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I often joke that my favorite neighbors are the horses next door. We love to spend evenings watching them running and playing…and occasionally picking a fight with one another. They also seem to be interested in what we do; we have their undivided attention as we work in the garden or just walk around the yard. Rocco, Simmy, Hank and Scooby have become a part of the oasis we’ve created to unwind after a long, hectic day. It is interesting to see how others find ways to create their own private oases. In this issue of Housetrends we will take you to a fantastic Japanese garden in Muirfield Village. Can you imagine anything more peaceful than raking a sand garden? That is the definition of serenity! Or if you lean toward a loftier persuasion, you will love the upper deck in Highland Lakes overlooking the golf course with kayakers floating by on the nearby lake. I guess it really doesn’t matter what our perfect place for relaxing looks like, just as long as there’s a spot somewhere with our name on it. Enjoy!

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KITCHEN TRENDS 18 Mixing it Up Kitchen blends elements of the past and present

Outdoor spaces in Dublin and Westerville with different views


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Kitchen blends elements of the past and present
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Depression era
Shifting from a kitchen dominated by dark stained cabinetry and solid doors, Michele desired a new kitchen with a bright and open feel that allowed her to fully express her love of both old and modern styles. With this clear vision, Michele set out to find one contractor to deliver the entire job, beginning to end from design to completed space, instead of working with multiple parties. After months of searching, she found Scott Carskadon of Eagle Specialty Remodeling who would do just that. “Michele had one contact, she could just call me and didn’t have to call anyone else. We have guys that do everything, so we were allinclusive on this project, start to finish,” says Carskadon.

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glassware sitting eloquently atop

modern white cabinets and pendant lighting adorning modern drums with traditional crystals are elements that gracefully blend past with present in the kitchen design of Pickerington couple Michele and Scott Snedegar. “I’m a lover of antiques and tradition, but still love the modern look of today,” says Michele. “I wanted to blend all three of them in a design that would stand the test of time.”

Time in the spotlight
Starting with the most prominent element of the new kitchen, the cabinetry, Carskadon initially presented a sketch showing varying heights of cabinets in the design. However, Michele desired a straight, linear look for the cabinetry instead. She also wanted them to somehow house her antique glassware in a distinctive way. “I love my antiques, and I wanted to showcase them. They are a piece of the past I don’t want to forget,” says Michele. So working together, Carskadon and the homeowner created a stacked cabinet design that includes lighted display cases across the top with glass doors that artfully showcase her antique glass pieces as well as protect them from kitchen dust and grime. In their new dedicated space, Michele comments of her glassware, “They are no longer all cluttered, and it’s nice they don’t have to be cleaned as much.”
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For the cabinetry color, Michele chose glacier white to gain the brightness she desired then added a silver-gray glaze to achieve an aged look. “She was clear on what she wanted,” reflects Carskadon. “She stepped out on a limb with the glacier white on maple cabinets with the mixed glaze, and it turned out looking great.” Another special feature of the new cabinets are pull out drawers under the counters that are disguised to look like cabinet doors. Michele says, “Even if it looks like a door, it’s a drawer.” This design feature allows the same linear look to be maintained on the cabinetry all around the kitchen. showing them to her,” Carskadon comments. “She stepped outside the norm, and to put this whole kitchen together and have it turn out the way it did was pretty unique.” With her kitchen vision realized and all the pieces in place, Michele concludes, “Lots of friends walk in to our new kitchen and say, ‘Wow!’ We are happy with the end result, very much so.”

Layers of styles
For the countertops, Carskadon spotted the perfect slab of granite at Distinctive Marble and Granite. Called Scottish Meadow, this granite’s white and black speckle ties elegantly with the cabinetry color and the black island. Michele fell in love with tiles she saw at The Hamilton Parker Company for placement behind her new Thermador stove. “I saw the tiles and knew they would give me a little vintage, pewter and modern look.” Adding white subway tiles on the remaining backsplash, yellow Venetian plaster on the walls, and modern chandelier style pendant lighting over the sink and island, more elements strategically add to the layers of Michele’s vintage meets modern theme. A great working relationship between the Snedegars and Carskadon made this project a positive and rewarding experience for both sides. “We worked well together, it was a flexible process and it was easy to make changes along the way,” says Michele. “I see it,” she says of her design vision, “then it’s just a matter of finding it. Scott brought my vision to life, taking what was in my head and making it so I could see it.” “Michele knew what she wanted, it was just a matter of finding all the pieces and


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Getting Acclimated


Dublin resident makes himself comfortable
By Karen Bradner Photos by Daniel Feldkamp, Visual Edge Imaging

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The kitchen’s ceiling is detailed with a wooden grid and finished with a style complimentary of the living room. OPENING SPREAD: During dinner parties, the credenza in the living room serves as a perfect stage for cocktails.

you simply need to give things time,

consider an idea for a while, let a bottle of wine breathe. This was the sentiment of a Dublin homeowner, who, after purchasing a spec-built home in 2005, was finally ready to put his own stamp on the space.


