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Home and showroom built for<br />

entertaining and displaying<br />

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IDEAS<br />

Front entry charm<br />

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Dated ranch built in 1953 gets 21st<br />

century makeover<br />

30<br />


Home and garden events<br />

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Family of six determines the right<br />

time for a kitchen remodel<br />

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the perimeter of a radiusshaped<br />

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Nature is not a<br />

place to visit. It is home.<br />

-Gary Snyder, poet<br />

“Staycation” was a term that became widely used in the U.S. in 2008.<br />

Our country was in the midst of a financial crisis and gas prices were at<br />

record highs. As a result, individuals cut back on expenses—and travel<br />

took a big hit. Families found creative ways to have fun in their own<br />

town, or their own back yard—literally.<br />

Fast forward a decade or so, and we were given another—even more<br />

compelling reason to stay at home (and isolate).<br />

Today’s home buyers, builders, remodelers and landscape designers<br />

have taken notice. According to a recent industry survey, following<br />

value and cost considerations, connection to the outdoors and nature<br />

was predicted to be the largest driver of home design choices over the<br />

next three years.*<br />

Several of the homeowners featured in this issue have definitely<br />

boarded that outdoor living train. We showcase a mid-century ranch<br />

that underwent an extreme makeover inside, but also added an outdoor<br />

kitchen along with an inviting pool and functional pool house to create<br />

a retreat that acts like a magnet for friends and family.<br />

Plus, we show the imaginative work of landscape designers and contractors<br />

in “Come on Back,” an outdoor living feature that includes before<br />

photos to show the incredible transformation of seven back yards.<br />

If you want to add a firepit, front porch, pergola, hot tub, pool or a<br />

fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, keep in mind, these features not only<br />

serve for your enjoyment, they also should increase your home’s resale<br />

value.<br />

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Contributing Photographers<br />

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Jeff Johnson, Prestige Pro Photo<br />

Tiffany Schulz, Kelly Ann Settle<br />

Ross Van Pelt<br />

*“The Future of Home Design,” a recent survey conducted by the<br />

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Home and showroom built for entertaining and displaying<br />


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When homeowners think about<br />

