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CONTENTS<br />

SUMMER <strong>2020</strong><br />

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OUTSTANDING OUTDOOR SPACES<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

SUMMER <strong>2020</strong><br />

LANDSCAPE<br />

20 WRITER’S RETREAT<br />

Springboro back yard inspires creativity<br />

KITCHEN<br />

30 FUNDAMENTAL FLOW<br />

A kitchen and laundry space is artfully<br />

reimagined for a family in New Albany<br />

MEET AND GREET<br />

38 KEN AND DARIN RIEMAN<br />

CUSTOM DISTRIBUTORS<br />

Brothers who share with us their take on<br />

appliances: past, present and future<br />

OUTDOOR<br />

40 LAYERS OF OUTDOOR LIVING<br />

Western Hills couple welcomes a<br />

long-awaited open-air space<br />

INTERIOR DESIGN<br />

62 MAGICAL TURMERIC<br />

A sprinkle of this earthy tone can bring<br />

life to any room<br />

NEW HOMES<br />

6 6 TAKING THE ACTION OUTSIDE<br />

Pool area, patio and lower level are<br />

designed for family fun<br />

73 IT’S CLEARLY ABOUT THE VIEW<br />

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DEPARTMENTS<br />

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Writer's<br />

Retreat<br />

Springboro back yard<br />

inspires creativity<br />

BY ABBY WEINGARTEN | Photos by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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1<br />

A dry creek bed made of<br />

smooth rounded stones,<br />

runs in an arc on the far<br />

side of the pavilion.<br />

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With its vibrant blooms and natural stone accents,<br />

this garden getaway which boasts a pavilion, a<br />

patio and exquisite plantings, was envisioned as<br />

an open-air oasis for novelist Katrina Kittle and<br />

her partner, Jason Jones.<br />

“We love this outdoor space so much, Kittle says. “In<br />

warm months, it truly is my outdoor office in the morning<br />

for working on my novels. It really is my happy place. When<br />

we both get home at the end of the day in the summer, the<br />

pavilion is where we catch up and talk about our days; it’s<br />

the perfect separation from the workday and for easing into<br />

relaxing.”<br />

Kittle and Jones worked on the project with Dave<br />

Swearingen, a landscape architect with The Site Group in<br />

New Carlisle.<br />

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3<br />

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Humble beginnings<br />

“There was really nothing in the backyard<br />

before we started this project, just the deck,<br />

Swearingen says. “The couple’s vision was<br />

to have an outdoor space that was covered.<br />

They wanted to expand their patio and<br />

entertaining area and didn’t have a lot of<br />

need for yard space.”<br />

The home itself is a traditional-style<br />

structure that was built in 1993 and purchased<br />

in 2009, with 3,300 square feet of<br />

space, four bedrooms and 2-½ bathrooms.<br />

The roofline of the outdoor pavilion is an<br />

extension of the home’s high windows,<br />

and Swearingen designed the new exterior<br />

structures around that framework.<br />

“They have nice, big windows, and they<br />

wanted to look out on their back yard,”<br />

Swearingen says. “They have a Tudor-style<br />

home with stucco board and rough timber<br />

framing, so we were able to pull those into<br />

the outdoor space as well.”<br />

Subtle splashes of color<br />

To incorporate these looks, Swearingen<br />

used pavers and natural stone--specifically<br />

Banas stone in lavender. “I thought it was<br />

a really nice combination of color because<br />

their house has a little bit of a yellow tint<br />

4<br />

to it and this stone has a lavender tint,”<br />

5<br />

Swearingen says. “We just used a standard<br />

paver for a lot of the sidewalks, but as it<br />

opens up and certain spaces become more<br />

important, we used the natural stone in<br />

the entertaining spaces as highlights. It’s<br />

just a way of sort of using both materials—the<br />

pavers as well as the natural<br />

stone—to upgrade the space without<br />

totally breaking the budget.” ➻<br />

2 Multiple clay pots with annuals,<br />

including sweet potato vines, petunias<br />

and coleus, add punches of season-long<br />

color.<br />

3 Dual chaise lounges are a perfect<br />

choice for end-of-the-day relaxation.<br />

4 Inspiration for the pavilion’s timber<br />

and stucco construction was borrowed<br />

from the home’s Tudor style.<br />

5 The eight-seater table is used for<br />

casual, or elegant, outdoor dining.<br />

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7<br />

Jason carefully placed accent lighting<br />

to invite visitors to move fluidly<br />

through the grounds.<br />

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Purple phlox add punch in front of a band of orange day lilies.<br />

