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Making Memories

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-18-35-pmBY ALLISON JONES | PHOTOS BY TONY BENNETT

Floyds Knobs couple thrilled with stunning renovation

Living in their Floyds Knobs home since 2001, Jenny and Sean Stumler have raised two children and spend countless hours building memories with nearby family members. But, with any home that has been lived in for a while, refreshing the décor is always a welcome detour. So, with the help of Karista Hannah – owner/interior designer of Set the Stage – the Stumlers brightened up the space to reflect their collective spirit: relaxed and vibrant.

“I had met Karista during a Homearama in 2015 and immediately felt a connection,” Jenny shared. “We have worked on three different projects since that time and she has never let me down. The renovation itself took about five months. We had to move out, but fortunately, we had a family member who was moving and still had their previous home for us to use.”

The style of the home was darker and constricted, so they opted to eliminate walls in order to improve the flow. Newly added architectural elements, stylish furniture, accessories, and lighting were all the elements needed to breathe new life into this family home.

Reclaimed beams add a rustic touch to the space and architectural details, like the trim, accentuate the room. White cabinets are complemented by the island painted in a dark hue. Pendant lights hover over the expansive island that includes stylish bar chairs. The breakfast nook includes table and chairs overlooking the outdoor entertaining area that features a pool.

“What I love about working with Karista is that she is very conscience of costs and is eager to repurpose furniture,” Jenny said.

A large console – a focal point in the great room – was painted and given a new look. It plays host to family collectibles and a flat screen television. Checkered upholstery cloaks the plush club chairs and pairs well with the sofa and leather chair for comfortable seating. Pedestal accent tables host stylish lamps, and a metal chandelier adds drama to the room.

“The ceiling was already in place, but we decided to give it a more rustic appearance and then added the chandelier,” Jenny reflected as we chatted about the master bedroom. The vibe is relaxed and tranquil while the décor is simple and understated. Crisp linens dress the bed accentuated with a tufted headboard. Patterned drapes frame the windows that provide a view of the lush landscape surrounding their home. Inviting wingback chairs flank an accent table. Collectibles are displayed on the ornate dresser while an elegant mirror is propped against the wall.

“Now that our children our grown, we had talked about downsizing,” said Jenny, “but this is home, and we want them to be able to come back and visit the place where our memories have been made.”

Karista’s Paint Picks for the Stumler Home


Home Expo Represents “Dream Time” For Home Builders and Buyers in Southern Indiana

The good news is: The dream is back. After four years, Home Expo is back in Southern Indiana this summer.

The bad news? There really isn’t any.

That’s the estimation of Charlie Smith, CEO of the Building and Development Association of Southern Indiana (BDASI).

“The recession was a tough time for the housing industry,” Smith said. “People stopped buying. Builders stopped building. Lenders stopped lending. It was a standstill.”

In 2013, after years of putting on the annual Home Expo – a building and housing showcase of what builders could do and what was available on the market – BDASI put the event on hiatus. But, said Smith, the time is exactly right to start exhibiting homes again.

And not just homes, he said, “but what we feel are the best of the best. The crown jewels of the building industry. It’s time to dream again.”


The site of this year’s expo, which begins June 17, will be Champions Pointe, a luxury resort-style community in Memphis, Ind. The expo will feature a selection of new homes in various styles. The homes are all fully furnished and decorated. No two houses are alike. However, said Smith, they represent the very best of what today’s builders are capable of, at price points starting at $550,000.

“This,” he said, “represents what the building industry can do – and what we do best.”

Besides, he said, Champions Pointe is a glorious setting to serve as a showcase.

Representatives of these companies will be on hand to discuss how they are able to work for interested buyers. It may be buying a particular house. It may be building the same home on another plot in Champions Pointe or a similar home somewhere else.

Various suppliers – of materials, furnishings, kitchens, countertops and the like – will be on hand, as well, to explain their work on display in the show homes and all the various things they have to offer. Everything from a fully furnished kitchen to a paint color that an attendee might like.

Smith said the homes on display represent a brand-new section of Champions Pointe, a premier development situated on the beautiful backdrop of one of the resort-style golf courses designed and built by Southern Indiana’s own Fuzzy Zoeller, Masters and U.S. Open champion who won 10 PGA tour events and was the USGA golfer of the year in 1985.

The development also features amenities that include a swimming pool, best-in-class clubhouse and the area’s only private splash park. Tennis courts are coming, too.

bdsi4The presenting sponsor of the event is River City Bank, which will have representatives on site to discuss today’s lending and mortgage opportunities.

Platinum sponsors include Signature Countertops and Coronado Stone.

For a full list of the sponsors involved, please visit BDASIHomeExpo.com.

“There are a lot of other home events out there, and a lot of fluff,” said Smith. “Our event has substance. That’s why we’ve waited since 2013. That’s why we feel now is the time.”