Seven years after receiving the keys, this homeowner, with his keen eye for style, knew precisely what he wanted to do to make the 3,800-square-foot French contemporary space better reflect his personality and lifestyle. “I’m a bachelor. I collect antiques and art,” he says. “I wanted to enrich the home’s feel and create a more timeless and appropriate backdrop.” To achieve this, he darkened the woodwork on the existing floors and cabinetry and added considerable new woodwork in the form of keystone archways, crown molding, coffered ceilings and extensive built-in cabinets. The result he says, is “much more comfortable.”

The new staircase introduces a bit of Arts and Crafts style to the home and mixes with existing traditional, French Country, and Colonial Williamsburg elements. BELOW: Rich woodwork, warm colors and custom built-in features add a library-style flair to the living room.

Off to a great start
The original structure had many features its owner loved: an open first floor layout, a soaring 18-foot ceiling in the kitchen, a second-story loft which was perfect for a home office, and plenty of lower level space for bedrooms and more casual lounging. However, a few items stood out as being incongruous with the homeowner’s preferences. “The staircase was too trendy for my taste,” he says. “Its metal work became dated very quickly. I felt it needed to be done in a much more traditional style. Also all of the light-colored kitchen cabinets had to be refinished with the darker stain that I wanted.” When it came time to hire a contractor, the homeowner contacted the renovation team at Highland-Palermo Ltd., a sister company to Landfare Ltd., which is a Columbus-based custom landscape design and build firm. Jonathan Spayde and Zachary Miller are the owners of both firms and explain the passion that drives the two distinct businesses. “Over the years, clients of Landfare would ask us why we do not offer any interior services,” Spayde says. “They loved our attention to detail.” Eventually, satisfied clients convinced the two to start the new architectural building company. Spayde and Miller like to say that Landfare does everything outside the walls of the home and Highland-Palermo does everything inside—including the walls. “We place high value on communicating regularly with each client, taking time to listen to the client and then responding to their requests,” says Miller. “Tiny questions can shorten great distances.”

First step
Renovation began with the staircase. “The walls were uneven, the woodwork was cracking, and the stain was irregular,” says the homeowner. It took a while for the crew to repair and replace what had become dated or was not in a style suited to the homeowner.
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Following the staircase, the hardwood floors, cabinetry and detailed woodwork in the form of crown moldings and archways, were carefully addressed by the renovation crew. Because when it comes to woodwork—like the homeowner—Highland-Palermo does not believe in rushing the process. “We always condition the wood,” Miller says. His team brings the lumber into the house to acclimate it by allowing it to adjust to the home’s temperature and humidity levels. This is an important step before any painting or staining, because properly acclimated wood will not separate after installation. Spayde notes that this is also important for hardwood floors which benefit from an improved furnace-mounted humidifier adding much needed moisture in our area’s dry winter months.

The virtue of patience
Throughout the process, the homeowner learned to live with 18-foot-wide sheets of plastic covering walls and doorways while the renovation crews worked methodically.

Once the remodeling work was complete, the homeowner called upon Sean Moseley, who stepped in to assist with the interior design aspect. Moseley has known his client for quite some time and knows well the direction he wanted to take the space. “He is an extremely passionate client and I think that comes through in every aspect of his home,” Moseley says. “He has a passionate attention to detail.” ABOVE: The living room has a Moseley’s task was to incorpanelized coffered ceiling with porate pieces from the homebox beams, spacious built-in cabinetry, all finished with a owner’s vast wealth of resourcdark antique stain. OPPOSITE es —in the form of great pieces CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: of furniture, both vintage and This blown glass bowl by Dale Chihuly is placed atop the sofa new, fabulous works of art and table in the living room. The colorful accessories. “I assisted dining room table is arranged with the curation of the colwith Hermes china for an upcoming dinner party. Art lections that the homeowner serves as a great conversahas amassed over the years,” tion starter in the dining room. Champagne is chilling in a he says.
sterling silver vessel by Cartier.


