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elcome to the winter 2017 edition of Valley Home, a quarterly magazine
produced by the Sierra Nevada Media Group.
While the winter weather has made the snow-sport enthusiasts happy,
it has been hard for those of who like to get outside and work on our homes.
o n t h e c oV e r It is one of the reason why we decided to feature some impressive man caves in the
region. After all, us men need a place to get away when we can’t tinker in the yard.
But don’t fret, spring is right around the corner. In the edition, we look at adding a
Get your soak on hot tub to your home; upgrading your bathroom and making the most out of the space you
with a hot tub have.
NEVADAAPPEAL.COM in your yard. We also dive into planning for your upcoming summer projects. Spring will be here
before we know it and those projects back up quickly. So, put a plan together and get
Photo: prepared for when the weather breaks.
Getty Images We hope you enjoy this edition.
Adam Trumble is editor of the Nevada Appeal. Have feedback or ideas about Valley Home?
Email him at
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Courier. All content is copyrighted, February 2017. Valley HOME
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A snapshot of real estate sales and activity from the region for December 2016

carson city carson valley

Median list price
$340,000 Median list price

Homes sold in December 2016
Homes sold in December 2016

Sold to list price in 2016
Sold to list price in 2016

dayton Reno

$248,000 Median list price
Median list price

Homes sold in December 2016
Homes sold in December 2016

98.8% 97.9%

*All the MLS information on this page is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.
Sold to list price in 2016 Sold to list price in 2016

positive year to continue

espite of severe winter weather kicking off the new year, there’s a positive outlook for this housing quarter thanks to the average sales in 2016,
said Steve Bohler, president of Sierra Nevada Association of Realtors.
For local housing markets, 2016 was a positive year as there was a gradual increase in the average sales prices. The average sales prices are
from year to year and quarter to quarter, which is an indication of a growth progression, he said.
These market trends include Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Washoe counties.
“The average days on the market for each of the areas has been extremely consistent, as have the number of sales,” Bohler said. “All in all, it looks to be a very
positive market for the coming year.”
The number of sales from 2015 and 2016 are close in numbers, which is another indication of safe steady growth Bohler said. The number of homes
currently on the market for each area has an average asking price consistent with previous sales prices for the last four quarters.
However, this statistic excludes Reno and Sparks; both locations appear to be slightly higher than the trends, he said. The interest rate increase is from
under four percent, to a little over four percent.
“This shouldn’t have a negative impact as they are still historically low,” he said.
Bohler has been active in the real estate industry for over 40 years in a variety of capacities, including Realtor, broker and general contractor. Back in 2003,
he opened his own real estate agency, Pinion Pines Realty, in Wellington. Bohler can be contacted at 775-465-2653 or 

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Go big or go home
Booze, music and TVs are needed in the Man Cave of the Future
by Valley Home Magazine