8<br />

The write stuff<br />

“I just get this picture of Katrina, being a writer and being<br />

out in that space,” Swearingen says. “I picture her using that<br />

area to sort of get a different perspective and get inspired<br />

in a different way.”<br />

And she does get inspired, to write and to garden.<br />

She dedicated a large stretch of yard to pollinators full of<br />

plants to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, like<br />

daisies, coneflowers, tiger lilies, peonies, sedum, cosmos,<br />

hydrangea, coreopsis, Veronica, hyssop, primrose, phlox,<br />

bee balm, liatris and butterfly bush, as well as annuals like<br />

geraniums and snapdragons.<br />

“I get a lot of great ideas while I’m mindlessly working<br />

away with my hands out there,” Kittle says. “I always joke<br />

that I grow a lot more than plants out in this yard.”<br />

Plenty of outdoor options<br />

There is also a large sitting area with an eight-seater table<br />

for outdoor dinners. The couple has used the space to host<br />

brunches, Fourth of July celebrations, two family reunion<br />

cookouts, a Mother’s Day cookout, and smaller gatherings-<br />

-like writers’ groups-- around the fire pit.<br />

“We wanted the space to be large enough so we could<br />

do pretty much anything with it,” says Jones, who owns a<br />

residential and commercial window tinting business and<br />

enjoys the tranquility of the backyard after work. “If we<br />

have a bunch of friends over, we can have dinner out there,<br />

so it’s kind of like a living room at the same time.”<br />

There is also an abundance of electrical outlets, including<br />

one up high in the pavilion for a mounted TV screen.<br />

“The backyard definitely has enough electricity so it<br />

doesn’t matter what we want to do, there is power galore.<br />

It’s just a multi-use area,” Jones says. “If Katrina wants to<br />

go out there for writing, it can be a great space for her. She<br />

has plenty of room to sprawl out and she has the whole<br />

back yard to look out on. And, over time, as the cherry and<br />

maple trees mature, they’ll kind of grow up and over the<br />

walkway to create a canopy. It’s just beautiful.”<br />

The entire project was a collaborative undertaking, and<br />

both parties were equally pleased with the result.<br />

“Overall, I was really happy with the way it turned out.<br />

When we have an indoor space in our homes, we have<br />

floors, walls and ceilings. The ceiling does create an element<br />

of the space, and the openness or grandeur can be<br />

affected by that ceiling,” Swearingen says. “So often, outside,<br />

we don’t put ceilings up. But there’s a certain intimacy<br />

developed inside a room outside when you have a ceiling.<br />

You can sit out there in the hot sun or even the rain. It’s a<br />

getaway in their own backyard.”<br />

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RESOURCES<br />

Landscape architect:<br />

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Electrical work: Leon Garber<br />

Decking boards: Timber Tech from<br />

Requarth Lumber in Dayton<br />

9<br />

10<br />

9 A garden gargoyle is perched behind<br />

a cluster of flowers that are just about<br />

to bloom.<br />

10 Rose Milkweed is a favorite food<br />

of monarch butterflies.<br />

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8<br />

A perimeter ring of tiger lilies,<br />

peonies, phlox, arbor vitae and<br />

more, designed and installed by the<br />

homeowners, adds considerable<br />

charm to the space.<br />

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1<br />

Five-year-old George and<br />

8-year-old Jackson enjoy<br />

an after school snack with<br />

their mother.<br />

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Fundamental<br />

ᄑlow<br />

A kitchen and laundry space is artfully<br />

reimagined for a family in New Albany<br />

BY SUSAN ZINGRAF | Photos by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

2<br />

“Space reconfiguration leads to a lifestyle synch,” explains Sarah, a New Albany homeowner<br />

who, along with her husband Chris, renovated their kitchen and laundry room<br />

to create new spaces expertly aligned to their family’s needs and desires.<br />

➻<br />

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3<br />

The couple worked with the team at Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers in a collaboration which<br />

brought flow, connectivity and organization to the heart of this busy home.<br />

Transforming their 1990s kitchen into a modernized and efficient design involved the reorientation<br />

of certain key elements. Removing a partial wall and support beam between the kitchen and eating<br />

area was one, repositioning and extending a new island to be parallel with the sink was another.<br />

These fundamental changes opened the flow and connected the entire space.<br />

“We never had good connectivity between the eat-in area and the kitchen due to the partial wall<br />

and support beam “It also felt strange due to the garage entry door being next to the table,” Sarah<br />

