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Thursday, February 28, 2013


~3599 Rochfort Bridge Dr~
THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Updated Two-Story nestled onto ~1/4 acre wooded lot with ravine, stream, swimming pool, patio, decks & “pool house” with changing rooms. Expansive Family Room with brick fireplace & skylights. 1st floor Laundry. Back staircase to Loft/Bonus Room with 2nd fireplace. Master Suite with walk-in closet & whirlpool Bath. Finished Lower Level has Den/Exercise Room, Recreation Room, Bedroom & Full Bath. Updated vinyl siding, heat pump, roof, pool liner & pump, carpet, flooring, & more! 4-5 BR’s & 3.5 Baths. Nearly 3,000 SF!  Hilliard Schools. Only $227,900! Call DeLena Today!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Living large in smaller spaces: The shrinking, changing home

The American home may be shrinking, but not the Great American Dream. Americans are still living large, just doing so in smaller spaces.

To some trend-watchers, the down-scaling of the American home comes as good news. Architects, designers and social observers say our willingness to resize our floor space means Americans are rethinking the way we really live and how we use whatever space we do have. Home, they say, has become less about impressing others and more about making ourselves happy. And since we are mostly baby boomers - that tidal wave of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 - who have long been accustomed to getting what we want, happiness is often defined in terms of luxuries and personal amenities.

"Natural materials like American Hardwoods are redefining the word 'luxury,'" says Linda Jovanovich of the American Hardwood Information Center. "Hardwoods bring richness and warmth to even small rooms, whether it's used on the floors and walls, or crafted into built-ins. Custom hardwood furnishings like bookcases and cabinets make a home personal, yours alone, and isn't that the ultimate luxury?"

This new definition of luxury - top-quality, mostly natural materials, careful attention to architectural details like natural wood window frames and mouldings - is one that architect and author Sarah Susanka agrees with. And what Susanka thinks matters.

In 1998, her professional hunch launched what has become the "build-better-not-bigger" movement, when she published the first in her best-selling series of "The Not So Big House" books.

Her mantra is indeed, think smaller, and she also believes that "luxury comes from the materials we surround ourselves with. Beauty comes from natural materials. You can see where they come from - in the grain, the veining. The more natural the materials, like real hardwoods and granite, the more content you are. There's a quality you can't name, but you can feel it."

Gale Steves, author, editor and design industry consultant sums up a similar concept in her book about "Right-Sizing Your Home." According to Steves, "Right-sizing is about making the best use of the spaces you have for the way you live." She suggests these ways to best enjoy the shrinking and changing American home.

* "Create a room within a room," Steves advises. Her ideas begin at floor-level. Install hardwood flooring throughout to unify the spaces and make them look larger, then use area rugs to define separate areas. Lay hardwood on the diagonal to set off special architectural features. Create a "rug" under a dining table with an inset frame of contrasting hardwood. Or outline an entire room with two courses of contrasting hardwood.

* More ideas: Use a sectional sofa to delineate an intimate seating area within an open floor plan. And - of special interest to the many boomers who are eschewing retirement - find a standing wood-panel screen to create privacy or isolate a work space, say, in a bedroom office area.

* And don't forget to make it sustainable. Living green is a high priority for the anti-McMansion generation. As Susanka sees it, we should think of the 21st-century house as "a well-tailored suit: you use less material, but it fits you perfectly."

So while the size of the "average" U.S. home may be shrinking, remember that it's more about space that works and that satisfies the psyche in the process that defines the ultimate in luxury. Think custom kitchens with pro-quality appliances, posh home-spa baths, stone countertops and the beauty and warmth that only come with hardwood flooring, cabinetry and millwork.

For more information on American Hardwoods, visit

Caption 1: Featured in The Decorative Carpet by Alix G. Perrachon (The Monacelli Press), a small contemporary living room by designer Jiun Ho is warmed by its mellow hardwood floors and cooled by steel-gray on the walls and a Tibetan area rug.

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Is kitchen remodeling cost-effective?

So, you have made the decision to remodel your home. Kitchen remodeling is one of the first rooms that homeowners explore with regard to renovations. The kitchen is the main gathering place in the home for families and friends. It is the area where socialization happens frequently, so it makes perfect sense to choose to remodel this room in your home first. The project can be extremely fun and should be looked upon as such. There are so many small changes that can be made to completely transform this room that it is mind boggling. Let us talk a bit about whether this remodeling project is a sound financial decision.

