. “We strive to deliver a comprehensive, detail-oriented pre-construction process to help our clients navigate the decisions ted to pricing, floor plans, necessary for a successful project with fees being determined. fewer surprises.” When a client first begins working with Custom Living, the focus is on how their space can be better utilized to functionally and architecturally improve their lives. “We present ideas and solutions based on the customer’s wants and needs

combined with our team’s decades of design and construction experience,” Doner says. “Once concepts and preliminary pricing is approved, we move into our full service planning phase.” This includes partnering our Selections Coordinator, Shelby Black, to assist our clients in the process of picking out all the cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, paint, tile, carpets and hardwoods etc., needed to meet their individual styles and complete the space. While all of these puzzle pieces are being fitted together, pre-construction meetings and field walks by our construction team are being completed in the background.

“You will have multiple team members working with you throughout the project from start to finish while maintaining constant communication with the initial Architectural Designer. We don’t have a hand off at any time to ensure the initial expectations are carried through to completion and move in day” says Doner, noting that clear open lines of communication, have been the key to successfully reducing the stresses of remodeling and building. Get started on your next project. Give Custom Living a call at 317-626-7393 or visit them online at

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MICHELE KOKEN Michele Koken knew from a young age that design was her calling. With a grandfather as an artist and an avid antique collector for a father, she was surrounded by design, details and artistic qualities. Michele is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and has more than 15 years of experience in the design industry. She is the owner of MB Designs, LLC, a full service interior design firm specializing in custom residential design. Michele is best known for creating beautiful interiors that are functional, comfortable and timeless. She focuses on attention to detail, quality and professionalism. She has received several awards for her design projects in the Indianapolis area. Originally from Maysville, Kentucky, Michele now resides in Noblesville with her husband Tom and dog Watson. In her free time, Michele enjoys antiquing, traveling and spending time with family.



As one of Indy’s Top 5 interior design firms, it is Elle Designs passion to help others create spaces where “Life Experiences” unfold. As a multidisciplinary design firm, Elle Designs can help with Residential, Commercial, Destination, and Event Designs. Danielle will guide you through your project every step of the way!

Ardent is a full service interior architecture and design firm created by principle designer, Kristen Moorehouse. With almost a decade of design experience the firms mission is dedicated to offering its clients classically radiant and functional spaces.

Danielle’s design expertise is quite diverse. Her design work has been published and granted several awards. You might catch Danielle hosting a design segment on Indy’s Wish-TV Indy Style, sharing tips and tricks of the trade. Danielle is a Registered Interior Designer, Professional Member of American Society of Interior Designers, and holds her Professional Licensure in Interior Design. Danielle resides in the Indianapolis area with her family. She loves to travel, exploring stateside and abroad, grabbing coffee and perfecting the art of shopping. Elle Designs proudly celebrates “A Decade of Design” this March as they kick off their 10 Year Anniversary! Every project has a story, let Elle Designs help you tell yours!

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Kristen studied interior design at The Art Institute of Indianapolis where she was trained in all aspects of design in both commerical and residential applications. Through her studies, years in the field and travels from around the world, Kristen has aquired a true appreciation for all design styles. Kristen is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hiking, fishing, working in the garden and bike riding. She also enjoys cooking, DIY projects and traveling during her free time. Kristen has three kids: Dylan, Devin and Ellie. The group enjoys doing projects around the house together and playing with their dogs Rocko and Hera. She wholeheartedly believes that everyone deserves personally tailored design for spaces they can be proud of and thrive in.





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2. David Pisacane Emergent Construction, Chad Litherland Emergent Construction, Matt Troyer Emergent Construction, David Decker Haven 3. Millie Hindes Watergate Roofing, Mia Farrell Nailed It Remodeling, Erin Moore California Closets 12.


4. Stephanie Riwitis Mont Granite, Joe Garcia G&G Custom Homes, Darik Campbell Mont Granite, Tom Watson G&G Custom Homes 5. DJ Gabby Love 6. Haven Magazine 7. Cannon Ball Brewing Company 8. Ben Davis BBG Construction, Chris Carnell Christopher Scott Homes


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10. Kate Collins BAGI, Steve Lains BAGI, Drake Branda BAGI, Dave and Stacey Sobczak Sobczak Construction 11. Karen Tanner Tanner Real Estate Group, Jamie Sangar Haven, Annie Schweiger Tanner Real Estate Group 12. Jonel Thaller, Joe Evans ACo 13. Brenden Kelly, Laura Stumpf, Amelia Riddle 17.


14. Kristen Krempp BAGI, Jason Ells Custom Concrete 15. Tim Eckert Weber Concrete, Tom Gibson 16. Kourtney Zahn Chimney and Masonry Outfitters 17. Brian Schutt Homesense Heating and Cooling, Brad Frye Davis Homes, Paul Carroll Mercer Belanger 18. Rob Delaby Oasis Living and Landscapes

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ANABEL HAVIZA Anabel Haviza, owner and realtor of Anabel & Co. Realty says it’s an amazing feeling to be invited to help clients negotiate their most valuable investments. “The strength of your agent can either make you or break you financially, for years to come,” Haviza says. “I’ve been described as a bulldog and a thoroughbred racehorse. I negotiate hard for my clients, and I have a ‘no-quit’ attitude & work ethic. I’m very personable and connect well with many personality types, and my tenacity and attention to detail are admired. I aim to provide ‘concierge level service’ to make a very stressful process as painless as possible.” Haviza started in real estate by selling new construction for a national builder for four years. As a top real estate professional, clients value her client-first approach and can count on the necessary qualities of a valued professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge. Whether you are buying or selling, Haviza will be there to listen to all your specific needs. You will receive a high level of personal service and attention that will exceed your expectations. She is dedicated to providing excellent customer service before, during and after every transaction.


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PHIL HOTLE Phil Hotle, a Realtor with Century 21 Scheetz for the last 11 years, always goes the extra mile for his clients. With a lifetime of experience in sales, he loves helping people look for a great new home that will fit their needs. He also enjoys helping sellers successfully market and sell their homes for the highest price possible. “Before I was Realtor, I was a manufactures rep for 30 years,” Hotle says. “So, I have always been in sales, but now in a different commodity helping my clients buy and sell homes. I feel that my strengths are in customer service and always doing the right things for my clients. If you do a good job for them, then you have a client for life.” Phil believes the time to buy or sell is now. “Homes are bought and sold year-round,” Hotle says. “Typically, people with families want to be in their new home before the start of school or by the holidays, and I can help with that. We will find just the right house for you, and at the end of the day, everyone will be happy.”



LAURA TURNER Upon graduating from Ball State University in 2003, Laura has resided in Fishers for 12 years with her husband and two elementary age daughters. In the spring, she is often seen on the sidelines of the softball fields cheering her daughters on. Laura has you covered through every step of the home buying and selling process. She started her career in New Construction with one of the leading builders in Hamilton County. This gave her the platform and knowledge to make her successful in today’s market. She brings an unparalleled amount of knowledge to buyers and sellers in the Fishers, Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville and surrounding Indianapolis areas. One of her biggest accomplishments is building her business solely on referrals of past and present clients, making her number No. 3 within F.C. Tucker and No. 1 in Fishers. That consists of more than 760 Homes sold in 7 years. She is also ranked in the Top 1 percent of all MIBOR affiliated agents.



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