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To move or remodel is a question bouncing off the walls in many households across America today. Lately, it seems that, for one reason or another, a variety of things are being put on hold, and that includes moving. In this issue, HOUSE& HOME remains at your service, offering timely tips and helpful design and decorating suggestions to mix up some remodeling magic and get the most out of your renovation efforts. It doesnt take much to update an area: a bold coat of paint offers new life to a drab setting, some bright and brassy cabinet knobs add subtle sparkle, trendy lighting accents and defines a space. Youll be surprised at how even small improvements can make a huge difference in freshening up your home and lifting your spirits. Eye candy (in the way of home dcor) is a decadent treat for your abode that, merely by its presence, makes you feel better and more comfy-cozy in your surroundings. The recipe for success is simple: the ingredients include our current lineup of features touting quick fixes and ways to blend the old with the new for easy, pleasing results. Spaced Out, gives guidelines and advice for those considering a larger home improvement, such as investing in an addition. We are also proud to present the Bucks-Montgomery NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) 2009 Annual Directory, which contains a listing of local members, explains certifications, and outlines specific and helpful recommendations in choosing a contractor for your next remodeling job. For

your viewing pleasure, the 2009 CotY (Contractor of the Year) awardwinning companies present their winning projects, along with a brief explanation of the remodel that took place. I invite you to browse leisurely through these pages when looking for ideas that you may want to replicate. If youre not convinced by this time that a little sprucing up during the dead of winter works wonders, then heading to the Suburban Home & Flower Show will pull you right out of the winter doldrums and jump-start you into spring. Guaranteed! Hundreds of exhibitors brimming with ideas for the home, plus a stroll through 25,000 square feet of luxurious landscaping, will transport you easily into Nirvana. Voil! So whether youre considering a major remodel, or just need an extra splash of redecorating flavor stirred into your home dcor this season, concentrate on sprinkling some of these R words into your recipe for remodeling success.... Refresh. Renew. Renovate. Redo. Remodel....and then, your tastefully delicious result. Its that simple.

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Presidents Letter
As president of the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), I am honored to present our annual 2009 directory. As a potential consumer of remodeling, why should you use this directory? Our membership consists of the most professional, skilled and ethical contractors in the area. Our chapters mission statement, To be the resource for the remodeling industry throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties, helping to build successful, profitable and ethical companies, is the trademark of our organization. When you hire a NARI Professional, you can be assured they are among the best in the business, take pride in their work, and are ethical and responsible business people. NARI members must be approved by the board of directors and agree to abide by a strict code of ethics. As you browse our directory, look for the Certified Members. These members have taken additional steps and educated themselves to a higher level. Wes Carver The projects on the following pages are the winners of our 2009 Contractor of the Year Awards. Each year our President members enter their projects and compete against each other in different categories to further distinguish themselves as leaders in their field. The judging is very stringent and the projects must conform to strict requirements for consideration into the competition. I encourage you to look through these CotY winners and you will see for yourself how truly exceptional these projects are. Each of these projects will be featured in HOUSE & HOME magazine throughout the year, so keep an eye out all year long for these NARI professionals. I have been a member of this organization for eight years now and have gotten to know many of our members on both a professional and personal level. I can honestly say I am proud to be associated with this great group of people. When it comes time to hire a contractor for your next project, I strongly encourage you to hire a NARI professional; it is the best investment you can possibly make into your home. Warm regards,

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Wes Carver, CRS President, Bucks Mont NARI Wes Carver Electrical Contracting, Inc.

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The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is committed to being: Professional: Ethical and honest; committed to high standards Open: Diverse and respectful; inclusive of many views and dedicated to free expression Progressive: Informed and knowledgeable; resourceful and flexible Member Focused: Focused on the importance of success, return on investment and profit lives.

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2009 CotY Award Winners

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), through its awards program, recognizes the excellence and achievements of individuals and companies helping to promote the professionalism of both the remodeling industry and the association.
Every year, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) recognizes excellence in remodeling with the Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards. Contractors nationwide submit remodeling project entries at the local chapter level. The entries are actual projects with documentation including plans, estimates, materials, client comments, as well as before, during and after photographs. An independent panel judges the merits of each entry. The entries are judged on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation. Winners are announced at an annual awards dinner in January. Local winners may go on to be judged at the regional and national level. CotY project winners have appeared on national television and in magazines.


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McHales Kitchens & Baths

Residential Kitchen Under $30,000
The homeowners wanted to increase the size of the work space in the existing kitchen while still accommodating a kitchen table. They needed to do this on a small budget. A congested cooking area was opened up and a new stainless range and micro-hood added. Due to budget constraints, the existing windows remained but the neutral colors and white painting helped to bring this kitchen to life.

Superior Woodcraft
Residential Kitchen $30,000 to $60,000
The character of this historic Victorian home was preserved through period details and antique finishes. Every piece of the owners cookware was inventoried and measured and every inch of the compact space and cabinetry were designed accordingly. An ugly pipe chase and crooked ceiling were masked by a decorative frieze. A window that interrupted the primary cabinet run was incorporated with an angled wall cabinet and a reduced-height base cabinet to align with the sill.



2009 CotY Award Winners

Custom Craft Contractors, Inc.
Residential Kitchen $60,000 to $100,000
This split-level home renovation involved opening up the confined first floor kitchen and dining rooms to create an open gathering space for the family to interact. Central to the design is a large multipurpose island that helps to channel traffic and provides ample counterspace for meal preparation or casual dining. The work zone for the kitchen was restructured to create a more functional area for the homeowners to prepare meals. Custom display cabinetry provides plenty of open shelving for displaying china while also emphasizing the expanse of the new room.

Haines Contracting, Inc.

Residential Kitchen Over $100,000
The small kitchen just didnt fit the large house. The homeowners wanted to do more entertaining and there wasnt enough room to gather in one spot. The solution was to open up the kitchen and dining room and to bump out the back wall. The existing kitchen was only two years old, and we were able to reuse 80 percent of the cabinets and granite countertops.

McHales Kitchens & Baths

Residential Bath Under $30,000
This growing family wanted to add a bathroom in their basement. This new bathroom, which used an existing playroom, made for fewer steps to the powder room. The township code required the installation of an emergency exit or egress in order to install this bathroom.

Gehman Custom Remodeling

Residential Bath $30,000 to $60,000
This builder-grade master bathroom was recreated into a spa haven through the use of natural materials, various textures and a floor plan which created a better design flow. The homeowners are now enjoying a luxurious shower that is more than twice its size, an open niche tower to store and display linens, a whirlpool tub, more countertop space and a countertop cabinet that gives them shared access to items they need on a busy morning.



2009 CotY Award Winners

LJS Builders
Residential Bath Over $60,000
Previous clients came to me requesting a remodel of their existing master bathroom to reflect their style and vision. They wanted the fixtures to have a contemporary feel and room to incorporate a warm feeling with natural elements. They were looking for a shower that could give them a spa-like atmosphere. By listening to the clients needs, drawing inspiration from the outside views and carefully choosing materials and fixtures, the clients vision for their new master bathroom was realized.

Superior Woodcraft, Inc.

Residential Interior Under $100,000
Sustainability and quality are the keynotes of this luxury library. Plantation-grown Lyptus custom cabinetry, paneling and moldings are complemented by cork ceiling panelboth highly renewable resources. State-of-the-art audio-visual components are neatly integrated into the cabinets and millwork for a seamless installation. Craftsmanship is evident in the execution of detailswainscot, pilasters, complex crown and a coffered ceiling.

Van Dame Custom Builders

Residential Interior Over $100,000
The homeowners contracted our firm in October 2006 regarding the conversion of their walk-out basement into a beautiful living space. They desired to have several different spaces worked into the design which included a home entertainment area, large wet bar and extensive wine cellar, as well as a bedroom and full bath. The layout of the home presented some challenges in the overall design, but we ultimately created a space that the owners love spending time in.

Doylestown Building & Remodeling, Inc.

Residential Interior Specialty
In this project, the tree house is a concept, using elements of nature and green building. The design goes beyond the space for appreciation of the outdoors. Inspired by the magnificent hilltop view, a combination of function and natural elements was used. A skylight, cedar ceiling and oak stairway, brick floor entrance, recycled ceramic tile, box bay window and real trees were included. The end result? A realization of the clients dream with all the comforts of a traditional home.



2009 CotY Award Winners

Victor Brubaker Builder
Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000
To revive a generally dark and poorly functioning wing of our clients house, we added a bright sunroom addition to the kitchen, redirected the traffic flow, opened up a second floor bedroom and attached butlers stairs, transmitting natural light throughout. The work was all done with the blessing of the historical commission with great sensitivity shown to the historical features of the original building.

Harth Builders
Residential Exterior Under $100,000
Modifications made Over the years by previous homeowners destroyed the original character of the property. The clients wanted to remove the1970s elements and construction and restore it in a way that complemented the character of the house, honoring and maintaining the original grandeur and craftsmanship. They wanted to create a warm, welcoming entrance by dressing up the faade and by adding strong and sturdy architectural elements to complement the stonework.

Gemmi Construction, Inc

Residential Exterior Over $100,000
The goal was to create an inviting living place that would accommodate the changing needs of a maturing family while also being low maintenance and, at the same time, appear to be built with natural wood materials. Our challenge was to create a realistic look using composite materials. Through innovative uses of AZAK and TimberTech earthwood decking, we created fine detailing and a welcoming ambiance that says relax, eat, drink and be merry.

Victor Brubaker Builder

Entire House Under $250,000
With good bones and beautiful trim retained throughout, this stately 1860s Italianate still had its flaws. Typically dark and sectioned off, it was badly in need of some polish. Our renovation reconfigured the master suite for increased openness, natural light and privacy, and brightened up the first floor, too, with an extensive lighting plan and 96-inch French doors. The structure was modified to support a new whirlpool tub above while surgically working around every original detail below.



2009 CotY Award Winners


R & R Morano
Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
This whole house renovation provides much-needed additional living space for a growing family, central air and some state-ofthe-art remodeling. This Cape Cod was given a fresh start with a new second floor, a large two-story addition in the rear, and new paint, wiring and refinished flooring throughout.

J. Schwartz, LLC Fine Home Building JFA Architecture, P.C.

Entire House $500,001 to $1,000,000
The intent of this project was to enhance the functionality of the house to better accommodate the owners lifestyle. The primary goal of the owner was to transform the house from a modest Cape Cod into a more comfortable home with relevant living space, traditional character and well-coordinated details. Careful attention was paid to fully weave the craftsman aesthetic throughout the home.

Archadeck of Bucks-Mont
Residential Exterior Speciality
The owner wished to replace the existing deck which was showing signs of age. She also wanted to expand the deck so that she was able to enjoy the early evening view. We were able to construct two decks joining them with stairs, which highlighted the fact that there was an elevation change. We were also able to incorporate additional lattice skirting for visual appeal.

Brett King Builder-Contractor, Inc.

Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration
Badly debased, this sturdy 1740s stone farmhouse stood faintly calling for attention. The restoration process enveloped the entire house. Reworking the original plaster walls was accomplished, matching period trim and resurfacing the original hardwood floors. The kitchen was gutted with a new floor plan to be implemented, and an additional bathroom was created on the second floor. Prior modifications that had been done to this historic beauty robbed her of any respect or period charm. Redeeming the integrity of our clients 18th-century home by discreetly hiding amenities in simple, straight lines, as well as meticulously manicuring every surface, restored her classic, proud stature, allowing all to cheer loudly for a job well done.



2009 CotY Award Winners

Monarch Construction, Inc.
Commercial Interior
The goal of this dental practice was to create an open space that utilizes the large glass faade of the office building. By creating a bright and sunny space with views of the outside, patients are at ease while they are in the exam chair. Archways and curved walls were added to enhance the open and airy space.

Creative Contracting, Inc.

Commercial Specialty
Designing a lobby and entrance for the Sellersville Theater was an interesting and unique challenge. Preserving the history of this Jewel Box Theater and honoring its history as a town treasure was the ultimate goal of this project. It was very important to maintain the integrity of the building while focusing equal planning time on function. Completing this project on time, within budget, and with theater operation continuing throughout the construction were top priorities. The final result is a tribute to the vision of the owners, William Quigley and Elayne Brick.

Home Theater/Media Room $150,000 and Over
As a family grows, so does its taste in home entertaining. Converting this basement from a kids playroom to a more sophisticated, high-tech family space complete with bar, poker area, billiard room and state-of-the-art home theater took a team of experienced pros. The media room is acoustically balanced and the intuitive control system makes the system a snap to use.
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Wes Carver Electrical Contracting, Inc.

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This project involved the installation of outside lighting, as well as a control system for the15,000-square foot home. The house and the entire property was very dark and lacked ample outside lighting. The completed project added more than 80 lights to brighten and lighten up the front, sides and pathways leading to the pool area, the trees in the front yard and along the driveway. Lighting was also installed by the pillars at the entrance of the driveway for added safety.

2009 Meritorious Award Winners

Lifestyles Design
Residential Kitchen $30,000 to $60,000
This farmhouse situated in the marshes along the Delaware River Canal had a dark and dreary kitchen that is now filled with light as the afternoon sun dapples through the new large windows overlooking the marsh. The owner needed better use of counter space, better lighting, updated efficient cabinetry and new floors. All of this had to be accomplished without changing the footprint of the 105-square foot kitchen.

Gemmi Construction, Inc. Conti Design

Residential Kitchen $60,001 to $100,000
Our clients, a husband and wife, were special in that they both were fully involved in the project planning, and though they had differing ideas in many areas, they were always willing to work toward the compromise which would allow each to achieve their wishes. The resulting space is truly greater than the sum of its parts and reflects the spirit of their partnership.