explains. “It all came together thanks to Michelle’s design.”<br />

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Getting warmed up<br />

The aesthetics of the kitchen embody<br />

the neutral color palette and bungalow<br />

feel found throughout the rest of<br />

the house. Interior designer Michelle<br />

Mixter of Dave Fox, who had worked<br />

with the couple previously, knew their<br />

design look and lifestyle well.<br />

“I had a great advantage because I’ve<br />

done three other projects with Chris<br />

and Sarah,” Michelle says, “I understood<br />

the kitchen needed to be a nice<br />

calm space with warmth in it.”<br />

Michelle worked to balance the crisp,<br />

white cabinets and countertops the<br />

couple desired by bringing in warm<br />

tones of an oak-stained hardwood floor,<br />

natural hickory on the island, and a rustic<br />

barn-style hood. Wood inlay on the<br />

glass paneled accent cabinets surrounding<br />

the hood also ties in warmth and<br />

softens the cabinetry. Mixed metals<br />

and textures in the hardware, light fixtures<br />

and backsplash across the kitchen<br />

add points of distinction and subtle<br />

natural color.<br />

Intuitive organization<br />

Strategizing storage was a key part of<br />

the kitchen design as well. Most of the<br />

functional cabinetry is underneath the<br />

counters instead of overhead, offering<br />

ease of reach and organization. The<br />

stately island cleverly organizes appliances<br />

and storage including a beverage<br />

center, microwave, drawers, and<br />

dedicated spice and oil cabinets near<br />

the range. The wall of white cabinetry<br />

off the island with pantry storage and<br />

paneled Thermador refrigerator gives<br />

easy access to these popular places.<br />

“We were nervous at first about losing<br />

overhead cabinet space,” Sarah says.<br />

“But having everything organized intuitively<br />

made all the difference.”<br />

2 A partial wall was removed to open<br />

the main kitchen up to the eating area.<br />

3 Woods in the floor, island, upper<br />

cabinetry and range hood go far to<br />

create a feeling of warmth.<br />

Beverage drawers and a<br />

microwave are strategically<br />

positioned on the working<br />

side of the island.<br />

4<br />

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Ease of entry<br />

The new laundry and mudroom creates<br />

the much needed “drop zone” for<br />

the family. Gaining the space and good<br />

flow into the house required changing<br />

the entry points from the garage and<br />

into the kitchen. The resulting design<br />

gives the family the perfect place to<br />

land and organize their wares before<br />

entering the kitchen. The room’s style<br />

is a natural extension of the kitchen<br />

with predominately white features<br />

warmed by a custom wood bench and<br />

wood tone on a ceramic tile floor.<br />

The journey of synching up these<br />

spaces to meet needs and lifestyle of<br />

this family was another successful project<br />

for both sides. Michelle concludes,<br />

“It’s been a great experience to be Sarah<br />

and Chris’ advocate and partner along<br />

the way, understanding their needs,<br />

and pushing them in directions to take<br />

more creative freedom.” For Sarah,<br />

“The team at Dave Fox is incredible,<br />

their ability to pull together for their<br />

clients and watch every detail really<br />

came through.”<br />

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Reworking the floor plan, allows the<br />

family members to now enter the<br />

home through this mud/laundry room.<br />

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A generous laundry space is<br />

conveniently tucked just steps<br />

away from the kitchen.<br />

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RESOURCES<br />

Contractor: Dave Fox Design-Build<br />

Remodeling with design consultant Keith<br />

Sharrock, interior designer Michelle Mixter<br />

and project manager Dennis Nelson<br />

Cabinetry: Custom Wood Products,<br />

beaded, inset, painted and rustic hickory<br />

Flooring: Oak stained on site to match<br />

existing Countertops and backsplash<br />

at sink: Cambria Quartz Ironsbridge<br />

Countertop fabricator: Konkus Marble<br />

and Granite Tile: Herringbone Adex Neri<br />

Collection 2x8 Gloss, Hamilton Parker Sink:<br />

Kohler Whitehaven apron front sink, Ferguson<br />

Faucets: Pull Down Faucet, Kohler<br />

Artifacts in oiled rubbed bronze, Ferguson<br />

Appliances: Thermador range hood,<br />

dishwasher, range, refrigerator and beverage<br />

refrigerator, and Sharp microwave drawer, all<br />

from Ferguson Lighting: Yeon Collection<br />

pendants, Conica 30” drum over table; black<br />

and warm brass window sconces Bench<br />

top and table and mudroom bench:<br />

Custom in solid wood, Edgework Creative<br />

8<br />

7 Glossy quartz meets herringbone tile in the backsplash<br />

area near the sink.<br />

8 An expansive refrigerator/freezer is cleverly concealed<br />

behind cabinetry panels.<br />

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Crisp white finishes<br />

on the sink wall help<br />

open up the visual<br />

flow of the space.<br />

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meet<br />

greet<br />

Brothers Ken and Darin Rieman, have grown Custom<br />

Distributors – which began with two employees and a pickup<br />

truck in 1985 – to an enterprise with 76 employees and retail<br />

locations in <strong>Cincinnati</strong>, Dayton, Columbus and Tampa. They<br />

share with us their take on appliances: past, present and future.<br />

BY KAREN BRADNER<br />

Photo by Connie Kimsey<br />

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Q What launched your family into the appliance sales arena?<br />

A KEN: With our father’s and his business partner’s financing, our Uncle Bob and I started driving door-todoor<br />

to residential building sites and taking orders. Darin joined us straight out of college in 1991.<br />

We both were raised with a strong work ethic thanks to our dad’s influence. We had a salt delivery<br />

business. We took people’s garbage out. We knew how to keep a ledger. We had all sorts of odd jobs.<br />