ome men build man Almost every item on the and last buck mounted as well. cave in about three weeks.
caves in homage to their walls and every seemingly Retzer’s bar is wrapped in tin It’s a garage of which any
favorite sports teams, innocuous decoration has from old barn roofs scavenged NASCAR fan would be proud.
while others decorate some personal significance or around the Truckee Meadows. Brown installed sheets of
theirs with rare rock ‘n’ roll and is rooted in family history. Wood paneling on the walls galvanized roofing along the
other types of memorabilia. A set of old snowshoes that came from the old Hobart Mills walls and added tons of slick-
Will Retzer’s man cave is a belonged to his great-grandfather. sawmill near Truckee. The solid looking cabinetry to hide away
proud tribute to his love of family. A bobcat skin taken by his quaking aspen posts supporting all his mechanic tools and
Retzer, a longtime lineman with godfather in the 1950s when he a loft came from Doyle, as did other equipment. The space
Sierra Pacific Power Company was 13 years old. An old gold the mantle over the fireplace. has a race-day feel about it.
and now NV Energy, has spent pan found in the Bruno River. “Its all stuff I found, or The main challenges Brown
more than 15 years building and A coat rack made from railroad somebody gave to me,” Retzer faced involved figuring out
furnishing his man cave in Sparks. stakes bent into hooks by a says. “That’s kind of the whole how to install the interlocking
While others may have more friend and mounted on wood idea behind this room. It’s stuff checkerboard flooring and getting
lavish man caves — bastions that came from an old corral. I drug out of the hills, or wood all the custom cabinetry to fit
of masculinity devoid of the Almost all the game mounts that I got from the flumes I in the allotted space. He also
feminine touch where men find are his family’s first or second used to work on in the early had to make and install all the
solace in sports, poker, whiskey bucks taken — and the spent days at the power company.” metal trim for the wall sheeting.
or male camaraderie — Retzer’s bullets or shell casings from Retzer’s man cave is 30 by Brown spends a great
man cave is a bit mind-boggling those kills are present as well. 30 with 14-foot-high walls deal of time in the space
in its attention to detail. He’s got his father’s first buck and a vaulted ceiling. But it’s when he’s home.
connected to a shop for a total “I have daughters, so I can go
of 3,200 square-feet of pure out there and it’s quiet,” he says.
manly awesomeness. Retzer had “My cars are out here and I can
his house moved off center in tinker with them and stuff.”
his lot so he could fit his man Statistics on the number
cave and shop. The building’s of guys who have built man
exterior looks exactly like the caves is hard to nail down. But
main house to help it blend in what is clear is that whereas
— and avoid the neighbor’s ire. the female head of household
He pulled a permit in 2004, typically decorates many rooms
and he’s been working on and in a married couple’s home, the
refining the project ever since. man cave is unspoiled by any
Retzer figures he’s got about suggestion of feminine décor.
$200,000 into the entire project Often, it’s the only room in
— and tons of sweat equity the house that a guy can proudly
as well. Despite more than a display his favorite sports team’s
decade’s worth of work, his man memorabilia, or mount his
cave remains a work in progress. hunting trophies, or have a bar to
“We dug the footings, we share a drink among male friends.
helped pour the concrete, Planning is key to truly
we framed the building, enjoying the completed space.
photos: courtesy valley home, carl brown

rolled the trusses, wired it,” It pays to sketch out a plan for
he says. “I don’t know if its the space prior to beginning
ever really gonna be done.” any renovations or installing
Not all man caves are as major features such as a bar or
elaborate (or costly and time media center to ensure proper
consuming). Carl Brown, placement, especially as you
owner of Siding Innovations begin adding additional features
in Reno, converted the garage such as seating and cabinetry.
Will Retzer stands in his man cave in Sparks. of his Reno home into a man Some of the most common 

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elements found in man caves • Lighting should be “Go as big as you can afford,”
Almost include bars, large televisions dimmable to suit any mood. he says. “If you build it small,
to catch major sporting events Another important aspect of you are not going to be able to
every item on with friends, card tables to
play poker, lots of seating, and
any man cave is that it remains
a dedicated space. Retzer
fix it. I went as big as the City
of Sparks would let me. I could
space to display collectibles says if considering building a not go a foot bigger on this
the walls and and other brick-a-brack. standalone structure for a man building.”
A few tips from man cave, don’t skimp on size.
every seemingly cave owners:
• When it comes to TVs, bigger
is always better. Wall mounts
innocuous offer the best viewing lines.
• Stock that bar! Retzer
decoration has estimates he’s got nearly
$2,000 in whiskey lining
some personal the shelves of his bar.
• Get a great sound
system. Man caves often
significance double as party rooms.
• Choose comfortable seating
or is rooted in

where guests can sit for a
few hours but still move
around freely. Theater-
family history.” style seating, while
great, limits conversation
and dominates room space.
• Carpets and area rugs
Carl Brown’s space has a race-day feel about it.
— will retzer help improve sound quality.

