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Floors Galore Expect to be floored by todays options 44 Sparks in the Night Outdoor firepits add a delightful dimension to your backyard 51

Fashionable Fabrics Favorite picks for upholstery textiles


Editors Note 10 Interior Design Arranging Artwork Around Town Workshops, Classes, Shows and Events 12 Landscaping/Gardening Attention to Detail: A basic backyard becomes 2008 Annual Resource Directory 18-35 a sensational retreat 48 42

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Oftentimes, a minimal spruce-up can make a big impact. In this issue, we explore some ways to do just that. Sometimes the most difficult aspect of purchasing new furniture is selecting the fabric. In Favorite Picks for Upholstery Textiles, we reveal new upholstery fabrics that are attractive, easy to maintain and add style to a space. Textured fabrics, microfibers and, surprise, faux furs and indoor/outdoor fabrics,

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are among our top choices. Tile, as well as carpet and hardwood, is also the focus of, Floors Galore. Todays homeowners have a wide variety of flooring options to choose from. With so many styles, theres something for everyone and every home. Flooring experts explore what works best where. Turning our focus to the outdoors, a firepit is sure to add more than a spark of interest to your backyard. Turn to Sparks in the

Night to read how this addition will fill up your senses. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of wood and gas, as well as placement options. At the end of many articles, youll find a handy resource list of local companies that sell the featured product. Speaking of resource lists, this issue also contains our annual resource directory. In it, youll find listings of many local companies, including locations, phone numbers and Web sites, that sell the products you desire for your home, inside and out. Keep this issue as a resource to use all year-long. Also, be sure to visit our re-designed Web site,, and check out our new Online Design Center. Make this your starting point when preparing to begin your next home improvement project. It offers easy to find infor-

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Held in the Upper Gallery of Ursinus Colleges Berman Museum, this exhibition features paintings by artist Richard Goldberg. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Fee: Free Location: Ursinus College, Main Street, Collegeville More details: or 610409-3500 Through Summer CLAY, WOOD AND PAPER: MATERIALS FOR KOREAN ART This exhibition features works from the Museums Korean art collection, spanning more than 1,500 years. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Friday until 8:45 p.m. 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 September 1 RHYTHMS OF INDIA: THE ART OF NANDALAL BOSE (1882-1966) Nandalal Bose, known as the father of Indian modernism is one of Indias well-known artists. His groundbreaking work is featured in an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Friday until 8:45 p.m. 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 September 28 PENN IN THE WORLD: 12 DECADES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM This exhibition brings together material from the museums own archives as well as the Architectural Archives, to tell the university museums story. It features historic photographs, original documents, architectural drawings and a selection of artifacts from some of the museums most renowned historic

expeditions. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Fee: $8 adults; $5 seniors and students; under 6 and Penn students and staff free Location: University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia More details: or 215898-4000 Through October 6 NEW HOPE: ART AND THE RIVER This exhibition celebrates the iconic influence of Bucks Countys waterways, the Delaware River and the Delaware Canal on some of the regions favorite landscape artists. More than 50 works of art from nearly 40 artists are on display. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday Fee: $5 general admission; $4 seniors age 60 and over; $2 children ages 6 to 18; under 6 free Location: James A. Michener Museum, 500 Union Square Drive More details: or 215-862-7633 July 19 October AMERICAN FOLK PAINTING FROM THE COLLECTION This exhibition features paintings from a diverse range of folk artists working in the northeastern United States during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Friday until 8:45 p.m. 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 215-7638100 July 31 August 2 SCRAPBOOKING CONSUMER SHOW Shop for scrapbook supplies at more than 50 booths and strengthen your scrapbooking skills at technique classes offered during this show. Evening classes and activities are scheduled for all three nights. Hours: Activity and class times vary, starting as early as 8:30 a.m. and going as late as 11:30 p.m.

R.A.D. Miller (1905 - 1966), Lace Factory, ca. 1935, oil on canvas, on display at the James A. Michener Art Museum as part of the Art and the River exhibition. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.