Creative Contracting, Inc. Village Handcrafted Cabinetry

Residential Kitchen Over $100,000
A builder-grade kitchen has been overhauled to create the ultimate gourmet kitchen designed for a couple who take cooking very seriously. Wolf appliances and a sub-zero refrigeration system offer topnotch function. Beautiful custom cabinetry in two-toned cherrywood and a sleek transitional design transform the space from country-cottage to sleek sophistication. Expansive granite countertops and backsplashes add seamless natural beauty and a warm color palette. This kitchen has it allspace, storage, functionality and a beautiful design.



2009 Meritorious Award Winners

Creative Contracting, Inc.
Residential Bath Over $60,000

In this master bathroom renovation, design and function fuse to create the ultimate in personal luxury. Custom cabinetry with heated mirrors, an air tub in a colonnaded nook, a spa shower and separate water closet provide the homeowners with a wonderful retreat. Warm neutral colors and radiant heated floors provide a soothing environment to begin and end each day.

Penn Contractors
Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000
The homeowners were looking for a place to escape, which was resortlike and offered everything they needed, including privacy. We provided a ground level master suite which had access to the exterior deck and pool area. We used energy-efficient building techniques and equipment to provide a seamless blend with the existing home.

Victor Brubaker Builder

Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
The owner of this house, an architect, wanted his Philadelphia townhouse to function better for his growing family and also to serve as a design showpiece. With careful planning and precise execution, we put together a home that projected a confident, sophisticated modernist statement, customized to the last detail.

Harth Builders
Residential Interior Under $100,000
Our clients wanted us to build upon the original design and style of this 1923 stone home. Structural changes, style and colors were made to bring the east section of the house up to date for practical family use. We wanted to remove the institutional look from the interior and update the 1970s style. The owners also wanted an attractive mudroom and a larger breakfast room with the warm sunny feel of Tuscany.



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Superior Woodcraft, Inc.
Residential Interior $100,000 and Over
Handcrafted custom cabinetry, paneling, carvings and ingenuity transform an unfinished basement into a Bavarian retreat complete with a full-service bar, entry hall, entertainment center, banquette, sitting area, full bath, and a window seat with a lake view. A massive ceiling medallion is balanced by complementary corner details and graceful archways with heavy corbels.

R & R Morano
Residential Interior Specialty
This unusual project converts unused barn space into a state-of-the-art exercise studio, providing inspiration to exercise, as well as to relax. The owners can enjoy a beautiful view from their second-story vantage point and exquisitely carved deck. Custom woodwork and quality craftsmanship is evident throughout.

Masters Craft Construction

Residential Exterior Under $100,000
We transformed a west facing, plain concrete slab exposed to the harsh summer sun into a luxurious, shaded refuge for the owners, their three dogs and two carts. The fine masonry workmanship was done by Richard Souder Masonry. Making the space maintenance-free was a priority so we included maintenance-free solid color core outdoor cabinetry with a black galaxy granite countertops, a PVS pergola, maintenance-free cellular PVC ceiling and trim, and beautiful natural slate on the backsplash and rear wall of the home.

Gehman Custom Remodeling Interiors by Decorating Den, Joyce Doebler Stone-Glidden

Home Theater/Media Room Under $150,000
This family room serves as the hub of activities allowing the homeowners and their guests to experience a warm and cozy layout and enjoy the grand custom-made entertainment center, which includes cabinetry that hides media components from plain view. Those sitting in the adjacent game room/den/eating area to its side, as well as those preparing a meal in the kitchen, can see the TV. Intentional and elaborate design and dcor pulls this room together to create a showcase style and magazine-ready room!



Certification A Mark Of Excellence!

The certification of a remodeling contractor, Under the certification program of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), is the associations recognition that the contractor has met certain criteria for experience, commitment to ethical conduct and professionalism. This program establishes professional standards for the remodeling industry, which encourage and reward those who continually strive to improve the products and services offered to the consumer. Certification is credibility. It is a testimonial to commitment not only to the contracting industry but also to the profession. Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS): for remodelers who specialize in a particular area of the industry. Seven industry specialties are currently eligible for this designation: concrete and masonry, electrical, insulation, mechanical systems, plumbing, roofing and siding. Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA): for individuals who actively support the remodeling industry as consultants, educators, manufacturers, publishers, suppliers and writers. Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC): exclusively for lead carpenters who are skilled and knowledgeable in the technical, hands-on aspects of their work, but who have also demonstrated skill and knowledge in project management, supervision and customer service. Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR): for individuals who specialize in kitchen and bath remodels.

There are five certification designations in use:

Certified Remodeler (CR): for remodelers who may be involved in all aspects of the industry, including residential and commercial projects.

Certified Members are indicated in red below.

NARI Members/Contractors/Suppliers
A.E. Harth, Inc. Allyn Harth, CR, CKBR Gregory Harth, CR Tim Wrona, CLC One Mill Race Springhouse, PA 19477 215-654-0364 A. J. Richardson Builders & Remodelers Rachel Richardson 31 S. Main Street Souderton, PA 18969 215-721-5301 Anthony Home Improvements Inc. Stephen J. Klein 530 Stahr Road Elkins Park, PA 19027 215-635-5300 Bannan Construction Inc. Doug Bannan, CR 659 Meadow Lane Harleysville, PA 19438 215-513-0725 Billingham Built Joseph Billingham CR, CKBR, CLC 47 Perry Auger Road PO Box 86 Erwinna, PA 18920 610-294-9652

BKZ Contractors Inc. Brian Zeldes, CR 1207 Creekwood Drive Warminster, PA 18974 215-957-1626 Blosser Electric Inc. Clair Souder 75 S. 3rd Street Telford, PA 18969 215-721-9700 Brady Electric Kyle Brady 79 W. Park Avenue Sellersville, PA18960 215-262-0573 Brett King Builder Contractor, Inc. Brett King, CR 7843 Richlandtown Road Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-1145 C & C Family Contractors, Inc. Chris Weselovs 533 Davisville Road Willow Grove, PA 19090 215-322-8687 Calfayan Construction Associates Inc Reis Calfayan CR, CLC 2528 Huntingdon Pike Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 215-947-5170

Canaan Cabinetry Neal Hange CKBR 415 E. Butler Avenue New Britain, PA 18901 215-348-0551 Case Handyman & Remodeling Gary Hoch 1042 Bridge Road Collegeville, PA 19426 610-489-3848 Cashman Woodworking, Inc. Timothy Cashman PO Box 385 Ottsville, PA 18942 610-847-7097 Coleman Home Remodeling Brian Coleman 14 Cowpath Road Telford, PA 18969 215-721-4431 Contractor Sales & Design Services William Hill 1365 Davisville Road Southhampton, PA 18968 215-917-2409

Creative Contracting Inc. Robert DuBree CR, CKBR, CLC Brendan McCreesh, CLC James Mundy, CLC 115 W. Montgomery Avenue, Suite 203 North Wales, PA 19454 215-661-8581 Crompton & Seitz Richard Sybesma David Small, CLC 1721 Loretta Avenue Feasterville, PA 19053 215-357-3551 Custom Craft Contractors Mike Foering 2224 Bustard Road Lansdale, PA 19446 610-584-0665 David Brooke Rush Builders Brooke Rush 731 E. Creamery Road Perkasie, PA 18944 215-257-7235 David Cross Construction David Cross 624 Keller Creamery Road Telford, PA 18969 215-721-3373


NARI Members/Contractors/Suppliers
David R. Yarnall Inc. David R. Yarnall 4623 Magnolia Avenue Oakford, PA 19053 215-322-9450 DeRocco Building Corp. Buddy DeRocco 135 Pheasant Run Feasterville, PA 19053 215-942-7487 Direct Value Home Remodeling Inc. John Daly, CR 5043 N. 5th Street Philadelphia, PA 19120 215-333-4441 Doyle Remodeling LLC Andrew Doyle, CR 237 Fairhill Street Willow Grove, PA 19090 215-706-2031 Doylestown Building & Remodeling Jon Atkin 6433 Ferry Road Doylestown, PA 18901 215-297-8600 EDW Builders Eric Woloshyn PO Box 864 Newtown, PA 18940 215-968-5122 Eiseman Construction Company Philip Eiseman 110 Sand Rd New Britain, PA 18901 215-345-9159 Gehman Custom Remodeler Dennis Gehman CR, CKBR, CLC Tammie Linville, CKBR Alphonsus McCarthy, CLC Marvin Zook, CLC Steve Landes, CLC Tom Moyer, CLC 355 Main Street Harleysville, PA 19438 215-513-0300 Gemmi Construction, Inc. John Gemmi CR, CKBR Matt Lysek, CLC Matt Donohue, CLC Chuck Frohlich, CLC Damian Fallon, CLC PO Box 87 Mechanicsville, PA 18934 215-340-4600 Global Home Improvements Paul Kazlov 33 Tomlinson Road Philadelphia, PA 19006 215-938-1100 Gray Contracting Services, LLC John S. Gray 5251 Geddes Way Pipersville, PA 18947 215-766-2709 Ground Source Contractors, Inc. Gary Eschenburg 1418 School House Rd Perkasie, PA 18944 215-257-4797 Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County Mike Fallon, CR 215 Matthews Avenue New Britain, PA 18901 215-348-2204 Hahn Home Improvement Kevin Hahn 1861 Fox Run Terrace Warrington, PA 18976 215-738-0015 Haines Contracting Inc. Dave Haines, CR PO Box 1093 Doylestown, PA 18901 215-348-9953 Hambleton Building Jay R. Hambleton 214 Fairhill Road Hatfield, PA 19440 215-723-6192
Award Winning Projects

Homestead Remodeling Bob Barber 17 W. Main Street Lansdale, PA 19446 215-855-2192 HomeTech Renovations, Inc. David Cerami CKBR Ken Baker, CLC, CKBR 518 Bethlehem Pike Fort Washington, PA 19034 215-646-7477 x11

NARI Members/Contractors/Suppliers
Innovative Kitchens & Baths Chip Greth CR CKBR 7 Forrest Glen Drive Pottstown, PA 19464 866-868-8854 Ivyland Builders, LLC Sharon Prim 216 W. Bristol Road, Suite D Warminster, PA 18974 215-956-0926 J. D. Delp Carpentry John D. Delp PO Box 736 Souderton, PA 18964 215-721-1279 J. Schwartz Fine Home Building Joe Schwartz 7 East King Street Malvern, PA 19355 610-644-6700 James J. Kelly Remodeling Contractor James J. Kelly III 312 Prospect Avenue Trevose, PA 19053 215-355-7444 Kenneth Mansley Remodeling Group PO Box 56 Erwinna, PA 18920 610-294-3068 Knock on Wood Michael A. Skalecki 2023 Bethel Road Worcester, PA 19490 215-699-2352 Kradzinski Remodeling Dan Kradzinski CKBR 1240 Barness Drive Warminster, PA 18974 215-442-1562 Kratz Home Improvements LLC Rick Kratz 2764 Little Rd Perkiomenville, PA 18074 610-754-6073 Lemus Construction Jose Lemus 30 Rogers Road Furlong, Pa 18925 215-996-9966 L.J.S. Builders Leroy Supper, CR 1820 Geryville Pike Pennsburg, PA 18073 215-679-1987 Leverne Hendricks Builders Inc. Kevin Hendricks CR 712 Godshall Road Telford, PA 18969 215-723-5492 Lifestyles Design LLC Patricia Nunan CKBR 612 Erb Road Perkiomenville, PA 18074 610-754-1444 Masters Craft Construction Brian J. Martin CKBR, CR 416 Derstine Road Hatfield, PA 19440 215-723-6162 Matthew Ryan Home Improvements Joe Molloy 185B Philmont Avenue Feasterville, PA 19053 215-942-2880 McHales Kitchens, Baths, & Additions John McHale CKBR 2450 Trenton Road Levittown, PA 19056 215-946-1144 Meridian Construction Larry Giannone, CR 650 West Ninth Street Lansdale, PA 19446 215-362-4700 Monarch Construction Inc. Joseph B. Karoly, CR 342 W. Germantown Pike, Suite 300 Norristown, PA 19403 610-270-9266 Morris Black Designs 984 Marcon Blvd. LVIPIII Allentown, PA 18109 610-264-2700

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NARI Members
Mr. Contractor Barry Spector 2634 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19125 215-423-5525 Munz Construction Pete Reynold 201 Buck Road Holland, PA 18966 215-953-8833 Nemath Building Service Glen Nemath PO Box 348 Lansdale, PA 19446 215-361-9066 New Visions Contracting John Mair 1980 Upper Ridge Road Green Lane, PA 18054 215-257-4512 Paul C. McPeake Remodeling & Carpentry Inc. Paul C. McPeake 3933 Township Line Road Collegeville, PA 19426 484-902-0111 Penn Contractors Bruce Snyder 419 Dalton Street Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-4204 Precision Builders Inc. Jerald Wielgomas, CKBR PO Box 161 Eagleville, PA 19408 610-970-8925 R & M Construction Co. Ron Riker, CR PO Box 993 310 Perkiomen Avenue Oaks, PA 19456 610-666-0287 R & R Morano Restoration & Renovation Robert Morano, CR Rebecca Morano, CR 36 S. Main Street Perkasie, PA 18944 215-453-1301 Remodeling Concepts David Martin 404 Easton Road Warrington, PA 18976 215-343-5557 Renova Contracting Shawn Moffit 2433 Grays Ferry Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19146 267-226-4162 Samuel Van Horn Electrical Contracting Samuel J. Van Horn 2 Claremont Circle Horsham, PA 19044 215-643-4637 Scott Burman Plumbing & Heating Scott Burman 20 E. 7th Street Lansdale, PA 19446 215-393-4761 Sterling Kitchens Sheila Tittle 4275 County Line Road, Suite 11A Chalfont, PA 18914 215-997-2200 x103 Sterling Mechanical Services Inc. James M. McCafferty, CR PO Box 316 West Point, PA 19486 215-661-0433 Stone-Glidden Mark Glidden 148 North Clinton Street, Suite 1 Doylestown, PA 18901 215-348-4525 Stoneybrook Builders Inc Bill Jacot, CR PO Box 99 Danboro, PA 18916 215-766-3500 Superior Woodcraft, Inc. Patrick Kennedy 160 N. Hamilton Street Doylestown, PA 18901 215-348-9942