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Several pieces by Sol Halabi, an Argentinian artist who paints in mixed media, and a bronze sculpture titled “Salutation” by Kevin Pattelle, are showcased in the dining room.

The designer pulled from the existing pieces, added to them and arranged them in a fashion that works for this man’s lifestyle. “He is a gentleman living alone, so we wanted to create a space that is warm and masculine without being heavy.” A perfect example of that effect is the library-style living room where the owner loves to relax. Art history, landscape and interior design books are stacked on tables near his extremely comfortable mohair covered sofa. Beneath it lies a bold red modern Stark area rug. On the wall behind the sofa is a painting by Bryce Cameron Liston, a friend of the homeowner, which depicts “The Daughters of Danaus” a

classic piece of Greek mythology. Several other works of art such as original sketches by Salvatore Dali adorn the walls throughout the rest of the space, including 14 works by one of the homeowner’s favorite painters, Sol Halabi. The credenza in the living room also holds the tools for drinks by the fire or near the patio doors, when the homeowner is entertaining. “This is where the conversation happens,” he says. The homeowner usually hosts several small informal gatherings with friends each year. He makes the open floor plan work for these events, setting up food and drink stations in intimate clusters often positioned near his impressive art collection. Prepared to put his newly updated home to the test, the homeowner is currently making plans to repay all of those dinner invitations from friends and family during the construction process. And no doubt, just like his home’s renovation, the parties will be planned with careful attention to detail.

Contractor: Highland-Palermo Ltd.; Painter: Ranalli Painting; Interior design: Sean Moseley, Moseley and Stokes; Artwork: A Muse Gallery, Columbus; and Rive Gauche Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona; Furniture: Ruth Wilson Showroom, Columbus; M.S. Rau Galleries, New Orleans; Ornamental rugs: K.A. Menendian Rug Gallery, Columbus; Stark Rugs, New York


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Out doors
By Hilary Daninhirsch

Creating privacy and shade in your back yard
No matter the climate or area of the country where home is, folks are gravitating toward outdoor living environments. But sharing meals with friends while outdoors is less appealing when the sun is beating down on the party. ✦ Fortunately, there are shade solutions available to keep you enjoying the outdoors longer, as well as to create the privacy that you desire.
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“There are some very interesting ways to create privacy within your back yard, including creating small secluded garden spaces by combining shrubbery with easy to install pavers, shade pergolas to create a private shaded space or the creative use of benches to section off an area for a more intimate space. You can essentially create an outdoor room, small or large, to extend the comforts of your indoor spaces to the outdoors,” says Paul Bizzarri, Vice President of Innovation at TimberTech, based in Wilmington, Ohio. “We get a lot of people wanting shade these days because the developments are newer with less mature trees,” adds Tim Stephens, owner of Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio. “Shade structure provides the feeling of being undercover and yet outdoors.”

Pergolas and gazebos
One very popular shading option is a pergola, built either freestanding or attached to the home or even on top of a deck or hardscape stone patio. “Pergolas create the most amount of shade,” says Lou Maglio, president of Walpole Outdoors, formerly known as Walpole Woodworkers, in Massachusetts. It can be done naturally with plantings, creating an arbor, or with a configuration of beams on the top. He says adding an awning component to the pergola is popular, either manual or motorized, which creates both shade and protection from inclement weather.


Awnings can come in any size, though he says that 150-200 square feet is the most popular, and a sought-after fabric is Sunbrella, a cloth material used extensively in outdoor settings, as they are stain and weather resistant. Stephens says that gazebos, while currently less trendy and more expensive than pergolas, are still an attractive option for those looking for shade. “The advantage of a gazebo, besides the look, is that we can get that ‘room’ feel. It usually has a waterproof roof, such as shingles, that will shed the water and snow.” Plus, gazebos can be screened in to guard against insects. Besides the functionality of a gazebo, some folks build them because of their aesthetic value.
OPENING SPREAD: This pergola sits at the back of a yard and offers a quiet sitting area in the trees. (Photo courtesy of Walpole Outdoors) TimberTech composite deck planks let you create privacy with intimate beach seating areas. (Photo courtesy of TimberTech) OPPOSITE: Panels of Canvas Cornsilk by Sunbrella hang over this loggia. (Photo courtesy of Sunbrella) TOP: This outdoor living space features a screened-in Victorian gazebo and a pair of pergolas. (Photo courtesy of Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio) LEFT: This AZEK solid PVC Pergola helps shade a pool deck area that can be hot on the feet. (Photo courtesy of D2 Fabrications, Oxford, Florida)

