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CONTENTS

APRIL 2021

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IT’S TIME TO TALK TILE

Patterns, textures and colors are ready to climb your walls and floors

ON THE COVER

A wall of windows lets the sun shine its light on crisp, contemporary furnishings in this

Indian Hill great room. Tour the rest of the home beginning on page 42.

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CONTENTS

APRIL 2021

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INTERIOR DESIGN

57 WORK WITH REMOTE CONTROL

Home office spaces keep us persevering

during the pandemic

NEW HOMES

28 BLACK AND WHITE AND WARM ALL OVER

Home blends a neutral palette with organic accents

42 LIVING IN A V FORMATION

Contemporary home shapes itself around the view

KITCHEN AND BATH

38 KITCHEN SHINES WITH MID-CENTURY STYLE

Update keeps in sync with home’s architecture

53 MASTER SUITE EMBRACES THE VIEW

Bedroom and bath open up and invite the outdoors in

67 BATH REMODEL IS WORTH THE WAIT

Layout rearranged to suit one couple’s wishes

FOOD AND DRINK

64 LET’S EAT: PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

The addition of oatmeal provides an extra layer of flavor

and texture

DEPARTMENTS

14 FRESH FINDS

Great discoveries we just had to share

72 AD INDEX

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EDITOR’S

NOTE

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As someone who has a tote bag full of paint chips and a shelf in my basement

full of sample pints, I have to admit I am not particularly good at making home

decorating decisions. I am convinced the perfect color, fabric, sofa, light fixture…

is out there, I just need to look in enough stores, read enough magazines,

or search enough websites to find it.

There’s no doubt this kind of hand wringing is annoying for anyone who is

unfortunate enough to be in my home listening to my laments. And I apologize

once again to my color-blind husband for my repeatedly asking “what do you

think of this color?”

But that kind of thinking came into play when I read about one of the

products showcased at February’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

BlueStar, a manufacturer of high-performance appliances, introduced a line

in which custom images can be applied directly on refrigerators and ranges.

Not only that, they offer an assortment of more than 1,000 colors, a “rainbow

of knob colors” and 10 metal trims. Whoa! That calls for a serious number of

decisions!

Publishers

Linda Bacher, Florence Murphy

Sales Associate Evelyn Yaus

Editor Karen Bradner

Creative Director Gina Miller

Quality Control Specialist Heather Fox

Social Media Coordinator

Megan Maschari

Contributing Writer Lee Rhodes

Contributing Photographers

Marshall Evan, Daniel Feldkamp, David

Kingston, Danielle Kravec, Dawn Smith,

Ross Van Pelt, Todd Yarrington

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Robert J. Slattery, Kevin Slattery

Print Services Dawn Deems

Production Manager Connie Kimsey

Website Development Bryan Fleckenstein

Founder Sam Wilder

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Editorial Inquiries

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Housetrends magazine is published by

Buzz Publications, LLC

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Cincinnati, OH 45242

And then there’s tile. While I was gathering photos for our Time to Talk Tile

article for this issue, I kept thinking about redoing my kitchen backsplash.

Would I pick a bold and colorful pattern? Or play it safe with a subtle subwaystyle

pick?

Decisions. Decisions. This whole process of making our home our own isn’t

always easy, but most of us would admit there’s an element of fun in weighing

our options. That’s the tone we try to set in each issue of Housetrends. Our

features, photos and resources are here to help make your building, remodeling,

or redecorating process a bit more pleasant. Feel free to contact us and suggest

other ways we might help!

Karen Bradner

EDITOR

Robert J. Slattery,

President and CEO,

Buzz Publications, LLC.