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Thomas G. Wells Construction LLC Thomas G. Wells, CR 105 Pennsylvania Avenue Yardley, PA 19067 215-321-4048 Wes Carver Electrical Contracting, Inc. Wes Carver, CRS 100 Emlen Way, Suite 114 Telford, PA 18969 215-799-2141 Wheeler Brothers Construction Barney Wheeler 420 Washington Avenue Hulmeville, PA 19047 215-757-2144

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Award Winning Project

Tilghman Builders Inc Bob Tilghman, CR 1300 Cinquapin Road Churchville, PA 18966 215-357-3206 Timeless Finishes Stanley Rachwal 3012 Greenes Way Circle Collegeville, PA 19426 610-247-9293

Archadeck of Bucks-Mont Richard Conrad 112 Sunnybrook Drive Doylestown, PA 215-345-5130 215-345-7805 Artichoke Design Landscape Architecture Kristen Puskar 110 Timothy Drive Maple Glen, PA 19002 215-646-4418 CKG Architects Frank Cuthbertson 5443 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 215-844-5191 Closet City, Ltd. Janet Stevenson 619 Bethlehem Pike Montgomeryville, PA 18936 215-855-4400 Conti Design Kate Conti PO Box 357 Holicong, PA 19144 215-297-8196 Donald Rush Painting Inc. Donald Rush 1083 Old Bethlehem Road Perkasie, PA 18944 Earthbound Homes Terri Swain 1555 Bustand Road, Bldg. 1, Suite 130 Lansdale, PA 19446 215-262-9686

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Valts Roofing Inc. Peteris Valts 2775 Street Road PO Box 178 Warrington, PA 18976 215-343-5177 Van Dame Custom Builders John Van Dame, CR, CKBR 1410 Taylor Road Lansdale, PA 19446 267-716-2351 Victor Brubaker Builder Victor Brubaker 429 S. 45th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 609-334-6362 Village Handcrafted Cabinetry Joseph Trave III, CKBR 200 West 8th Street Lansdale, PA 19446 215-393-3040 Vintage Renovations Frank McCann 200 West 8th Street Lansdale, PA 19446 215-393-3040 Wellborn Cabinetry, Inc. Paul Connelly 32 Sycamore Drive Drums, PA 18222 570-985-8820 Wellsford Cabinetry Greg Pereni 1810 West High Street Stowe, PA 19464 610-326-5700

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NARI Members
Elegant Interior Designs Pam Kofsky 713 Lake Drive Ambler, PA 19002 215-920-9655 Estates Chimney Sweeps, Inc. Darryl Hughes 48 Sunset Avenue Chalfont, PA 18914 Handcrafted Landscapes John Geddes 412 Store Road Harleysville, PA 19438 215-256-0239 Interiors by Decorating Den Joyce Doebler 2076 Hawthorne Lane Hatfield, PA 19440 215-368-2259 www.decdens/jdoebler JFA Architecture Joe Augustine 1017 Greenwood Avenue Wyncote, PA 19095 215-517-8068 Tridon Industries MaryBeth Yanessa 371 Circle of Progress Pottstown, PA 19464 610-323-6800 Atlantic Building Products Tom Walko 2560 Milford Square Pike Quakertown, PA 18951 215-538-2333 AZEK Building Products Laurie Munning 3552 Woodbyne Road Hellertown, PA 18055 610-346-9035 Bill Vandegrift, Inc. James Bender 450 E. Butler Avenue New Britian, PA 18901 215-345-1892 Bradco Supply Corp. Greg Ring 1084 Bethlehem Pike Montgomeryville, PA 18936 215-641-9000 Bright Light Design Center Agata Widuch 555 S. Henderson Road King of Prussia, PA 19406 610-992-1790 Chapman Windows & Doors Joe Ryglicki 882 South Matlack Street, Unit G West Chester, PA 19382 610-431-8898 Custom-Lite, Inc. Stephanie Henry 3220 Mauch Chunk Rd Coplay, PA 18037 610-799-9711 Doylestown Lumber & Millwork Mike Marcus 700 N. Easton Road Doylestown, PA 18902 215-348-9408 Dynamic Supply 633 Mary Street Warminster, PA 18974 215-674-9360

A.B.E. Doors & Windows Jim Lett 6776 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown, PA 18106-8905 610-398-2430 Affordable Audio Mark Jacobs 26 Paige Trail Perkasie, PA 18944 215-453-5100 Allentown Window Pros Dorothy Staffey 1740 Lynnwood Road Allentown, PA 18103 610-776-0817 Applegate Wood Floors MaryAnne Applegate 1285 Eagle Road Washington Crossing, PA 18977 215-598-8708

NARI Members/Contractors/Suppliers
Eldorado Stone Brian Martin 9156 Molly Pitcher Highway Greencastle, PA 17225 717-729-6018 www.eldoradostone.coom Ferguson Enterprises Cheryl Bachman 200 S. Chestnut Street Lansdale, PA 19446 215-368-5226 x124 Gordons Glass Ltd. Mel Gordon 1525 Stuckert Road Warrington, PA 18976 215-293-9922 Gutter Magician, Inc. Jim DeMatt 1740 Lynnwood Road, Suite 3 Allentown, PA 18103 866-993-4888 Harvey Industries Dan Hartnett 1770 Willow Spur Road Macungie, PA 18062 610-730-7651 Home Depot January Introcaso District 188 Mid Atlantic Region H. J. Opdyke Lumber Co., Inc. Jack Opdyke PO Box 58 900 FrenchtownMilford Road Frenchtown, NJ 08825 908-996-2241 J & L Building Materials John Conte 1044 W. Germantown Pike Norristown, PA 19401 610-637-2275 Lutron Electronics Matthew Kurtz 7200 Suter Road Coopersburg, PA 18036 610-282-7823 Manning Materials Matt Thomas 680 Ben Franklin Hwy. E Birdsboro, PA 19508 800-445-1719 Marvic Supply Co. Jim Stevens 710 Dickerson Road North Wales, PA 19454 215-699-5900 Mrs. Gs TV & Appliances Debbie Schaeffer 2960 Route 1 Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 609-882-1444 Pella Gunton Corp. Lisa Lowry 803 Horsham Road, Suite A Montgomeryville, PA 18936 215-361-5395 Penn Lighting Associates Todd Klein 239 South 24th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-735-5000 ProSource of Philadelphia 866 Town Center Drive Langhorne, PA 19047 215-757-9050 ProSource of Valley Forge Jack OConnor 2586 Industry Lane, Suite 101 Norristown, PA 19403 610-635-1101 SGO Designer Glass, Inc. Paul Mamolou 909 N. Bethlehem Pike PO Box 168 Spring House, PA 19477 215-646-5077 The Woodburners Karl Claus 11 N. Market Street Hatfield, PA 19440 Thermal Shield Enterprises LLC Joseph M. Storione 437 Ivyland Road Warminster, PA 18974 267-537-2300 Wehrungs Family Home Center Dave Slifer PO Box 550 7711 Rte. 611 Ottsville, PA 18942 610-847-2066 Weinstein Supply Mark Goodman 3155 Terwood Road Willow Grove, PA 19090 215-657-0700 Window World of Lehigh Valley Bryan Hiller 5925 Tilghman Street, Suite 800 Allentown, PA 18104 610-432-6878 World Wide Stereo Ron Rumer 754 Route 309 Montgomeryville, PA 18936 215-368-8343

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NARI Members
C.J. Miller Vacuum Center, Inc. Adam Clemmer 282 Main Street (Rt. 63) Harleysville, PA 19438 215-256-1100 Detweiler, Hershey & Associates, P.C. Robert W. Schoen 64 North County Line Road PO Box 64157 Souderton, PA 18964 215-723-8901 GGN Group, LLC Dan Gomez PO Box 976 Blue Bell, PA 19422 215-266-0050 HOUSE & HOME Magazine Rochelle Dodge 2820 Audubon Village Drive, Suite 385 Audubon, PA 19403 888-202-5501, Ext. 81 High Aim Resources Paul Landes 3633 Meadow Lane Chalfont, PA 18914 215-343-7674 Home & Business Solutions Joseph Gebler 408 Brookside Drive Perkasie, PA 18944 215-258-0340 Mel Periard CADD Specialist Mel Periard 17 Pine Mill Circle Doylestown, PA 18901 215-340-0297 Mike Irby Photography Mike Irby 181 Bridge Street Phoenixville, PA 19460 267-210-1817 National Penn Bank Deb Palochak 528 E. Lancaster Avenue St. Davids, PA 19087 610-254-9207 Next Step Bob Graham 491 Forty Foot Road Hatfield, PA 19440 215-361-9293 Sandler Training Gary Fedor 41 University Drive, Suite 400 Newtown, PA 18940 267-757-8795 Steven A. Cotlar Esquire Steven A. Cotlar 23 West Court Street Doylestown, PA 18901 215-345-7310 Swift Sell It Tim Lederman 1776 S. Easton Road, Suite 4 Doylestown, PA 18901 215-348-3088 The Delp Group Douglas R. Delp 3747 Geryville Pike Green Lane, PA 18054 215-692-1956 Upper Bucks County Technical School 3115 Ridge Road Perkasie, PA 18944 Whipple Associates Mike Dare 1047 Union Boulevard Allentown, PA 18109 610-432-6878


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From Rt. 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) Follow Rt. 76 West to King of Prussia Exit to Rt. 202 South (West Chester) Stay in right lane for Rt. 422 West (Pottstown)Exit Rt. 422 at Oaks, left onto Egypt Road Left at Station Ave. (3rd light) Follow signs for the Expo Center

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From PA Turnpike Exit at Valley Forge and stay to the right Exit Rt. 202 South (West Chester) Stay in right lane for Rt. 422 West (Pottstown) Exit Rt. 422 at Oaks, left onto Egypt Road Left at Station Ave. (3rd light) Follow signs for the Expo Center

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From Rt. 422 West Rt. 422 to the Oaks exit, left onto Egypt Road Left at Station Ave. (3rd light)

From Rt. 422 East Rt. 422 to the Oaks exit, left onto Egypt Road Left at Station Ave. (2nd light)

Don Engebretson, The Renegade Gardener, will teach Landscape Design for Homeowners and Crafting Cool and Creative Containers, encouraging gardeners to think outside the box! WHYY FMs You Bet Your Garden host, Mike McGrath, will delight with his insightful humor and encyclopedic knowledge on organic gardening. Rick Mikula The Butterfly Guy, will teach how to attract these jewels of nature to your garden. Kids of all ages will be delighted with live butterfly shows through the weekend!

Proud partners of the Suburban Home & Flower Show are:

Audubon Pennsylvania, 1210 the Big Talker, B101FM, Gerhards Appliances, the Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties, HOUSE & HOME Magazine, KYW Newsradio, LeafGuard of Delaware Valley, NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), NBC10, SLS Presents, The Philadelphia Inquirer,, WFIL560 AM, WNTP News Talk 990, and Weisser Homes.

The Suburban Home & Flower Show is produced by D&D Expositions, 235 Gibbsboro Road, Clementon, NJ 08021 856-782-2222 Show Manager: Joyce Mockus Account Managers: Marty Worcester and David Mockus Office Manager: Carol Zirbser Media & Marketing: 15 Minutes Inc. 610-832-1515





Finally...The Return of a Suburban Home & Flower Show

February 19 22, 2009
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
Whos on a spending spree? Even in our current economy, research shows that the 75,621 new homeowners who purchased a home in the Philadelphia area over the past 12 months are doing just that!* For new homeowners and those contemplating improvements to their home, D&D Expositions Suburban Home & Flower Show is an ideal destination for all things home and garden related. Chase away the winter blues with a walk through more than 25,000 square feet of magnificent gardens created by top area landscapers. Visitors can expect to see hundreds of exhibits helmed by local and national businesses with products ranging from windows and doors, kitchens and baths, and pools and spas to paving, furniture, decks, window treatments, lighting, flooring, cabinetry, ironwork and more. Home Shows are a great resource for comparison-shopping and meeting experts in person. Professionals offering such services as interior design and landscaping, as well as architects and builders will be on-site to answer questions. Horticulturists will offer daily seminars geared to getting the garden ready for spring. In addition to the variety of home-related exhibits and delightful gardens, visitors to the show will experience Greening the American Dream, an education and resource center offering Green Building products and services presented by HBA. Showgoers can enter to win appliances from Gerhards and Gutters by Leafguard of Delaware Valley. In these uncertain economic times, theres no better time to give your home or garden some TLC! Beautifying your home will add value, curb appeal and enjoyment to your home. The Suburban Home & Flower Show will be held in the expansive new Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, off the Oaks exit of Route 422, 5 miles from King of Prussia and just 20 miles from Philadelphia.
*Culled by The Homesteader from Greater Philadelphia county reports of home sales from September, 2007 September, 2008.