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It’s a lifestyle
Boost your home’s appeal in the winter with a hot tub
by Amelia Richmond

A hot tub can take off the
winter chill of Northern Nevada.

photos: courtesy robert allen, mountain home center, getty images
ot tubbing is glorious to tell you that owning one is a benefits of hot tubs include Truckee/Tahoe homeowners
in its simplicity. commitment. Like a car, boat improved blood flow, better with the hot tubs of their dreams
Remove cover. Soak. or furry companion, hot tubs sleep, stress release and relief for more than 30 years. He will
Relax. Owning a hot require ongoing cleaning and from back and joint pain. Others tell you to avoid imitation stone
tub, however, is decidedly maintenance to function property, use their spas to spend quality siding on your hot tub (it doesn’t
more complex. An internet and there is a host of additional time with family or to improve hold up well) and he’ll cheerfully
search yields sci-fi worthy terms expenses to consider beyond the value of their rental home. talk you out of purchasing
buyers should know, including the initial cost of the spa. But how to know which spa a LED television screen or
“ozonator,” “brominator” But despite the effort, it can be is right for you? For that we stereo for your spa (water and
and “dead air hot space.” all worth it to soak in deliciously consulted the local experts. electronics don’t mix well, and
While most hot tub owners hot water, as troubles and body Mountain Home Center owner you shouldn’t stay in for very
love their spas, they’ll be quick aches fade away. Reported health Tom Just has been matching long anyway). His satisfaction 

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folks have
realized the
benefit of
having a
local retailer
who can
also service
their spa.”

— tom just, owner,
Nothing tops a relaxing soak
after a day on the slopes.
mountain home center

stems from selling homeowners and model, speak to the quality Homeowners will also need to
seven hot tub quality, reliable hot tubs that of the spa and can save owners factor in the cost of a crane to lift
buying mistakes... will hold up for years to come. considerable cash down the road the spa onto the deck, which runs
and how to Just cautions there is a lot should something go wrong. about $500 to $1,000 according
to consider when buying a “There’s a lot that goes into to Tim Crowell, owner of Tahoe
avoid them spa — the two first questions what it costs to own a tub beyond City’s Lake Level Crane Service.
Mistake #1: being size and budget. To the initial investment,” says Just, If the spa is going to be
Focusing on price versus long-term gage size, homeowners should noting that most costs are fixed placed on the ground, it should
efficiency and satisfaction consider who will regularly use whether you buy a cheap spa or sit on a flat, concrete slab. This
the hot tub: a couple? Family? invest in a high quality one. ensures the hot tub remains
Mistake #2:
Multiple families? If the hot Hiring electricians to wire the stable as the ground beneath
Not investigating the structural
tub will be place on a deck, spa, for instance, costs the same it freezes and thaws with the
integrity of the hot tub
available deck space should regardless of the model, as do seasons, as well as helps to keep
Mistake #3: also be taken into account. crane fees to get the spa onto a out any sand, which can cause
Underestimating the amount of raised deck. These additional serious damage to the spa.
required maintenance PAY NOW OR PAY LATER costs become a factor again if a
Mistake #4: Budget is the second major broken spa needs to be replaced BENEFITS OF BUYING LOCAL
Not selecting the right factor in determining which spa without warranty. All to say, it’s Mountain Home Center is
hydrotherapeutic jet structure is right for you — keeping in better to do it right the first time. proud to sell Hot Springs spas
mind maintenance and operating made by Watkins Wellness, the
Mistake #5: costs as well as the tub’s sticker KNOW WHERE IT’S GOING world’s leading manufacturer
Not taking into consideration the price. A chain warehouse spa It is critical to consider of hot tubs. While every vendor
area in which your hot tub will be starting at $4,000 could cost up where the spa is going to live will tout the benefits of their
to $150 per month to operate, prior to making the purchase. own spa manufacturer, the
Mistake #6: while a $7,000 spa may cost If the hot tub is going to sit warranty plans and low energy
Overlooking the importance of the as little as $15 per month, on a deck, it’s best to confirm use statistics for Hot Springs’
warranty making it possible to make up with a structural engineer upper echelon of spas are solid.
the price difference in energy that the deck can sustain the Even so, Mountain Home
Mistake #7:
savings in less than two years. added weight. An average four- Centers’ greatest advantage
Not choosing a reputable dealer and
Warranties, which can range person hot tub weighs around may not be the quality spas
from one to seven or more years 5,000 pounds when full.
Source: Hydropool depending on the manufacturer continued on page 10 >>>