Champions Pointe is located at 1820 Champions Club Lane in Henryville, three miles west of I-65, off Exit 16 – 15 minutes from downtown Louisville.

The eight-day event begins June 17, and runs through June 25. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. Admission is $10 per person.

More information is available on the association’s website, bdasihomeexpo.com.

“This is the Home Expo the way it’s intended to be,” Smith said. “The types of houses people dream about.”


The Building & Development Association of Southern Indiana is a local non-profit membership association dedicated to serving the housing industry by advancing professional growth and providing quality, affordable housing for the community. While a large portion of its membership is builders, about two-thirds of its membership is in closely related fields such as mortgage financing, building products and design. Associate memberships are available to providers of products or services to home builders. They might sell lumber, windows or appliances, or offer services such as land development or financing expertise.

There’s also a Builder Level Membership for any person whose business is the construction, remodeling or renovation of housing. In addition to Home Expo, BDASI also puts on the Parade of Homes, this year scheduled for the fall.


WHEN: June 17-25

WHERE: Champions Pointe, 1820 Champions Club Lane in Henryville

COST: $10 per person

MORE INFO: bdasihomeexpo.com


In the Habit

Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana seeks service and land

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler

Habitat for Humanity International is a global non-profit organization founded in 1976. Though its spotlighted projects include the construction of affordable housing in conjunction with potential homeowners and dozens of volunteers, it also provides educational programming designed to help those homeowners afford, care for and stay in their homes.

Jerry Leonard, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana, says the organization has been serving this area for more than 25 years. He joined as executive director about a year and a half ago. “I wanted to be a part of the organization just because of what the impact has been and the services we provide,” Leonard says. “It’s not just building homes. It’s more than that. It’s building the hope (and) building self-reliance. Building is just the activity that we do there.”

Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana has constructed nearly 50 homes for local homeowners.

Once a homeowner is accepted and completes orientation, Leonard says the goal is to have the person in a house ¬ – or starting a home – within 12 months. An existing home may be rehabbed or built from the ground up.

“We start figuring out how they’re going to put in their sweat equity,” Leonard says. “They’re going to have to put in 450 hours of sweat equity.”

Also, education classes are completed, including obtaining financing and budgeting.

“We’re teaching them financial stability along with housing stability,” Leonard explains.

ex2Habitat for Humanity applicants typically follow the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. “Most of homeowners are going to fall somewhere between the 30 percent and 60 percent of the average median income for our area,” Leonard says. “It fluctuates by family size of what that could be, but it usually falls somewhere between as low as $14,000 for one and the maximum is around $28,000 per year based on HUD.”

Critical to Habitat for Humanity are the hundreds of volunteers who have offered time, money and expertise throughout the years. Leonard says many of the volunteers come from local organizations, networking or simply individuals with extra time and skills to give. Leonard says a minimum of three to four people are needed in order to build.

“We’re available to build Tuesday through Saturday, but Saturdays are the most popular,” he says. “We have a lot of church groups as well. We have people who have volunteered as part of a group and have had wonderful experiences and come back with their families.”

If they can’t find, say, an electrician to volunteer his time and licensing, that cost has to be paid to the contractor. “So far we’ve been blessed,” Leonard says. “If we need help, our vendors help up out.”

Gail Bryant’s house was the fourth home completed. She started construction in the early 1990s and recently made her last payment of a 20-year loan. Bryant learned about Habitat for Humanity from a co-worker who was working toward her own Habitat home in Louisville.

“I got in there and got all gung-ho,” Bryant laughs. “You could have called me ‘Tool Man Taylor’ back then. … It was a great learning experience. It was kind of exciting because I sat there and I could see where my electrical was going in. I see this. I see that. Back then, the mind wasn’t a terrible thing to waste. I remembered a lot of things. But the time I got finished, I thought ‘Well, I could build my own house!’ I learned things I didn’t think I’d ever know.”


Leonard says teaching self-sufficiency to homeowners like Bryant is a fundamental part of the Habitat building process. “You don’t necessary expect them to pay out money,” he says. “Sometimes you can fix things on your own. We’re trying to teach you how to be a good homeowner.”

Over the years, Bryant has contacted Habitat foremen and asked for tips on how to fix things on her own. “That’s another money saver,” she says. “Everybody was always great. If they didn’t know the answer, they’d find it for me.”

Adds Leonard: “As we say, once you’re in the Habitat family, you’re always family no matter what.” Habitat for Humanity Clark and Floyd Indiana is in need of volunteers, but also funding and property in Floyd and Clark counties.

“Donations are a huge piece of it,” Leonard says. We have no federal, local or state funding. Everything we get is through the community itself.”

To volunteer, call 812.948.1235 or visit newalbanyhfh.org. (The organization will soon move to a newly redesigned Web site at habitatcfi.org.)