Dad was trying to get us prepared.<br />

Q You’ve been around for 35 years. How would you sum up the evolution of appliances in that period of time?<br />

A KEN: In 1985, the highest-end appliance you could buy was a JennAir 30-inch range with a downdraft.<br />

Convection ovens were just starting to be part of the conversation. Finishes came in black, white or<br />

almond. Harvest gold was on its way out, avocado green had already left the building. We saw the first<br />

stainless steel piece in 1987. It was a Viking Range. At the time it was incredibly industrial looking.<br />

Today, 90 percent of the appliances we sell are stainless steel.<br />

Q How are technological advances shaping the market?<br />

A DARIN: Today’s consumers are interested in speed and steam for faster and healthier cooking.<br />

Also there’s a race among manufacturers to get all of the different product lines “connected.”<br />

Q What does it mean for appliances to be connected?<br />

A DARIN: Smart apps and appliances working together to make life a bit easier.<br />

KEN: For example, artificial intelligence is used to inventory the contents of a refrigerator. Connected<br />

food apps then suggest recipes for dinners based on those contents. A range can be connected with a<br />

hood to signal the start of the exhaust fan. A refrigerator can serve as a command center with a touch<br />

screen featuring Wi-Fi, voice activation, cameras and more.<br />

Q If someone’s budget allows them to be extravagant on one appliance. What would you suggest they buy?<br />

A KEN: A professional range. It’s the focal point of a kitchen.<br />

Q What makes a range professional?<br />

A KEN: SIZE: They are often 48” wide and can be as wide as 60”. PERFORMANCE: They should have<br />

both a low and high range BTU. For example, low for melting and simmering, high for blackening and stir<br />

frying. A CONVECTION OVEN: It cooks up to 25 percent faster with fan-circulated heat, without the<br />

usual hot spots created in a traditional oven.<br />

Cookware used during convection cooking, should have low, or no<br />

sides to allow the circulating air to reach all sides of the food.<br />

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Layers oဤ<br />

ᄲutdoor<br />

ᄥivinဨ<br />

Western Hills couple welcomes a<br />

long-awaited open-air space<br />

BY KAREN BRADNER<br />

Some of us are comfortable making knee-jerk decisions, throwing<br />

caution to the wind and seeing how things play out. Then<br />

there are others who like to let their ideas stew for a good long<br />

time, carefully weighing all the pros and cons before making their<br />

move. In one home on the west side of <strong>Cincinnati</strong> lives a couple<br />

who clearly belong in the latter group. ➻<br />

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1<br />

The deck levels were<br />

carefully planned to<br />

keep the outlook<br />

visible from any point.<br />

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“This project was something that we<br />

entertained 13 years ago,” says Jenny<br />

who lives with her husband Larry in<br />

a hillside home with a sweeping Ohio<br />

River view. The two purchased the<br />

place a couple of years earlier and soon<br />

started getting the itch to expand their<br />

outdoor living area.<br />

Originally, the deck was quite a bit<br />

smaller. There wasn’t a lot of room to<br />

entertain,” Jenny says. “In the back<br />

yard, there was nothing but a concrete<br />

slab patio and grass. We didn’t use that<br />

area at all. Only the dogs went back<br />

there.”<br />

Their blended family includes six<br />

children who are now all grown and<br />

out of the house—some of them with<br />

children of their own. Jenny says they<br />

wanted a friendly, outside entertaining<br />

space which would help encourage the<br />

kids and grandkids to stop by.<br />

A trusted resource<br />

When their ideas finally firmed up and they were ready to act, they contacted the<br />

team at Neal’s Design-Remodel. They had worked with Neal’s on a couple of earlier<br />

projects—a master bath and basement remodel—and were fans. “Working with<br />

Neal’s was an awesome experience,” Jenny says.<br />

After meeting with the couple, Steve Hendy from Neal’s knew what would be<br />

his team’s primary challenge on the project. “The house sat up high on the hill<br />

with a beautiful river view,” Hendy says. We needed to be careful not to block that<br />

view from any level.”<br />

Neal’s designer on the project, Bob Voigt worked with Hendy and the homeowners<br />

to create multiple levels of entertainment/living spaces that would not<br />

obstruct each other’s view.<br />

For example, when Larry takes up his duties at the grill, he is in the center of<br />

the activity at the upper deck, can talk easily with the folks a few steps down in<br />

the dining area, plus he can see all of the activity in the pool and look past that to<br />

the amazing river view.<br />

“That grill is placed in the quintessential spot,” Hendy says. “Larry is right<br />

there in the center of all the action.” Hendy explains that often the grill is tucked<br />

off to the side somewhere and causing the chef to be excluded from dinner time<br />

conversation. Not so in this case.<br />

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3<br />

Here comes the sun<br />

Another creative solution came in the form of a retractable screen on the upper<br />

deck. This area faces due west, and often harsh sunlight prevented the couple<br />