their dream house wish list, they<br />

may imagine a wine cellar or a<br />

home theater or a workout room.<br />

Auto aficionados imagine a showroom<br />

garage.<br />

This is not surprising when you<br />

consider that the (once-utilitarian)<br />

garage is now often as vital to a<br />

home as a state-of-the-art kitchen<br />

or an inviting master bedroom.<br />

And just as a wine connoisseur<br />

wants to showcase their vino collection,<br />

a car enthusiast wants to<br />

display their coveted cars.<br />

This idea resonates with Dayton<br />

homeowners Dennis and Linda,<br />

who tapped Jenny Diorio at Diorio<br />

Construction to build their recently<br />

completed 5,000-square-foot<br />

showroom that mirrors the look of<br />

the house Diorio also built on their<br />

three-acre lot. ➻<br />

The exterior design of the showroom<br />

coordinates with the look of the home.<br />

This 2019 Corvette ZR1 is a favorite<br />

among the owner’s collection.<br />

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Starting young<br />

For Dennis, the love of cars – and<br />

Corvettes in particular – began at<br />

a young age. “My older brother was<br />

into racing,” he explains. “We raced<br />

together and built cars and engines.”<br />

This progressed to motorcycle racing,<br />

then motocross (and raising a family<br />

and having a career) until Dennis first<br />

entered the Corvette market some 25<br />

years ago. Today he has 20 vehicles,<br />

12 of which are Corvettes. “It was my<br />

childhood dream to have Corvettes,”<br />

he says.<br />

Another dream come true must be<br />

the showroom itself, the aesthetics<br />

of which echo the aesthetics of the<br />

home, both inside and out, with the<br />

exception of the garage doors. “All<br />

the garage doors are glass so you can<br />

easily view the vehicles from the exterior,”<br />

Dennis says.<br />

From the interior, the vehicles can<br />

be viewed by walking in between<br />

them – Dennis wanted enough depth<br />

to allow for twelve feet between each<br />

car – or from the second level luxury<br />

loft, bar and catwalk.<br />

“The loft came about because I<br />

wanted a bar area where people could<br />

stand and have a view of the cars,”<br />

Dennis explains. “I appreciate cars<br />

and like admiring them as much as<br />

driving them.”<br />

“Dennis had a real vision of how<br />

he saw his bar in the loft area,” recalls<br />

Diorio. “The whole space could have<br />

had an industrial feel. Instead, it’s<br />

classy and gorgeous and much more<br />

showroom than garage or storage<br />

warehouse. It’s just a whole other<br />

level.” ➻<br />

A catwalk allows visitors to take in the<br />

sights while enjoying refreshments in<br />

comfy seats found in the lounge and bar<br />

areas.<br />

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Two-by-four foot porcelain tiles cover the floor and add even more shine to the showroom.<br />

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A wall covered in metallic tile is the perfect backdrop for the 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition.<br />

Shining the light<br />

All HVAC is concealed behind drywall. LED lighting runs around the catwalk,<br />

while adjustable lighting was also incorporated to highlight the cars. At<br />

1,300-square feet, the loft area is the perfect entertainment venue, a place where<br />

Dennis plans to hold car shows. “People with an appreciation of cars can come<br />

out and admire them,” he explains.<br />

Guests will also be able to admire other unique features, including the showroom’s<br />

metallic wall. “With all of the windows and large garage doors, there<br />

wasn’t much wall space,” says Jenny. “So, this is a feature wall where he can<br />

display memorabilia if he wants.” More than anything, the wall serves as a distinctive<br />

accent and lends an automotive feel. The wall also dovetails beautifully<br />

with the Flexicore flooring, a hollow concrete product known for its structural<br />

efficiency. And below said floor is a full apartment, complete with great room,<br />

bedroom, wine center and bar, as well as all of the amenities anyone could want.<br />

Guests who stay in the apartment don’t have far to go to the main house, as<br />

proximity was the name of the game all along. Diorio explains: “I have several clients<br />

that have lots of cars, but if they’re stored in a warehouse somewhere, they<br />

don’t drive them. So it’s nice to have them right there on the property.” ➻<br />

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A spacious apartment sits beneath approximately half of the showroom area.<br />

Comfortable amenities greet overnight guests in the showroom’s apartment.<br />

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Rustic meets modern<br />

Not to be forgotten is the house<br />

itself. The exterior resembles a rustic<br />

retreat, while the interior has a<br />

more modern flair, thanks to Linda’s<br />

creative vision. Open concept and<br />

mostly one level, the house boasts<br />

a breathtaking outdoor living area,<br />

which was Diorio’s plan when she<br />

built it as a model home. A four-panel<br />

sliding door opens onto a spacious<br />

porch adjacent to the pool. The porch<br />

screens can come down to make the<br />

porch an extension of the great room,<br />

perfect for entertaining. This space is<br />

also accessible from the master suite,<br />

which has a home gym.<br />

“Everything is within steps of each<br />

other,” says Jenny. “You can go to the<br />

gym, open the master door and be at<br />

the swimming pool in two steps.”<br />

There’s a full outdoor kitchen<br />

complete with grill, warming drawer,<br />

Green Egg smoker, built-in ice<br />

chest, beverage center and more. The<br />

indoor kitchen is similarly outfitted,<br />

but in order to keep the countertops<br />

free, the pantry is a walk-in work<br />

center that houses a number of small<br />

appliances, including a state-of-theart<br />

Miele coffee maker, and a second<br />

refrigerator. There’s also a stunning<br />

wine room located right off the kitchen<br />

for convenience purposes.<br />

“With the layout, we were trying to<br />

keep all of these spaces really convenient<br />

because they’re used every day,”<br />

Diorio explains.<br />

In addition to convenience, high<br />

design defines every room of the<br />

home, just as it does in the auto<br />

showroom, a space that’s every bit as<br />

beautiful as the cars it houses.<br />

Frameless glass doors swing open to an<br />

inviting wine room.<br />

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The lush landscape provides the perfect setting for the kidney-shaped pool.<br />