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It’s time to

TalkTile

Patterns, textures and colors are

ready to climb your walls and floors

It’s hard to imagine a category that offers you more choices for kitchen, bath or

flooring design selections than tile. First, there’s the material it’s made of: ceramic,

porcelain, glass, cement, metal and stone. Then there is the shape: subway,

hexagonal, square, ogee and more. Then of course the one that really

draws us in…that amazing array of colors. We’ve selected a few standouts

that come with a bit of a contemporary flair. See if you have a favorite. ➻

Astral Plane Porcelain Stone from Crossville

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Live large

Generously oversized tiles can make a

space feel larger and less busy. Fewer

grout lines help create a sleek look,

and a lower level of maintenance in

applications such as a shower surround.

Consider the Astral Plane

Porcelain Stone from Crossville. It’s

recommended for interior floors,

walls, countertops, and exterior walls

and is available in sizes 24x24, 12x24

and 6x24.

Glow with glass

While Americans primarily use tile in

kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms

and entry foyers, in other parts of

the world, it is frequently used to add

color and texture to different areas of

the home. Consider creating a focal

wall in a living room or study with

tile like Luce Clipper from Lunada

Bay. This glass tile reflects light like

sunlight shimmering on water.

1 Astral Plane Porcelain Stone from

Crossville 2 Luce Clipper in Bamboo

Garden from Lunada Bay 3 Charley

Harper for Installation from Motawi

4 Herald by Original Style 2

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Add an accent

If an overall wash of color is a bit

too much for your taste, consider a

neutral field tile with just a vibrant

accent piece scattered throughout

your design. Charley Harper for

Installation, Motawi’s 3x6 ceramic

subway tile line, features 10 of

Harper’s whimsical wildlife designs

with his characteristic midcentury

modern style.

See in 3D

Your walls and floors will come alive

when you add a three-dimensional

tile that gives the space an appealing

visual texture with a raised, uneven

look. A selection such as Herald by

Original Style tricks the eye and

makes you want to rub your hands

across its surface before you convince

yourself that it is actually flat.


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Speak with stone

It’s hard to beat the statement you make when you add the look of natural stone—granite,

marble, limestone or travertine—to a space, especially when it’s laid in large segments. Drawing

inspiration from both nature and modernist architecture, Barcelona from Walker Zanger is a

collection of glazed porcelain tiles that recreates the appearance of vein-cut onyx.


Barcelona from Walker Zanger

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Go with a classic

Hexagonal tiles are a classic that have made their way, in a one-inch format,

to bathroom floors since the early 1900s. In a stylish update, Fireclay Tile has

introduced their Ombre Hexagon 6-inch wall tiles that can be used to create

a fun and futuristic kitchen backsplash that celebrates a clean aesthetic and

bold originality.

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1 Ombre Hexagon from Fireclay Tile,

Design by Jkath Design Build + Reinvent,

Photo by Chelsie Lopez 2 Kyoto Skies

from New Ravenna 3 Sofia Mosaic in

Lemongrass from Walker Zanger

RESOURCES:

Crossville, available in Columbus at Hamilton Parker and

in Cincinnati at Louisville Tile

FireClayTile.com

Lunada Bay Tile, available at Hamilton Parker

Motawi.com

New Ravenna, available at Louisville Tile

Original Style, available at Hamilton Parker

Walker Zanger, available in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton

through Hamilton Parker

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Go big with mosaics

You can make a very big statement

with tiny tiles. Mosaic tiles, made of

ceramic, porcelain, glass, natural stone

or metal, typically come mounted on

a mesh sheet. Instead of a random

pattern, you might want to consider a

more deliberate design, such as Kyoto

Skies from New Ravenna which features

inviting graphics made of handcut

jewel glass.

Ride to Morocco

The ogee is a curved shape consisting

of a concave arc and vertical ends. This

shape is often referred to as Moroccan

and its history can be traced back to

ancient Persia. You might choose a

ceramic tile such as Sofia Mosaic from

Walker Zanger to showcase the graceful

curves and bright hues that are

indicative of this family.

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BLACK and WHITE

Beavercreek contemporary blends a neutral

palette with organic accents

BY LEE RHODES | Photos by Dawn Smith

Touches of caramel and

organic elements add to

the inviting atmosphere.

