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.



Remodelers Corner - Mar/Apr 2012

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Written by Penny Marshall

0030Little did Kathy and Mark Blohm know in 1988 when they built their “starter home,” that “it may just turn out to be our retirement home as well,” says Kathy. With a complete kitchen and bath remodel via Kathy’s business, Top Shop of Rochester, the Blohms are in no hurry to leave their split-level home.

    Kathy and Mark love to cook and entertain, so the kitchen needed a more open floor plan. Removing a pantry and peninsula that occluded space between the kitchen and dining area made room for a sizeable, free-standing island housing a microwave, storage and stool seating, and built-in cupboards for dishes and drawers for storage.


0007Dairy farmers Anne and Don Borgschatz were not surprised when their modernized farmhouse in Plainview won the 2011 Rochester Area Builder’s Fall Showcase of Homes People’s Choice award.

    “I knew that we liked the house, and that other people who had come through the house liked it,” Anne said. “I think it won because of the layout. We are farmers so our business is not just a business; it is a lifestyle, so we have to have things in a certain order to make sense. The comment that I heard most often was that it is a very practical house.”



Remodelers Corner - Jan/Feb 2012

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Written by Penny Marshall

0001Karen and Joel Eikenhorst’s 1980’s master bathroom was outdated. “It was dark, the sink was low, we had a whirlpool we didn’t use and we wanted a more contemporary look to blend with the rest of the house,” said Karen Eikenhorst.

    It was an easy decision to contact Karen Blissenbach, ASID, owner of Design Studio B. Blissenbach was familiar with the Eikenhorst’s taste since she’d worked with them on remodeling projects in the past. “There are so many wonderful touches that come from working with a designer,” said Karen Eikenhorst.


Although the mirror in your living room is unlikely to tell you who is the fairest of them all, the type of mirror you choose may still say something about you. From a demure antique bench in a mudroom to a brilliant, modern vase in a foyer, room décor not only enhances the home, it is an opportunity for self-expression.


0013Nestled in Rochester’s southwest woods, tucked away from the road and surrounded by a plethora of tall maple trees, is the serene home of Robert and Marsha Rea. Visitors are greeted by a wooden walkway crossing a babbling stream feeding into a large pond.

     Expansive 30-foot ceilings in the main living area invite you into the space. Huge wooden beams frame the area for views of a forested backyard, visible from nearly every room. Cedar plank ceilings draw the eye upward.


Bethany outdoors exterior copyWhen asked to share their top three wishes in a nursing home, most folks quickly reply that they hope to never find out. Given a chance to really think about it, perhaps most people would wish for preservation of dignity, a friendly community and a comfortable place that feels like home.



Remodelers Corner - Nov/Dec 2011

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Written by Carolyn Baker Meyer

RWMhome 4627copyFor years, Dave Handley had been dreaming about adding more space to the breakfast nook in the kitchen. Dave and his wife, Chris, attended many area home shows to look at the work of area builders and remodelers before they settled on Tom Gommels and Master Builders, Inc.

    “When we met with Tom, he was so personable and easy to talk to, and he had some ideas that we really liked,” said Chris.


0016Most home gardeners have dreamt of a picture-perfect landscape with flowers bursting with color from spring until fall. This year, turn that dream into a reality by planning and planting perennial flowering plants.

    Perennials are those lovelies that bloom year after year and usually propagate themselves, allowing you to expand your garden at no extra cost. They are available in an incredible array of colors, textures and heights—not only flowers but foliage and bushes.


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