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Material options
Material choices are a matter of both personal preference and cost considerations. Some folks prefer the authentic look and feel of wood for building their pergolas or gazebos. Redwood, cedar (like northern white cedar) or pressure-treated woods are popular options, or really any wood that holds up well to the outdoors. While wood is still a requested material for pergolas, alternatives in wood have been growing rapidly in popularity. “This is due to their low-maintenance, abundance of colors and natural looks that strongly resemble the materials they replace,” explains Mike Gori, director of product management for AZEK Building Products. Gori also cites other advantages such as longevity, durability, weather-resistance, great looks and easy installation. Some low-maintenance composites include aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl, says Stephens. And of course, each type of material comes with its own set of pros and cons.
RIGHT: A pair of pergolas provides shelter and shade for this outdoor seating area and grill. (Photo courtesy of Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio) BELOW: The Carlisle furniture set, by Frontgate, establishes an outdoor living room-feeling. (Photo courtesy of Frontgate) OPPOSITE: The new Trex Pergola is made of cellular PVC and can be painted to complement a variety of exterior colors. (Photo courtesy of Trex)


Stephens says that the disadvantage of wood is maintenance. “UV light is the enemy to longevity. Plus it’s a labor intensive, recurring maintenance process and it’s all over your head.” Industry experts recommend resealing and protecting wood every 3-5 years. Stephens adds that fiberglass is expensive and comes unfinished, but on the ‘pro’ side, it does hold its finish longer than wood, and builders can do some arches and other interesting design features. Aluminum is prone to denting and there are limited colors from which to choose. Vinyl has proven to be an extremely popular material, predominantly because of the lowmaintenance factor, but there are limits to design (mostly rectangles and squares) and colors. Walpole has partnered with AZEK to produce Cellular PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), a weather-resistant synthetic wood material that in the past had been used mainly for trim on houses. “The product will never rot, split or decay,” says Maglio. Walpole has also partnered with Sherwin-Williams, who manufactures a vinyl-safe paint in an entire range of colors. Oakland Nursery, the Wal­ pole distributor for Ohio, offers standard kits and sizes for pergolas that the homeowner can install himself, complete with a good set of instructions and all the necessary hardware.
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PVC costs about 30-40% more than wood, but customers often make that trade-off to enjoy the perks of low-maintenance. Nonetheless, wood alternatives are not necessarily as expensive as perceived, explains Gori. “Composite and PVC materials may cost a bit more up front but save on maintenance, repair and replacement down the road.  The payback for composites and cellular PVC products can be realized in about three years.”

To gain that added measure of privacy, some homeowners are choosing to install fences around their yards. As with pergolas and gazebos, the most popular building materials come down to wood or solid cellular vinyl and folks may be hard-pressed to tell the difference. “Wood is less expensive, so that keeps it fairly popular, but we see the trend that people are making an investment to put in a nicer fence, because landscaping is fairly permanent, so we want a fence to be both permanent and maintenance-free,” says Maglio. A wood fence would require restaining after about 6-7 years; he recommends staying away from spruce or pine in a fence product as they decay much more quickly. Durable cedars and certain types of mahoganies are desirable. Maglio cautions that one of the first things to go with a wooden fence is the post buried in the ground. Walpole has created a synthetic foundation for some of their fences, one that doesn’t deteriorate, which, he says, is…”one way to get a good-looking wooden fence without worrying about decay.” Otherwise, he suggests re-tamping the post and repacking the soil around it every 3-5 years. “Having an outdoor room with a pergola, then coupling that with fencing that can create a privacy area, is a popular trend that allows people to enjoy outdoor living longer.”