First, you should look at the long-term picture. Are you remodeling the kitchen for your own preferences, or will you be selling the home at any point in the future? In either case, renovations to the kitchen can help save money in the future, however, andnbsp;if you are planning to stay in the home, your choices can help save on your monthly utility bills. You can opt for new energy efficient windows that can save you on your monthly electric payments. You can also install low flow faucets to save on water consumption. Buying appliances that are more energy efficient is a great investment and you will also experience personal satisfaction that your new kitchen is more operational and updated.

If you are planning on selling your home in the future, you can expect a very significant return on your investment. If you ask any realtor, they will tell you that one of the first things a potential buyer is interested in is the kitchen. If your kitchen is fresh and updated with contemporary finishes (counters, cabinets, flooring) it will make your home stand out against homes that have a more dated kitchen. You can expect to get a return of at least 40% of your remodeling investment when you go to list your home.andnbsp;

A home kitchen makeover is a very prudent choice, especially if you can only remodel one room. The kitchen is central to the home and you spend a lot of time there cooking, eating and socializing. The benefits of new and updated appliances, and other elements far outweigh the costs you may incur. You will be surprised at how far you can get on your proposed budget, and you'll be left with the feeling that it was money well spent.

by: Leonard Simmons;

Monday, February 25, 2013


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Two-Story, ceramic Foyer. Vaulted Family Room with skylights & fireplace. Island Kitchen with 42” oak cabinets. New stainless steel appliances ’13. Partially finished Basement with Recreation Room & Half Bath. Master Suite with walk-in closet & updated Master Bath `12. Updated main Bath with ceramic floors `12. Spindled catwalk overlooks Entry & Family Room. Fenced yard with flagstone Patio & more!   4 BR's, 2 full and 2 half Baths! Nearly 2,900 SF! Reynoldsburg schools! Only $189,999! Call DeLena today!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Columbus Events - March 2013

Vessels of Life
Dates: February 8 - March 1, 2013
Location: Gallery 831
Hours: Monday-Sunday 3-9 p.m.
Address: 831 S. Front St. Columbus, 43206
A solo exhibition featuring the work of ceramic artist Kevin Russell.

Arnold Party with the Pros
Dates: March 2, 2013
Location: Hollywood Casino
Hours: Saturday 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Admission: $25. (Must be 21 or over to attend).
Address: 200 Georgesville Rd. Columbus, 43228
The Arnold Party WIth The Pros will once again be the place to be as the worldand#39;s top professionals in bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, strongman and other sports celebrate deep into the night at the Official After-Party For The Arnold Classic. The canand#39;t-miss Arnold event will have a new home in 2013 as the Party With The Pros moves to the Hollywood Casino. Free transportation willl be provided from the Arnold Classic at Veterans Memorial and downtown hotels. The Party With The Pros will feature a includes a night of fun, food, drinks, dancing, music, star-gazing and world-class entertainment. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will also make a special appearance at the canand#39;t-miss event of the weekend.

Short North Arts District Gallery Hop
Dates: March 2, 2013
Location: Short North Arts District
Hours: Saturday 4-10 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address: North High Street from Goodale Blvd to Fifth Ave Columbus, 43201
The Short North is renowned for the buzz of Gallery Hop. The first Saturday of every month, thousands of visitors converge on the strip, the epicenter of the High Street Experience. They come to celebrate art and partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and cosmopolitan fun. Countless art experiences. District specials. Prize drawings. Ramped up entertainment. Unexpected surprises. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

Run Your Buns Off 5K
Dates: March 3, 2013
Location: Scioto Audubon Park
Hours: Sunday 9 a.m.-noon
Admission: $15-$30
Address: 301 W. Whittier St. Columbus, 43215
Walk throughout Scioto Audubon Park on this 5K run/walk, organized by the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue.

Arnold Sports Festival
Dates: February 28 - March 3, 2013
Location: Events held at mulitple locations
Hours: Thursday 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EXPO hours: Friday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $15 EXPO ticket or $10 in advance. An EXPO ticket provides admission to Fitness EXPO and most sport events.
The Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic will celebrate its 25th Anniversary when the fitness celebration is held Feb. 28-March 3 in Columbus. The Arnold Sports Festival, co-produced by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation, during which the city welcomes more than 175,000 sports and fitness fans. The event features 18,000 athletes competing in 45 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports. Debuting this year are the Scottish Highland Games, Arnold Survival Race, K-1, and XPC Powerlifting. The three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO at the Greater Columbus Convention Center features more than 700 exhibit booths offering the latest in fitness apparel, equipment, training tools and nutrition.

Events will be held at locations including: Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N. High St.), Veterans Memorial (300 W. Broad St.), The LC (405 Neil Ave.), Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.), Hilton Columbus Downtown (401 N. High St.), The Ohio State University French Field House (460 Woody Hayes Dr), Jerome Schottenstein Center (555 Borror Dr.) and Hyatt Regency Columbus (350 N. High St.)