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In the White Barn Trails community in Beavercreek, the scenery

and surroundings set the tone for the homes which seamlessly

integrate into the existing landscape. The community, which

reflects country living with in-town convenience, boasts miles

of walking trails along greenways, woods and ponds, and each

home is positioned in such a way as to showcase this natural

beauty. One home in particular is a master study in elegance,

proportion, scale and light ; let it inspire the dreamer in you. ➻

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Architectural details keep the ceiling

spaces interesting throughout the home.

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The family who owns this transitionalstyle

home opted to bring the beauty of

the outdoors in. “We warmed up the

entire house with natural elements, such

as driftwood shelving, antler-inspired

chandeliers, and lots of different textures,”

says the homeowner.

These elements work nicely within the

home’s bright, airy floor plan that captures

views of the outdoors from every angle. “Our

goal is to create open and livable floor plans

for our clients that minimize wasted space,”

explains the home’s builder, Gordon White,

president and founder of G.A. White Homes.

Distinctive details

The color palette leans toward a series of

sophisticated whites and natural wood colors.

The white is juxtaposed by black tones

throughout, including black outlines around all

the windows. “The black is the accent theme to

the house,” explains the homeowner.

“We pride ourselves on the distinctive details

of our houses, putting unique and different

ideas in each,” Gordon explains. “Every house

is individual to that owner. We never build the

same thing twice.” That unique attention to

detail translates to interiors as well, because

the company has an in-house interior design

team to help with everything from furniture

to fixtures.

In this home, the homeowners wanted to create

visual interest by incorporating decorative

ceilings, such as the one in the great room. The

great room also features 30 feet of Palladian

windows overlooking the outdoors, as well as

free-floating shelves with hidden LED strip

lights for cleverly concealed accent lighting,

lending an elegant look to the shiplap wall

behind the shelves. The caramel colors within

the room compliment the hue of the wood

table and flooring.


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Open kitchen concept

The adjacent kitchen has white quartz countertops and a tone-on-tone textured

white backsplash, but also has dark accents, including on the island, bar

stools, and light fixtures. The spacious black oak table in the eating area ties

all those colors together, and this space connects to the deck, perfect for entertaining,

and showcases more spectacular outdoor views.

“I love to entertain,” says the homeowner, “and I can easily pull the plates out

of the built-in to set the table.” She’s referring to the open shelving and closed

cabinetry in her dining room. As for the kitchen, it’s a cook’s paradise, with a

48-inch range and half a dozen burners, two ovens below and many other topof-the-line

appliances. ➻

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1 The open floor plan works beautifully when

the couple entertains family and friends. 2

Black grids on the kitchen’s upper cabinets

pick up the theme of the black outline on

doors and windows throughout the home.

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Lower level lushness

There are additional appliances in the lower

level, which feels like anything but a basement.

With a double bar, beverage center

and wine chiller, this space is rivaled by the

glass-enclosed wine room, which is the first

thing one sees when descending the stairs

and which sets the tone for the entire space.

Free-floating wine racks are mounted to a wall

of whitewashed cedar. “We have visited Napa

and enjoy nice wines with our family and

friends. The builder designed this space to fit

our specific needs,” explains the homeowner.

Owners’ suite with a view

The spacious master bedroom and bath exude

a tranquil vibe. The wood treatment on the

back wall of the bedroom brings warmth to

the room and pulls all the tones within the

room together. The mirror-fronted chest has

handles comprised of GeoStones, creating an

artist statement not unlike those made by

the artwork throughout the rest of the house

and in the master bath. The bath also has a

free-floating tub sitting behind the shower,

which features dual access and no doors. Both

the bedroom and bath overlook the pond and

fountain, for a pleasing view to begin each day.

The home’s laundry room and entryway off

the garage are not short on custom details,

with custom-designed cubbies, built-in and

retractable shelving, pull-out drawers, and

much more, creating versatile convenience.