Through August 3 CUPID PSYCHE AND THE COUNCIL OF THE GODS The famous Renaissance frescoes Raphael designed for the ceiling of the garden loggia at the Villa Farnesina in Rome are renowned for being the first large-scale revival of antique subject matter and style. These designs were reproduced in several sets of engravings by European artists. This exhibition features a series of 14 etchings executed in the 17th century by German printmaker Susanne Maria von Sandrart. Recently acquired by the museum, these mythological prints reveal the impressive range of Sandrarts skill. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Fee: $11 adults; $9 seniors and students; $8 ages 6 to 12; under 6 free Location: Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown More details: or 610-432-4333 Through August 24 CURIOUS AND COMMONPLACE: EUROPEAN POPULAR PRINTS OF THE 1800S This exhibition features more than

80 works selected from the museums rich collection of popular prints. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Friday until 8:45 p.m. 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 August 24 EVERYTHING I SEE IS STRANGE & NEW: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF WALTER INGLIS ANDERSON Held in the Main Gallery of Ursinus Colleges Berman Museum, this exhibition features paintings, pottery and wood pieces by Walter Inglis Anderson. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Fee: Free Location: Ursinus College, Main Street, Collegeville More details: or 610409-3500 Through August 24 IN THE MOMENT: PAINTINGS RICHARD GOLDBERG


Road to Oldfields, c. 1945, watercolor, on display at the Berman Museum courtesy of Permanent Collection Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

Fee: Varies, depending on activities and classes Location: Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia More details: August 7 KIDS DAY FESTIVAL AND CONCERT Bring the kids out for a day of arts, crafts and music. Art projects include making hand-painted tiles and Tshirts. Families can enjoy viewing art

in the Sculpture Park and galleries and listening to an evening concert. Hours: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fee: Free Location: Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown More details: or 215-887-4882 Information compiled by Lindsey Getz. Confirm information before making your plans by calling the listed number or visiting the Web site. Information for inclusion should be submitted to arts& or fax details to Arts & Antiques at 215-689-4999 at least two months before its scheduled date.
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GREATER PHILADELPHIA EXPO CENTER SET TO OPEN IN OAKS IN JANUARY 2009 Since the Fort Washington Expo Center closed two years ago, area businesses, event goers and Montgomery County leaders have been eagerly anticipating the opening of a new venue in suburban Philadelphia. The former exhibition hall played host to more than 80 events and had an annual economic impact on the region of $280 million, according to Paul Decker, president, Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau, which commissioned a 2007 study by Philadelphias Econsult Corp. Pennsylvania-based American Expo Corp. has announced the opening of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. According to Chris Welch, general manager, It is a dream facility, with more than 210,000 square feet of exhibitorfriendly space plus all the amenities essential for hosting successful trade and consumer events. Not only is it the largest venue in the suburban Philadelphia metro area, but it is also easily accessible from major roads throughout the tri-state and midAtlantic regions. High-profile events will christen the new exposition halls which can be partitioned to serve multiple shows simultaneously. First up is the Great Train Expo on January 3 to 4, followed by the Custom Car Show and Philadelphia Gift Show. South Jersey-based D & D Expositions will debut the Suburban Home & Flower Show, open to consumers, from February 19 to 22. The Suburban Fall Home Show will be held in October 2009. The expo center is located off of the Oaks exit of Route 422 in the Marketplace at Oaks, which features Target, Lowes, The Dump and Regal Stadium 24. A five-story, 135-room Hilton Garden Inn, located adjacent to the expo center, is scheduled to open in early 2010. Free on-site parking for 5,000 cars is available. Visit for more information.

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BRETT KING BUILDER JOINS REMODELING MAGAZINES TOP 50 LIST Of his suburban Philadelphia company, which can often be found renovating an 18th-century cottage or estate, Brett King says: We enjoy doing work that others think is too difficult and needs too much interaction with the client. Brett King Builder-Contractor Inc., 7843 Richlandtown Road, Quakertown, can also be found in one new place: REMODELING Magazines Big 50 list for 2008. Since 1986, REMODELING Magazine has inducted 50 new members into an elite group of remodeling professionals called the Big 50. These newly-recognized companies have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through smart marketing, exemplary business practices, unique design and extraordinary impact on their community or the industry at large. To date, more than 1,000 remodelers can boast being members of the Big 50. Brett King Builder-Contractor is a member of the Bucks-Mont National Association of the Remodeling Industry. For more information, visit or call 215536-1145. STONE-GLIDDEN EARNS HOME OF YEAR AWARD Stone-Glidden, an electronic systems design and installation firm in Doylestown, was featured in the May issue of Electronic House magazine for its award-winning work in a Home of the Year. Stone-Glidden received gold in the Best Family/Media Room category. The editors of Electronic House selected winners from more than 400