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COVER STORY, continued from page 9

there’s a lot that goes
into what it costs to
own a hot tub beyond
the initial investment.”
— tom just, owner, mountain home center

they sell, but their maintenance having a local retailer who can also
and service contacts that are service their spa. We get to beta
available exclusively to their test what works and doesn’t work
customers. Hot tub dealers are in snow country, and share that
the ones responsible for a spa’s knowledge with our customers.”
warranty, making it critical to
purchase a spa from an easily SELF-CONTAINED VS.
accessible, reputable dealer. IN-GROUND SPAS
“It’s important to have a local While self-contained hot tubs
service company that will stand are the most popular choice,
behind their product,” says Just. homeowners can also opt for
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“Folks have realized the benefit of custom in-ground spas. While
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A relaxing soak can wash
away the stresses of life.

considerably more expensive to rip out their in-ground spas
install and operate, in-ground spas and replace them with self-
offer a sophisticated aesthetic that contained units, however, it’s
self-contained units can lack. hard to compete with the beauty
“With in-ground spas, you’re of a custom, in-ground spa,
looking at a piece of art,” says especially now that in-ground jet
Zachary Allen of Robert Allen massage systems have improved
Pools and Spas. “There are a lot over the past 10-15 years.
more options, from tile mosaic Homeowners can also consider
and different interior options stainless steel and copper
to creative bench design. It’s above-ground spas, which tout
a lot classier than a unit.” durability, bacteria resistance
Based in Reno, Robert Allen and a sleek, modern aesthetic.
Pools and Spas has built custom “Custom, above ground
in-ground spas for clients in spas are another great option
Martis Camp, Lahontan and for those looking for a luxury
around Lake Tahoe. Ranging look,” said Justine Macfee of
from the upper $20,000s to Truckee’s Catherine Macfee
$50,000 (compared to $15,000 for Interior Design, who has
a top of the line self-contained worked on custom spa projects
unit), operating costs can run up in Lake Tahoe and beyond.
to $200-$400 per month in winter.
Given the high cost of IT’S NOT A HOT TUB,
operating and repairing in- IT’S A LIFESTYLE safe to say it will be calling your stars shine bright in the cold,
ground spas, Tom Just has Whichever the right spa is name after a day on the slopes winter sky, you’ll be gazing from a
seen a number of homeowners ultimately the right choice, it’s or stressful day at work. And as swirling pool of soothing heat.

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Biggest bang for the money
Explore your options on a bathroom remodel
by Karel C. Ancona

esides new construction, which There are many
requires product selection, there are options on the
bathroom remodel
usually two reasons a homeowner
front: a face-lift
contacts a bathroom designer, said or an entire
Louise A. Gilmartin, owner of Kitchens & makeover.
Baths by Louise. There has been an issue
that required going into a wall and now
needs repair, or the homeowner wants an
update or new space planning design.
“Inspired by home improvement shows
on television, people are more aware of new
products and industry changes and want those
products,” she said. For more than 35 years,
Gilmartin, a nationally known and award-
winning designer, has been transforming
living space throughout Northern Nevada and
Lake Tahoe, working with budgets of all sizes.
“I can’t recall how many bathroom remodels
we have done, but we are currently working
on four,” she said. “There are many options
available, and work can range from a simple
face lift where we change out vanity doors
and hardware or put in a pedestal sink, new
toilet and paint - to a complete new design
and remodel, all of which determines cost.

Inspired by home
improvement shows on
television, people are
more aware of new
products and industry
changes and want
photos: courtesy, getty images

those products.”