“We wanted a home that is comfortable and

livable,” says the homeowner.

“We don’t limit ourselves,” explains Gordon.

“We go all over the country to find new and

innovate ideas.” He says his favorite part of

the homebuilding process is being able to

exercise his creativity. “You’re starting with

a piece of ground, the natural landscape, and

designing a product that will be there for

years to come.” ➻

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1 Lighted, open shelving provides the perfect stage for

family mementos. 2 A sleek Roman shower and standalone

tub offer crisp, contemporary touches in the

master bath. 3 Dual islands in the lower level allow

for plenty of space for party prep and enjoyment. 4

Soft grays on the walls, floors and furnishings create

calmness in the inviting master bedroom.

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RESOURCES

Residential design:

Shawn Duncan Associates

Builder and interior design:

G.A. White Homes

Landscape designer:

Dailey’s Lawn and Landscaping

Lighting:

Premiere Lighting Gallery

Flooring: Premiere Flooring

Window treatments:

Slats Blind & Shutter Experts

Windows: Anderson 400 Series

Fireplace:

Dayton Fireplace Systems

Kitchen cabinetry:

Mauk Cabinets By Design

Kitchen countertops:

Konkus Marble & Granite

Plumbing: Kohler from Ferguson

Art: Dayton Art Solutions

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Whitewashed cedar adds an old-world touch to the walls of the wine room.


Is There an Upside to

Downsizing?

Q: How do I know when it’s time to move to a smaller, more

manageable home?

A: This becomes a very personal decision that many homeowners

make at varying stages in their lives for different reasons. Sometimes

the costs of a larger home become a detriment to either enjoying

or starting retirement from a financial perspective. Other times the

move to a smaller home is made so homeowners can start enjoying a

different lifestyle. That could mean opting for one-level living and less

maintenance as living in a larger home becomes more difficult with

age, or downsizing in order to have less house to clean and take care of

so that more time is freed up to travel.

Q: What real estate market factors should I be considering

when planning a downsize?

A: If you are flexible on timing, you should consider current financial

conditions and how they are affecting the housing market. Interest

rates, while now on the rise, are still at historic lows. This is an

important consideration if you will be seeking financing for your next

property.

Housing values are also an important factor. While it is impossible to

predict housing value trends in the future, we currently have record low

inventory, which is driving sale prices very high. It can be difficult to

navigate a sale and a purchase in the same low-inventory market, but

we have numerous clients choosing to capitalize on record sale prices

for their homes given the inventory. Many are accelerating the timing

of their sale given the current housing market, even if that means they

need to rent for a while until they find their next home.

Q: Is it worth it to downsize if the home we want to buy is

going to be comparably priced to our current one?

A: Many homeowners are currently enjoying a superior quality of

build and top amenities in their current homes, not to mention any

recent updates they have completed during their time of ownership.

Unfortunately, that construction quality and level of updates is

often difficult to find in a smaller home at a lower price, especially if

the home is older. Many who are downsizing view their next home

as their “forever” home, so they end up opting for new or newer

construction in order to get everything they want. That does come at

a higher cost, but there are newly available mortgage products that can

assist buyers looking to downsize and save on mortgage costs, even if

buying a similarly priced home.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

Ellie Kowalchik, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Pinnacle Group, leads the top-ranked Move2Team. A multimillion

dollar producer and company sales leader, she holds the advanced designations of Seller Representative

Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, as well as e-Pro with a focus on technology. She was also named one of

America’s Best Real Estate Agents by RealTrends in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Have real estate questions you’d like to see answered in a future edition of Ask the Expert?

Give Ellie a call at (513) 536-6831 or email her at EllieKowalchik@gmail.com.

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New tile replaced the old flooring and its coverage was extended into the living area for an even more practical solution.