entries submitted by more than 100 custom home dealers and electronic systems installation firms. Entries were judged on the benefits that resulted for the homeowners and how easy each system is to use. Visit for more information. ANTHONY & SYLVAN POOLS RECEIVE VOLUNTEER OF YEAR AWARD A Womans Place, a domestic violence agency located in Bucks County, presented its Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award to Anthony & Sylvan Pools, which operates retail locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Last year, Anthony & Sylvan Pools employees spent a day at the agencys Doylestown shelter, cleaning, painting, making repairs and installing a new floor in the living room area. They also presented A Womans Place with a check for more than $1,400 that was raised from a silent auction and weight-loss challenge.

We felt this was a wonderful way to support our community and help those in need, says Jerry Strauss, vice president, Anthony & Sylvan. Through our sponsorship of the Chocolate Event Fundraiser and our own company-wide volunteer efforts, we hope we can make a difference in the lives of many local women. A Womans Place provides comprehensive free, private and confidential service, support, education, outreach and advocacy to victims of domestic abuse and violence, along with their children and the community. Services include a free 24-hour confidential hotline, a full-service residential shelter, individual and group counseling, legal and medical assistance and a childrens program. Visit or call 877-SAY-SWIM (729-7946) for more information. CARLTON POOLS OPENS NEW RETAIL LOCATION IN NEW BRITAIN Carlton Pools, founded in 1973, has opened a new location at New Britain Village Square, Route 202 and County Line Road. The new retail location features a wide selection of pool supplies and accessories, patio and pool furniture as well as a trained staff who can guide prospective pool owners through the pool building process. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 215-8221301.

Mark Glidden (right), partner and sales, Stone-Glidden, receives an award from Electronic House magazine.

ABC CHAPTERS AWARD DIVERSITY GRANTS Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced that ABCs Eastern Pennsylvania and ABC Southeast Pennsylvania chapters have received Chapter Diversity Initiative Grants from ABC to assist in their efforts to develop long-term diversity programs. ABC Eastern Pennsylvania was awarded $10,000 and ABC Southeast Pennsylvania received $8,600. ABCs Eastern Pennsylvania chapter plans to use its grant for the Ready 4 Work program, a partnership between the chapter and inner city churches that provides construction skills training to at-risk youth and lower income adults. ABCs Southeast Pennsylvania chapter is funding scholarships to minority employees of minority-owned companies through a partnership with the National Minority Contractors Association. PATIO ENCLOSURES HONORED BY MANUFACTURING SAFETY RECORD Patio Enclosures Inc., based in Macedonia, Ohio, was recognized for its second consecutive year without a recorded injury in its sunroom manufacturing operations. Ken Gould, president, Summit County, Ohio Safety Council, presented employees with four awards: Group Award: Lowest incident rate of companies that provide the same or similar services. 100 Percent Award: No lost time due to injuries during 2007. Achievement Award: Improving lost time incidents by 25 percent compared to 2006. Special Award: Achieving more than 500,000 hours worked during a sixmonth period or more without a lost time injury. Patio Enclosures Inc. employeeowners have the right to take pride in whats been accomplished over the past two years in our sunroom manufacturing plant, says Ken Sekley, president and CEO, Patio Enclosures. More importantly, however, is that we have gained a better understanding of how to keep ourselves and our fellow employee-owners safe, so that we may continue to provide the highest quality sunrooms in the industry, a profit for the company and a living for our employees and their families. The largest manufacturer and installer of sunrooms in North

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Above: This collection of art has been hung together to create a comfortable balance in the space above the chest. Left: This collection of botanical prints has 2-inch spacing between the frames to unite them into a major attraction in this room.