— louise a. Gilmartin, owner,

Kitchens & baths by louise
12 valley home | WINTER 2017
louise’s top 10 reasons
for using a designer
“The goal is to get the biggest “We have gone so far as to make the 1. They help to uncover your true style and establish a
bang for the money.” person climb into the tub and then ask personalized design plan.
Frequent requests Gilmartin them to climb out, so they understand 2. They help you to visualize the potential of your space.
receives are removal of whirlpool their own physical limitations,”
tubs, new vanity installation, and Gilmartin said. “The last thing I want 3. They know where to find the best products and the best
tile and hardware changes. to do is create a beautiful bathroom
“People want larger showers with they can’t enjoy or that leads to a fall.” 4. They can help select the perfect paint color the first time
new style doors, tiled and solid-surface Budgets vary with the homeowner’s around.
surrounds with shampoo niches, selection of products. The key 5. They establish the proper scale of your furnishings, artwork,
additional sprayers, and lighting, which savings is front-end research. Be and accessories for your style and space.
as we get older becomes important,” mindful of pricing as costs vary
6. They advise you on when to spend money for good
she said. “No-threshold showers and widely between manufacturers,
quality and when you can save a little because top quality
grab bars for greater safety are popular.” retailers and wholesalers. isn’t necessary.
“There are beautiful grab bars, “I suggest going to Western Nevada
and there is no shame in installing Supply’s new Inspire Kitchen and 7. They can interact with your contractor from the start of a
them,” she said. “Safety is always a top Bath Showroom,” Gilmartin said. “It project to ensure good design and suggest creative
enhancements that will add interest and value to your
concern, because most accidents occur is amazing, with fully functioning
in the home. We don’t want that.” products people can see in use.”
Bench seating creates “Clients come to me with 8. They know how to add those special finishing touches that
slipping concerns. She prefers advertisements from magazines, and really complete the room.
clients use shower stools. we explore their options,” she said. 9. They spare you the frustration of making decisions and help
“We are passionate about our “These conversations are critical at the you avoid costly aesthetic mistakes.
work, and a big part of what we outset, because once we’re in process,
10. They save you time and money, giving you the space
do is education,” Gilmartin said. projects move fast, and any changes you desire at a price less than you would pay if you did it
As an example, she cites those lead to missed deadlines and cost yourself.
who come to her wanting a big overruns, which we want to avoid, as
bathtub with large surrounds. does the client ... we want them to be Louise Gilmartin can be reached at 775-322-9004, email or visit her at
happy with us and with our work.”

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marble & tile

What works for you
Weigh usefulness versus aesthetics when picking counter tops, tile
by Karel C. Ancona

you are
with a
or doing the
there are
things to
What counter tops and tiles work in the kitchen consider
may not work in the bathroom and vice versa.
that will
ajestic Marble &
Tile in Carson
Just last year, Majestic moved
to a new and bigger location at
needs,” Joe said. “About 90
percent of our work is from
City specializes in
custom fabrication
4611 Goni Road and invested
in state-of-the-art equipment.
remodels, specialized in high-
end construction (residential for the long
and installation of counter tops “We have been very lucky, and commercial), and most are
and tile. Started in 2006 by
owner Joe Kingsland, the news
have been able to expand
and have amazing employees,
referrals through word of mouth
and retailers, since they know
run, whether
was not without reservations
on the part of his wife.
40 that came with me when
Radtke Tile closed,” Kingsland
the quality of our work and
we’ve built those relationships. you are
“The night I told my wife I said. “This means most of our “We are very lucky in that
had decided to do this, she cried,”
he said. “I slept in the next
employees are journeyman-level
craftsman, bringing impeccable
we are always busy with
clients from Lake Almanor to
happy with
morning, which I never do, and
woke up to her standing beside
skills to our consulting and
installation processes.”
San Francisco to Auburn to
Truckee, around the Lake and the project.”
the bed still crying, but she Majestic works closely with out to Battle Mountain.”
photos: courtesy, getty images

knew I had made up my mind. area retailers to create clients’ There are a few very
“I got up, made 300 phone designs and is a job shop, important things to consider — joe kingsland,
calls that day and we haven’t more than it is a showroom. when choosing natural materials
slowed down since, and We do the actual manufacturing or tile for your project. owner, majestic
she smiles all the time.” of custom pieces for counters, “Whether you are working
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project yourself, there are things flooring, consider durability,
to consider that will determine strength and lifespan of
for the long run, whether you are any given material.
happy with the project,” he said.
When using natural
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powder room