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on life<br />

Dated ranch built in 1953,<br />

gets a 21st century makeover<br />



After years spent living in apartments in downtown<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong>, Brad Hansman and Drew Ross were ready<br />

for a change. They wanted something bigger than their<br />

current two-bedroom, one-bath configuration. High up<br />

on their punch list was a yard where they could create<br />

outdoor living spaces for relaxing and entertaining. Plus,<br />

room to run would be a major perk for the two dogs they<br />

owned at the time. ➻<br />

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The renovated kitchen is an improvement over the original kitchen’s counter space.<br />

“We were over taking both dogs down 13 floors to the lobby of our building,<br />

into another tower’s elevator, then up some stairs to a rooftop ‘dog park.’ That<br />

required a couple of strong bladders,” Drew says.<br />

Brad, who is a serial searcher on real estate sites on the internet, says the<br />

hunt began with a fairly wide scope. “We mapped out every neighborhood we<br />

were interested in—Pleasant Ridge, Indian Hill, Madeira, Hyde Park, Clifton,”<br />

he says. The focus was on east-side communities since Drew works in retail<br />

in the Montgomery area and Brad works in medical research in Madisonville.<br />

After frequent visits to friends who live in Montgomery, the two began to<br />

give that community serious consideration. Easy access to I-71 and the Ronald<br />

Reagan Highway was an attractive selling point, along with the area’s strong<br />

schools, and its walkability and rich concentration of parks.<br />

When a colleague of Brad’s suggested they look at a home she knew was for<br />

sale in the area, for a variety of reasons the two were in no hurry to take a look.<br />

This was in 2018 and houses were not selling quite as quickly as they would be<br />

two years later.<br />

But once they finally decided to check it out, things began to move at a faster<br />

pace. “After walking through the front door, almost instantaneously we both<br />

said ‘Wow!’” Drew says. “We saw it on a Tuesday, put an offer in on Wednesday,<br />

negotiated on Thursday, and settled on Friday.”<br />

A stamped border with a beachlike<br />

sand finish makes walking<br />

around the pool comfortable on<br />

bare feet.<br />

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Walls were removed to open the space between the kitchen, dining and living areas.<br />

Ready to go<br />

The interior of the home had been completely gutted and remodeled by John<br />

Foster with Rocked Out Construction. Two additions to the rear of the home<br />

included space for a primary suite with a crisp, white bath on one end, and a covered<br />

patio on the other.<br />

A sleek new kitchen was the focal point of the first floor with no walls separating<br />

it from the dining and living rooms. This level also features a powder room and two<br />

bedroom spaces—one now being used as a parlor, the other a home office. The lower<br />

level was fully finished with a guest suite, study, laundry room and family room.<br />

“When my wife and I first purchased the home, over 14 years ago,” Foster says,<br />

“everything in the home was original. The kitchen had a one-foot section of countertop,<br />

and a freestanding stove and fridge.”<br />

A trim carpenter by trade, Foster began renovating the house one step at a time.<br />

Wanting an open floor plan, he took down the main load-bearing wall and moved<br />

the basement door and staircase from a corner of the kitchen to a more central<br />

location.<br />

The ranch was overhauled from the ground up, and out. The entire home is<br />

insulated with spray foam, adding a level of energy efficiency not typically found<br />

in those mid-century ranches. A covered porch complete with its own kitchen was<br />

added, extending the living space to the outdoors. ➻<br />

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After living in, and working on, the home for seven years, Foster and his wife<br />

were lured into purchasing another home—and tackling another remodeling<br />

challenge. That left the door open for another set of owners to reap the rewards<br />

of Foster’s labor.<br />

“We knew that remodeling can get really expensive, really quick,” Brad says.<br />

“Most of that work had already been done.” The electrical and plumbing systems<br />

were already updated. The kitchen and bathrooms were beautifully renovated.<br />

And the house was finished in tasteful neutrals.<br />

“There was no doubt that this was a really high-quality remodel,” Drew says.<br />

New tile and a floating mantel add a soft, contemporary touch to the living room’s fireplace.<br />