As any designer can tell you, there is an art to hanging art well. Oftentimes, I have needed to rehang and edit art in a home. Its an element that can be easily overlooked. Pictures are the final layer in a beautiful room. A wonderful painting can also be the starting point for a room. It can suggest colors, fabrics and even the mood. Clients often find it hard to decide how to hang art in their homes. Here are my philosophies, rules of thumb and personal preferences. CENTER LINES When hanging art of different sizes around a room, pictures should be lined up by their center lines, not their tops. This is how galleries and museums hang art. A single painting or the main piece of art in a grouping should generally be hung at eye level for an average person. Art is often hung too high in a room. You should be able to look straight into it without looking up or down. PLACEMENT DEPENDS ON SPACE When arranging a group of works on a wall, placement depends on a spaces height and width. Consider the size of furnishings. Measure the grouping from top to bottom and from side to side. It is worthwhile to lay out the pictures on a sheet of paper, so you can calculate the spacing with measurements before starting to place art on the wall. Another useful tip is to arrange

pictures on the floor before hanging them on the wall. Its like figuring out a grand puzzle. The largest picture generally goes in the center, and then work out and up from there. Pay attention to balance, symmetry and order. Smaller pictures are centered vertically or horizontally over larger ones, or a pair of pictures can balance a larger one by placing one on each side. The key is to always create visual balance. IDENTICALLY FRAMED PRINTS A series of identically framed prints or engravings should be hung closer together than pieces of different sizes and shapes. A rule of thumb is about 2 to 2 1/2 inches apart. A more varied grouping needs more space between pictures, but still aim for a sense of consistency, with roughly 3 to 5 inches between each picture. In the case of prints or botanical prints, more work better to create a greater impact. Original antique prints are a great way to make a strong statement with a limited investment. They were often taken from old books from the 17th to 19th century, which were black and white. They were then hand-colored with appropriate colors. These can sometimes be found at flea markets or second-hand shops. Frame them consistently and use a common mat color to achieve a lovely collection. ART ON PATTERN You can hang art on patterned wallpaper if the art is a different scale, has enough contrast matting around it or is visually stronger than the paper background it will hang on. Often great art can be very effective in breaking up a busy wallpaper background. A mirror cen-

tered within the art can also be a nice way to break up a busy wall. ART IN HALLWAYS Hallways are great places for art. These boring spaces can become much more interesting. Keep in mind that art should only be hung on one side. Its impossible to look at both sides of the hall, and having art on both sides closes in the space. Family pictures are always good in a hallway. Its a nice place to create a family gallery. A wonderful trick for making the family art work together is to use a product called rub-n-buff, sold at arts and crafts stores. Apply the antique gold to edges and any detail area of the frames. Most likely, there will be an odd assortment of frames on the family pictures. By adding gold highlights to each frame, they will have a common design element to tie them together. THOUGHTS ON FRAMING When framing, frame for the piece, not the room. You may want to

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able flooring option and is great for rooms where people may end up sitting on the floor, such as the family room. Families that have younger children often end up picking carpet over hardwood or other hard surfaces because of the forgiveness factor, says David Zook, store manager, Country Floor Store. Many homeowners today are going for a frieze carpet, which is a low-pile shag, explains Mark Murphy, director of advertising and a sales representative, Roy Lomas Carpets. Its soft and durable and very in style right now, he says.




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People are also installing carpet with subtle designs like a diamond or a pin dot pattern up the steps or hallways. It has a little bit of texture and is durable for high-traffic areas. Haig Palouian, owner, Unique Carpet and Flooring Inc., agrees that patterns are becoming a popular trend. They want cleaner lines and a cleaner look. Choosing a patterned carpet can also make your home unique. Patterned products add character, says Palouian. Customers are looking for individuality. Todays consumers dont want the same carpet as their neighbors. And thats where we come in. We offer products that are different from everyday products. People want high-end and designdriven carpeting and we cater to that. To keep carpet looking new, the best type of cleaning is a good steam clean, says Murphy. Dont add solutions or use soapy cleaners, he continues. Just use water and steam. Soap builds up over time and becomes sticky and leaves a residue. Steam cleaning is definitely the way

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Hansbarger adds that homeowners should be aware that in order to be durable, todays tile is very hard and doesnt have that warm and cozy feeling. In other words, it might not be the top pick for your family room. Its not going to be a soft and cushy floor, but it works well in wet areas such as laundry areas, kitchens, mudrooms, patios and sunrooms, he says. It can really take the wear and tear from an outside entrance or door. GOING GREEN Overall, customers growing concerns about being environmentally conscious are one of the biggest influences on flooring trends, says Leary. Ive been in the industry for 28 years and this is one of the biggest and best trends Ive seen, she says. Its pretty awesome. Im thrilled that people are starting to think about the earth. Its changed the industry. All the big manufacturers are going green.

