PAINESVILLE – This year’s Lake County YMCA Dream House designers, most of whom have participated for years, met with YMCA representatives to present their plans March 27.
Dick Fraser, YMCA Dream House Committee chair and Kirk Stonebrook, YMCA project coordinator, were both present.
Fraser and Stonebrook expressed their gratitude for all the effort the volunteer designers put forth, and the support of local vendors, on the project each year.
The 2017 Dream House is located at 5295 SOM Center Rd. in Willoughby. The builder is Knez Homes of Concord Township.
Kirkwood said the project is proceeding on schedule and should be completed by June 1 at the latest.
The two-story Colonial sits on a half-acre lot and offers 3,565 square feet of space, not including nearly 1,500 square feet in the finished lower level.
The open floor plan includes four bedrooms, a great room, office or studio, a second floor laundry, morning room, entertainment are, yoga and workout room, and pet retreat as well as a three-car garage and landscaping.
Tracy Baker of Design Details in Mentor described the great room as having beautiful arches and pillars which lend it an air of elegance with a fireplace as the focal point. She will be incorporating some seafoam green along with the other neutrals she has chosen for the room.
“We didn’t want to make it a formal dining room,” said Halle Chiappone of Charley’s Loft Drapery and Design.
She plans to incorporate some “dressier things,” while making it a comfortable space.
Karen Krauss of Karen Krauss Designs said the open floor plan presented some challenges when deciding on placement of furniture in the pub room.
It will have a wet bar with the same cabinets as in the kitchen and 360 leather pub chairs. A wine cabinet has been donated by Décor Cache.
Kate Weaver of Faux What? presented her plans for the powder room which include a copper sink, with some copper in the wall treatment as well.
The loft she is doing will have a unique wall treatment and ceiling treatments.
Weaver will also be painting some pieces donated by Painesville Furniture for the studio and loft.
Carolyn Rigo of Karen Hayes Interiors showed her plans for a young boy’s room with an outdoor theme which includes pillows which look like boulders and a “tent” over the single bed.
Other designers contributing their talents this year include: Greg Mononen of Gregory Todd Interiors who is doing the entertainment area in the lower level; Debra Metcalf of Metcalf Designs in Concord Township; Karen Koeth of KSA Designs, LLC, Carol Demore of Charley’s Loft; and Jaclyn Rigo who will paint the yoga room.
YMCA CEO Dick Bennet addressed the group, thanking everyone for donating their time and expertise, prior to the presentations to speak about the role the YMCA plays in the community.
He said many families come to the Y seeking the opportunity to do family activities.
While the Y may not be able to do anything to directly affect the opiate crisis, they hope to be able to help youngsters learn to make good choices about what they do.
He noted they served 50,000 people at the various Y facilities which gave the Y the opportunity to make a positive impact on them.
“We can’t do that kind of work without you, without volunteers who give of their time, their talent, their resources to make this community a better place through the work of the YMCA,” Bennett said.
YMCA Dream House tours will be Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 1 thru Aug. 6 with the semi-final drawing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 and the final drawing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.
Tickets are $15 each or $13 each for three or more and will be available after April 15 at all Lake County YMCA branches, at the Dream House during tour hours, by phone at (440) 354-5656, or online at lakecountyymca.org.