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Putting on a new face<br />

Once the two took possession of the<br />

home, the first item on their docket<br />

was curb appeal. Overgrown landscaping<br />

was removed, and fresh new<br />

plantings were put in place. A worn<br />

blacktop driveway was replaced with<br />

concrete which continues on to a new<br />

walkway and front porch.<br />

The idea was tossed around to<br />

paint the exterior brick, but Brad was<br />

hesitant.<br />

“I knew if we painted it, it would<br />

completely change the game,” he says.<br />

“But I held off because I remember<br />

my dad telling stories about my<br />

grandfather constantly scraping loose<br />

paint off his painted brick home.”<br />

But the idea persisted, and eventually,<br />

four years after they moved<br />

in, the reddish brick was painted an<br />

updating soft alabaster white and<br />

dovetail gray. Improvements to the<br />

materials should help the paint last<br />

15 years.<br />

Backyard bonus<br />

To capitalize on their new outdoor<br />

space, Brad and Drew began making<br />

plans for a backyard oasis. Old<br />

overgrown landscaping and a considerable<br />

amount of debris—buried cinder<br />

blocks, tile, patio concrete—were<br />

cleared away. Landscape architect<br />

Krista Boggs with Tepe Landscaping<br />

was brought on board to oversee the<br />

new vision.<br />

Boggs spent time discussing what<br />

configuration would be most conducive<br />

to how the two entertain.<br />

She suggested a radius pool shape,<br />

which loosely means three overlapping<br />

circles. This arrangement allows<br />

for gathering and enjoying conversations<br />

while in the water. The architect<br />

then introduced them to the team at<br />

Westside Pools who would handle the<br />

construction. ➻<br />

An accent wall is covered in navy paper from Thibaut.<br />

Lexi blends right in with the primary bedroom furnishings.<br />

Walls in Brad’s lower-level office are covered in Asian Scenic paper from Thibaut.<br />

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The rear elevation of the home, shows the outdoor living room on the left.<br />

The lower-level pool house is under the opposite wing.<br />

➻<br />

housetrends magazine <strong>2023</strong> 37

The perfect pool house<br />

During the months the pool was being built,<br />

Brad and Drew began the process of creating<br />

a pool house in an underutilized space<br />

under the back of their home. This area had<br />

roughed in electric and no walls and was used<br />

to store lawn equipment, ladders, tools and<br />

more, but the home’s new owners had other<br />

plans.<br />

“Brad can see the long-term vision,” Drew<br />

says. And indeed, his idea for repurposing<br />

this space was a winner. Since this storage<br />

area did not open to the main part of<br />

the home, it was a perfect option for a pool<br />

house. Guests would not need to track with<br />

wet feet through to the closest bathroom<br />

which was located in the middle of the house.<br />

The team at Luxe Design Remodel was<br />

brought on board and used the existing<br />

L-shaped footprint to create a lounge area<br />

complete with a beverage station, sink and<br />

dishwasher. On the far side there is a generously<br />

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Luxury vinyl tile serves as waterproof flooring.<br />

An accent wall, covered in charcoal<br />

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and comfy seating.<br />

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Putting their stamp on it<br />

Wallpaper is used to add a distinctive punch<br />

in several rooms throughout the home. The<br />

homeowners teamed up with designer Alisa<br />

Culyer from Honor and Grace to make selections<br />

that reflect their personalities.<br />

“Once we started going through all the<br />

patterns, we kind of went on this wallpaper<br />

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us out of our comfort zone away from ‘safe’<br />

choices.” And the results speak for themselves.<br />

Bold papers cover entire rooms or<br />

accent walls to show there is nothing boring<br />

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“People are afraid to make drastic decisions.<br />

Society trains us to always think about<br />

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thinking ‘what if we move?’ vs. really thinking<br />

about living in the moment.”<br />

Embracing this ‘carpe diem’ philosophy,<br />

the two are jumping right into their new digs.<br />

They’ve met most of their neighbors while<br />

walking their dogs and late last summer they<br />

hosted a “Murder in Margaritaland” pool<br />

party for 40 of them. No doubt, there will be<br />

plenty of gatherings with friends and family<br />

poolside this summer. Thanks to the work<br />

of a talented team, this 70-year-old home, is<br />

reinvented, refreshed and ready to roll.<br />

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Armed with YouTube tutorials and extra time at home during the pandemic, an increasing number of homeowners became tempted to DIY house projects to<br />