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This fence and arbor create full privacy in this back yard. (Photo courtesy LEFT: This AZEK outdoor pavilion also features Yankee gutters, a drainage system built into the roof structure. (Photo courtesy of By The Book Builders-CT) BOTTOM MIDDLE: For hot tub bathers, TimberTech offers splinter-free decking with matching deck fascia turned into a privacy screen. (Photo courtesy of TimberTech) BOTTOM RIGHT: This decorative picket fence and arbor create added privacy and visual interest to the front entry of this home. (Photo courtesy of Walpole Outdoors) 43

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Eco-friendly tips and ideas for your landscape
By Phyllis Gricus

Your garden may look green, but it can be harmful to the environment. And gardeners, along with the products they use, can be some of the biggest offenders. Minimize the negative impact your spot of Eden has on the world by employing sustainable gardening methods. The following pages offer a few ideas to get you started.
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Bee friendly
The wild pollinators, native bees—often small, stingless, solitary and unglamorous compared to honeybees—are also in decline. The primary reasons for the decline are the use of pesticides and development where there used to be habitat. Pesticides applied in agricultural settings are being done by trained professionals, while those applying pesticide at home are often using far greater concentrations than necessary; allowable concentrations are often much higher for home use. Why do we need pollinators? Almost all of the world’s seed plants—plants that feed us—need to be pollinated. Your garden can attract native bee populations if you plant native plants—they’re four times more attractive to native bees than exotics. Choose plants that bloom throughout the season to attract bees all year long. Diversity is important, but it doesn’t mean planting one of each species; small groups of the same flowering plants work well. The early spring blooms of redbud (Cercis Canadensis) and rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.) provide the first nectar of the year. Beebalm (Mondarda fistulosa) and Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) are summer favorites. Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa) and New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novaeangliae) offer blooms through October.
Native bees are important to the ecosystem by helping to pollinate plants and flowers.

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ABOVE: Companion planting can help keep bugs away and improves soil health.


Best Buds
Companion planting is about plants helping each other out. The natural chemicals produced by one plant can help keep bugs away, keep the soil healthy and improve the flavor and growth of its neighbor. You can discourage harmful pests without

losing the beneficial insects by planting a specific mix of flowers, herbs, or vegetables in proximity to each other. In essence, companion planting helps bring a balanced ecosystem to your garden. Companion planting has been a practice since ancient times and is primarily

used in the vegetable garden. The Native American’s Three Sisters garden, which interplants corn, beans and squash, is a well-known example. Very little scientific research has been funded to prove why such partnerships work; however, the anecdotal evidence is hard to ignore.
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Black Gold
Black gold is the invaluable product of composting—the natural recycling of organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw out more than 25% of the food we prepare and most of that goes into landfills. And that food waste, because of lack of oxygen in landfills, produces the greenhouse gas methane. If food waste were composted instead of being sent to landfills, the resulting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to taking more than two million cars off the road. Compost, when added to the soil improves soil health, aids in erosion resistance and improves water retention. It also works as a slow-acting fertilizer, which lasts a long time in the soil. You would be feeding the soil—for the benefit of plants—with organic matter, reducing your need for garden chemicals. Mulching is another way to be sustainable in the garden. And compost is an excellent mulch to use in garden beds or top-dressing the lawn. In comparison to wood mulch, compost mulch helps to restore ecological processes to nutrientpoor, degraded soils.
TOP LEFT: Compost feeds soil organically, reducing the need for garden chemicals. TOP RIGHT: Composting food waste helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LEFT: A compost bin can be attractive and functional.

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Outdoor spaces in Dublin and Westerville with different views
By Jaron M. Terry, APR
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Just as there are two sides to every story,
there is more than one way for homeowners to enjoy their outdoor spaces. Some prefer high-rise condo living that places them above it all, far removed from thoughts of mowing, mulching or meandering through nature. Others turn their yards into veritable farmsteads—complete with city-bred chickens and gardens that could supply a victory feast. Here are the stories of two suburban Columbus properties that fall midway between those extremes.

Photo by J.E. Evans

Green and Serene
The home of Henk and Ruby DeRee is well situated on the beautiful Muirfield golf course in Dublin, with a serene view of the fairways and greens that extend the vista of their small yard. “Henk is very creative and artistic. Because we both lean toward new age philosophies and love spending time just enjoying nature, we were immediately taken with the idea of a Japanese-style garden when our landscape designer made the suggestion,” Ruby says. Oakland Nursery landscape design architect, John Reiner says the couple’s property is ideal for this unique garden design. “I thought of something based on a traditional Japanese garden because the DeRees’ existing slope and mature trees generate the perfect environment for a water feature and a dry river landscape,” Reiner says. “With balance and harmony being the main qualities in a Japanese garden, I felt that a blend of multiple hues of green, in the form of shade-loving Hosta, grasses and moss, interspersed with the classic dry landscape, would work well,” he adds. The result is an intriguing retreat that juxtaposes plants appropriate to Ohio’s climate with elements commonly found in a Japanese garden—the epitome of balance and tranquility.
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Karesansui, a dry, miniature landscape garden is the ideal design for meditation. BOTTOM MIDDLE: A dry riverbed is created with varying size stones and rocks, bridged by “chidori,” a slightly offset path that causes one to “gingerly focus.” BOTTOM RIGHT: A deep goldfish pond with waterfall creates lively sound, as well as an additional perspective on nature.
Photo by John Reiner/Oakland Nursery