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Kitchen

Shines

with mid-century style

PHOTOS BY TODD YARRINGTON

When the long-time owners of a mid-century

modern home in the Columbus neighborhood

of Upper Arlington were ready to update their

kitchen, it was important to them that the style of

the remodel be in sync with the architecture of

the house.

That was their primary focus when they called

J.S. Brown & Co., the team that had completed

two earlier renovations in their home. When they

met with designer Monica Lewis there were a

few other requests that would influence the new

design as well. ➻

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About two years prior, the owners had installed several high-end appliances—including

a Sub-Zero glass-door refrigerator and a Wolf range—

and they wanted to keep these in play. Plus, their place is home to a golden

retriever and the terracotta tile floors were well-tested and appreciated for

the fact that they were low-maintenance and easy to clean. For that reason,

they wanted to extend the tile into the adjacent living area as well.

Taking in those parameters and the kitchen’s U-shaped footprint, Lewis

was ready to begin.

“The first thing we did was rework the layout of the appliances,” the

designer says. “The range had previously been placed tight into a blind

corner. We moved it down to the middle of the run along the wall.” The

only appliance that needed to be added was a Sharp microwave drawer.

On the wall adjacent to the refrigerator, there used to be a big storage

area with bypass doors. That was replaced with a bank of floor-to-ceiling

cabinetry with alcoves for displaying favorite pieces from the homeowner’s

ceramic collection.

The lower cabinets are frameless with a flat paneled door and made of

a durable, impact-resistant, thermally fused laminate. Upper cabinets flip

open and stay up and out of the way while cooks work. Their aluminum

frames are inset with a clear, but textured, glass that was custom etched

by the artisans at Franklin Art Glass so the view of the contents would be

more diffused.

“I love that the homeowner went with that horizontal format on the

cabinets,” Lewis says. “In fact, I like the horizontal feel of the whole kitchen.

It was fun to do something that was in keeping with the architecture of the

house.”

RESOURCES

Contractor: J.S. Brown & Co.

Design: Monica Lewis, CMKBD,

MCR, UDCP, J.S. Brown & Co.

Cabinets: Thermally fired laminate

from Eclipse

Backsplash: Field tile: 4x12 porcelain

in Cellar Salt by Interceramic,

Mosaic in Castle Gold Pyramid by

Voguebay, all from Hamilton Parker

Floor tile: MSI Focus Graphite Matte

Porcelain Tile from Hamilton Parker

Glass panels on cabinetry: Etched by

Franklin Art Glass

1The backsplash tile is a mix of field and

mosaic tile that is a nod to the homeowner’s

love of ceramics. 2 A ceiling-mounted

fluorescent light fixture was replaced with

recessed lights.

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1 The glass

wall on the

south side of the

home opens up

to the views of the

valley and the pool.

2 Dramatic light

fixtures make a

statement both inside

and outside the home.

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Living in a V

Formation

Indian Hill contemporary shapes itself

around the view

BY KAREN BRADNER | PHOTOS BY ROSS VAN PELT

Typically, when you see a sleek, contemporary home,

you don’t imagine a scene with young children running

throughout the space. But don’t be fooled by the crisp,

minimalistic style of this 8,000-square-foot Indian Hill home.

It was very much designed with family living in mind.

“I wish it looked as good right now as it does in these photos,” the homeowner says. With a four-year-old

son, a seven-year-old daughter and a dog, this home sees plenty of occasions of clutter and chaos, but the

design and selections were carefully planned to accommodate all the residents, as well as the family and

friends who visit them. ➻

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Coming home

After living in the San Francisco Bay

area for 14 years, the owner and his

wife, whom he met and married while

living there, decided to raise their

family back in his hometown.

“We lived in a contemporary home

and wanted a similar set up here, but

couldn’t find the style we wanted,” he

says. “We ended up building in Mt.

Adams. We loved it there but once

our oldest was ready for school, we

wanted her to go to the same school I

went to. Plus, we wanted our children

to have plenty of space to run around

and play.”

So, a little over two years ago, they

chose to build again.