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difference between the work of an amateur and a pro. It’s important to know when to call in a professional. Saving $200 to $300 for an electrician or plumber now<br />

could end up costing you thousands if done improperly or identified as a red flag when you list your home for sale in the future.<br />

Here are the most common poorly done and<br />

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1. Electrical Work – Installing a lighting fixture,<br />

ceiling fan, or dimmer switch may seem simple, but<br />

if done incorrectly could pose a risk of electrocution<br />

or electrical fire as a result of overloaded circuit<br />

boxes, wires left exposed or the wrong wires<br />

being used, and improper junction boxes. Further,<br />

homeowners who do their own electrical work may<br />

have failed to get the necessary permits—approvals<br />

from municipalities that shows a job was done to<br />

code. Failing to get permits can result in fines and<br />

hold up a home sale.<br />

2. Plumbing – Plumbing that is incorrectly<br />

installed or repaired can cause significant water<br />

damage to a home, risking eventual wood rot and<br />

even mold growth, which can affect air quality.<br />

Homeowners may be tempted to change a faucet<br />

or update an appliance by themselves. But one<br />

wrong connection could lead to costly damage.<br />

3. Roofing and Decks – Home inspectors say DIY<br />

deck installations are often improperly attached<br />

to the house or have loose, insecure handrails,<br />

both of which are potential safety concerns. With<br />

roofs, homeowners may attempt to replace a few<br />

shingles or exposed nail heads, not taking the<br />

extra precautions that professionals would in order<br />

to safely complete the job. Decks and roofs are<br />

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and since the labor tends to be more expensive<br />

than materials, homeowners are too often tempted<br />

to do it themselves to save a bit of money, not<br />

considering the costly risks.<br />

4. Landscape Grading – With the rise in<br />

popularity of outdoor living, many homeowners<br />

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without paying proper attention to the impact<br />

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home. When homes are built, yards are graded so<br />

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or crawl space.<br />

5. Structural Changes – Taking a sledgehammer<br />

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fantasy. It’s one of the first scenes in most home<br />

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small screen. But in real life, it’s pretty dangerous<br />

to attempt without professional help. You might<br />

accidentally destroy a load-bearing wall or incur<br />

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6. Window Updates – It’s often possible to DIY<br />

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store, and fix things in a couple of hours. But if<br />

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add a new window or skylight opening, it’s best to<br />

hire out the task and not risk making irreparable<br />

changes to the structural integrity of the walls or<br />

roof.<br />


Ellie Kowalchik, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Pinnacle Group, leads <strong>Cincinnati</strong>’s top-ranked Move2Team. A multi-million<br />

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time for a kitchen remodel<br />




“I thought about it for twelve years. It’s something<br />

we always knew we wanted to do,” explains this<br />

Dublin homeowner on remodeling her family’s<br />

kitchen. It was just recently, as the couple’s four<br />

children entered bustling teenage years, that she<br />

says their desire grew into a need, “We realized<br />

it as our kids got older and bigger and we were<br />

always in that space. The flow wasn’t great, and<br />

the pantry was tiny, we could never keep enough<br />

in it.”<br />

The couple chose Dave Fox Design-Build<br />

Remodelers to redesign their kitchen space to<br />

accommodate their evolving family needs. “From<br />

our first point of contact, we discussed their needs<br />

and wants, how they live in the space, what they<br />

love, hate, and how to make it better,” explains<br />

design consultant Gregg Stadwick of the Dave<br />

Fox team. Interior designer Sam Magee adds,<br />

“Increasing pantry storage and improving functionality<br />

were key to meet the needs of this large<br />

family.” ➻<br />

The pantry addition is accessed via a glass pocket door where a<br />

window was in the original space.<br />

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Floating shelves keep commonly-used ingredients within easy reach in the pantry.<br />