from taking advantage of the view from this perch.<br />

“I remember during our first conversation, Jenny was excited when I mentioned<br />

adding in an operable screen,” Hendy says. The screen, which retracts into<br />

the ceiling 14 feet above the deck floor, keeps bugs out in the warmer months,<br />

allowing French doors to remain open for an easy traffic flow.<br />

Fabric with a degree of sun blockage allows the screen to be used as a visor<br />

of sorts. The couple can electronically lower the screen a few feet—enough to<br />

shade their eyes without obstructing the view. Also in cooler months, to a certain<br />

extent, the screen helps keep in a bit of warmth created by the three heaters<br />

placed high up on the exterior walls of the deck space.<br />

“We eat dinner on this deck year round,” Jenny says. “With the heaters and<br />

the fireplace, we can be out there even in January.” In fact during the recent<br />

quarantine, when the couple was off work for a couple of months, they spent<br />

many of their afternoons on this deck watching Governors DeWine and Beshear<br />

give their daily updates.<br />

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Another challenge on this level was to incorporate multiple power switches for<br />

the various outdoor spaces. Due to safety codes, outdoor outlets and controls can<br />

5<br />

be rather large and unattractive, Hendy says. Jenny preferred not to have all of<br />

those pieces detract from the aesthetics of the space.<br />

“That was a particular challenge for our stone mason,” Hendy adds. To meet<br />

that challenge, his team created a clever hidden door in the fireplace with a shape<br />

determined by the wall’s natural stone. ➻<br />

2 This upper deck was part of the original home. The fireplace, TV, screen<br />

and heaters are new.<br />

3 This aerial view shows an outdoor space that is in keeping with the size of<br />

the 5,000 plus-square-foot home.<br />

4 A cleverly-disguised control center is hidden in the fireplace stone.<br />

5 A feature wall with waterfalls adds soothing sounds into the mix.<br />

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Made in the shade<br />

Moving to the lower level, where a<br />

covered pool patio sits below the upper<br />

deck, a second television and grill, a<br />

refrigerator and plenty of comfy furniture<br />

offer another center for entertaining,<br />

or perhaps just a shady break<br />

from the pool. Neal’s made this area<br />

functional during inclement weather,<br />

by installing a weather protection system<br />

which keeps this area safe from<br />

rain. This allowed them to install a<br />

wood ceiling and recess lights, making<br />

this space as warm and cozy as possible.<br />

The free-form shape of the pool was<br />

one of handful of designs submitted<br />

by Klimat Master Pools. The couple<br />

picked a curvy version that they felt<br />

was more reminiscent of a pond. A<br />

feature wall, complete with a trio of<br />

waterfalls, is one more reason to draw<br />

the eye west toward the river. Accent<br />

lighting provides additional ambience<br />

in the evenings. To give the entire<br />

space a natural, finished look, Werbrich<br />

Landscaping created an organic flow<br />

with pavers, walkways and plantings<br />

that make the addition look perfectly at<br />

home in its hillside location.<br />

It’s been just about a year since construction<br />

was completed on this new<br />

outdoor oasis. When asked if the couple<br />

would ever consider moving, Jenny<br />

answers, “No. Absolutely not. We are<br />

staying put.”<br />

It appears that those 13 years of<br />

careful planning and consideration,<br />

paid off nicely.<br />

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8<br />

6 Originally, multiple deck posts<br />

blocked the view from the lowerlevel<br />

patio to the pool. Neal’s added a<br />

large support beam to allow them to<br />

remove several of the posts.<br />

7 The grill is strategically placed<br />

to keep the chef close to the<br />

conversation.<br />

8 A natural stone path leads from the<br />

driveway to the back yard.<br />

9 The fireplace, along with three<br />

heaters, makes the deck usable on all<br />

but the very coldest of days.<br />

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RESOURCES<br />

Design and construction Neal’s<br />

Design-Remodel Landscaping and<br />

hardscape Werbrich’s Landscaping<br />

Pool and water feature wall Klimat<br />

Master Pools Upper deck heaters<br />

Infratech Weather protection<br />

DekDrain Retractable Screen<br />

Tristate Retractable Screens Cultured<br />

stone, hearth stone, concrete<br />

mantel Western Hills Builder’s Supply<br />

Fireplace Montigo Grill American<br />

Outdoor, Western Hills Builder’s Supply<br />

Countertops New Venetian Gold<br />

granite, KBR Decking Sapele Legacy<br />

Collection from TimberTech Railing<br />

Aluminum American Series in bronze,<br />

Key-Link Stainless steel cabinetry<br />

<strong>Summer</strong>set in grilling area, Challenger<br />

Designs in pool patio Original<br />

homebuilder Hensley Custom Building<br />

Group<br />

10<br />

The homeowners wanted a more<br />

organically-shaped pool, rather<br />

than a rectangular design.<br />

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20 Years of <strong>Housetrends</strong> Showcase<br />