A logical launch point

While often the initial contact in

building a home of this scope might

be the architect, this process actually

began with a phone call to builder

Andy Hueber. Andy’s father, builder

John Hueber, and the homeowner’s

father were long-time friends. “We

knew the Huebers would be fantastic

to work with,” the owner says.

Andy and his brother Marc, joined

their father’s business in 2002 and

their team builds homes that run the

gamut between traditional and contemporary.

“One common misperception

is that people perceive builders

in a similar manner as they do

actors,” Hueber says. “They typecast

us as having a certain style,” But in

reality, we read the blueprints and

build the house our clients want.”

To provide those blueprints, the

couple asked Hueber to recommend

an architect. Luke Field with Platte

Architecture and Design made that

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short list. “We worked with Luke in

the past and liked what he brought

to the table,” says Hueber. “He was a

really good fit for this project.”

The couple met with the Platte

team and said work they had done—

residential and even some of their

commercial projects—fit their style.

After giving them a few ideas to get

the ball rolling, the Platte team took

it from there.

The architect says the five-acre site

inspired the placement of the home.

“The owner chose a very nice lot.

With its topography, it just seemed

natural to orient the house so that it

opened up to the valley on the south

side."

To design the home’s physical structure,

the Platte architects used the 3D

software SketchUp. “That allowed us

to quickly iterate designs and visualize

them to keep the surprise factor

down,” Field says. The owners could

see a virtual rendition of the home on

a screen in the Platte office.

“It’s amazing how close the renderings

were to the actual outcome,” the

owner says. ➻

1 Glass plays a major role in this home,

in the form of a front door, banisters and

walls of windows open to the view.

2 Contemporary light fixtures shine

throughout the space’s monochromatic

color scheme and work well with the

modern, sleek lines of this home.

3 A two-story tall fireplace surround faced

with thin, but large, sections of porcelain

tile is a bold focal point in the family room.

4 This view of the entry also shows the

glass inset and handrails of the bridge

which runs overhead.

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Bridging the gap

The house was designed in a modified “V” shape, with

the front door being at the point of the V and wings

of the home running off to the left and right. The left

wing houses the master suite on the first floor and his

and her offices on the second. The second-floor children’s

wing is reached via a bridge with a glass inset.

Hueber says the initial plans allowed for glass railings

for the bridge and that the idea for the glass floor came

from the homeowners.

“That bridge was my wife’s idea,” the owner says. “She

wanted to spice things up a bit.” The original concept

called for the bridge’s floor to be totally made of glass,

but “it was a bit scary with the kids.”

The team compromised with a glass panel inset that

allows for a bit of adventure and a view of the great

room below. “That glass is 1-1/2 inches thick, Hueber

says. “It’s virtually bulletproof.”

In between both wings is an open-concept, living,

dining, kitchen area all with wide-open views of the surrounding

landscape. There are plenty of floor-to-ceiling

windows that afford a sweeping view of the valley and

the woods beyond.

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3

More space for fun

In addition to a dedicated toy room on the lower level

and a second-floor media room, dubbed the “Netflix”

room by the family, the kids and the dog have full run

of the site, which happens to be surrounded by a greenbelt.

But there are plenty of options regardless of age.

One of the owner’s favorite spaces for relaxing is the

expansive outdoor living area that is sheltered beneath

a warm cedar ceiling. A series of electric radiant heaters

installed flush in ceiling are controlled remotely

through a Lutron app on their phones.

“We can be out here in the dead of winter and it feels

like we are watching TV inside,” the owner says.

“As we were designing that space, I could see a lot of

life happening out there,” Field says. In addition to that

25 by 25-foot covered space there are multiple layers

of outdoor gathering spots. “We wanted to create different

zones that corresponded to different functions.”

There’s a 40 by 18-foot open patio, a balcony off the

homeowner’s office and a 35 by 25-foot pool deck.

