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Doubling Down on a Modern Farmhouse Design on Long Island

A quick decision to relocate turned into an epic renovation for Ted and Loren Kobus.

Moving to the New York City area from Greater Philadelphia in 2012 for Mr. Kobus’s work, the couple bought a 1960s split-level home on the North Shore of Long Island, then radically changed the house—twice.

Last year, after an art- and furniture-buying spree, they finally considered the project finished. They ended up with a two-story modern farmhouse that bears little resemblance to the original.

The two, now in their early 50s, live there with their three children, now all teenagers.

The couple paid $839,000 for the 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom original home on 2 acres, situated not far from Huntington Bay. They then spent the first few years, and some $900,000, to add 1,500 square feet to the house, including the second story, a new kitchen and new bathrooms. Starting in 2016, they spent $100,000 to re-landscape

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The ‘Aquarius’ House: Opal’s Encino Midcentury Modern Home

The song “Aquarius” from the musical “Hair” references a time of peace, love, harmony, and “trust abounding.” So it is fitting that executive producer John McNamara chose to name his 2015 television series, set in 1967 Los Angeles — two years before the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders cast an indelible pall over the city — in honor of the tune. Billed as historical fiction, “Aquarius” (currently streaming on Netflix) follows Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony) after his release from his second long-term prison stint, as he assembles his so-called “family,” attempts to start a music career, and begins to enact his reign of terror. Also at the center of the story is dogged Hollywood PD detective Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny), a World War II vet fixated on nailing Manson, as well as righting other wrongs of the period.

 

Decidedly darker than 2019’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the most notable of

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Midcentury Modern Renovation in Chattanooga Wows Fans Nationwide

In Chattanooga, TN, home renovation pro Gary Crowe has been slowly changing the housing stock, in the same vein as Chip and Joanna Gaines in Waco, TX.

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A man obsessed with midcentury modern design renovates homes in Chattanooga, TN. He adds pops of color and emphasizes clean lines, dipping back into decades past for inspiration.

Sounds like the plot of an HGTV show, right?

In the same vein as Chip and Joanna Gaines in Waco, TX, Gary Crowe, 39, is slowly changing his city’s housing stock. With his latest project—he’s also the listing agent—he’s now bought and renovated four homes on the same street.


“The look I was going for was Frank Sinatra,” says Crowe of the four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home he’s dubbed Palm Paradiso.

The freshly renovated residence sits

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Infill show home by Lexis Homes fuses traditional and modern design



a small clock tower in front of a house: The SHRBA Parade of Homes continues until Sept. 20. This week's featured show home boasts a modern hardie board and brick exterior in the desirable neighbourhood of Varsity View in this Lexis Homes show home.


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The SHRBA Parade of Homes continues until Sept. 20. This week’s featured show home boasts a modern hardie board and brick exterior in the desirable neighbourhood of Varsity View in this Lexis Homes show home.

Graceful trees canopy the street at 1312 15th Street East in Saskatoon’s Varsity View neighbourhood where Lexis Homes’ Parade of Homes entry sits, showcasing a unique modern exterior.

The proximity to the University of Saskatchewan and downtown, along with a combination of traditional elements with modern twists, will make it an attractive design for many.

“You’ll notice we’ve gone with 10-foot ceilings on the front of the house,” points out Lexis president Cam Skoropat. He explains the goal was to maximize the amount of natural light in the space. With no windows allowed on the sides of the house, the oversized window in the living room and generous window in

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Terence Conran, British tastemaker who popularized modern design, dies at 88

A restless entrepreneur with a sometimes volatile personality, he took his ideas around the world and once owned an empire of 90 stores with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. Calling himself a “hard-working hedonist,” he opened more than 50 restaurants, wrote more than 40 books, ran a design studio and later an architecture and urban planning firm.

All of it was built on the simple idea that good design leads to better living.

“No one has done more to change the way that Britain looks, or the way we look at things,” Deyan Sudjic, the onetime director of London’s Design Museum — another of Mr. Conran’s creations — told the Telegraph newspaper in 2011. “He’s changed the way our living rooms look, what we cook, where we go on holiday, our restaurant habits. . . . His influence has been enormous.”

Mr. Conran died Sept. 12 at Barton

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Renovation transforms Somerton Park apartment into modern marvel

But if they knew what was inside one of its residences they might change their mind about taking a moment to soak it all in.

A jaw-dropping renovation has transformed the one-bedroom apartment at 5/20 Phillipps Street, which is on the market with a $490,000 to $540,000 price guide.

Tired and dated just months ago, the residence is now more modern, light and open.

Owner Matt Causer, who revitalised the apartment through his business Eco Constructions, said he had a plan from the moment he saw it.

“As soon as I walked in the door I knew what I was going to do,” he said.

“I’m thrilled with the outcome, it’s amazing, I really love it.”

Mr Causer said the renovation, which included knocking out and moving walls, took about four months of intense work to complete.

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Former South Euclid Walgreen’s now home of modern CLEan Express Auto Wash

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — If one didn’t already know, it would be hard to believe that what was at the beginning of the year a vacant former Walgreen’s drug store is the same building that now houses the ultra-modern CLEan Express Auto Wash.

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That car wash, at 4365 Mayfield Road, is now hopping as, after its grand opening Thursday (Sept. 10), it is operating at full capacity because of its opening promotion.

“We’d like everyone to try us and now’s a good time,” said Express Wash Concepts CEO John Roush. “We’re offering a free car wash to everyone who comes in — our best, $18 CLEanest car wash.” The offer extends through Sept. 20 and, Roush said, all that is asked is that customers consider a donation to Cleveland nonprofit The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning.

Roush, through the three brands that make up Express Wash Concepts, seeks to

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NH Based, Outdoor Living Startup to be featured on National TV Program for Modern, DIY Fireplace Kits to Upgrade your Backyard Living Space

With all the extra time spent at home these days, homeowners are looking for projects to enhance their living space. Countless vacations have been cancelled and consumers are looking for a luxury experience they can enjoy without leaving home.

Enter the outdoor kitchen and fireplace. RTA produces ready-to-assemble outdoor kitchens and fire features that can be put together in one afternoon. Everything is included – and all shipped straight to your door.

Due to the rise in popularity of staycations, RTA has experienced significant growth in 2020. In fact, by the end of the year they are expected to have grown by 600%.

“The staycation has been a growing trend for the last 10 years. However, now more than ever homeowners are investing in outdoor kitchens and fire features to upgrade their backyard living space,” said national sales director, James King.

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A modern fireplace designed to showcase the flames and keep you mesmerized!

There is something about looking into flames that brings us closer to our inner self and keeps us transfixed there. However, with the advent of electric heating devices, we no longer get to sit and relish this experience at our homes. There are many who still keep a traditional fireplace or a gas stove in their houses. But, their purpose is limited to either heating or cooking and the flames are always entrapped in a black industrial frame that does not do justice to their spell-binding liveliness.

Designer Jeong Kim has taken a rather unique approach to this idea by designing a stove that showcases the flames in their captivating brilliance. He has created ‘Contact Surface’, a stove that also works as an ornamental piece to go with your furniture. The design is as much attractive as it is functional. The body features a glass door with various color gradients

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