Photo by J.E. Evans

Photo by J.E. Evans

Photo by John Reiner/Oakland Nursery

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Japanese garden design is based on three principles: reduced scale, symbolism and borrowed view, according to An example of the symbolic element in the DeRee landscape is the sand-strewn “raking garden,” which represents waters of the open sea and provides a resting place for the eye. Large rocks situated within the raked area symbolize volcanic islands. The patterns replicate rippling water, spreading outward from the islands. “Borrowed view” refers to the manner in which existing scenery becomes part of the total design. In this case, that view includes the property’s tall trees and the adjacent golf course grounds. Ruby says that Henk is the one with the green thumb, which she says comes from his family of tulip farmers in Holland. “That’s why some of our guests are surprised when they don’t find swaths of flowers in our gardens; but for us, we find serenity in the bluestone paths, natural groupings of plants and the sound of water,” she notes. The theme is carried to the side yard, where a secluded porch overlooks a traditional meditation garden. “Known as karesansui, the small space is a miniature dry landscape divided into three areas, as the number three represents balance,” she says. A fountain, centered in a miniature raking garden, is flanked by evenly spaced mosses on one side and a perfect square of pachysandra on the other. “Our favorite time to be in the garden is a summertime evening, but this landscape is just as beautiful in the winter, when the snow settles into the raked grooves of the open sea garden and the interplay between dark and light creates striking shadows,” Ruby says. “But most of all, we enjoy having our grandchildren here. They have fun walking the stepping-stones to follow the various paths and they love sitting on our huge bluestone turtle, whom we named ‘Jack,’ in honor of Jack Nicklaus,” she adds.
TOP LEFT: The raking garden features the soothing sounds of a fountain. BOTTOM LEFT: By changing the elevation of the yard in different areas, more than one vantage point is created.

Photos this page by J.E. Evans


Lofty Overlook
“There is nothing more relaxing and serene than letting my eyes sweep across the lake and on up the hill to the club house, especially when it’s dusk and all the lights are on,” says a Westerville homeowner in Highland Lakes. “Although we do like to spend time out-of-doors, when we’re home my husband and I head straight for our upper deck to enjoy the breezes and the view,” she adds. The eastward-facing two-story deck affords the couple a view that is akin to a movie set, as it overlooks The Lakes Golf and Country Club in Westerville. The clubhouse boasts the elegance and charm of old Charleston, which is not only beautiful, but is also reflected in the couple’s home as well. Jeff Brown of J.S. Brown & Company explains that, after his design build firm completed extensive renovations inside, the homeowners engaged him to create outdoor living space that would compliment their home. “Their executive-level home is in a fabulous setting, but the existing upper-level deck was not covered, which limited its use. Being of wood construction a great deal of maintenance was required, and it was supported by structurally sound, but spindly looking posts that were just not in keeping with the rest of the home,” explains Brown.
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ABOVE: This Westerville home’s upper-level deck offers spectacular views of a clubhouse beyond the lake.
Photos this page by Daniel Feldkamp/Visual Edge Imaging

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The solution was to add an elegant roof that seamlessly harmonizes with the home’s lines. In addition, new supporting posts, covered by substantial brick columns that coordinate with the existing chimney, as well as brickwork on the front of the home, create balance for what otherwise would have appeared top heavy. “We worked closely with Jim Wright of Residential Design Solutions to create a look that echoes the elegance of the clubhouse across the lake,” Brown notes. White railings, pillars and steps to the patio and lawn below were crafted using Timbertek to meet the couple’s desire for maintenance-free upkeep. “We also had Jeff put in a ceiling fan and track lighting, which helps set the mood for entertaining, as well as family relaxation,” the resident adds. Comfortable furnishings and Roman Shades add to the comfort and enjoyment of this Southern gem.

A family room with threestory windows is situated between a screened-in porch (right) off the family’s great room and the newly designed and built second-story deck.
Photo by Daniel Feldkamp/Visual Edge Imaging

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