Powder to the people
Treat your home’s powder room with the respect it deserves
by Kristen Fencl

alled all kinds of names beautiful about a toilet and vanity. Use dramatic wallpaper So how about it?
— hall bathroom, Here are a few ideas you It could certainly reduce the Get up right now and go
powder room guest might want to incorporate, boxy feeling these small rooms are and look in your powder room.
bath, half bath, little’s when considering giving this typically known for. Think about Could it use a little makeover
girl’s or boy’s room — it’s probably room a complete makeover. selecting something exciting and — or a large redo? If so, contact
the smallest room in your home. spectacular. Today’s faux finish a remodeling expert to help you
And, all too often, it’s the Start with the vanity wall coverings come complete with create a room your guests will
most blandly decorated room in Replacing a plain laminate top embedded jewels and crystals. Just be unable to stop raving about.
our home. And worse still, it’s with a beautiful granite surface think of the drama you can create.
probably the room most often might be just the ticket. Or, Bathroom Basics
frequented by your guests. how about considering some of Your flooring Is your bathroom boring
So, why not let your imagination the handsome furniture pieces How about replacing that or minuscule? Don’t despair
and creativity flow into overtime? that are not only graciously vinyl with a new tile floor. — colors and patterns can give a
Make a bold statement in the designed but fully functional as Even a multi-patterned area lift and fool the eye into seeing
room. Work on creating a focal well. They are totally designed rug might add just the right a larger space. Remember, it’s
point. It’s not uncommon for these to give a small powder room touch to this oft-used space. not the amount of space, but
small room to have no window, a fabulous focal point. what you do with it that counts.
and let’s face it, there’s not much The first step in decorating
and or remodeling your bathroom
is selecting the theme or mood
you want to portray. Once you’ve
decided, then the creativity begins.
If you want to “open up” your
bathroom, select a color scheme
that is light — pale colors tend to
recede and will visually expand
the room. To achieve a sense of
the dramatic, you may want to
select rich, vibrant colors instead.
Deeper colors appear to advance
and the room will appear cozier.
Window treatments for
bathrooms generally are required
to supply function and beauty —
privacy is a must. Pleated shades,
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All are resistant to moisture
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Re-create your space
Organize, update and effectively use your storage space
by Karel C. Ancona

De-clutter your space and make the
most of it with some custom storage.

here’s nothing worse endless. Explore various sites, Ellen’s Interiors Design five years accumulates an
than time lost looking retailers, craft supply or hardware and Sewing Co. Owner, Ellen additional 24,500 pounds they
for a much needed item stores to find what works for your Bartolomucci in Gardnerville, live with daily. If the idea of
that has been stowed in a needs. Is the garage out of order, suggests if you haven’t de-cluttering is overwhelming,
“safe place,” which at the time and you can’t find your tools? Do used something in a year contact a professional or a trusted
made perfect sense, or feeling you enjoy crafting or painting? (seasonal items excepted), friend with organizing skills to
overwhelmed by all the steps Are you a seamstress or just want consider letting go. help, realizing the process can

photos: courtesy ellen’s interiors design and sewing co.
required to achieve a sense to be able to find your shoes in “De-cluttering is always a be an emotional one. Keep in
of comfort in your home. the morning without having to great starting point, because it mind how rewarding the end
An entire industry geared think before the coffee has kicked makes the next steps in achieving result that comes from clearing
toward helping folks get their in? Do you long for a simplified well-functioning, comfortable and re-creating your space will
house in order has produced home that can serve as an oasis living space easier,” she said. be, and once that is done call
myriad options — from simple of peace? There are a few steps “And if someone wants custom a designer such as Ellen to
efficiency to the fantastical, to getting there, which can be storage or cabinets, I do have help plan the road forward.
the only thing that dictates the made less stressful with the help a contractor I work with.” Her role in re-creating space
choice is usually budgetary. of professionals. Every project The average person collects ranges from providing custom
Whether you choose to go is as individual as the person, some 1,200 pounds of new and often coordinated window
with a custom builder or a do- and assessing what you and your “stuff” each year. A family of treatments and re-upholstery
it-yourself route, the options are family needs is the place to start. four who has lived in a home of existing furnishings. Ellen’s