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Added function<br />

The original pantry was a standard closet-style<br />

design with French doors that<br />

couldn’t hold the volume the family had<br />

grown to need. The solution to the space<br />

constraint was a new addition on the<br />

side of the house specifically for a new<br />

butler’s pantry. Discreetly connected off<br />

the kitchen with a pocket door, the new<br />

pantry is a spacious and stylish separate<br />

oasis for organizing and housing food<br />

and appliances. Plus, it serves as a coffee<br />

bar. “We’re big coffee drinkers, so<br />

we enjoy having all of our coffee stuff<br />

there,” says the homeowner. “Also just<br />

being able to carry groceries in there and<br />

take appliances off the counter and store<br />

them there, it all helps keep the kitchen<br />

counters and lines clean.”<br />

The old kitchen had separate refrigerator<br />

and freezer units located on opposite<br />

sides, making access to them awkward<br />

and cumbersome. A new combined sideby-side<br />

Sub-Zero replaced the separate<br />

units and is housed behind the new<br />

island to streamline access. “I was making<br />

a lot of trips around the kitchen to get<br />

to the refrigerator and freezer, and now<br />

it’s so much better having them in one<br />

place,” the homeowner remarks. ➻<br />

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1<br />

2<br />

1 A textured white subway tile covers the walls from<br />

the countertops to the ceiling. 2 A TV can be tucked<br />

out of the way when not in use.<br />

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3 Elegant crown molding tops off the cabinets for<br />

a complete floor-to-ceiling finish. 4 A champagne<br />

bronze faucet and coordinated drawer pulls adds a<br />

touch of elegance.<br />

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The wooden door on the right leads to a mudroom, and half bath, then on to the garage.<br />

Directional shift<br />

Reorientation of the island to extend toward the living room allowed it to gain additional length and<br />

improve its functionality. A second kitchen sink was added along with more seating so the family could<br />

easily gather and eat together. The island’s curved edge adds visual interest while aiding flow on that side.<br />

The look of the kitchen transformed from a dark wood style to a brighter more modern look with new<br />

custom transom cabinetry, extending to the ceiling, painted Sherwin-Williams Egret White. The dark<br />

hardwood floor was refinished to its natural, lighter color. “I wasn’t sure what shade to do on the floor,”<br />

the homeowner explains. “Once it was stripped, I loved it with nothing on it, so we kept the wood in its<br />

natural state.” The stain color on the new island was pulled from the darkest shade in the refinished floor,<br />

achieving a smooth blend of tones between the island and floor.<br />

The family now enjoys all the style and ease of their new kitchen and pantry. Stadwick reflects on the<br />

project, “She knew her style, and for us it was how to execute that style into the space that she had.” The<br />

homeowner concludes, “I love it. We all love it. It flows better, it has so much more space for us. It’s just<br />

what we wanted.”<br />


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Outdoor living spaces are getting serious attention<br />


We’ve seen it with some unfortunate hair styles. Lots of attention was paid to the front while the<br />

back of the head had seen better days. Historically, the same has been true about our yards. The<br />

main focus was on street-side curb appeal in the form of landscaping, front doors, flower pots,<br />

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concrete slab patio with a table, four chairs and an umbrella.<br />

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-Josh Eastlake, landscape architect,<br />

Werbrich’s Landscaping<br />

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Tranquility base<br />

Just after purchasing this home, the<br />

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noise and provide a tranquil feel to<br />

what was once an uncomfortable,<br />

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-Ben Bayer,<br />

Design/Sales, Site Group Inc.<br />

Photos by Daniel Feldkamp<br />

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Before<br />

Covered and open<br />

An abundance of natural light and great air flow<br />

were at the top of the list for homeowners who<br />

wanted to create a space to relax and entertain.<br />

This pavilion gave them the perfect solution. It<br />

provides shelter, but three wide-open sides allow<br />

for plenty of daylight and ventilation. An outdoor<br />

kitchen keeps the activity outside, along with an<br />

addition to the home which offers a nifty bar area<br />

that serves both indoor and outdoor guests.<br />

-Stephen Dempsey, Sales manager/design<br />

consultant, Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers<br />

Photos courtesy of Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers<br />

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Making the grade<br />

Due to its steep grade, this home’s original back<br />

yard was not especially usable for family activities<br />

or entertaining. The homeowners wanted<br />

to transform this area into a space where they<br />

could enjoy outdoor meals and evenings with<br />

friends. After smoothing out the grade, we created<br />

a multi-level—and multifunctional—patio<br />

space complete with a firepit and lounge area on<br />

the lower level, and a barbecue and dining area<br />

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-Dashaun Mulders, architect<br />