A Taste of Spring in February Suburban Home & Flower Show

25,000 sq. ft. of dream gardens to grow in the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center at Oaks
By mid-February, when the icy blasts are all too familiar, well be ready for a taste of spring! Enjoy meandering through gorgeous gardens created by top area landscapers at the Suburban Home & Flower Show, February 19 22 at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center at Oaks. Sight, sound and smell will arouse the senses in one-of-a-kind dream gardens that can become a reality in just about any yard. In addition, suppliers of home products and services will be offering great deals just in time to plan spring home improvements! Tom Morris of J. Downend Landscaping, Inc., is pleased to be a part of the Suburban Home & Flower Show. The 2009 show will be our first time exhibiting and we are excited to showcase our company on such a grand scale. Our designers are seeking to extend the indoor living space to the outdoors. A grand stone fireplace will be flanked on one side by an outdoor kitchen, and on the other with English gardens. A water feature and a wood pergola, designer flooring, pavers and wall systems will be used to help create the outdoor room by emphasizing both horizontal and vertical planes. Clarkes Landscaping and Lawn Care will feature a warm and welcoming space for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and relishes time spent with family and friends. As its foundation, an assortment of natural stones frames a lush array of multi-colored and textured plants. HPK Landscape Construction plans to create a livable outdoor area filled with character and charm. HPK will showcase an elaborate Andes Collection travertine outdoor kitchen, which is sure to become the focal point for seasonal entertaining and conversation. Green Ridge Landscaping has been servicing clients in and around Montgomery and Chester County for over 20 years. We create beauty in outdoor spaces says Green Ridges Gary Weiss. For both residential and commercial landscaping clients, we utilize a variety of innovative hard and plant material to create appealing landscapes. Take a break from the hustle and bustle in Blue Tree Landscapings backyard retreat. As you wander through the colorful garden and over the bridge, let the sounds of trickling water transport you to paradise. Be sure to stop and smell the flowers...and take home ideas to create your own private sanctuary!





Suburban Home & Flower Show Floor Plan & Exhibitor List


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1st Patriot Realty....................................................209 A.T. King Jr., Inc. ....................................................335 Advance Landscaping & Hardscaping....................109 Airtight Spray Foam of SE PA ................................409 AJR Environmental Inc. ..................................216-218 Allied Landscaper............................................416-418 AMC Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. ................Garden C Appleby Systems, Inc.............................................208 Awnings in Motion ..........................................121,123 B&T Landscape & Patio Design ............................605 Barto Pool & Spa ..........................................361, 363 Basement Living System........................................662 Basement Services 911..........................................325 Bath Fitter ................................................257,259,356 Becker Window Fashions ......................................806 Betterliving Mid-Atlantic ........................................339 Blue Haven Pools & Spas, NE ........................449,451 Blue Tree Landscaping, Inc. ..........................Garden A BQ Basement Systems ..................................460, 462 Bucks County Soap Stone Company .................... 231 C&C Heating & Air Conditioning ............................327 CJ Miller Vacuum Center, Inc. ........................441-443 Cardinal Wood Cabinets ........................................559 Clarkes Landscaping & Lawn Care................Garden G Closet & Storage Concepts ....................................225 Closets by Builders Prime ......................................534 Collegeville Paint & Design ....................................338 Compass Ironworks ..............................................301 Concepts in Concrete ............................................452 Conestoga Buildings ..............................................143 48 BUCKS COUNTY HOUSE & HOME

Cook's Warehouse ........................................611, 613 Correct-A-Step ......................................................463 Culligan Funk Water Quality Co. ............................508 Custom-Lite, Inc. ............................................205-207 Cutco Cutlery..........................................................223 Daniel Lawn & Garden ......................157, 159, 161, 163-256, 258, 260, 262 Davis Modern Heating & Air Conditioning ......440-442 Designer Garage, Inc. ............................................311 Dewey Homes ........................................................751 DiFelice Concrete Inc. ............................................519 Dilworth's Custom Design......................................401 DMG Installation ....................................................648 Driveway Impressions............................................536 Dwyer Distribution Services...................................753 Dynamic Solar Solutions........................................710 Eco Bound..............................................................111 Elisio Builders Pro ........................................ 210-212 En Masse Mktg. Corp.............................................627 Energy Alternatives ........................................204-206 Ehrich & Ehrich Landscape Architects......Home Landscapers Environaire Corp ....................................................656 Euroshine USA, Inc.........................750-752, 250, 252 Everclear ................................................................727 Everything ..............................................248 Exterior Concepts, LLC ..........................................700 Fanelli Window Pros ..............................................563 FenceScapes ..........................................................453 Final Edge, LLC ......................................................726 Fizzano Bros Inc. ....................................................513 FEBRUARY 2009

FJP Services, Inc. ..................................................101 Four Seasons Sun & Shade ..501-504-505-506, 600-604 Full Spectrum/Cedrus Saunas ........................448,450 Gardencraft, LLC ....................................358, 360, 362 Gas Works, Inc.......................................................113 Gerhards Appliances & Television ................400, 404 Gourmet Creations ................................................153 Granite Transformations ........................................407 Granor Price Homes...............................................751 Green Lawn Fertilizing............................................336 Green Ridge Landscaping, Inc. ......................Garden F Guerrera & Sons Electric, Inc.................................320 Gutter Helmet Systems ..................................610, 612 H & N Lauterio ......................................................227 Hague Quality Water ..............................................830 Has Sheet Sales ....................................................842 HBA of Bucks/ Montgomery Counties ........................................................749-763, 848-862 Heat Shed, Inc. ......................................................309 Henninger Nursery & Garden Center ............641, 643 HPK Property Management ..........................Garden B HomeSource Daily Expo ........................................251 House & Home Magazine. ..............................Entrance Innovative Exteriors................................................111 Install America ..............................................220, 222 International Housewares, Inc. ................................826, 550-552, 661-663, 741-743 J.Downend Landscaping, Inc.........................Garden E James Hardie Building Products. ..........................757 The Jaydor Company ............................................139

JC Penney ..............................................................413 JMT Awnings ..................................................211-213 Kitchen Magic ................................................340, 342 Kiefers Appliances ................................................749 Laird's Breads ................................................149, 151 Lake's Almonds......................................................150 LeafGuard of Delaware Valley, Inc. ........................406 Little Giant Solutions ......................................240-242 Limerick Furniture Company ..................................549 Lorraine Wambold Estate Jewelry..........................427 Luxury Bath of Lower Bucks..........................640, 642 Maculo Enterprises ................................................417 Mailboxes Complete, LLC ......................................726 March Company ....................................................601 Marriott Vacation Club ..........................................221 Matthew Ryan Home Improvement ..457-459, 556-558 Matus Windows ............................................631, 730 McGlaughlin Insulation ..........................................326 Metro Public Adjustment, Inc.................................349 Mid-Atlantic Exteriors ....................................422, 424 Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing ....................................517 National Greyhound Adoption Program ................824 The New York Times ..............................................420 NARI ......................................................................725 Nu-Look Cleaning Service ......................................234 Ouldcott Cabinetry..................................................307 Owens Corning Basement Finishing Systems ........524 P.J. Fitzpatrick, Inc. ........................................341-343 Passanante Bros. ............................................516-518 Patterned Concrete of PA ......................................230



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Woodland Landscaping, LLC..................................434 Woodburners, The ........................................321, 323 Wood-Mode ....................................................308-310 Woodward Landscape Supply, Inc. ................316-318 Yocum Glass Company, Inc. ..................................405 York/JCI..................................................................512 SLS PRESENTS ARTISANS ROW Art Just Art Backcountry Photography Botanical Accents Bragg Art Glass Studio Chesapeake Bay Photography Chester P. Basils Wooden Spoons Danladi Designs Dan Nie Studio Daroo Designs Debill Inc. Dragon Studios Expressions Farm Furniture Garden Grove Pottery Girly Girl Essentials Gisele De Paris Glass Expressions Howard Heartsfield Hudson River Inlay Iguaniss Gallery Indiago Gallery FEBRUARY 2009 Insect Creations John Maxwell Artist Jones Crafts, Inc Just Kiddin Designs Kitrick Short Originals Lamps By Lynne Lewis M. Smith Handcrafted Jewelry Livine Fine Art Studio Lorac Designs Made in the Shades Clip Ons,LLC Marlei Jewelry Mr. Blockhead, Inc. Need-A-Switch Samuels Art Scentastics S.E.A Gallery Sunsational Tammis Collection The Stone Connection The Whisper Toothpicks & Broomsticks Vermont Natures Creations Vintage Poster Art Wendy Flohr Wizards Workshop Wood Weaving BUCKS COUNTY HOUSE & HOME 49

Paul DOrazio Custom Upholstery ..................348,350 Peacock Lighting & Accessories ............................838 Pells Landscaping LLC ..........................................716 Phantom Screens/Mid-Atlantic Retractable............226 The Philadelphia Inquirer ......................................238 Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc. ..................................219 Power Windows & Siding ......................125, 317, 319 Pro Mark Landscaping ..........................................706 Puppen Meister Productions ..............................Stage R. Marshall, Inc...............................................135-137 Rainmaster Irrigation Systems ......................105, 107 Re-Bath of Pennsylvania ........................................712 Renewal by Andersen ............................................658 Rinox Pavers, LLC..........................................201, 300 Rolling Rock Building Stone, Inc. ..........................431 Russell Roofing..............................................731, 734 Salters Fireplace, Patio & Grill................................217 Sandberg's Custom Hardwood Floors....................411 Sandone Landscaping ............................................626 Saniflo ....................................................................527 SGO Designer Glass ..............................................836 Sinton Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. ................408 SJ Window Tinting ................................................127 SLS Productions..............................801-843, 900-924 Solar Reflections, Inc. ............................................334 Spring Dance Hot Tubs, Inc.............717-723, 816-822 SpringHouse Window & Door ........................331-430 Stonehenge Materials, LLC ....................................200 Stump's Quality Decks ..........................................410 Sun Control Specialists, LLC..................................620

Sundek of PA..........................................................312 Superior Woodcraft................................................511 Swing Kingdom ..........................................House area Switch Art ..............................................................539 Temp-Rite, LLC ..............................................617-619 Terra Landscaping ..........................................313-412 The Del/Chester Servpro Group ............................419 The Healthy Gourmet by Americraft ..............456, 458 Tint Pro ..................................................................461 TNT Amusements, Inc. ..................................261, 263 Tom Adams Windows ............................................500 Total Access ..........................................................426 Touch of Purple......................................................352 Trans Faux Mation, Inc ..........................................253 Triple A Custom Wood Design ........................235,237 Twin Valley Property Management, Inc ..................249 Twirlygigs ......................................................520, 522 Ultimate Creations..................................................834 Uncommon ............................................................562 Unique Indoor Comfort ..................................117-119 United Home Energy ......................................616, 618 Village Handcrafted Cabinetry ................................526 Virtual Storage, LLC ......................................740, 742 Volpe Enterprises, Inc. ............................239, 241,243 Walpole Woodworkers ..........................................601 Walking Tall Foot Correctors ..................................812 Weil Clocks ............................................................330 West Chester Spas ........531, 535, 537-630, 634, 636 White Science ................................................722-724 Windowizards ................................540, 541, 542, 543 Wireworx................................................................438



Thursday, February 19
3PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener Landscape Design for Homeowners 4PM - Solar 101 All About Solar Electric Systems for Homes and Businesses 5PM - Nancy Powell, Curator of Collections & Exhibits, John James Audubon Center, Real or Fake: How to Identify Audubon and Other Historical Prints 6PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener - Crafting Cool and Creative Containers 7PM - Green Building Consultant Matt Belcher - Belcher Homes Build Green and Save, Protect the Earth and your Bottom Line

Friday, February 20
NOON - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener - Landscape Design for Homeowners 1PM - Mike McGrath, Host of You Bet Your Garden - Chemical-free answers to your toughest garden problems 2PM - Solar 101 All About Solar Electric Systems for Homes and Businesses 3PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener - Crafting Cool and Creative Containers 4PM - Solar 101 All About Solar Electric Systems for Homes and Businesses 5PM - Antonia Davis, Education Manager, John James Audubon Center Birds in Your Backyard 6PM - Mike McGrath, Host of You Bet Your Garden - Save money--grow your OWN Victory Garden this summer! 7PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener - Landscape Design for Homeowners

Saturday, February 21
11AM - Steve Saffier, Audubon at Home Coordinator, Audubon Pennsylvania, Gardening for Birds NOON - Rick Makula - The Butterfly Guy - How to attract these jewels of nature to your garden 1PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener Landscape Design for Homeowners

Sunday, February 22
11AM - Audubon Pennsylvania presents Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels, live animals and more! 11AM - Rick Makula - The Butterfly Guy - How to attract these jewels of nature to your garden 1PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener - Landscape Design for Homeowners

2PM - Mike McGrath, Host of You 2PM - Mike McGrath, Host of You Bet Your Garden - Chemical-free answers Bet Your Garden - Chemical-free to your toughest garden problems answers to your toughest garden problems 3PM - Rick Makula - The Butterfly Guy - How to attract these jewels of nature to your garden 4PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener - Crafting Cool and Creative Containers 3PM - Rick Makula - The Butterfly Guy - How to attract these jewels of nature to your garden 4PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener - Crafting Cool and Creative Containers

Schedule subject to change. Please check website for up-to-date information.

