Story: Kim and Kat both grew up in the small town of Monroe, Wisconsin and were high school sweethearts. Kat went off to college, but an early pregnancy and subsequent, unplanned marriage to Kim put an end to that. Kim was set to inherit his dad’s dairy farm until his older brother came back from Vietnam and decided that he’d like to be a farmer after all, changing his mind after earlier rejecting his father’s offer and leaving Kim odd man out.
You want your home’s curb appeal to make a great first impression. Here, local builders share ways to give your abode’s façade a facelift.
When you close your eyes, you can see it—the walls, the windows, the décor. Or perhaps you can’t picture it at all, but you know how you’d feel in the space. Despite all the fantasizing, if the opportunity to create your dream home ever arose, would you know what to do?
Every last fixture, decorative panel and crown molding must be perfect for a remodel to look authentic, local contractors say. That’s why they go above and beyond—special-ordering pieces from around the country to be fit precisely into place by experienced local craftsmen. This attention to detail is what preserves each home’s architectural integrity, says Dave Dunlap, owner of Consolidated Design & Construction Group.
Consolidated Design & Construction Group completed a room addition project where they replicated the existing home’s roof structure, harlequin panels and cornice brackets.
Dave Dunlap, Consolidated Construction Group
Be a part of goodwill and good cheer! LN’s Holiday Wish List Drive for NURSES FOR NEWBORNS continues through Monday, Dec. 24. The organization, which helps at-risk young mothers and their babies stay healthy, as well as offering other means support to their families, is experiencing even greater need this holiday season. Suggested donation items include boys’ and girls’ clothing (infant to size 8), toys (newborn to age 8), non-perishable food, diapers, infant formula, baby wipes and grocery/Walmart/Target gift cards. Collection boxes are available at our offices, 8811 Ladue Road (Ladue and 170), Suite D. For the complete Wish List, visit laduenews.com.
In a newly remodeled kitchen, it’s not just the stove that’s hot. Some local experts tell us about the kitchen design trends that are making temperatures rise this summer.
When considering a home renovation, the kitchen can be the room in the house that provides the largest return on investment. And because St. Louis has been a traditional market when it comes to the heart of the home, tried-and-true design elements are strongly recommended by local experts.
U.S. Bank introduces the philosophy behind its community relations program this way: “All across U.S. Bancorp (the parent company for U.S. Bank), our employees and our company share a strong tradition of joining forces to build great places that we call home.” So it’s appropriate that U.S. Bank is sponsoring the Ladue News Show House—one of the finest homes in St. Louis.
Whether the intent of your remodeling project is to update a worn-out space or transform it entirely, check out tips and trends from the pros before you draw up the plans and stir up the dust.
Elements and features once considered luxurious in the bath have evolved tremendously from even a decade ago. Like kitchens, current trends in baths are about convenience and making people feel more comfortable and content in their homes.
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Soaking in a roomy footed tub is a relaxing indulgence. photo courtesy of Consolidated Design & Construction Group
If you want to create a luxurious bath with timeless appeal, invest in quality fixtures that are environmentally friendly and long-lasting materials like granite, marble and limestone for stylish countertops and floors.
With smiling faces all around and twinkling lights illuminating the trees, the new rooftop garden at St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital doesn’t ‘feel’ like a hospital. And that’s the idea, explains Patty Arnold, president of St. John’s Mercy Foundation.
American Equity Mortgage, a St. Louis-based company, has grown to 28 branches in 22 different markets. Founded in 1992, it’s now one of the leading mortgage lenders in the nation. “It wasn’t as if we had some master expansion plan,” says president and CEO Deanna Daughhetee. “Our success has resulted from the desire to help people get to a better place financially. We’ve done this first and foremost by focusing on our customers: understanding what they want to accomplish and helping them do it. Only then did we decide to bring our services to other markets.”
A screened-in porch converted to a family room can be used year round. Photo courtesy of Consolidated Design & Construction Group
Before the recession, a common trend was to buy a house, fix it up, add equity and sell it for as much as possible. But the era of manic house-flipping is over for now, according to the builders and remodelers we consulted. Today, people are upgrading their homes with carefully considered additions or re-dos, and settling in for the duration. With judicious planning, rebuilding and remodeling, you can enjoy your home for years to come.
MASON HORNE will take over the varsity baseball program at Christian Brothers College High School.
RAYMOND TAIT has been named vice provost for research services at Saint Louis University.
Testing Alzheimer’s Drugs…Controlled clinical trials are our best way to determine the effectiveness of drugs in large groups of people. But how do we know which drugs to test? In the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, several large clinical trials have failed because the drugs being tested did not prove effective in blocking the formation of amyloid beta (A-beta), a protein that builds to unhealthy levels and forms brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients.
Each year, more than 8,000 babies take their first breath at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center. With so many tiny lives on the line, the hospital has always made first- rate pediatric care a top priority.
Just when we start to cheer up after an exuberant Dow Jones rally, the market plunges again, our investments go south, and hundreds of jobs evaporate. Although some economists are predicting that the recession will end by the second half of next year, there are no guarantees, and nearly every forecast says the rest of ’09 will continue to be challenging for Wall Street and Main Street alike. So what can consumers do to deal with their losses and cushion themselves against what might be a long, bumpy ride? Ladue News consulted experts from three major financial institutions. Their advice ranged from common-sense suggestions (pare down on extras, keep close track of debit-card spending, rein in those credits cards, work longer, retire later) to money-saving tips only a pro would know.