Outstanding Outdoor Spaces<br />

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we selected these spectacular settings<br />

to showcase some of our favorites throughout the years.<br />

2000-<strong>2020</strong><br />

Dayton, Ohio 2010<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

Patio nook<br />

Basalt stone pavers from Turkey offer neutral color and clean lines<br />

consistent with the contemporary architecture of this Kettering<br />

house. A three-stream fountain features board and batten redwood,<br />

a Frank Lloyd Wright-style addition, which sets the fountain as the<br />

patio’s centerpiece. »<br />

RESOURCES<br />

D e s i g n<br />

Design Paver Planet<br />

Patio pavers<br />

Snyder Brick & Block<br />

Cut stone work<br />

Gregory Stone<br />

Landscape walls<br />

Area Wide Services<br />

Furnishings<br />

Crate & Barrel<br />

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Photo by Robin Victor Goetz<br />

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Lush<br />

and<br />

Liquid<br />

A cascade of greenery<br />

frames a waterfall, flowing<br />

into a pond teeming<br />

with koi fish and meanders<br />

toward the horizon.<br />

This two-acre oasis in<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong> grew organically<br />

over 15 years, guided by<br />

the thoughtful design and<br />

dauntless imagination of<br />

the homeowner and her<br />

designer and is enjoyed by<br />

her dog Sadie. »<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong>, Ohio 2016<br />

RESOURCE<br />

D esign and installation<br />

Scenix Contractors<br />

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Columbus, Ohio 2016<br />

RESOURCES<br />

Design and installation:<br />

Clearwater Group Landscaping<br />

and Design LLC;<br />

Pavers, brick:<br />

Hamilton Parker Company<br />

going green<br />

It was important for the homeowners to keep as many trees as possible<br />

when reworking their backyard living space in New Albany.<br />

Designers replaced their small, dark patio with a bright, multi-level<br />

entertaining oasis nestled among the greenery.<br />

Photo by Susan Wilson<br />

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Lake Life<br />

A metal-roofed picnic pavilion sits on the edge of<br />

a 44,000 gallon man-made pond in Kettering. The<br />

structure houses a casual dining and cooking area,<br />

grill, refrigerator, icemaker, TV and sound system. A<br />

flagstone path leads to a gas firepit, which is fueled<br />

by lava rocks »<br />

Dayton, Ohio 2018<br />

RESOURCES<br />

Landscape design <br />

Fullmer’s Landscaping<br />

Appliances<br />

Appliance Gallery<br />

Outdoor lighting<br />

Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting<br />

Audio/video<br />

Nightstar<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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<strong>Cincinnati</strong>, Ohio 2007<br />

RESOURCES<br />

Landscaping<br />

Perrino Landscape, Inc.<br />

Fountain<br />

Renaissance Garden Accents<br />

Formal Flair<br />

Over 200 boxwood shrubs outline a series of planting beds in this<br />

formal English garden in Hyde Park. The centerpiece of this elongated<br />

alley is a large two-tiered fountain. The homeowner’s plans<br />

were to host large parties in the space with long rows of tables set on<br />

the center stretch of lawn.<br />

Photo by Johan Roetz<br />

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French Influence<br />

With multiple natural stone terraces and entertaining spaces<br />

surrounded by formal French-style parterre gardens, black<br />

wrought iron, striking red textiles, and a custom copper fountain,<br />

an Upper Arlington backyard space was transformed into a<br />

charming Parisian-inspired garden paradise. »<br />

Columbus, Ohio 2015<br />

RESOURCE<br />

Design<br />

Landfare Ltd.<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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Dayton, Ohio 2018<br />

RESOURCES<br />

Contractor and landscape<br />

designer:<br />

The Site Group, Inc.<br />

Interior designers:<br />

LM Design Group<br />

Pavers and travertine:<br />

Oberfields<br />

Deck, outdoor kitchen and<br />

privacy fence:<br />

Dave Weir Construction<br />

F e n c e :<br />

Hess Fencing<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

rustice and romantic<br />

In this lush green setting, homeowners prep their meals in their outdoor<br />

kitchen on the upper deck, then step down past the expansive fire pit area<br />

and through a gate next to the pool where a dining area is located. The fire<br />

pit is a particular favorite for this Dayton homeowner who grew up in a<br />

camping family.<br />

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Fire in the Round<br />

This aerial view makes it clear there’s room for at least 16<br />

people to gather around the glowing fire pit. The Anderson<br />

Township homeowners host frequent neighborhood gatherings<br />

and wanted a space large enough for a crowd and<br />

say, “You can see the fire pit from space.” »<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong>, Ohio 2017<br />

RESOURCE<br />

Design and installation<br />

TowneScapes<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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Columbus, Ohio 2017<br />