Central Ohio Home and Garden Show
Dates: February 23 - March 3, 2013
Location: Ohio Expo Center
Hours: Tuesday-Friday noon-8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $12. Children 12 and under free.
Address: 717 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, 43211
Honored with the highly prestigious Show of the Year, awarded by the National Association of Consumer Shows, the Central Ohio Home and Garden Show is renowned for its breathtaking live gardens, HGTV talent appearances, cooking demonstrations and interactive home and garden features and more than 400 exhibitors and attractions.

2013 Arts Scholarship Juried Exhibition
Dates: January 19 - March 8, 2013
Location: OSU Urban Arts Space
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address: 50 W. Town St. Columbus, 43215
Focusing on the theme of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, the2013 Arts Scholars Juried Exhibition features work from high-achieving Ohio State University students from all years of study who share a joint interest in the arts, including music, visual arts, design, dance and theatre.

Blooms and Butterflies Opening Day
Dates: March 9, 2013
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Adults $11. Seniors and students $9. Children $6. Children under 2 free.
Address: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, 43203
Kids celebrate a Brazilian Carnival and create elaborate crowns or masks, get a butterfly tattoo or their face painted, free with admission. Kids celebrate a Brazilian Carnival and create elaborate crowns or masks, get a butterfly tattoo or their face painted.

Baby Bonanza and Kidand#39;s Expo
Dates: March 10, 2013
Location: Aladdin Shrine Center
Hours: Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5 Adults. $4 Grandparents.
Address: 3850 Stelzer Rd. Columbus, 43219
The Baby Bonanza and Kidand#39;s Expo is Central Ohioand#39;s premier maternity, baby and child expo! This one-day event has everything for Mom, Dad, baby, and child all under one roof! If you are an expecting parent, have children at home, or are a grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend, then you donand#39;t want to miss this expo! Expect to find the latest products for mommy, baby and child, valuable information on a variety of health and educational organizations, and entertainment for the whole family! Other features include educational seminars presented by area professionals, the very popular diaper derby baby races; a fun competition for non-walking babies, play areas for the kids, fashion show, a Mommy Relaxation Station and Dads - we havenand#39;t forgotten about you! Enter the Dadand#39;s Challenge, a crazy stroller and diaper changing obstacle course just for Dads and Dads-to-be and win fantastic prizes!

Columbus RV Supershow
Dates: March 8-10, 2013
Location: Ohio Expo Center
Hours: Friday 1-8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $7
Address: 717 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, 43211
The Columbus RV Show will once again be representing dealers from the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati areas. A vast area all under one roof will feature new 2013 models of recreational vehicles, information from campgrounds, parts, accessories and so much more.

International Gem and Jewelry Show
Dates: March 8-10, 2013
Location: Veterans Memorial
Hours: Friday noon-6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $8
Address: 300 W. Broad St Columbus, 43215
The International Gem and Jewelry Show at the Veterans Memorial provides an exciting opportunity to shop the largest selection of jewelry at the lowest prices available. From $5.00 to $500,000 - there is something for everyone! As a thank you for their service, The International Gem and Jewelry Show offers free admission to all active duty military and veterans with current military identification (offer includes immediate family). Thank you for your service to our country.

Flannaganand#39;s St. Patrickand#39;s Day 5K
Dates: March 16, 2013
Location: Flannaganand#39;s Dublin
Hours: Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Address: 6835 Caine Rd. Columbus, 43235
Join us on for the most fun you will ever have at a 5K. Your morning will consist of a 3.1 mile run (or walk) followed by the BIGGEST ALL DAY St. Patrickand#39;s Day party you will ever see. Irish heritage not required but wear green anyway! Thereand#39;s even a free pre-race breakfast beginning at 8 a.m.

St. Patrickand#39;s Day Celebration
Dates: March 16, 2013
Location: Throughout Dublin
Hours: Saturday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: Historic Dublin, Ohio (Intersection of Bridge and High Streets) Dublin, 43017
Come to Dublin, Ohio on the greenest weekend of the year! Bring the entire family to stay and play on Saturday, March 16 and enjoy our annual St. Patrickand#39;s Day Celebration. It includes a pancake breakfast and a miles-long community parade filled with bands, leprechauns, floats and all-things-Irish. Then, spend some time exploring the Historic District hopping for Irish imports, taking in some Celtic entertainment, sipping an Irish tea, tasting some scones or Irish potato chowder and having fun! Donand#39;t forget to wear your green!