5PM - Mike McGrath, Host of You 5PM - Mike McGrath, Host of You Bet Your Garden - Save money--grow Bet Your Garden - Save money grow your OWN Victory Garden this summer! your OWN Victory Garden this summer! 6PM - Rick Makula - The Butterfly Guy - How to attract these jewels of nature to your garden 7PM - Don Engebretson The Renegade Gardener Landscape Design for Homeowners

Greening the American Dream Presented by the Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties and the Keystone Green Building Initiative
Greening the American Dream is an environmental, educational and resource center at the Suburban Home & Flower Show featuring green building practices, products and services. The Keystone Green Building Initiative is a state-wide program developed to promote and facilitate practical approaches to green construction. The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Bucks and Montgomery Counties is a non-profit trade association representing the residential construction community throughout the Delaware Valley Region. Builder members include small, medium and large volume home builders and developers. Associate members are professionals and tradespeople who work with and support the industry, including subcontractors, building materials suppliers, realtors, bankers, attorneys and many others. HBAs goal is to provide tools to implement green building strategies for builders and to help market green homes to the public. Vo-Tech Skill Build Competition Saturday, February 21, come and watch students from the areas vocational and technical schools get on-the-job training. The Skill Build Competition is an annual event sponsored by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. In the competition, students representing various schools carpentry, electrical and plumbing trade programs, join forces and demonstrate their abilities by constructing a bathroom on-site at the Home & Flower Show. Industry leaders judge the teams on their technique, teamwork and final product. In addition to promoting a strong business environment for the diverse members of the association, the HBA is committed to the development of a strong and skilled workforce and across the state.


Tour Showcase Homes Inside the Expo Center!

Weisser Homes will build showcase homes inside the EXPO Center to highlight affordable innovations in forward- thinking manufactured housing. The Skyline Tanglewood model is a home thats perfect for any community, combining efficient living with a sense of luxury. This single-section home can fit in most lots and the 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances provide high-end living at a low-end price. Whether youre a first-time homebuyer or looking to downsize, Weisser Homes can help you find the best value for you budget. Weisser Homes has cultivated a distinguished reputation and has received numerous awards for superb service and sales, including being named one of the top 100 industrialized builders by Automated Builder magazine. For the past fortyfive years, the Weisser family has had the pleasure of delivering over 5,000 new mobile, manufactured and modular homes to the northeast region of the US. Family-owned and operated since 1962, Weisser Homes is bringing quality living at an affordable price to the Suburban Home & Flower Show.

Find Big Deals at the Suburban Home & Flower Show

Take advantage of timely discounts to build value into your home. If youre struggling to see a silver lining in the beaten-down real estate market, consider this... It may be a rotten moment to sell your house, but if youve postponed a much-needed renovation project on your homereplacing a rotting deck, repairing a leaky roof or updating an antiquated bathroomnow is the best time in years to tackle that task. Excerpted from How to Fix Up Your House on the
Cheap. By Donna Rosato, Money Magazine

Now more than ever, homeowners are looking for deals, and many companies are ready to offer great values. At the Suburban Home & Flower Show, exhibitors will be promoting their BIG DEAL to visitors of the show. For example, Bath Fitter of Greater Philadelphia is offering 10% OFF the entire job for anyone who signs up for a free estimate. Heat Shed will offer a free site visit and estimate for an energy and cost-cutting solar photovoltaic system for home or business. Halpin-Regal & Donze, a supplier of Wood-Mode cabinetry will offer 40% OFF on all cabinets for show attendees, in addition to a free design consultation and site visit to measure and inspect the home. A free sink and faucet (a $700 value) will be added to the deal for those who order a complete kitchen job. Garage America will extend $500 OFF any complete Garage Makeover as its show deal. Windowizards will reward those show-goers who buy two windows with a third window at no additional cost. Door Magic will offer a free hardware upgrade with the purchase of a Door Magic makeover. Be sure to look for the What's the BIG DEAL? signs to take advantage of the deals on tap at the Suburban Home & Flower Show!

Visitors to the Suburban Home & Flower Show may enter to win Electrolux appliances from Gerhards!
ELECTROLUX FRONT-LOAD WASHER & DRYER with IQ-TOUCH CONTROLS Fastest Wash and Dry Times1 18 minutes to wash, 18 minutes to dryso your clothes are ready before you are! Largest Capacity Washers and Dryers2 Wash and dry the most in one load, with our 4.7 cu. ft. washers and our 8.0 cu. ft. dryers. IQ-Touch Controls All the wash and dry cycles/options youll need, including a My Favorite setting

Eco-Friendly Washers Gentle on the environment and your clothes, with wash cycles that are 75% more energy efficient and use 56% less water3 Perfect Balance System State-of-the-art technology keeps even oversized wash loads balanced for smooth, quiet operation.

Total value $3,884.00 MSRP 4.7 cu. ft. largest capacity washer features an 18-minute wash cycle, a My Favorite setting, Touch-2-Open door, Perfect Balance system, Eco-Friendly cycle, Luxury-Design lighting, a Luxury-Quiet sound package and IQ-Touch controls.

1 Fastest time based on smallest load/Fast Wash and Fast Dry cycles selected for various load compositions 2 Based on manufacturers specifications 3 Water savings based on DOE ENERGY-STAR energy-savings calculator Energy Efficiency based on DOE minimum standard for washers using the modified energy factor (MEF) calculation; 83% applies to Wave-Touch model washers only. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are determined by number of entries.





Artisans Row
Artisans Row, a special section of the Suburban Home & Flower Show, presents a great opportunity to view and purchase finely crafted items from around the country to enhance your home dcor. Forty-five juried professional fine artists and artisans will showcase their unique traditional and contemporary creations, including custom-made decorative tiles, lamps, candles, handcarved wooden and metal sculpture, fountains, frames, jewelry, stained and art glass, pottery, quilts, wreaths and floral displays, garden accessories, outdoor furniture, ironworks, and a variety of fine art photography, oil paintings, watercolors and wall art. The new Greater Philadelphia EXPO Centers wide open spaces provide a perfect opportunity for showcasing the original fine art and dcor on display at this years show, according to Stephanie Seidner of SLS Productions. A wall, a ceiling, even a floor can be a canvas for a magical one-of-akind masterpiece by award-winning artist Mary Dima of Daroo Designs. Whether working in tromp loeil decorative painting, stenciling or a mural, Dima produces dynamic works with vibrant colors and brilliant light quality. Stop by and see Dima demonstrate how to gild and distress furniture, glaze or plaster a wall, as well as stencil custom designs. Vibrant, swirls of color can be seen in the abstract contemporary work of Israeli born artist Smadar Livne. Her artwork for Livne Fine Art Studio is an unusual technique of mixed media on canvas, custom wall hangings, handmade fabric collage and custom wall sculpture. Carol L. Heisler designs colorful fiber art for the home. Her beautiful and functional creative wall hangings, bedcovers, lap throws and baby quilts for Lorac Designs will warm and beautify your surroundings. Take home a unique hanging basket from Vermont Nature Creations. People have been rooting their plant cuttings in just about every conceivable container-from juice glasses to coffee mugs-anything that would set on the windowsill, David Emmons says, Our idea was simple. Get those jars and cups off the countertop and windowsill, and hang your plant cuttings in a handcrafted work of art that you can show off. If you are looking for something to complement your home or office, visit Lynne Gordons Lamps by Lynne. Gordon has been making lampshades for more than 20 years and specializes in creating cut and pierced lampshades that offer an artful yet sophisticated look to enhance any dcor. Many other familiar faces will be returning to this years show. Pat Votechs, Chesapeake Bay Photography, reflects the love of nature and the outdoors in her fine art photography. Spring always renews the spirit and why not renew the look of your home with some unique artisan-made items collected by Scott Martin, Iguaniss Gallery and Rose Grosso, InDiago Gallery in their many travels around the world. Also add some color to your wardrobe with Lewis and Ellen Smiths original and custom jewelry designs by Lewis M. Smith Handcrafted Jewelry. Bring joy and beauty to your life and to your home with a visit to Artisans Row. Discover this special place to shop for home and garden needs-Artisans Row at the Suburban Home & Flower Show. You will have the unique opportunity to visit many wonderful booths that are full of one-of-a-kind treasures. You can find something for every age and interest and nearly every price range, says Stephanie Seidner of SLS Productions.
SLS Productions, Inc., is a full-service show management, event and fundraising consultant, event and theme party production company serving the regional Philadelphia area. A trademark feature within home show venues is the special section, Artisans Row, which showcases professional fine artists and artisans, and offers a diverse selection of quality antiques and accessories for interior design.

Visitors to the Suburban Home & Flower Show may enter to win a full house of replacement gutters valued at $3500!*
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*No purchase is necessary. Winner need not be present to win. Odds of winning are determined by number of entries received.




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and floral gardens. Daily guided and self-guided tours reveal a working estate with demonstrations. There are childrens programs, workshops and a gift shop. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Fee: $7 adults; $6 seniors; $5 ages 6 to 17; $25 families Location: 400 Pennsbury Manor Road, Morrisville More details: 215-946-0400 Through March 30 EVENING IN THE COLONIAL KITCHEN AT PEDDLERS VILLAGE Every Monday evening, two different Colonial-era characters from the American Historical Theater share fascinating tales of Americas early days while dinner guests interact with food historians that prepare their four-course, 18th century-style dinner over a roaring fire. Learn the secrets of baking pies in a Dutch oven, roasting beef on a clock-work jack or in a tin kitchen, among other unique Colonial cooking techniques. Select two hearty main courses or one favorite entre and receive a keepsake menu along with a pamphlet of Colonial recipes. Period musical entertainment throughout the evening completes the experience. Fee: $19.95 for adults; $10.95 for children Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Location: The Cock n Bull Restaurant, Peddlers Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska More details: or 215-794-4000 Through March 31 ORCHID EXTRAVAGANZA Enter a dazzling world of orchids as Longwood Gardens transforms its conservatory into an orchid oasis. See thousands of orchids from around the world, including the Living Wall of Orchids and the new Orchid Mobile. Go back in time to Victorian England and experience orchid mania when explorers went to harrowing lengths to acquire orchids.

Hours: 9 5 p.m. Fee: $16 adults; $14 seniors; $6 students; under 4 free Location: Longwood Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square More details: or 610388-1000 Through April 5 QUILT COMPETITION AND DISPLAY Handmade quilts compete for more than $1,400 in prizes in seven categories: Traditional, Appliqu, Creative, Amish, Quilted Clothing, Childrens and Potluck. Quilts are displayed in the Village Gazebo. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Fee: Free Location: Village Gazebo, Peddlers Village, Lahaska, PA More details: or 215794-4051 February 18 PARENTS AND PRESCHOOLERS AT SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER Children ages 3 to 5-years old and their caregivers discover nature together, both indoors and out! Hours: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fee: $12 per child with caregiver Location: Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Road, Bristol More details: or 215-785-1177 February 19 to 22 SUBURBAN HOME AND FLOWER SHOW After a stroll through gorgeous gardens created by top area landscapers, spark your imagination with decorating and remodeling ideas. Visit hundreds of exhibits with products ranging from windows and doors to kitchens and baths to pools and spas, paving, furniture, decks and more. Sponsored by D&D Expositions. Hours: 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Fee: $9 adults, under 12 free. Discounted tickets online; free parking for 5,000 cars Location: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, 100 Station Ave., Oaks Exit of Route 422

More details: or call 484-754-EXPO or 856-782-2222 February 22 MAPLE SUGAR DAY Visit the Churchville Nature Center for the unique experience of making sugar water into sweet, sticky syrup. Learn the age-old process handed down by the Native Americans. A variety of interpretive stations show visitors the various steps taken to collect sap and make it into syrup. Hours: 1 p.m. Fee: $2 per person Location: Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville More details: or 215-357-4005 March 7 JAPANESE GIRLS DAY In Japan, spring brings two important celebrations: Hina-Matsuri, the Dolls Festival, and Momo-no-Seku, the Peach Blossom Festival. Families with young daughters celebrate these events at home to ensure their future happiness. They decorate beautiful dolls, replicas of an ancient emperor and empress, and eat festive foods. In this intergenerational event, children learn about Bucks Countys connection to the world of Japan through artist George Nakashima. In addition, each child creates Japanese paper dolls and peach blossom paintings, and partakes in traditional Hina-Matsuri foods. Hours: 1 to 3 p.m. Fee: $30, includes one adult and one child, ages 6 and up Location: The Michener Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown More details: or 215340-9800 Information compiled by Amy Angradi. Confirm information before making your plans by calling the listed number or visiting the listed website. Information for inclusion in this section should be emailed to or faxed to 215-689-4999 at least two months before scheduled date. H& H

President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington attend a Colonial dinner on Presidents Day. Photo courtesy of Peddlers Village.

