Posts Tagged ‘Columbia Home & Lifestyle’

This 2000 S. Country Club Drive home is a 1924 version of a teardown, a situation in which a home is removed so the builder can construct something bigger and better in its spot.

Yes, this 100-year-old home, featured in Columbia Home & Lifestyle’s December 2010/January 2011 issue once stood across the street. Read about it and see the beautiful photographs taken by Deanna Dikeman here. (Reprinted with permission from CHL.)

Builder Berry McAlester moved this elegant, stone house it from its original site in 1924 so he could build a more elaborate home on its original site.

As it is often said, there’s nothing new under the sun, and so here’s a house from 1910 that represents a 1924 type of teardown.

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I remember when I had my first job with a newspaper in Gaffney, South Carolina and I’d be giving tours of the newsroom to grade school children. I would tell them the journalism of that tiny newsroom was the exact same kind of journalism taking place in what some consider the center of journalism — the New York Times.

How so? One of the purposes of journalism, whether it is at the New York Times or Columbia Home & Lifestyle,  is to uncover new and unusual happenings.

That’s the case in this article on the Smarr Home of Possibilities. Basically a model home, Randy Smarr is also using it as a venue for fund-raising for the Ronald McDonald House and for his subcontractors to hold classes on the wares they have installed in this house in the Cascades.

So what? Well, it is the first time anyone in Columbia, Missouri, has done something like this. And that’s new and unusual.

This is what I love about journalism — it can take place anywhere, in Gaffney, South Carolina, Columbia, Missouri or even in New York.

Learn more about the new and unusual features of the Smarr Home of Possibilities by reading this article, published in the June/July 2010 issue of Columbia Home & Lifestyle.

Home is Where the Heart Is – June/July 2010 Columbia Home & Lifestyle

By Dianna Borsi O’Brien

When the economic slump hit, Rusty Smarr of Smarr Custom Homes felt it. Yet, instead of complaining he looked for ways to bring the buzz back into new housing — and for a way to give back to the community.

His answer to both challenges is the Home of Possibilities, a 3,750-square-foot model home at 2304 Redmond Court in the Cascades. The house, outfitted with many of the newest, most buzzed about HGTV features, will also be used as a venue for Ronald McDonald House fundraisers.

Unveiled in May, the house features a long list of energy-saving features, from a tankless hot water heater installed by Air and Water Solutions to landscaping with native plants installed by Pleasant View Landscaping.

In addition to housing Ronald McDonald House fundraisers, Smarr is opening the home to vendors of the home’s featured products for classes on various Saturdays.

Click on the link below to see the entire article.

CHL Smarr Home of Possibilities

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This package of articles showcases this upcoming fundraiser – Kitchens in Bloom, noon – 4 p.m. May 2, 2010, which will benefit the Boone County Council on Aging. It also highlights exactly who the fundraiser will benefit.

The BCCA helps local seniors by helping them find resources so they can live in their homes independently with dignity and safety. That’s what the BCCA did to help Mary Sutton, of matriarch of the family who once operated the well-known and well loved Sutton’s Barbeque, where Bill Clinton stopped.

The fund-raising event will feature tours of the homes listed below. But if you go, don’t forget who you are really helping, not the Boone County Council on Aging, but local people who don’t need a hand out, but simply a helping hand.

Jackie Lenox | 708 W. Rollins Road
Margie Sable and George Smith | 228 E. Parkway Drive
Brian and Susan Smith | 813 Edgewood
Ann and John Havey | 112 Bingham Road



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I loved writing this article because I got to learn about a famous person who lived in my own city — John William “Blind” Boone. He died in 1927, but at one time he was one of the most famous people from Missouri, black or white. But until 1971 his grave didn’t even have a marker and at one point, his home on Fourth Street was poised for demolition.

Now, through the efforts of many people, his grave now has a marker and his home is set to become a museum.

Learn more about Blind Boone in this Columbia Home & Lifestyle publication.

Housing a Legacy – Blind Boone Home

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