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The impressive 10-foot wide stone fireplace is one of the many focal points of the yard. The homeowners chose to have the fireplace match the warm earth tones of the hardscaping and complement the stone features of their home.

A boring stretch of grass has been transformed into a tranquil, multi-purpose space.

By Jacqueline Rupp Photos by Leah Cohen

Patricia and Jerry Sacco Sr. wanted their simple yard transformed. Their Provincial-style Bucks County home was only a few years old and the couple had spent considerable time making sure the interiors were just right. Now, it was time to personalize their outdoor space. We wanted a backyard that would feel like a resort, Jerry says. The Saccos researched several companies and chose to work with KS Greenday because of the companys impressive portfolio, value and expert service. The decade-old company, owned by Eric Konyves, designs and installs pools, landscap-

ing and hardscaping. We were comfortable with their experience and they were open to working with our vision, Jerry says. What began as an idea to customize the yard with a patio area soon turned into a grand project that included a pool, waterfall, cabana, complete outdoor kitchen and fireplace. The results were beyond even the homeowners expectations. KS Greenday began the design process by assessing the homeowners approximately half-acre yard. The homeowners had a definite vision for their yards transformation, so the design process was driven by their

imagination. With a career in public adjusting, Jerry had maintained a mental inventory of features and design effects that he liked at various homes he encountered. When the time came to incorporate these elements in his backyard, KS Greenday worked with the couple to make sure all of their goals were met. Everything was dramatic and customized, so we had a wonderful time working on this project, Konyves says. For KS Greenday, this meant staying flexible with the design and developing plans for additions as the family chose them. We created an initial design that we followed, explains Konyves, but once it started taking shape, Jerry and Patricia thought of other features they wanted to add. We worked to make sure the new additions fit seamlessly into the layout. It became such a show piece; we wanted to create the ultimate backyard for them. Installing a pool wasnt originally in the construction plan. All summer I was going to the pool at the golf club, says Patricia. Since we were re-doing the yard, I asked Jerry about his thoughts on adding a pool. Jerry agreed with Patricia that a pool would be a nice addition and the original design for a patio area had to change to accommodate this. Konyves took a basic kidney-shaped pool design and customized the shape to fit into the yards layout. The backyard was on a downslope, but the family wanted a large pool. We created a half-moon shape with the deep-end headed towards a cabana coming from the driveway, he says. The couple selected warm tones with an Italian feel for the pools tiling. This motif is carried throughout the yard. There arent any blues or cool colors anywhere in the yard, says Patricia. Everything is done in warm earth tones, which creates a soothing and serene atmosphere. The harvest blend of tumbled light and dark brown tilework gives a rustic, antique look on areas such as the coping that encircles the pool, says Konyves. To complement the pool, a bold and dramatic waterfall was added leading into the pool

Outdoor cookouts are a breeze with the fully-appointed kitchen housed in the spacious cabana. The feature brings all the amenities of an interior kitchen outside and also serves as the ultimate entertaining space, with speakers and a cable built into the unit.

and a 10-seat Jacuzzi connects to the pool. ENTERTAINING SPACES SPICE THINGS UP The cabana is one of my favorite aspects of the project, Jerry says. It combines many features in one place; it truly is a centerpiece of the

grounds. The cabana is a permanent shingled piece that features a fullyappointed outdoor kitchen and bar complete with professional-grade Viking stainless steel refrigerator and sink along with granite countertops. Speaker wire and cable runs through the fluted decorative columns, making the space highly equipped for

entertaining. In addition to the impressive cabana area, a 10-foot wide fireplace was installed. KS Greenday purposely didnt add permanent walls or seating to the area, opting to keep the space open to give the flexibility for both intimate seating and large crowds. CONSISTENTLY STYLISH The Saccos wanted to keep the design consistent with the front lawn and the homes style. KS Greenday used the same type of EP Henry pavers in both the driveway and backyard. We removed the asphalt that doesnt accept water in >>>

Everything was dramatic and customized, so we had a wonderful time working on this project.
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Specially designed to fit into the layout of the yard, the pool features a custom designed half-moon shape with adjacent Jacuzzi.