Ongoing PARRY MANSION MUSEUM WEEKENDS The Parry Mansion, built in 1784 by wealthy mill owner Benjamin Parry, was purchased by the New Hope Historical Society in 1966. It is a decorative arts museum with rooms furnished in period style from 1775 to 1900. A guided tour, lasting 1-1 hours, takes visitors through 125 years of decorative changes experienced by the Parrys, each room reflecting a style from Colonial to American Empire to Victorian. Hours: Continuous tours starting at 1:30 p.m. Mini tours, 1st floor only, weekends May through October; guided tours for six or more may be booked in advance. Fee: Free for Mini Tours; $6 per person for Full Tour Location: 45 S. Main St., New Hope More details: 215-862-5652 Ongoing PENNSBURY MANOR TOURS Return to William Penns day on this 43-acre re-creation of his estate. The plantation is comprised of a Georgian manor house, a dozen outbuildings, including bake and brew houses, and period herb


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Through March 1 IYARE! SPLENDOR AND TENSION IN BENINS PALACE THEATRE For centuries, Nigerias Benin Kingdom was one of West Africas most renowned and powerful political states. Benins Edo people still profess loyalty to their monarch, the Oba, even as they fully participate in modern life. Nearly 100 objects, dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries, are on display in this exhibition. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Fee: $8 adults; $5 senior citizens and students; under 6 and Penn students and staff free Location: University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia More details: or 215-898-4000 Through March 1 OUTDOOR SCULPTURE PROGRAM: BARRY PARKER Philadelphia sculptor Barry Parkers work has been inspired by folk tales, literature and travel. This exhibit features a variety of his sculptures, which are constructed of hammered and formed bronze sheets that are welded together. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; until 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Fee: $6.50 adults; $6 ages 60 and over; $4 children ages 6 to 18; under 6 free Location: Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown More details: or 215-340-9800 Through March 15 SAVING FACE: PORTRAITS

INFARINATO Assembled by Bucks County resident Robert Infarinato, this collection is rich in masterful portraits by renowned photographers, including Ansel Adams, Robert Capa and Lotte Jacobi. The collections feature many subjects, such as Pablo Picasso, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe, who have made their mark in the arts. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; until 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Fee: $6.50 adults; $6 ages 60 and over; $4 children ages 6 to 18; under 6 free Location: Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown More details: or 215-340-9800 Through April 5 FRANK O. GEHRY: DESIGN PROCESS AND THE LEWIS HOUSE This exhibition explores how a decade-long residential commission for Peter Lewis gave Frank Gehry a unique opportunity to experiment and achieve the formal and technological breakthroughs that made him one of the most influential architects of our time. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; until 8:45 p.m. Friday Fee: $14 adults; $12 seniors; $10 students and ages 13 to 18; under 13 free Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, Philadelphia Through April 26 GRAND SCALE: MONUMENTAL PRINTS IN THE AGE OF DURER AND TITIAN This exhibit assembles more than 40 oversized and multi-part woodcuts and engravings from United States collections. Except for an

exhibit of giant Renaissance woodcuts in the 1970s, this is the first exhibit in more than 100 years to explore the origins of this genre in printmaking. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; until 8:45 p.m. Friday Fee: $14 adults; $12 seniors; $10 students and ages 13 to 18; under 13 free Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, Philadelphia More details: or 215-763-8100 Through May 31 HEROISM AND TREACHERY: PAINTINGS FROM THE SAFAVID AND MUGHAL EMPIRES What makes a king or noble honorable? How does a hero act? The seven illustrations in this exhibition come from manuscripts created in the 16th and 17th centuries under the Safavid rulers of Iran (Persia) and the Mughals of India. Each demonstrates a feat of heroism or an act of justice befitting a good Islamic ruler. These paintings exemplify the acts of heroism and treachery that fascinated Muslim patrons of the book arts. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; until 8:45 p.m. Friday Fee: $14 adults; $12 seniors; $10 students and ages 13 to 18; under 13 free Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, Philadelphia More details: or 215-763-8100

February 26 May 17 CZANNE AND BEYOND Paul Czannes posthumous retrospective at the Salon dAutomne in 1907 was a watershed event in the history of art. The immediate impact of this large presentation of his work on the young artists of Paris was profound. This exhibition features 40 paintings and 20 watercolors and drawings by Czanne, displayed alongside works by several artists for whom Czanne has been a central inspiration. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; until 8:45 p.m. Friday Fee: $14 adults; $12 seniors; $10 students and ages 13 to 18; under 13 free Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, Philadelphia More details: or 215-763-8100 February 28 March 1 MID-WINTER CLASSIC ANTIQUE SALE Hundreds of antiques and collectibles are for sale at this event near historic Valley Forge. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Fee: $6 general admission; $20 early entry fee (Saturday between 8 and 10 a.m.) Location: Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia More details: Information compiled by Lindsey Getz. Confirm information before making your plans by calling the listed number or visiting the listed website. Information for inclusion in this section should be submitted to arts& or fax details to Arts & Antiques at 215-689-4999 at least two months before scheduled date. H& H



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Surfaces beneath our feet are no longer something to be ignored. The genius of advanced technology is complemented by artistic soul to produce decorative concrete masterpieces. Exquisite in color, texture and pattern, ideas and installations are sought by homeowners to make statements in style. According to the Concrete Network, an informational source for consumers, builders and contractors, the top five decorative concrete trends last year were patios, stained, stamped, interior floors and resurfacing. Decorative concrete is one of the hottest building trends today, says Jim Peterson, CEO, Concrete Network. Homeowners from around the country embrace concrete and are incorporating these applications into many aspects of their lives. STAMP IT Todd Turner, vice president, Concrete Impressions LLC, agrees.

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Concrete is one of the most durable, yet drab, building substances. With so many new techniques in the industry, homeowners can have the best of both worlds: strength and aesthetics. He calls his companys stamped concrete the look for less. For a savings of 35 to 50 percent over natural materials, a patio or walkway can take on the personality of a cobblestone street in London or an Italian villa, says Turner. Concrete Impressions offers a process that incorporates colors, textures and patterns into freshly poured concrete. When dry, the surface boasts a natural faade of brick, slate, stone, tile and even wood. It is sealed with ultra-violet (UV) protection that guards against color fading and features an acrylic surface product that prevents chips and scratches. There are no individual units involved, thus grass and weed problems are non-existent. Architectural Concrete Design is also a stamping specialist. Chris McMahon, president of Architectural Concrete Design, points out that decorative stamped concrete is a thrifty way to

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spruce up homes. Even though decorative concrete is a less expensive alternative, its quality and appeal are second to none, he says. Concrete surfaces can be replicated to mimic bluestone, flagstone, cobblestone brick and more. When the work is performed by an experienced professional, its difficult to tell the concrete isnt natural stone, continues McMahon. Pouring decorative concrete isnt the same as laying regular concrete and it takes many years of experience to reach the skill level necessary for quality work. When properly laid, it will not crack, will not appear to be uneven and should last a lifetime, he says. COLOR IT Color is another concrete design option. Larry Vogel, store man60 BUCKS COUNTY HOUSE & HOME FEBRUARY 2009

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look of the Great Wall of China right in your backyard, he says. Its easy to match a home exterior, too. The most dramatic new product in Wagners line boggles the mind and dazzles the viewer. Fiber optics are now being placed in concrete and imaginative possibilities are amazing, he says. A design is set prior to pouring the concrete. Fiber optics are connected after finishing. Colors can change, lights can dance, sports fans can light up patios with team logos. When you turn off the light source, you never know the image exists. It is incredible. As the season for making changes to driveways, patios or walkways approaches, consider decorative concrete. Before making a final decision on method, evaluate use and size of the area and determine your vision, product longevity and budget. Visit concrete educational Web sites and ask questions of potential contractors and decorative concrete customers. Taking more time upfront will ensure lasting satisfaction and enjoyment. H& H
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Theres nothing more classic than beautiful natural stone to complete a kitchens lookand fortunately, a local company has one of the widest selections around. Colonial Marble & Granite is a full-service supplier of natural stone materials for both residential and commercial customers. We are able to offer customers the finest in materials, like granite, marble, onyx and more, says James Freeman, vice president of sales and marketing. Not only can we offer these superb products, but we also fabricate the project in its entirety at our in-house production facility. Its Colonial Marble & Granites wide selection that really makes the company stand out, not to mention its impressive showroom. Colonial boasts something quite unheard of in the industryan indoor slab yard. So no matter what the weather conditions, your shopping experience can be enjoyable. Our product selection and

For his countertops and island, homeowner Michael Tawadros selected juparana romance, a piece of granite known for its rich hue

quality make us different, adds Freeman. I can say, with no doubt, that the inventory in our showroom is unmatched. According to Freeman nobody has a slab selection like we do. We house over 3,000 slabs in over 400 different colors in-house every day. We also carry a large selection of exotic stones priced at levels that will still fit within your budget.

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HAPPY HOMEOWNERS Chester County homeowner Barbara Smith says that it was Colonials indoor slab yard that first attracted her to the company. She was seeking granite for the countertops and island in her new home. They had a really great showroom with great lighting, she says. While other showrooms we visited had poor lighting and werent willing to move slabs around for better viewing, Colonials salespeople were excellent. They did not hesitate to move slabs out of the way so that I could clearly see what the ones behind them looked like. Smith also says she felt that Colonial had the best selection of granite in the area. She ultimately chose a crema bordeaux granite slab for her kitchen countertops and island. This particular piece of granite is an industry standard, explains Freeman. She also chose to do double lamination on the island, with a cove Dupont edge rolling into an ogee edge. This gives it a double-stacked appearance, which is a very soft and appealing look. I really liked the color and the movement in it, Smith says, regarding what attracted her to crema bordeaux. Ive had the new countertops since August and have found that the granite wipes down very easily and is durable, too. Michael Tawadros of Montgomery County is another homeowner >>>

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who has been extremely satisfied with his new granite kitchen. Tawadros has a large kitchen and does a lot of entertaining, so he wanted a functional island, as well as granite countertops. I was looking for the perfect piece of granite to match my maple cabinets and rosewood floor, he says. I looked at a lot of places but just couldnt find a really distinguished color. That is, until he found Colonial. Tawadros ended up selecting a stone called juparana romance. Its definitely a unique stone that is not as common a pick, says Freeman. Its perfect for homeowners who want a deep and rich color. Its a beautiful stone. Tawadros says what impressed him most about Colonial was its customer service. From a service standpoint, the company was just phenomenal, he says. The salespeople were really low pressure in the store and offered a fair price. Plus, I was impressed by how quickly they were able to turn it around. Those are three key points that Colonial prides itself on with every customer, adds Freeman. We definitely take a low-pressure, easy approach to selling, he says. It makes the experience more enjoyable for the customer, as does the fact that our prices are not only competitive, but fair. And we offer a one-week turnaround time from template to installationsomething thats really changed the industry. Many companies take several weeks to get the job completed. And the customer always comes first. We do everything we can to keep the customer happy, says Freeman. Colonial takes the time to make every aspect of the job personal. The customers needs are always our top priority. Colonial Marble & Granite is located at 201 West Church Road, King of Prussia. The companys entrance is off Henderson Road. For more information, visit or call 215-543-7077. H& H

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The current state of the housing market has left many to think seriously about their next step. For those who know they need additional space, the question is whether to build an addition or to move. It appears that most are staying put. Many families like their neighborhood and their location, and perhaps dont want the hassle of starting over in a new house, so they add-on instead, reports John Gemmi, owner, Gemmi Construction, Inc., and a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). A lot of our remodeling work comes from homeowners who are interested in staying in their home for the long haul. Another reason more homeowners are staying put these days is the cost of moving, adds Dennis Gavin, CR, CKBR, owner, Gavin Design-Build, Inc. It usually costs about 10 percent of the total value of real estate involved, he says. According to Gavin, that means if you sell your home for


The interior of this Meridian addition shows an expanded eating area for the homeowners.

$350,000 and buy one for $500,000, you have $850,000 in the real estate market. After all of the fees involved plus moving expenses, youll have accumulated around $85,000 in dead money. Alternatively, you could have invested that money into a remodel of your home and seen a return. MOVING FORWARD After making the decision to build an addition, the next step is to determine what your township regulations are, explains Larry R. Giannone, CR, owner, Meridian Construction, Inc. Before beginning the process, its crucial to know where you are permitted to build and how large your addition can be. These regulations have to do with building setbacks from property lines, easements and many other conditions that could restrict or at least impact your plans to build an addition, he explains. Once youre certain that you can afford an add-on to your home, its also important that your family discusses budget. A remodeling professional can help you establish a realistic budget upfront, says Trevor Heydon, project coordinator, Nuss Construction Company, Inc. But before meeting with a remodeling professional, you need to have a firm feel about what you want to spend. Then the remodeler can help you determine if the budget is realistic and workable for what you want. After determining what you plan to spend, its time to find the

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remodeler for the job. The homeowner should meet with a select few remodeling professionals and find the one that he/she feels is the right fit, says Heydon. That means you should have the ability to create a working relationship with this remodeling professional in designing the project and seeing it through to the final stage. While searching for and interviewing prospective remodeling companies, Gemmi says its important to find one thats reputable and has done good work in the past. You can figure this out by seeking referrals, he suggests. Then go look at some of the work theyve done. Talk to the homeowners and find out if the remodeler started on time or had any hidden costs. And find out if the homeowner felt his/her expectations were met. Its also important to find someone who will listen to you, and take your concerns seriously, adds Roy Bryhn, CR, president, Bryhn Construction, Inc. And make sure you trust the person, too. The remodeler and his employees could be working on your house for >>>



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many months, depending on the size of the job, he says. By the end of it, you might know them better than some of your relatives! There are many choices, but design-build firms are popular because youll work with the same company from start to finish. A design-build construction company has the unique capability to prepare detailed building plans while also considering your needs and budget, adds Giannone DESIGN AND BEYOND When coming up with your own ideas for what you are imagining your addition will look like, it can help to write a list of your wants and needs, suggests Bryhn. Write them in prioritized order, he says. Then share them with your family to see if you are on the same page. These initial steps are usually all it takes to start dreaming and to get the creative genes going. It comes down to personal preference for what each client wants and needs, but there are several key features that many homeowners are requesting, says Alex Hall, CKD, owner, Creative Nook. On first- floor additions, these include items like vaulted ceilings, skylights, a lot of windows and generally upgraded flooring, like ceramic tile or hardwood, he says. As far as second-story additions, its often the expansion of a master bedroom and master bath, as well as the walk-in closet area. Thats probably the wisest way to invest your money on a second-floor addition because youll see the most return. Adding a mudroom area to the first floor is very popular. We work with a lot of families who have children coming home with backpacks, hockey sticks, soccer bags and all kinds of other supplies and equipment, adds Hall. The family needs a landing area before entering the kitchen where the kids can store their belongings. So were doing a lot of large, rear mudrooms with attractive lockers, cubbies and built-in sections for the kids to store their stuff. Once the process begins, one of the most important aspects of an addition is having a good design, says Gavin. A design-build firm can provide that for the homeowner, he explains. When building an addition, or even just reworking some of the existing space in the house, you want to make sure its large enough and