St. Patrickand#39;s Day Parade
Dates: March 17, 2013
Location: Throughout downtown
Hours: Sunday parade steps off at 11:30 a.m.
Admission: Free
Address: Nationwide Blvd. and John H. McConnell Blvd. Columbus, 43215
Celebrate St. Patrickand#39;s Day in Columbus with this fun, annual parade. The parade will step off at 11:30 a.m. at Nationwide Blvd. and John H. McConnel Blvd. and proceed east on Nationwide Blvd. to High St., south on High St. to Broad St., west on Broad St. to Veterans Memorial for the Shamrock Cluband#39;s Annual Irish Family Reunion.

Columbus Antique and Modern Gun Show
Dates: March 15-17, 2013
Location: Ohio Expo Center
Hours: Friday 2-8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $6
Address: 717 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, 43211
Buy, sell and trade antique, modern and collectible firearms and accessories.

Columbus International Auto Show
Dates: March 14-17, 2013
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Hours: Thursday-Friday noon-9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: General admission $8. Children 12 and under free.
Address: 400 N. High St. Columbus, 43215
See whatand#39;s new in the auto industry and the hottest cars around.

Aladdin Shrine Circus
Dates: March 21-24, 2013
Location: Ohio Expo Center
Hours: Thursday-Friday 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Subject to change.)
Admission: $10-$25. Kids 12 and under half price. (Subject to change.)
Address: 717 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, 43211
We expect another great show so you can be proud to bring your family, friends, and neighbors to the Aladdin Shrine Circus.

NCAA Division 1 Womenand#39;s Basketball First and Second Rounds
Dates: March 23-25, 2013
Location: St. John Arena, The Ohio State University
Hours: Games will be played Saturday, March 23 and Monday, March 25
Address: 410 Woody Hayes Dr Columbus, 43210
614-292-2624 , 800-GO-BUCKS
Columbus will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Womenand#39;s Basketball for the third times in the last five years and four time (2004, 2009, 2011, 2013) in a decade.

African American Heritage Festival
Dates: March 23-29, 2013
Location: Throughout The Ohio State University Campus
Admission: Free for most events.
This event traditionally brings thousands of visitors to Columbus and is a time for people of all ages and walks to celebrate African-American history and culture.

Eggs, Paws and Claws
Dates: March 29-30, 2013
Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Hours: Friday 5-8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $14.99. Seniors $10.99. Children 2-9 $9.99. Children under 2 free.
Address: 4850 W. Powell Rd. Powell, 43065
614-645-3550 , 800-666-5397
Hop over to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and join us for our annual Eggs, Paws and Claws event. This springtime celebration returns bigger and better then ever. More of your favorite treats stations, kid friendly entertainment and seasonal themed animal enrichment activities. Be sure not to miss a visit from everyoneand#39;s beloved Bunny!

Womenand#39;s History Month at the Ohio Statehouse
Dates: March 1-31, 2013
Location: Ohio Statehouse
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address: Broad and High streets Columbus, 43215
The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate and honor important women in the history of Ohio during Womenand#39;s History Month. Special tours of the Ladiesand#39; Gallery and exhibit will focus on women who were important to Ohio history.

Ohio Art League Curated Exhibit
Dates: January 31 - April 14, 2013
Location: Ohio Arts Counciland#39;s Riffe Gallery
Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address: 77 S. High St. Columbus, 43215
The Ohio Art League Curated Exhibition contains works from 18 member artists of the Ohio Art League chosen by curator Dennis Harrington, director of the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati. The work in the Ohio Art League Curated Exhibition features seasoned and emerging artists, and explores a dialogue of visual connections created by assembling a group of eclectic and inspired works in one place.


~7311 Kilnstone Court~
Kitchen opens to Great Room with vaulted ceiling. Master Bedroom with attached Master Bath. Large deck with fenced backyard. New roof 2011 & new hot water tank 2012. Close to shopping and highways! Over 1,300 SF! 3 BRs & 2.5 Baths. Pickerington schools. Only $127,900! Call DeLena today!

Thursday, February 21, 2013


~2191 Parklawn Dr~

~1/4 acre fenced yard backing to the school. 1st floor Den/Living or Dining Room. Great Room with berber carpet & gas fireplace, walks-out to rear Deck. 1st floor Laundry, island Kitchen/Dinette with box wall. Master Suite has vaulted ceilings, his & her walk-in closets,  & private Bath with garden/soak tub. New fence 2012. White 6 panel doors, new garage door, opener, dishwasher & much more! Nearly 2,200 SF! 4 BR’s & 2.5 Baths! Olentangy Schools! Only $233,700! Call DeLena today!
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