The Sacco family now has an outdoor space made for both entertaining and relaxation. Rather than create permanent seating areas, the seating design remains flexible with welcoming tables, market umbrellas, restful chaises and outdoor sofas.

the driveway and added permeable pavers that will accept water. This freed up another 2,300 square feet, explains Konyves. The company even applied the homes stone motif to the yards custom-built shed, which features a stone bottom that perfectly

It looks so beautiful and has surpassed our expectations, exclaims Patricia. Even though we discussed and picked out everything, until you really see it for yourself, you cant begin to visualize how it will turn out. I was taken aback and said wow

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matches that of the home. In the backyard, pavers were used to create a patio and entertaining spots, along with pathways, which lead to each design element. Konyves describes the layout as alluring because each attraction leads into another, creating more visual appeal. In the end, the yard, which was once just a flat plain of grass, is virtually grass free. To add bursts of color, small flowerbeds dot paved areas. Lighting also played a major role in transitioning the front, more public areas to the entertaining spaces of the backyard. By using ground lighting, guests are greeted by lit pathways throughout the yard. When you enter the driveway, there are lighted pillars and the same thing repeats in the back. This really gives a welcoming feel, explains Patricia. Matching antique accent lamps are also scattered around the homes exteriors. A HOME RETREAT REALIZED The project, which took nearly a year from the initial design work to the filling of the pool, is more than the homeowners could have imagined.

look at that! when it was complete. The pool is breathtaking, adds Patricia. And the fireplace is a major focal point of the yard. Everything works so well together.
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The Westbury firepit by Smith & Hawken brings a glow to this autumn garden.

A firepit offers more than another pretty setting and extends the use of the garden into cooler seasons. Flames in the garden can trigger happy campfire memories and provide a dramatic backdrop for outdoor entertaining. For others, it may be about the sound of crackling embers. For still more, it might be the need to have the latest trend in their backyard, a fire show that rivals one they saw in Las Vegas. But more than just the latest marketing trend, fire has made its way into the garden because of what it conjures up from past memories. The smell, the sound and all of the dynamics of fire do something for us. Fire itself is mesmerizing. The dancing images of the flames are at once familiar and at the same time strange. In its various forms, flames to stare at are conducive to reflection, provoking deep, pensive moments. BOUNTIFUL CHOICES When I was a child, I stacked some leftover bricks to make a firepit at the side of the backyard. Burning branches, twigs and scrap from a construction project, friends and I would roast hot dogs and marshmallows. It was a great gathering place. Today, youll find a solution for every level of taste and every size pocketbook. Built-in outdoor wood- or gasburning fireplaces can be affordable, if you are undertaking new construction. You can imagine the numerous materials, steps and procedures to build a true fireplace. Prefabricated fireplace units can be built to simplify the details and cost. Fire rings and firepits can be pur-

chased locally or online for immediate needs. My favorite is a huge 42inch-diameter copper bowl. It looks good just sitting there when not in use. The type of fire you incorporate depends on how much space you have. Wood-burning firepits are suitable for larger gardens where the risk of spreading fire can be controlled. Logs, implements and especially ashes are more tolerable when they are set off in a remote area of the garden. I recently built an earthen firepit at an island weekend home. At 20 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep, it has the proportions of a ceremonial campground council ring. As with any use of fire, common sense and care must be given to thoughts of adjacent trees, ventilation and fire containment. AN URBAN OPTION In more urban settings, the above safety considerations become especially important. For this reason, as well as ease of use and cleanliness, a gas firepit may be your preferred choice. You do not have to deal with wood, start a fire and discard the messy ashes afterwards. You can plumb it with a natural gas line (propane can be used, but special considerations need to be addressed). Artificial logs are not recommended for open-air firepits. The logs deteriorate rapidly in the open outdoors.
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This two-story Colonial was a ranch home before HUB Design/Build updated the design with accessible features. The company received a DelCY award for the project.