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designed correctly to do what you need. A poorly designed space that is not very functional will give you the worst return, even if its loaded with high-end products. Another crucial aspect of an addition is making it look like it belongs, says Giannone. In fact, a well-designed addition shouldnt

even look like an addition. To a visitor who has never seen your house before, it should look like part of the original home. There are a lot of additions out there that look like they were just thrown onthey dont look like they were meant to be part of the house, adds Giannone. A good design-build firm can make sure that all of >>>

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the architectural details match up. The final product wont look like an addition, but will look like just another part of the house. You definitely want to find a remodeler that has the ability to design something beyond your typical cookie-cutter solutions, agrees Heydon. Your renovations should flow seamlessly with the existing home. Homeowners should also be prepared for the process involved in an addition. Keep in mind that an addition takes time and can be somewhat disruptive to your normal routine. It can also require some changes to your yard. An addition does require getting large equipment to the site, which could mean that trees will be removed, says Gemmi. The homeowner should be ready for that. Gemmi points out that there is a good chance things will need to be moved around and the remodeler should be clear with the homeowner about this if physical changes are needed. The payoff of having an addition built is certainly worth it in the long-run. The value of your home will increase, making it worth the expense. Plus, whatever your needs were for an addition, youll ultimately wind up with your dream homewithout the hassle of moving. H& H
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Jere Bradwell

Blue and white Delft tiles create an Old World surround for the cooking area of Monets kitchen.

Many colors work well in pairs, but none work as well as the classic pairing of blue and white. With multiple variations of blues and whites, you can find yourself in the world of Scandinavia or the fresh feel of country blue gingham. For a more sophisticated look, we only have to glance back to our European roots to find Delft tile and Toile de Jouy fabrics, and even traditional china patterns, such as the beautiful blue willow. Lovers of blue will always find much to love in these most heavenly hues. THE COLOR BLUE The color blue has been associated with just about every fashion trend in history. There was the European craze for Chinese blue and white export porcelain, Delft and Staffordshire pottery; the icy blue of art deco and the indigo blue that made Levis jeans an icon for all time. Around the beginning of the last century, the soft tone of the robins egg blue upholstery was in great demand. In its infinite variations, blue paired with various shades of cream and white can add openness and clarity to any interior, large or small. CHECKS AND SPOTS Blue and white look best when used in the form of cool geometric

A collection of stripes, patterns and geometric fabrics in blue and white complement most any dcorfrom modern to traditional.




The famous impressionist, Claude Monet, used blue and white in his dining room, combined with yellow. This classic blue and white check pattern pairs with other designs and Chinese imported vases to create a restful bedroom.

designs in polka dots, stripes and checks. Lively patterns including toile can be layered in hundreds of different combinationsthe simplest and most foolproof form of pattern mixing. The variety of moods and effects that can be achieved by combining these two colors is almost endless. You can use delicate designs or bold forthright checks to bring a fresh and uplifting feel to a room. MONETS TABLE One of the most influential painters of modern times, Claude Monet, lived for half his life in the famous house at Giverny in France. To visit his home is one of the most breathtaking experiences of your life. Monet used color outside his house and everywhere inside. The wonderful kitchen area of his home features beautiful Delft tiles in the backsplash surrounding his cooking area. Blue and white china patterns were used for tea and for setting the table in the dining room. Here, Monet introduced one additional color: yellow. The dining room had pale yellow walls with mustard yellow molding; the room was further accented with wheat sheaf chairs painted a fresh lemon yellow. Blue and white combined with yellow is a cheerful way to use these shades and it produces a unique result. TODAYS COLOR SCHEMES Most of the decorating I do is based around updated earth colors. The homes we live in and the surroundings of the north generally work better with these warm colors. There are times in a home, however, when you can use a unique color scheme in a specific area or room in the house. This is the case with blue and white decorating. The blue and white color scheme works well within bedrooms, breakfast rooms, a childs room, or in a room where you might want to create a cottage or seashore-type feeling. ACCENT COLORS When working with basic blue and white, layering patterns and geometrics works effectively. Because you are using variations of the same

This fresh dining space combines aqua blue with white elements.

colors, your decorating eye will be happy with the results. There are times, thoughjust like in Monets homethat you will want to add an accent color to the basic blue and white theme. The first of these colors is yellow, which is illustrated by the cheerful dining area in Monets home; the second is coral. Yellow and coral are both warm colors. When you choose one of these to add to your blue and white color scheme, you will find that it not only adds a colorful accent to the design, but it can also be helpful in tying the warmer colors of your home to this uniquely colored room. The last accent color is green. This neutral color blends with every color, so adding it to your blue and white room will look great. Green can also be added to rooms with yellow or coral color accents as well, without losing your basic design direction. REFRESHING CHANGE I think the most important thing about a blue and white theme, is that it is a refreshing change from the earth tones we so often decorate our homes with. It can create a unique feeling in a home, so that the decorating is not totally predictable. When decorating with this color combination, you will find it much easier to choose your room elements. This specific color combination helps you focus on your walls, fabrics and accessories because you know just what colors they have to be: blue or white! Got a Question? Jere Bradwell is the senior designer at European Home Collection, located at 5222 York Road, Buckingham. Email design questions to Include Design Question in the subject line. Visit, or for a personal consultation, call 215-794-4443. H& H

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Lindsey Getz

Above: The home theater is the focus of the familys new basement. Left: An angular vanity in the new bathroom gives the space a modern edge.

Photography by Ozzie, RVO III Photography

When the Waters family decided to finish the basement in their Bucks County home, the goal was to transform a boring and standard space into a multipurpose area that benefited the entire family. I wanted the basement finished so that I would have somewhere to entertain or relax, Clare Waters says. I wanted the children to have a space they could enjoy with their friends. In addition to a great room (a multipurpose lounge including a wet bar), the family also wanted a full bathroom, bedroom, gym, home theater, office and recording studio. I have my office on the main floor of the home, so we wanted to build a brand new office for my husband in the basement, adds Waters. In order to achieve their goal, the family hired Harth Builders,

The wet bars contemporary design nicely complements the modern new space.

a nationally recognized home renovation and design-build remodeler that serves Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The results are amazing, and the Waters are extremely happy with the multipurpose room they had longed for through the years. Additionally, Harth Builders was honored with a Contractor of the Year (CotY) Meritorious Award from the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Interior Remodeling Over $100,000 category. The first task in completing this massive project was bringing the space up to local guidelines. Local code requires supply and return vents with a fan directing fresh air into each room of a finished basement, says Gregory Harth, president, Harth Builders. Since these fans have to be turned on when the lights go on, we chose a Panasonic Whisper fan to minimize fan noise. CONTEMPORARY FLAIR Instead of the traditional Colonial-style basement, the family wanted a contemporary design with clean lines and a modern feel. These design elements are incorporated into each room. In the great room, the lounge area is minimalistic and sophisticated.

It features a lot of open space, plus a complete wet bar with a very contemporary design. For this unique look, the Waters family and Harth Builders worked with Mark Oser, owner, Designs by Mark, Inc., an interior design and construction firm. Oser also designed the basements layout. Everything in the basement was designed on an angled theme, explains Oser. The reason we did it this way was to give the room a sense of movement and some visual interest. And the bar embodies those same design elements. My husband and I wanted a contemporary bar area and worked with Mark to create this, explains Waters. We were very impressed with the final result. The custom-designed bar is equipped with a built-in refrigerator, icemaker, sink and microwave. The bars design features angled elements like the rest of the basement, Oser says. The stools were chosen for that reason. The cobalt blue fabric was chosen to complement the cobalt blue lighting and bar accents. A variety of lighting elements also helps highlight the bar area. Pendant lights provide artistic detail and functional light, says Harth, while accent lighting in the bar cabinet illuminates the >>>

We recommended a rubber mat floor in the gym, rather than a laminate wood floor or carpeting, to provide better traction and comfort while working out.
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The new gym includes rubber flooring and two mirrored walls.

glass shelves and bottles on display. All of the lights are controlled by Lutron Maestro Dimmers. Recessed lights in the ceiling tile and wall sconces provide general lighting for the space. Harth Builders also installed a EuroPhase light (a brand that provides low-voltage lighting that is great for accenting something special) in the wall niche to illuminate a unique piece of artwork. The Waters family wanted something more interesting than a standard drop ceiling, so they opted for Armstrongs sand-drift textured tile ceiling. Because it costs more than standard ceiling tile, Harth recommended upgrading the great room and bathroom ceilings, and using standard tile in the bedroom, office and gym to help stay under the projects budget. In the bathroom, Harth made sure not to block the window with ceiling tile. We actually boxed the ceiling tile around the window to maximize the amount of natural light coming in, he explains. A moisture-resistant light was also placed in the shower. The bathroom vanity has an angular design and features a round tube at the base for a dramatic, modern look. Under the glass countertop of the vanity, Harth Builders installed rope light for added visual interest. A wall-mounted faucet and vessel sink above the glass countertop complete the look. A ROOM FOR EVERYONE The home gym was another important room for the family. We recommended a rubber mat floor in the gym, rather than a laminate wood floor or carpeting, to provide better traction and comfort while working out, Harth says. By doing some research online, we located a commercial-style rubber flooring that met the clients budget needs and quality expectations. Two walls of the gym are completely mirrored, and wall outlet plates and supplies were mirrored in keeping with the clean look. One wall also features a ballet bar for the familys daughters. A highlight of the new space is, of course, the home theater. The owners wanted the theater to be able to better entertain family and guests, says Harth. Lighting played a crucial role in bringing together the theaters design. Six small EuroPhase tilting

halogen lights were used in conjunction with the rooms wall sconces to provide general lighting. Rope lighting was also placed under the stairs, stage front and crown molding; the wall sconces provide artistic detail. Black ceiling tile was used in the home theater to make the ceiling blend, explains Harth. It also allows for a brighter picture and a better movie-going experience. Additionally, sound installation was placed above the ceiling tile and around the room to prevent noise transfer to the dining room above. Overall, the Waters family says the final product was even better than they imagined. Its just a wonderful, lovely place, Waters concludes. And everybody who comes to visit just thinks its out of this world. Its really unique and I cant say enough about it. From the beginning to the end, Harth Builders was incredible to work with. Harth Builders is located at One Mill Race, Spring House. For more information, visit or call 215-654-0364. Visit for more information on the BucksMont Chapter of NARI. H& H

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under a Tuscan sun

At night, this outdoor room still offers the warmth of a Tuscan garden with a crackling fire and dramatic landscape lighting to highlight the outdoor kitchen.

A peaceful water garden surrounds the travertine limestone patio. Matching limestone columns support a pergola giving the outdoor room a sense of enclosure while maintaining a view of the skies above.


Sharon A, Shaw

The Tuscan region of Italy is renowned for fine food, family gatherings, beautiful weather and gracious outdoor living. These are qualities that most homeowners would love to incorporate into their own backyards. Although we cannot always rely on sun-drenched days, the spirit and beauty of Tuscany can be brought into any backyard landscape. Because of the warm, dry weather, the residents of Tuscany tend to spend much of their time outdoors. The architecture reflects this lifestyle in the use of outdoor rooms and structures that take advantage of the climate. The style is defined by architectural elements that include courtyards enclosed by walls, columns supporting pergolas for shade and fountains that offer the physical and psychological cooling effects of water. Tuscan landscapes are characterized by the use of natural stone, stucco and tile as building materials. During the day, the intense sun warms the stone patio and surrounding walls. After the sun sets, this heat is released into the cool night air making the enclosed space warmer during the evening hours when the family can enjoy dinner outdoors. These materials also remain cooler long into the morning making the space a comfortable retreat from the daytimes rising temperatures. The use of light-colored materials, such as stucco and travertine limestone, helps to reflect the intense sunlight and prevent these




Solid wooden gates shield the backyard from view. A formal travertine walkway guides those fortunate to enter into the beautifully landscaped gardens.

surfaces from becoming too warm for use. Pergolas also assist in offering relief from the heat. These overhead lattice structures provide shade alone or support for vines. Fountains are not only beautiful pieces of sculpture, but also keep an outdoor room comfortably cool. The evaporation of water into the atmosphere lowers the temperature while the relaxing sound of falling water can actually make the listener feel cooler. Food is another important aspect of aTuscan landscape. Italian culture seems to revolve around food and the cuisine often relies on freshly prepared and grilled foods. Outdoor kitchens, where everything is close at hand, allow meals to be prepared and enjoyed outdoors. For the Yidell family of Langhorne, the dream of a Tuscan holiday became a daily reality in their backyard. When they first spoke with Keith Frederick of Environmental Landscape Associates, the Yidells wanted to create an outdoor living space that complemented their home, provided a place for family gathering and offered privacy from the neighborhood. A Tuscan-themed landscape, with its walled courtyards, stucco surfaces and emphasis on food and family, seemed to be the ideal style to use. Fredericks design began with a masonry travertine limestone patio off the back door. A beautiful stucco fireplace with tile accents is the center view from the door. An outdoor kitchen flanks one side of the patio and the entire outdoor room is covered with a pergola. The pergola combines the traditional materials of a classic Italian design into a structure that is both solid and graceful. Limestone columns are used to support the large timber beams. The lattice structure is constructed of wrought iron rods, which create the sense of enclosure but do not offer much shade. Instead, the cooling effect of a pergola is provided by two fans mounted beneath the structure. The outdoor kitchen is full of modern amenities, including a refrigerator, icemaker, sink, grill and side burner. The countertop backsplash creates privacy on the patio from one side of the property while a stucco wall encloses the other side, and a wooden gate blocks the view from the street. A formal travertine limestone pathway connects the gateway entrance to the patio and offers a location for several focal points including a bench and trellis. An extensive water garden replaces the typical fountain and in addition to providing a cooling effect to the patio, the water garden offers the beauty of water plants, the entertainment of fish and an interactive bridge to cross the stream or dip your feet. One other non-traditional element was added to make the landscape even more family oriented. A unique tree house, complete with a hammock, porthole, trap-door and dumb-waiter creates an exclusive place for children to play. Landscape lighting and gardens add the final touches to this Tuscan-style outdoor living space that allows the entire family the chance to vacation in their own backyard. Photos and article courtesy of Keith Frederick, president, Environmental Landscape Associates Inc., Doylestown. For more information, visit the companys website at or call 800-ELA-9252.
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Joetta Moulden

Photography by Janet Lenzen

After: New counters, backsplashes and paint transform the kitchen and coordinate with the existing living room wall color. New black slate tiles and rearranged accessories highlight the newly painted mantel. Before: The kitchens boring white scheme and pink laminate counters needed updating. A too-low white ceiling fan, white mantel and pale tile surround were problematic in the living room.