Brandon Theis, co-designer, Third Space Builders<br />

Photos by Prestige Pro Photo ➻<br />

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Go with the glow<br />

These homeowners wanted to replace<br />

a dilapidated deck and uneven paver<br />

patio with an updated outdoor living<br />

space. We designed a two-level<br />

deck—including a covered section for<br />

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lighting, and festoon<br />

lighting add greenery and glow. As a<br />

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-Josh Eastlake, landscape architect;<br />

Missy Werbrich, interior designer<br />

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Werbrich’s Landscaping;<br />

Photos by Ross Van Pelt ➻<br />

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With an almost “interior” feel this outdoor room<br />

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wall. Covered in stone, the wall provides privacy<br />

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light to penetrate the space, as well as brighten<br />

up adjacent interior rooms. The pitched roof<br />

was carefully designed to allow for ample ceiling<br />

height, while not obstructing views from the<br />

bedrooms upstairs.<br />

-Bob Voigt, designer, Neal’s Design Remodel<br />

Photos by Tiffany Schulz<br />

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animals (documentation is required for service animals). We suggest that you<br />

wear gym shoes or flat shoes to HOMEARAMA ® . There is a considerable<br />

amount of walking at the show and there are steps in all of the homes.<br />


Please be aware that the homes being shown in the HOMEARAMA ® home<br />

show are not ADA accessible. The homes are privately owned, built for general<br />

marketing and resale purposes to the general public. Therefore, they are<br />

not required to be, nor can they be equipped for ADA accessibility. Only the<br />

ADA accessible parking lot area, public restrooms and concession area are<br />

ADA accessible.<br />

The Home Builders Association of Greater <strong>Cincinnati</strong> would like to encourage<br />

those who cannot attend HOMEARAMA ® to visit the homes personally, to<br />

review them on our builders’ page or follow our blog<br />

cincyhomearama.com for event photos.<br />

Friday, June 16 • 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.<br />

TGIF Happy Hour<br />

You won’t go hungry! Beer, wine and food<br />

will be available at HOMEARAMA ® . And, make<br />

sure you stop at some of the many wonderful<br />

businesses in downtown Newport on your way<br />

into or out of HOMEARAMA ® .<br />


Check out the newest home products in the Exhibit Tents on West 13th<br />

Street which will include approximately 15 vendors.<br />



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#1 The Newport 3,692 sq. ft.<br />

Ashford Homes, LLC<br />

ashfordhomesohio.com | 513-300-6929<br />

$1,893,000<br />

#2 The Monterey 3,783 sq. ft.<br />

Ashford Homes, LLC<br />

ashfordhomesohio.com | 513-300-6929<br />

$1,990,000<br />


SOLD<br />

#3 The Monroe 3,854 sq. ft.<br />

Homes By Gerbus, Inc.<br />

gerbus.com | 513-543-9879<br />

$1,500,000<br />

#4 & #5 The Christopher 2,505 sq. ft.<br />

Thomas J. Ackermann Company<br />

tjackermannco.com | 859-600-6082<br />

$756,000<br />



#6 & #7 The Clifton 3,293 sq. ft.<br />

Meierjohan Building Group, LLC<br />

meierjohanbuildinggroup.com | 859-600-6082<br />

$995,000<br />

#8 The Acadia 3,102 sq. ft.<br />

Ashford Homes, LLC<br />

ashfordhomesohio.com | 513-300-6929<br />

$976,900<br />

welcome to the neighborhood<br />

Martin’s Gate is an exciting new urban community on a Newport hilltop close to many of Northern Kentucky’s<br />

attractions and amenities. Because of the extraordinary views, single family homes in this area have undergone<br />

significant renovations in recent years, and many new homes have been built nearby to capitalize on the view.<br />