More than 43 million Americans are physically or cognitively challenged. One-third of these individuals are 65 or older. One million are wheelchair users. Homes ranging from a simple twostory twin to a grand estate can present challenges for family members with disabilities and older residents. Though healthy and active, many people slow down as they age. Reflexes are slower, reach is limited and zipping up and down steps is no longer a breeze. STYLISH SOLUTIONS Patricia Nunan, president, Lifestyles Design, is an independent living specialist who creates accessible residential space that is beautiful and comfortable. Homeowners who wish to age-in-place, those with special needs or anyone who desires functional attractive space can benefit from uniThe ranch home shown in its original form before renovation started.

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versal, accessible or adaptable design, says Nunan. Currently president of the BucksMont Chapter of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and secretary of Mid-Atlantic National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), Nunan won a 2008 NARI Regional Award for Universal Design. The award-winning addition in Mohnton (Berks County) represents smart planning, says Nunan. The homeowner is not disabled, but she witnessed problems confronted by her late husband who was. She opted to add a 1,000-square-foot wing to accommodate possible future personal needs, showcase her extensive sculpture collection and be accessible to visitors. The wing features a living room and master bedroom and bath. The home, a typical ranch in a small clus-

Accessible bathrooms allow for wheelchair maneuverability. Photo courtesy of Visitability in PA.

ter of similar homes, is nestled along a dirt lane surrounding a private pond. With a goal to design a simple relaxing retreat that faces the pond, Nunan combined a covered no-step porch, a large gathering room with ample space for the homeowners art and a roomy accessible suite, complete with Kohler Invitation sink, comfort-level toilet and no-threshold

Design-Build Inc., suggests that accessible additions, like all others, should start with good design. Properly examine all needs and come up with a list of priorities, says Gavin. Include current as well as future considerations. Decide if a bathtub is necessary or if a shower will suffice. We defer to the homeowners regarding specifics of a disabled resident to determine current


No-step, wider halls and accessible bathrooms are beneficial to movers, shoppers, mothers carrying or pushing children and have no appreciable downside.
shower with bench seat. Floors are bamboo, living room windows look out onto the pond and natural daylight enters the master suite through solar panels in vaulted ceilings. The brick faade matches the home and the entry and porch complement the neighborhood. Dennis Gavin, Delaware and Chester Counties (DelChester) NARI officer and owner of Gavin and possible later requirements and then use this information to create designs. Gavin recently helped a Media family with an 8-year-old son who has cerebral palsy. He added 240 square feet of bedroom and bath space to give the child more independence. It features a custom Corian wall-hung sink that allows wheelchair access beneath and a >>>

HUB Design/Build installed a three-story elevator in a Broomall addition.

handicapped-accessible shower with grab bars and bench. He can easily go to the main house from his new room. This Craftsman style home built from a Sears package dates to the 1920s, says Gavin. We extended the line, attached a handicap ramp and built a separate entry that will be much appreciated when the boy is older. To create a seamless appear-

ance, we found a close match to the homes pre-cast concrete at a masonry supplier. Providing central air conditioning for the entire house sent us on a fishing expedition through porch, ceiling and roof cavities and into bedroom walls, continues Gavin. We chose a space pack high velocity system that uses small diameter ducts and PVC piping. INGENIOUS SOLUTIONS People are living longer, sometimes causing a sandwich generation when parents, children and grandparents reside in the same home. HUB Design/Build won a 2007 DelCy award from DelChester NARI for a Broomall addition planned around such a family.

The firm took a ranch house to a new architectural era and height. Mark Stephenson, co-owner, HUB Design/Build, and NARI-certified remodeler explains. This house had a lower basement level with a garage and family room opening to grade. In order to give the grandparents privacy, we added a second master suite and updated the original main bedroom. Stephenson quickly discovered that reconfiguring the ranch footprint was not enough to achieve the familys goals. We turned the one-floor home into a two-story Colonial, says Stephenson. This gave them 1,800 square feet of new living quarters. Three generous bedrooms, sitting and multiple-use rooms provided more than enough space for the extended family. The grandmother uses a walker, so Stephenson installed a three-floor elevator. The older couples suite is on the top level, the kitchen on the middle and the laundry and garage on the bottom, he says. The residential lift allows the family to park their car in the garage, enter the elevator and ride up. Dennis Gehman, CR, CLC, CKBR, owner of Gehman Custom Remodeling, provided a Souderton