Right after Wendy Wetzel bought her house in 2005, she evacuated to escape a large storm. When the house was still standing upon her return, Wendy decided it was an omen to get serious about creating a place she wanted to come home to. After some design missteps she says were desperate and expensive, she called me.

Her kitchen needed work, she told me. I am a microwave cook at heart, but even I knew that this kitchen was in need of some real help, she explains. Since it sits right in the middle of an open first-floor plan, Wendy knew that if the kitchen didnt look good, the entire first floor was going to fall flat. I just couldnt resign myself to living a laminate life, she adds. CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS During the first visit, I reassured Wendy that the bones of her kitchen were great and that she did not need to replace the cabinets but to just paint them, as well as resurface the countertops. Tip: Neutral tones are best for expensive kitchen surfaces, like countertops, and add tremendously to the resale value of your home. A shiny counter surface is definitely complemented by a matte backsplash. Save splashes of color for accessories, fresh produce and flowers. After carefully listening to her concerns and color choices (she loves the dining room paint color, autumn wind, by Lowes American Traditions), I knew it was obvious that painting the white laminate cabinets was a less expensive alternative than replacing them. Tip: Yes, you can paint laminate cabinets if they are primed properly with a primer like X.I.M. and you choose the correct oil-based enamel paint.

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To eliminate costly mistakes, hire an objective professional to help you stay within your budget. Make a list of the things in your kitchen that most irritate you on a daily basis and correct them. You can paint laminate cabinets if you use the correct primer and paint. Paint consistently gives the most bang for the buck. Sometimes the most effective strategy is to not gut your kitchen, but to rethink the cabinets that are already paid for.
An under-mount Blanco sink and a sleek Danze Parma collection faucet combine with The Home Depots antique gold tumbled marble and giallo esperanza granite for a winning texture play.



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poster boards lets you see what the color is going to look like at all times of the day and evening. It also allows you to hold the board behind your head and look at your face in the mirror. Some wall colors do not complement certain peoples skin tones. In fact, the wrong paint hue can drain your face of color and make you look sick. That paint color should be avoided. After painting sample boards, we saw it was clear that Benjamin Moores Alexandria beige worked best for Wendys cabinets and island, Benjamin Moores davenport tan was perfect for her stair banister and fireplace mantel, and Sherwin-Williams sesame was the choice for her kitchen and living room. The stairwell was painted in Sherwin-Williams Irish cream. Tip: Lay paint chips and sample boards directly against fabrics and existing art and wall colors to test their compatibility. Staying on the same or adjacent paint color strips narrows down the choices, providing smoothest color flow. LIGHT MAGIC One big change was replacing the dated lighting. I suggested she remove the ceiling-lowering fluorescent fixture and replace it with recessed cansand eliminate the unattractive faux-Tiffany light altogether. She shortened the fans rod and replaced her ceiling fan with a sleek halogen Artemis fan by Minka Aire with translucent blades designed by George Kovacs.

After: Removing the appliance garage and adding new paint, sink and appliances, tumbled marble tiles from The Home Depot and granite counters update this once-tired kitchen. Before: Yellowed ovens, an unwanted appliance garage, mauve laminate countertops, a white over-mount sink and white faucet were detracting from this kitchens potential.

APPLIANCES ANEW Wendy really disliked her dated white appliances, so I suggested she could replace them with stainless ones instead. She desired granite counters, and I gave her a ballpark estimate and the name of a fabricator to install the granite. Tip: Since the best kitchens offer contrast between the flooring, countertop, backsplash, cabinets and walls, I suggested she paint her cabinets darker than her light floors, resurface the counters in a medium-color granite and choose a backsplash in a contrasting neutral dull stone, like tumbled marble. A diagonal tile installation offers subtle excitement to the design. Wendy selected an under-mount Blanco sink and a sleek new Danze Parma collection faucet. When combined with antique gold tumbled marble and giallo esperanza granite, the texture play is stunning. THE PERFECT PAINTS The trick to selecting paint was finding a color that flowed with Wendys existing fabrics and dining wall color. Painting sample

NOOKS AND KNOBS Since Wendy does not eat at the breakfast table, we moved her Indonesian bench from the living room into the kitchen, added cushions and flanked it with two matching $49 tables from Hobby Lobby. It is the perfect spot to sit and watch the birds in my garden, she explains. I wasnt sure I needed hardware on the cabinets and was concerned it would be too busy. You assured me I needed knobs and pulls, so I found a pull online at that was so beautiful. I even spoke to the mother of the architect who designed it, so I know a little about the designer, a lot about his mother and I have great pulls for my kitchen, Wendy says with a laugh. She admits she probably spent too much on the pulls, but bought round knobs she found on sale for $1.39, so together they were a good balance using dollar cost averaging. With a few simple rearrangements, the living room came together by moving existing tables from upstairs down and vice versa. Wendy bought two small oval tables and a pair of lamps to put on her existing console, which we moved in from the dining room. Over the summer I spent some time in the Georgia OKeefe Museum in Santa Fe and came home with a number of her prints, she says. I really enjoyed working with you to blend the mats and frames together to work with the existing Edward Hopper I have hanging over the console. Art gives the room such depth and texture."

After: Painting walls and cabinets and adding new hardware, granite counters, tile backsplash, sink, faucet and appliances dressed up this open kitchen. A simple furniture rearrangement and $31 barstools from Garden Ridge Pottery enhance the kitchen area. Before: The kitchen had poor lighting, dated white appliances and was lacking hardware.


Looking back, Wendy laughs at how she would sit on her stairsteps in the middle of the night writing me emails on her BlackBerry as she panicked about paint colors. The next day another color would go up and I would think, Maybe this could work. By the time all the walls were painted, it just glowed. It is perfect, she says. Joetta Moulden offers home makeovers using your own home furnishings to create the home youve always dreamed of. See more makeovers on her website at
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Pity the poor wall oven. Virtually no one gives this appliance a moments thought until right With cold weather, we crave casseroles, roasts and breads, and the wall oven becomes a major player in the home. Pause for a moment and think of your oven. Does it really measure up? TODAYS OVENS If youre like most people, your wall oven is serviceable, but far from ideal. The good news is you have time to upgrade it. Better

The full-extension telescopic rack in Thermadors Professional Series wall oven makes it easy to check on your roast or turkey.

news: If you select a wall oven with digital features and detailed timing charts, that dried-out chicken or roast you have been known to serve to unsuspecting relatives will be a thing of the past. Wall ovens have come a long way in the past five or so years. Most new models offer a convection cooking feature, which means they contain fans that circulate heated air evenly over food inside the oven. Convection ovens cook foods 21 to 50 percent faster than conventional ovens, experts say. So what will convection cooking do to a casserole or pie made with Grandmas recipe that youve always cooked in a conventional oven? If you follow your new convection oven manufacturers directions, dont be surprised to see convection cooking improving your classic foods. Because of the continuous circulation of heat, meats cooked by the convection method release fat more quickly, resulting in a browner skin and juicier meat. Baked goods release their steam faster for a flakier crust. And theres less cooking time. For example, convection ovens reduce the cooking time of a turkey by about 30 percent. Most wall ovens today are highly digital and easy to operate. THE OVEN FOR YOU When buying a wall oven, consider first what kind of cooking you do and how often youll use it. Do you cook only an occasional muffin or are you a serious cook with a penchant for baking? Will you need two ovens or will a microwave/convection oven better suit your needs? What about a warming drawer? Is this a must-have or a do-without? HIGH-TECH OPTIONS The list of features in todays wall ovens is dazzling. Wolf offers dual-convection ovens, which feature two convection fans in each oven that work independently or simultaneously, depending on the food being cooked.

The company also offers a bake-stone mode, which allows the cook to bake pizza, breads and other items to perfection with the help of a stone, and a dehydration kit that extracts moisture from foods, such as fruit and vegetables, to enhance their flavors. GE Profile and GE Monogram models feature Trivection technology, which combines convection, conventional and microwave abilities into one oven. These three technologies speed cooking time. They appeal to people who like high-tech cooking. Triple-oven configurations, which include the oven, microwave and warming drawer all in one installation, are also popular. Thermadors Masterpiece and Professional Series offer this tripleoven system. The companys Masterpiece Series has an EasyCook function that has 20 preprogrammed recipes with preset temperature and cooking time. Thermadors Professional Series has a commercial-grade, dishwasher-safe rotisserie, the largest on the market, and a 5,000-watt broiling element, which is the most powerful in the industry, says Marni Hale, public relations manager for brand marketing, BSH Home Appliance Corp. FINISHES AND MORE FEATURES In terms of oven finishes, stainless steel is by far the most popular choice. SubZero/Wolf also offers platinum and carbon finishes, says MaryAnn O. Szilagyi, marketing manager for The Westye Group. Some manufacturers feature black glass.




Convection ovens cook foods 21 to 50-percent faster than conventional ovens, experts say.
Other wall oven features to look for are a meat or roast probe, which allows a person to accurately gauge internal meat temperature. Many ovens also come with a steaming oven that allows for the steaming of vegetables in slide-out drawers, while a lower oven cooks. Miele wall ovens feature extra large windows built into their artfully designed stainless design. The curved handles lend added beauty. None of these wall ovens come cheaply. Expect to pay up to $1,000 for lower-end models and $3,000 to $4,000 for the topof-the line versions. You also should investigate an ovens reliability rating and its service warranty. And while you focus on food, dont forget about cleaning up. Cleaning an oven is hard work. A self-cleaning oven heats up to about 800 degrees and burns off spills and spatters so you dont have to scrub them.
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to discuss the project installation logistics, as well as pattern and color selections. Soon the ACD team was in high gear with a team of 12 concrete artisans, working morning to night to keep the project on schedule. With unpredictable March weather always a potential schedulebreaker in the concrete industry, the ACD team kept their fingers crossed and forged ahead. Set-up crews were followed by pour teams and the project quickly started to take shape. In no time, a grand circular driveway led to a cobblestone patterned parking court which led to a covered dining terrace and sunny pool deck. Front and side porches and a second-floor balcony off the master suite were finished days ahead of the target deadline. Within a short two-week period, the raw earth surrounding Whittington had been paved with rich patterns and textures worthy of a proper French chateau. ACD designers selected a classic random flagstone pattern for the pool terrace, porches and front entry, and coordinated these areas by repeating the warm tan and terra cotta colors found in the stone and brick facades of the home. The elegant driveway and parking courts employ two patterns: Old World cobblestone and a European fan cobble design. Radiating from a central planting island, the fan pattern is framed by delicately curving cobble borders. The same paving pattern that graces the Champs Elysee in Paris seemed fitting for the stately Whittington. Visitors have been continually surprised and delighted to discover that all of these expensive paving materials were skillfully mimicked with concrete. Although concrete has been a construction and paving staple for ages, the introduction of scientifically-engineered color hardeners, antiquing releases and sealers have taken concrete to new levels of design flexibility and aesthetics. Limitless combinations of pattern, texture and color have made decorative concrete the material of choice for architects, landscape architects and interior designers. State-of-the-art stamping tools enable ACD to recreate the look of fieldstone, bluestone, tile, brick, wood and many other natural materials. Other techniques, such as exposed aggregate and handfloated colored concrete, work well in contemporary and commercial settings. With such versatility, its no wonder decorative concrete is used more every year. AN INDUSTRY LEADER ACD has been a leader in the concrete industry since its inception in 1993. Now one of the largest installers of architectural concrete in the country, ACD has become a recognized and trusted name in the business. With a passion for creativity and integrity in all the work his company builds, Chris McMahon, owner and president, ACD, maintains his commitment to the industry, speaking at industry meetings and trade shows, developing new technology and participating in consultative and educational forums that promote architectural concrete nationwide. Over the year, his company, which has installed more than 5-million square feet of decorative concrete, has developed an amazing installation capability, having produced more than 100,000 square feet in each of several months in 2008. >>>

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