RESOURCES<br />

Architect <br />

Shawn Bogenrife<br />

Builder <br />

Ogden Construction Services<br />

Landscape design <br />

Klamfoth Incorporated<br />

Swimming pool <br />

The Pool People<br />

Photo by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

Contemporary Glow<br />

On a six-acre wooded lot in Granville, Ohio, this 10,500 square foot contemporary<br />

home is a glowing work of art. The resort-like outdoor entertaining area with its<br />

rectangular pool, kitchen and glass fire pit was designed to be an extension that<br />

flows easily from the interior’s architectural style.<br />

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Magical<br />

Turmeric<br />

4<br />

A sprinkle of this earthy tone<br />

can bring life to any room<br />

BY CHRISTINA KLEINER<br />

Turmeric has been used in the kitchen to add flavor to Asian<br />

dishes for centuries. A relative of ginger, the mineral-rich spice<br />

is also known for its health benefits as an anti-inflammatory<br />

and powerful antioxidant. Now, turmeric’s warm, earthy<br />

hue is popping up in interior design. The rich mustard color<br />

is appearing in everything from porcelain tile and lighting to<br />

appliances and backsplashes. Rather than shy away, consider<br />

taking a risk and adding a dash of turmeric if you are looking<br />

for that extra layer of unexpected character in your home.<br />

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1 Burst Lemonade glass tile from Artaic 2 Banga pendant light from LZF<br />

3 Blooming floral pillow from Ethan Allen 4 Freestanding mini fridge from Big Chill<br />

5 Lucy glass jar from Ethan Allen 6 Casablanca Sahara Hex porcelain tile from Nemo<br />

7 Three sunny dish deisigned by Michele Quan from ABC Carpet<br />

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Even though they only moved six minutes away—from one section of<br />

Bridgetown to another—when Chris and David Hoffman decided to build a<br />

new home, they were ready to change things up a bit.<br />

A few lifestyle changes were befitting their empty nester status including<br />

trading their two-story floorplan for a ranch with a lower-level walkout. But<br />

many of their decisions were made with the idea of bringing their birds—four<br />

children and their families—back to the nest on a regular basis. ➻<br />

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Shade can be found on<br />

the first floor patio, or<br />

under the oversized<br />

poolside umbrella.<br />

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Family for now<br />

Construction was complete in February of this year, just before<br />

the Covid-19 quarantine began.“When it’s safe, we really want to<br />

have friends over. “I love to entertain,” Chris says, “and this is just<br />

the house for that. For now, one night a week, the couple hosts<br />

a family dinner, always eating outside whenever possible. That<br />

comes as no surprise when you see what outside has to offer.<br />

A definite draw is the 20-foot by 38-foot rectangular pool<br />

that features bubblers in the shallow end where the five<br />

grandchildren spend a good deal of time playing, and a sun<br />

shelf where the adults can relax and watch the activity. A sheer<br />

descent waterfall adds a whole other layer of interest. All of<br />

these features are showcased in a rainbow of accent lighting<br />

beginning at dusk.<br />

When they’re not in the water, the family relaxes in any<br />

of the several poolside spaces available to them. Furnishings<br />

for all of these areas—as well as many rooms inside—were<br />

supplied by Watson’s and selected by Chris’s much-loved<br />

interior designer, Henry Vittetoe.<br />

A common theme<br />

On a walking tour of these areas, the homeowner points out<br />

that just about every item in these rooms came from Watson’s.<br />

“Even the garbage can came from Watson’s,” she adds.<br />

And she’s not kidding. Outside she points out multiple<br />

seating areas, including a four-top and an eight-top table with<br />

swivel chairs just steps from the pool. Four lounge chairs are<br />

positioned alongside two coolers which are cleverly concealed<br />

as flowerpots. A cushioned love seat, two chairs, an ottoman<br />

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1 Overstuffed chairs are taken outdoors on this patio just<br />

steps from the kitchen. 3 The lower level is the gathering spot<br />

for watching sports. 4 This cocktail table doubles as a workstation<br />

when David decides to work outside. Photo inset on<br />

TV: Hoffman grandchildren left to right: Jackson, Riley, Drew,<br />

Anna and Avery. 5 Swivel chairs allow diners to see what’s<br />

happening in any direction. 6 A high-top, pub-style table offers<br />

casual seating near the golf simulator.<br />

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and a teacart outfit the covered patio just off<br />