couple accessibility by adding space to their 1950s ranch home. The husband has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, says Gehman. The two-car garage became a home office and the bedroom addition is to its right, all on the same floor level. We built a short ramp for the new entry and continued the roofline of the existing garage over the addition. All doorways are 36 inches wide and the bathroom shower offers the 5-foot turning area necessary for a wheelchair, adds Gehman. The wall-hung sink allows the homeowner to roll up and the toilet is comfort height for ease of transfer. The neat part about this project is the couples ministry, which is the Greater Philadelphia branch of the international Joni and Friends (JAF). It works with families who have a member with disabilities. I was recently invited to join the JAF board and am learning a lot about how to better help people with disabilities and their caregivers. VISITABLE SOLUTIONS Nunan is bemused by the absence of accessible features in active adult communities. I just completed a project for a couple who are both in wheelchairs and live in a 55-plus




development. Now all their neighbors can visit them, but they cant reciprocate, she says. Visitability, an initiative to correct this problem, stems from Atlantabased Concrete Change, founded by Eleanor Smith. Smith, a lifelong wheelchair user, began the movement as a solution to people with disabilities being unable to visit the homes of friends and family. The focus of Visitability in PA is forging cooperation between builders and the disability community. Visitability encourages contractors and developers to design housing that respects possible needs of the population as it ages and the desire for ablebodied homeowners to entertain those with disabilities. Visitability requires just the basics. Homes should have at least one entrance that does not require the use of stairs or a step. There must be a clear path through wider doorways and halls. One bath must allow a wheelchair user to enter the door and close it. No-step, wider halls and accessible

bathrooms are beneficial to movers, shoppers, mothers carrying or pushing children and have no appreciable downside. If someone suffers a temporary injury, a Visitable home can be a blessing. In most cases a no-step entry can be accomplished without great difficulty or expense. Before reaching a decision to add accessibility features to your home, investigate and interview. Web sites, such as AARP, Children of Aging Parents (CAPS), Center for Universal Design and Visitability in PA offer ideas and advice. Call around, suggests Nunan. People dont always know that independent living specialists exist. Go to the NARI Web site and link to how to choose a contractor. Theres a lot more to the process than grab bars and ramps. The designer and physical therapist should work together as a team to ensure the success of an accessible addition. Im a big fan of adding these features even if you dont need them now, she concludes. H& H

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Whether youre looking for a new sofa or loveseat to give your home more style or to add some dining room chairs or occasional seating pieces to update an area, deciding on the furniture piece you want is the first step--and the easy part. The hard part comes in making the right fabric choice. We at House & Home favor fabrics that are attractive, easy to maintain and add style to a space. After much discussion and deliberation, our top choices.drumroll, please, are: textured fabrics, microfibers and, surprise, faux furs and indoor/outdoor fabrics. TOUCHY-FEELY TEXTURES Go for texture in your upholstery to create a sanctuary and nest. For the ultimate in texture, take your cues from nature. Try chenille and faux furs, such as fake minks, leopards and zebra patterns. Textured fabrics are comfortable. You feel like youre on a blanket when you curl up and

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read on furniture covered in soft, textured fabric. Slick and shiny fabrics are cold. If you want a cozy feel, avoid them. Another popular choice for fabrics is microfiber and fake suede. A fabric called Passion Suede, made from 100-percent polyester, is a versatile microfiber thats easy to clean and maintain. Real suede is high maintenance and relatively expensive. If you spill anything on it, you can ruin it. Not so with faux suede! It always looks great. If you stain it, you can wash it with soap and

water. Its long-wearing and tough, and it looks like real suede. Even designers with a trained eye have a hard time distinguishing it from the real thing. Goldish-green fabric, No. 2168, by Tomlinson ErwinLambeth is a top pick. This fabric, which sells for $152 a yard, has a vine design and is made of rayon and polyester. It is a hardwearing, tight fabric that has a very rich look. CHIC COMBOS Some designers favor a combina-

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