The heated pool is another family favorite that

stretches its season of use from spring to fall. “We open

it as early as possible and keep it open as late as possible,”

the owner says. ➻

1 Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry on one wall keeps

with the streamlined look of the kitchen. 2 This

is the adventurous path the children take to their

bedrooms and play area. 3 Heaters installed flush

in the ceiling don’t obstruct the view from the

kitchen or covered patio.

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The view from beyond

The view of the home from beyond

the pool showcases cedar soffits that

add layers of warmth to what might

have otherwise been a rather stark

stone and zinc exterior. “We looked

at a variety of products for those

soffits,” says Hueber. “We wanted

something in natural earthy tones

to create a visual balance. After the

homeowner sent me a photo of a

home she’d seen with a similar treatment,

we chose to use a select grade

cedar that has a smooth texture—

without a lot of knots.”

It’s this view of the home, from the

top of the “V” so to speak, that is a

particular favorite of the homeowner.

Living proof

Not too long ago, the builder needed

to drop something off at this home

and was greeted—very warmly and

politely—at the front door by the

homeowners’ young son. “It was

great to see this sign of a life going

on in a structure we helped create, he

says. “That’s the most rewarding part

of this process.” ➻

A balcony off of the owner’s south-facing

study provides the perfect vantage point

for his telescope.

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RESOURCES

Builder:

Hueber Homes

Architect:

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Interior design:

Homeowners and Renan Menninger,

RM Interiors

Kitchen and bath design and

custom cabinetry:

Dan Becker, Innerwood & Company

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Paint:

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Flooring:

Oak hardwood and Porcelanosa Tile

Fireplace surround:

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Fireplace tile from

Porcelanosa Tile

Sinks and faucets:

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Countertops:

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found throughout the home. 2 A powder

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and contemporary fixtures, for a bold,

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Like many homeowners, a northwest Columbus couple let other projects bump their

wish for an open, airy master suite way down to the bottom of their list. But 24 years

after they purchased their home, and their three children were grown, they were finally

ready to build the retreat of their dreams. ➻

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1 A wide doorway and an elevated toilet are just a few of the space’s universal design elements.

To help realize their goal they called upon the talents of

the remodeling and design team at The Cleary Company.

“The homeowners were clear as to what they wanted,”

says interior designer Laura Watson. “She wanted a bathtub—the

original space did not have one, and he wanted

a shower that was bright and open and almost felt like

you were showering outdoors. Plus, the existing bath was

extremely dark and dated. The windows were tiny.”

When you step into their completely updated space it’s

evident the years of planning paid off. A major goal of

the renovation was to take advantage of the lush outdoor

scenery of their property and introduce it into the room

as a calm, inviting element. This is achieved with a small

bump-out addition that allowed for a bit more space to

maneuver. Floor-to-ceiling windows were added on the

northern-facing wall in the bedroom and bath areas—

even in the shower.

A deep air jet tub allows for soaks in front of a picture

window and an oversized shower has all the bells and

whistles for lighting, music and temperature control. Its

zero entry, along with wide doorways and a floating vanity,

ensure the bathroom will be accessible as the couple

ages in place.

To allow for the enjoyment of the wide-open views

with a feeling of privacy, The Cleary Company team

erected a nine-foot high stucco wall around a 19 by 32-

foot section of the yard and created an intimate courtyard.

A deck built of Zuri, a low-maintenance composite

material, works as a transition space between the bedroom

and the courtyard. Two short steps lead the couple

into their pea-gravel courtyard which is shaded by a large

multi-stemmed maple tree.

Strategically placed landscape lighting and assorted

water features add the necessary sights and sounds to

make this an inviting escape day or night.

Showing her appreciation, the homeowner recently

sent the contractor this note. “I love my bathroom! Best

way ever to end a day in the tub watching the snowfall.

So grateful!”

Editor’s note: This project won a 2019 national Contractor

of the Year (CotY) award from the National Association of

the Remodeling Industry. (NARI).

