October 8, 2020
The design of a home determines how it looks, how it feels and how well it functions for the people who live there. Architects and residential designers tap into their experience to create houses that are lovely to look at and a pleasure to live in. This year’s HOMEARAMA® in the city of Cincinnati challenged the design pros with something different than a suburban development. Instead, they were provided narrow lots in a setting with an urban edge and sweeping views.
Let’s meet this year’s architects and designers:
Mary Cassinelli, AIA, designed The Berkley for Sterling Homes. In business since 1992, Cassinelli’s firm is located in East Walnut Hills. Instead of sticking with one signature style, each of Cassinelli’s homes reflects its owners’ dreams and style, from traditional to modern. A winner of numerous HOMEARAMA awards, the firm was especially intrigued by the opportunity to work with the urban scale of this year’s home.
Special touches in The Berkley include a 200-bottle wine room on the lower level and 1,400 square feet of outdoor space for the owners (and HOMEARAMA visitors) to enjoy.
To see more of the firm’s designs, go to its page on Houzz or call (513) 321-5556.
Studer Residential Designs was launched in 1971 and since then, the Cold Spring, Kentucky, firm has participated in and won many awards in more than 30 HOMEARAMA shows. This year, the firm’s designers Mike Frimming, Mike Studer and Paul Studer, worked with Frazier Homes to create The Riverview.
The firm specializes in all aspects of residential design. The designers were very excited to develop a contemporary style home around geometric forms and varied exterior surfaces. The exterior style, with its clean simple lines, fits the unique vertical orientation of row-house style. Inside, you’ll find open spaces filled with natural light and multiple areas that capture the view.
Find out more about Studer Residential Designs online or by calling (859) 441-9460.
Based in Newport, Kentucky, Perry Bush Residential Designs was launched in 2013. Designer Perry Bush feels right at home at Walworth Junction: Much of the firm’s work involves clients looking for city hillside homes with a modern design.
A multi-award winner at previous HOMEARAMA shows, the firm worked with Redknot Homes this year to design The Conductor. The design of the four-level home features open stairways with expansive views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati from each floor. Don’t miss the master suite’s fireplace and its open shower with a view of the river and city through a 4-by-6-foot window.
See more of the firm’s work online or call (513) 535-0057 for more information.
Established in 1988 and based in Montgomery, Mark Dierkers Architecture has won numerous HOMEARAMA awards over the past three decades. This year, Mark Dierkers worked with Wieland Builders to create The Millard Fillmore, a home that’s reminiscent of the late 1800s in New York City. From the arched front door and tall windows to stone exterior accents and a mansard roof, the home blends classic style with a contemporary feel.
As you tour this home, look for a special nook off the open concept kitchen and great room, and the decks and terraces that capture the view.
To learn more about this local architecture firm, call (513) 791-4474.
New to HOMEARAMA, Wentz Design is a young and energetic firm that has been serving Cincinnati from its Montgomery location since 2004. Designers Mike Wentz and Emily Ecklar worked collaboratively to create The Bella Vista for Sterling Homes.
The firm prides itself on not having a signature style: The team follows clients’ wishes to design homes in a range of styles from modern to industrial warehouse to traditional. When you tour The Bella Vista, look for doors that open the whole first floor to the outdoors and the striking stairs that lead to a master suite with “wow factor.”
The firm’s website offers more information. The phone number is (513) 745-0420.
A HOMEARAMA veteran, Kenneth R. Bowerman, Architect, Inc. has designed show homes since the mid 80s and has won every award multiple times, including People’s Choice last year. For this year’s show, the firm paired with Redknot Homes to design The Royal Blue for its future owners.
The Kenwood-based firm was launched in 1983. Darren Myers, an architect with the firm, was very excited to reinterpret a “painted lady” Victorian style for Walworth Junction. The style is a new take on older homes found throughout the nearby Columbia Tusculum neighborhood. One of the home’s many standout details is a studio apartment/in-law suite on the third floor.
You’ll find photos of the company’s work online, or you can call (513) 791-6778 for more information.
Denis L. Back & Associates
Founded in 1980 and based in Mount Adams, Denis L. Back & Associates bring their design expertise to The Silverthorne, built by JNB Custom Homes. Back strives to always be attentive to clients’ wishes and is eager to create good working relationships.
The Silverthorne has several unique features: Look for the stark white contemporary exterior that mixes vertical and horizontal elements. Inside, the floor plan on the main level is completely open
To learn more about Denis L. Back & Associates, call (513) 861-2776.
Get Your Tickets Now
Come see all of this year’s home designs: Purchase your tickets now online or at the gate during the show, Oct. 10-25 in Walworth Junction.