Nov/Dec
2012

Light up the Night

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Written by Penny Marshall

light-up-the-nightWhether your outdoor holiday decorating includes an illumination of your entire residence, a simple swag or an inflatable Santa and 12 tiny reindeer, a bit of exterior festive décor not only welcomes your guests but charms those passing by as well.

With a full-scale outdoor lighting company and many wonderful florists in town, you can do all the decorating yourself or hire out part or all of it, giving you many options for brightening up those long November and December nights.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Touring Rochester's Holiday Floral Open Houses

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Written by Penny Marshall

Grab a friend and leisurely shop for gifts, sip cider and nosh on holiday treats as you revel in new ideas for decking the halls.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Creating Holiday Interest

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Written by Jessica Pearson

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Whether it’s simply adding a wreath to the door or going all out by decorating the front of your house, fresh Christmas greens, alone or adorned, go a long way in making your house festive for the holiday season.

Front door
Just by itself on a velvet hook over your door, the lavish blue-green of an elegant conifer wreath makes an inviting entryway.

If you wish to dress it up a bit, use florist’s wire (found at craft stores) to add a festive bow, a few well-placed Christmas ornaments—maybe an old favorite that retired from the tree long ago—glittery tinsel or a few picks of silk or artificial berries.

Be sure to wire the additions to the framing on the back of the wreath so it stays secure, and you will have a custom-made wreath in no time.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Remodelers Corner: Nov/Dec 2012

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Written by Linda Lia

remodelers-corner-novdec2012Before Nick and Connie Maragos met Dave Reynolds of Reynolds Design and Construction, they had two separate basements divided by an unusable crawl space. They couldn’t go from one side of their basement to the other without going outside. Other contractors had told them that digging out the crawl space was not feasible, but as they visited with Dave—who thought it could be done—his contagious vision inspired them to believe in the possibilities.

 

home-fit-for-a-builderResidential building contractor Mickey Rowland of Excel Homes has a deep-rooted dedication to excellence and quality. From his home to his neighbor’s and approximately 100 others throughout the area, he builds each custom home as if it was his own.

Customized for comfortable living
“It’s always a learning experience when building a house, and there are many decisions to make. I want to make it perfect,” says Rowland, who applied what he has learned in the trade to the home he recently built for his own family.

The mission-style home comprises 4,500 square feet of traditional and contemporary architecture. Granite and rich woods flow throughout three levels of living space. The open design combines the kitchen, dining area and living room, where the family of four — Mickey, Tonya, Dylan and Jade — spend time together and with friends.

 

fall-home-tuneup-tipsTending to flowers, cleaning the eaves and storing the patio furniture are all part of the seasonal prelude to the winter months. There are, however, a few household tasks that are easily overlooked. Not because of importance, but because people don’t think of them or realize how vital they are to safety and efficiency.

 

Sep/Oct
2012

Remodelers Corner: Sept/Oct 2012

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Written by Penny Marshall

remodelers-cornerIt took six months for Paul and Karen Koeller to plan the main floor remodel of their 1970’s, colonial home, but it resulted in having everything they’d hoped for and more.

The Koellers hired Jerry Rutgers of Integrity Custom Homes and gave him a “short list” of goals for their project: modernize the home, use existing space more effectively, make the house more livable for their current and future needs, and connect the indoor living area with their picturesque patio, gardens and yard.

 

May/Jun
2012

Remodelers Corner - May/June 2012

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Written by Penny Marshall

0047When Tim and Cara Tracy were looking to expand their living space, their unfinished basement presented the perfect opportunity. With two of six children still living at home, the Tracys liked the idea that the remodel would afford them more room. It also meant more living space when grandchildren and guests come to visit.

    The Tracys worked with Mickey Elias of Elias Construction to realize their dreams while staying in budget. Tim said Mickey was easy to work with. “He listened, was flexible, timely, did beautiful work and we like how he utilized the space.”

 

May/Jun
2012

New House on the Block

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Written by Penny Marshall

0025Just to the south and up the hill from St. Marys Hospital is Rochester’s historic residential district. The neighborhood is quiet and dignified, and its homes, built on a limestone bluff in the early 1900s, reign on spacious, well-manicured lots.

    Here, on a narrow parcel of land between two sizeable, 100-year-old houses, Donna and Kevin Greason planned to build their family home.

Fitting in

A paramount concern to the Greasons, and their neighbors, when they built their home a few years ago was that their new dwelling fit aesthetically into the existing surroundings. For example, they didn’t want a great height disparity between their home and those nearby and they didn’t want the newly constructed home to look “new.”

 

0040Sometimes “too many cooks in the kitchen” proves to be a good thing.

    When Keri Halberg, member of the Rochester Area Builders (RAB) and Remodelers Council Executive Committe, learned that the Rochester Women’s Shelter Transition House could use a kitchen remodel, she suggested the project to the board.

    The rest is history as contractor Mike Hortop of Aspen Enterprises, Jessica Curry from Tile Superstore & More, Dave Reynolds of Reynolds Design and Construction and a team of more than 25 members of RAB volunteered time and materials to give the Transition House a much needed, total kitchen re-do.

 

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