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is a certified Hunter-Douglas “People have this idea that “I have had clients be so
De-cluttering window blind dealer also everything must be arranged surprised by how impactful the
offering less costly options against the wall, and wind up outcomes are ... they comment
is always a with the same warranty. They with space that is uncomfortable how much better a space
provide color analysis and space and not functioning,” she said. feels, that they are at ease.”
great starting planning, and in addition to “We work to improve traffic Ellen’s Interiors Design
beautiful upholstery work, make flow and the overall continuity & Sewing serves a wide area
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space easier.” “Clients can come to the studio
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The time is now
Use winter to plan summer landscaping projects
by Karel C. Ancona

hen deciding “With our short growing refurbish an old design, there that may have worked in the
to undertake a seasons, we want to ensure are many things to consider, 1970s has overgrown allotted
landscaping project, that new plant material has the first being budget. space and may be harming
homeowners should time to establish before the “This is a big deal and we can surrounding sidewalks, water
be aware that typically, most cold hits,” Toomey said. work with people within their systems or a home’s foundation.
reputable landscape companies In fact, Mayer said, if a budget and remove some of the These are all issues that can
are booked out anywhere landscaper is available to do a fear for them,” Toomey said. “It and should be addressed.
from a few months to a year. project “next week, that usually may also mean that a project is Increased water conservation
“The time to think about is not a good sign,” he said, done in phases, for instance we awareness, also has changed
landscaping is now, in winter,” adding that homeowners should would do hardscaping one year, approaches to design and the
said Matt Mayer, owner of Big ask for licenses and insurances. followed by planting the next; kinds of materials used.
Fish Landscaping in Gardnerville. “I spend a lot of money to conceivably we could be working “Big lawns and big trees are not
“Otherwise, chances are people be bonded and insured and am with a client over the course as popular as they once were,”
are not going to get their projects happy to give clients copies of a couple years, and if we are Toomey said. “The process is to
done for quite some time.” of those documents; it is good contracted to maintain those put in place the bigger features
That sentiment was business,” Mayer said. projects, possibly over a lifetime.” and step down from there, so tree
echoed by Dominoe Toomey, Whether you have a new With homes changing hands as
designer with Reno Green. construction project or want to the market improves, landscaping continued on page 22 >>>

A backyard pond could be the
focal point of your new landscape.

photos: courtesy big fish landscaping, reno green

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With the upswing in new construction and home selling
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landscaping, continued from page 20

With our
short growing
seasons, we
want to ensure
that new plant
material has
time to establish
before the
cold hits.”

— dominoe toomey,
A front yard landscape could add
privacy and beauty to your home.
designer, reno green
placement, then shrubs or bushes and then been blown,” he said. “I don’t mind working
the smaller plants down to annuals for with people to meet those challenges, but
accents.” I still need to be able to pay the bills.”
Many places in Reno for example, never “Having a professional guide you through
anticipated the kinds of use that would take this from the outset alleviates stress and
place around a home or building. Foot traffic makes the overall process as seamless
has increased in many areas and in that and enjoyable as possible,” Toomey
scenario, putting in plants that draw a lot said. “That is what we strive for.”
of bees may not be desirable, since people
can have allergies if stung. Insect attracting
plants are usually preferable for spaces that A water fall provides
will be distanced from human activity. tranquility to your backyard landscape.
Consider too, if providing habitat and
attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
are important to you. There are plants that
achieve this goal while adding beauty.
In Douglas County for new construction
projects, Mayer said landscape designs
must be submitted to county planning at
the same time as the house plans, and front
yard landscaping must be completed by
final inspection. This has been enforced
more recently than in the past, in order to
maintain the integrity of neighborhoods.
“People should budget 10 to 20 percent of
the total cost of their home, for landscaping,”
he said. “So on a $600,000 home, that
would be $60,000 at the low end.
“This is often an afterthought, and once
people make all the decisions about their
home, there are usually cost overruns then
by the time they get to me, the budget has

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