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2 The bathroom is warmed, literally, by radiant heat

beneath the tile floor and visually by a backlighted

slab of Brazilian granite. 3 An outdoor shower space

in the courtyard area mirrors the one inside.

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this desk sits in the center of a Cincinnati area study made warm with

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Within the recent exciting coverage

of Perseverance’s landing on Mars,

you may have seen the side story

on NASA’s deputy project manager

for the rover, Jennifer Trosper. Like

many of us across the globe, Trosper

has been working remotely since

the early days of the pandemic. And

again, like many of us, she is carving

space out of her home to dedicate

to her work. While her children were

remote learning in other rooms and

the occasional load of clothes ran

through the rinse cycle or tumbled

in the dryer, Trosper set up her base

for mission control from a small desk

inside her home’s laundry room.

While our roles during this may not be quite as exciting

as Trosper’s, our solutions for workspace can be

just as creative. Those of us who are fortunate enough

to have a study in our home, are dusting off the desk

and shelving and bringing these areas up to date with

technology. The rest of us are finding areas for quiet

contemplation or chaotic Zoom calling, in guest rooms,

dining rooms, unfinished basements, and more.

Here are some home office ideas—ranging from

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how to make your remote work more productive and

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A dated study is transformed into a handsome hisand-her

office space with the help of built-ins which

offer plenty of storage options. Contemporary wallpaper

and a brushed brass light fixture add layers of

elegance. Source: Dave Fox Design-Build Remodel,

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Glass walls let the bold turquoise of the Cincinnati study flow through the rest of the home like a breath of fresh air.

Source: Builder: Daniels, danielshomes.com Photo by Daniel Feldkamp

Plenty of bright built-ins

in the form of shelving,

cabinetry, a bench and a desk

replaced dark, freestanding

pieces in a back entry overhaul

which now doubles as a

mudroom and home office in

the Cincinnati area. Source:

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An elegant chandelier adds a bit

of glow in this generously-sized

space that serves as a home

office for two. The distressed

ceiling and cabinet finishes add

to the Nantucket style of the

room. And there’s a bonus

space for the family’s dog.

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Unclaimed space in the basement

of a 1920s Columbus area

residence is transformed into

a home office with a contemporary

color scheme. Open

framing, painted white, helps

combat the feeling of low ceilings.

Source: J.S. Brown & Co.,

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Photo by Todd Yarrington

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When a Dublin couple was finally ready to transfer their master bath into a contemporary

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five previous remodeling projects in a seven-year span, they wanted to continue their

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the team at Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers. ➻

The floating vanity has drawers rather than cabinets to maximize storage space.


“These long-time clients had prioritized

other projects throughout the

rest of their home for years and were

finally ready to invest in a modern

oasis that was all their own,” says

designer Michelle Mixter.

When the design phase began, the

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As to specifics, the couple wanted

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The tub was replaced with a custom

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“The vanity wall was designed as a

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The designer found a light fixture

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as a backdrop for the vanity to create

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light fixtures add layers of glow in

this crisp, contemporary space.

Editor’s note: This project won a 2020

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Tub: Duravit in matte finish

Vanities: Omega frameless

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Mirror: Custom by Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers

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The

Story – Celebrating Over 26 Years in Business.

After 13 years in the industry as installers, business partners Tom Huber

and Rudy Forte founded on a “no frills” approach to business.

There are no pressure sales: just quality products at competitive prices

and a commitment to trustworthy and reliable service. It is a basic

philosophy based on genuine customer service that has served the

company well.

Buy from and if you ever have a blind that doesn’t work properly,

we’ll fix it for free —for as long as you live in your home! That is the

warranty!

Rudy Forte, Sr. our beloved father and friend, will

always be remembered for his kind heart, welcoming

smile and love for his family, friends and the

wonderful customers of Slats. You are missed.

513-616-9835 « www.SlatsBlinds.com « Visit our showroom 11928 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati 45249

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