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MAR-APR 2017

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Joe and Mark Gradison of Gradison Building Corp. oversaw the renovations. Early in the demolition process, the builders uncovered the original designs of the house hidden inside a wall, as well as meticulous details about everything the original homeowners selected and purchased down to an inventory of nails and screws. "We found a treasure trove of information," Janet said. "From that moment on, we knew we wanted to keep the heart and soul of the home intact, so we began a restoration as well as a remodel." With that goal in mind, all the original molding and floors in the kitchen have been preserved, with new crown molding made to match. Janet's grandfather was a sheet metal fabricator in Fort Wayne who happened to be arrested during Prohibition for manufacturing illicit stills; she insisted on creating a kitchen hood from sheet metal in his memory. Masterminded by Kristin Okeley of Kitchens By Design, the piece is one of several bold and unique distinguishing features. Okeley also designed the bathrooms, in addition to a massive kitchen island countertop cast from concrete by Todd Ketchum of Victory Surfaces. e effect crackles slightly over time to acquire a subtle patina as it ages. In Mordoh's opinion, the master bathroom is the real jewel of the home. "From the honed Staturetto marble and Moroccan floor tile to the Venetian glass mirrors, it is an example of how stunning a room can be when you mix textures and styles," she said. Frank also got involved in the process, putting his professional experience selling hydraulic hose and fittings at J&F Distributing Company to creative use by building an unusual bathroom vanity out of pipes in his son Connor's upstairs suite, a pet project inspired by a photo Janet saw on Pinterest. 72 slmag.net

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