Presented by Meierjohan Building Group and Thomas J. Ackermann Building Co., (Newport Clifton<br />

Development, LLC) Martin’s Gate is located along West 13th and 14th Streets.<br />

The Newport Pavilion shopping complex is a four-minute drive from the site. It contains almost 50 stores,<br />

including a Kroger Marketplace, Target, and many other retail stores, plus several restaurants and service establishments.<br />

Newport on the Levee is a six-minute drive and provides even more shopping, dining and entertainment<br />

options.<br />

For additional dining, shopping, event and entertainment ideas, visit meetnky.com.<br />

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take a tour<br />

Mark your calendar for these home and garden events near you<br />

Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25<br />

Lebanon Garden Tour and Scavenger Hunt<br />

Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and share gardening tips during<br />

this driving tour of five private gardens in historic Lebanon, Ohio. Stops<br />

include A beautiful shade garden full of hostas surrounding castle turrets,<br />

a vineyard and fruit trees. A life-size chess game, ponds, a treehouse,<br />

aviary, hobbit dwelling and espalier fruit trees. A treehouse with a<br />

stained-glass window in a sumptuous woodland garden. A beautiful<br />

design of native and pollinator plants in the historical<br />

district of Floraville. A home built in 1850 with a<br />

mixture of shade and sun gardens and a waterfall.<br />

Plus, three more community gardens.<br />

Tours begin at the Lebanon Train Station.<br />

Proceeds help maintain the building and<br />

grounds of the station.<br />

Tickets on sale at<br />

wchsmuseum.org/gardentour<br />

Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4<br />

East Row Garden Walk<br />

Newport, KY<br />

eastrowgardenclub.org<br />

Sunday, June 4<br />

Bexley House & Garden Tour<br />

Features an exceptional array of 10 homes<br />

and gardens<br />

BexleyWomen.org<br />

Saturday, June 10 to Sunday, June 25<br />

HOMEARAMA® Urban Edition<br />

Newport, KY<br />

cincybuilders.com<br />

Sunday, June 25<br />

German Village Haus und Garten Tour<br />

Columbus, Ohio<br />

germanvillage.com<br />

Saturday, June 10<br />

Garden Gems Garden Tour<br />

The Garden Club of Dayton<br />

Dayton, OH<br />

gardenclubofdayton.org<br />

Events may be subject to change, please check tour websites for further information.<br />

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Basco Shower Enclosures .................................. 74<br />

Best Furniture Gallery ........................................ 15<br />

Bexley House & Garden Tour ............................ 28<br />

Bova Contemporary Furniture ........................... 29<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong> EntryPoint Door Transformations.......... 6<br />

<strong>Cincinnati</strong> Stoneworks........................................ 73<br />

Closets by Design ............................................. 13<br />

Custom Distributors, Inc .................................... 26<br />

Greiwe Development .......................................... 4<br />

Hanson Audio and Video ................................... 28<br />

Hoffman & Albers Interiors .................................. 9<br />

Honor & Grace ................................................. 72<br />

ID <strong>Cincinnati</strong> Furniture & Interior Design ............ 11<br />

K.A. Menendian Rug Cleaning ............................ 43<br />

Move2Team.com ............................................... 40<br />

Neal’s Design Remodel ...................................... 16<br />

Pella Windows & Doors ..................................... 66<br />

Perfect Paver Co ................................................ 52<br />

Ryan’s All-Glass .................................................... 7<br />

Slats Blind & Shutter Experts .............................. 76<br />

Studio J .............................................................. 51<br />

Tepe Landscape & Design Group ....................... 41<br />

The Appliance Loft ............................................. 65<br />

The Spicy Olive ................................................. 43<br />

Townescapes ..................................................... 71<br />

Watson’s .............................................................. 2<br />

Werbrich’s Landscaping ...................................... 64<br />

Zicka Homes ..................................................... 75<br />



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