the kitchen, along with a cocktail table for<br />

two—which David is using as a workstation<br />

while Covid-19 has him working from home.<br />

“My husband would be outside all of the time<br />

if he could be,” Chris says.<br />

Once the workday is complete, a favorite<br />

spot to relax for both Chris and David, is one<br />

of the cushioned chairs, which are covered in<br />

custom fabrics Vittetoe selected. “Those are<br />

amazing chairs that are so easy to fall asleep<br />

in,” Chris says.<br />

Happening inside<br />

The lower level features water resistant floors,<br />

which Chris says is great for little swimmers<br />

“coming in and out, in and out, and in and out.”<br />

This space features a comfy sectional perfect<br />

for catching the game and a substantial bar<br />

area equipped with barstools, a high-top table<br />

for four and a Golden Tee Home Edition arcade<br />

game—again all from Watson’s.<br />

While Watson’s has been helping families<br />

bring more fun and relaxation to their homes<br />

for over 50 years, with a focus on outdoor furniture,<br />

pools, spas and home recreation, their<br />

recent expansion has focused on providing<br />

families with the opportunity to outfit their<br />

whole home. Inside and out. With an expansive<br />

selection of all new indoor furniture and accessories,<br />

and a focus on customization, Watson’s<br />

team of interior designers consults with clients<br />

to personalize their space to exactly their wants<br />

and needs.<br />

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More to come<br />

And believe it or not, the Hoffmans have plans<br />

to add an outdoor fireplace and seating area,<br />

and a large TV where they hope to soon be<br />

watching their favorite sports teams including<br />

FC <strong>Cincinnati</strong>. And you guessed it—they’re all<br />

coming from Watson’s. Chris says, “They’re just<br />

so easy to work with.”<br />

RESOURCES<br />

Outdoor furniture from Watson’s:<br />

Hanamint, OW Lee, Telescope and Treasure<br />

Garden Indoor furniture from Watson’s:<br />

Bernhardt, Hillsdale, Armen Living and IFD<br />

Arcade from Watson’s: Incredible Technologies<br />

Builder: Dennis Ott Builders Interior design:<br />

Henry Vittetoe, Vittetoe Interior Design Inc.<br />

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Trim and spruce up landscaping as well.<br />

2. Neutral wins. Fresh, neutral paint and newer carpeting go<br />

a long way in helping a buyer to see a house as “move-inready”.<br />

3. Consult with a professional stager. This does not<br />

necessarily mean bringing in different furniture. A staging<br />

expert can help re-envision existing furniture placement to<br />

make each room look its best.<br />

4. Don’t underestimate the power of quality, professional<br />

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neighbor likely sold quickly for above list price due to low<br />

inventory, not due to underpricing.<br />

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10. Enlist a real estate professional. The advice of a<br />

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BY KAREN BRADNER | Photos by Lisa VonLuehrte/LiVon Photography<br />

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Black windows are red-hot right<br />

now. It’s a trend that seriously<br />

took hold when farmhouse-style<br />

homes began entering the picture<br />

with their classic four-light grid<br />

windows. But it also carries through<br />

to contemporary homes which<br />

typically feature grid-free casement<br />

or slider windows to complement<br />

that style’s crisp, clean lines.<br />

“It’s been that way for four to five<br />

years,” says Brett Howard, division sales<br />

representative for Pella Windows and<br />

Doors in <strong>Cincinnati</strong>. “Black finishes are<br />

very popular right now.”<br />

With 17 years of window sales<br />

experience under his belt, Howard has<br />

seen trends come and go. When asked<br />

if the trend toward black is going to<br />

stick around for a while he says, “That’s<br />

a good question. I don’t have a definite<br />

answer, but it appears like it’s not going<br />

away anytime soon.”<br />

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A home show standout<br />

The majority of Howard’s work involves<br />

new home construction, and he is<br />

quick to point out that all but one of<br />

the homes in this year’s Homearama<br />

feature black windows.<br />

One such Homearama builder,<br />

Redknot Homes, is also in the<br />

construction phase on another one of<br />

their projects—Pottebaum Point in<br />

Dayton, Kentucky. Howard was the<br />

point man for the windows in that<br />

venture, working closely with owner/<br />

builder Mark Pottebaum.<br />

The Pottebaum development is<br />

slated to feature 19 custom homes<br />

built into the Kentucky hillside<br />

with panoramic views of <strong>Cincinnati</strong>,<br />

Northern Kentucky and the Ohio River.<br />

Since the view is paramount to the<br />

design of these homes, windows were<br />

specified by the builder and architect to<br />

capitalize on that vantage point.<br />

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“This development is designed around<br />

city views,” says Pottebaum. “It was<br />

absolutely key that we have a lot of<br />

glass.”<br />

A 12-foot-wide, four-panel slider<br />

window, with a fixed transom above it,<br />

dominates the northwest-facing side of<br />

each home. Pottebaum said he selected<br />

Pella windows because they offer a great<br />

mix between quality, design and value.<br />

Plus, the black casements fit perfectly<br />

with the modern style of these homes.<br />

But just in case black windows<br />

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and 28 exterior paints or stains.<br />

Who knows? You might just be on<br />

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1 The 16-foot-wide deck adds a great outdoor extension for relaxing or<br />

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baths. 3 The main living areas are situated on the upper level to capitalize on<br />

the view. 4 The support beam on the main floor is painted black to complement<br />

the modern vibe of the windows. 5 This master bedroom has an outstanding view<br />

from its second-level location.<br />

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The 12-foot-wide<br />

window and a transom<br />

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to flow into the open<br />

floor plan.<br />

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RESOURCES<br />

Doors & Windows: Pella Windows and Doors<br />

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