Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fountain At The Point Ready In June

The fountain in Downtown's Point State Park, which has been shut off for repairs since April 2009, will resume operation in a ceremony set for June 7.  The dedication ceremony, titled "Riverlights At The Point", will be free and open to the public and will take place on the first night of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

When it returns to operation, the fountain will have a disappearing edge water feature inside the basin, a restored outer basin ring, new pumping equipment and new LED lighting.  The fountain, which sprays water up to 150 feet in the air, draws its water from an aquifer known as the Wisconsin Glacial Flow, which passes beneath the park and beneath the rivers.  This aquifer is sometimes referred to as our "fourth river".

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Point State Park

Monday, December 17, 2012

Check Out The New Stores In Bloomfield

D J Smulick talks to a customer in his specialty meats store.

Slow but steady, Bloomfield is coming into "hipness" of its own.

Take DJ Specialty Sausage & Meats at 4623 Liberty Ave for example.  D J Smulick, who lives in Bloomfield, was a chef at Cafe Sam, The Duquesne Club and Steelhead Grill before deciding to open up his own specialty butcher shop last summer.  He buys local as much as possible and showcases his own sausages in the shop.  Other than the fact that he does live in the neighborhood, Smulick choose to open in Bloomfield because he says its a place where people say 'hi' when they walk down the street.

Rachelle Timarac had a similarly off-beat reason for opening her antique jewelry store in Bloomfield just five weeks ago.  "There was just an electricity in the air and I got a really good vibe," she said about her experience each time she went to Liberty Ave to shop or grab a bit to eat.  Her shop, GoldNGals, has been a long-time dream of hers.

Timarac and Smulick's shops are just two of the fourteen new businesses that have opened in Bloomfield since 2011.

Councilman Bill Peduto explains Bloomfield's own particular brand of charm and hipness this way ... "Its where blue-haired old-timers meet the kids with blue mohawks.  Where if it snows, he will clear her walk and if she's making pasta, there's an extra plate for him."

I think Bill probably nailed it.

Metro Pittsburgh Real Estate

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Latrobe's Claim To Fame .... Banana Split

Latrobe is seeking historical validation from the state for its claim as the birthplace of the banana split.  The city recently applied to the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program for approval of a plaque to recognize David E Strickler of Latrobe as inventing the banana split in 1904 and selling it in a downtown Latrobe drugstore, Tassell Pharmacy.  Strickler lived from 1881 to 1971 and also created a special dish to display his banana split.   He was a 23-yr-old apprentice at the pharmacy at the time of his "invention".

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

O'Hara Business Distributing Earth-Friendly Sealant

Pittsburgh Real Estate
Jim Campbell of O'Hara design and construction firm, JWCampbell

Wow.  Could pot holes be a thing of the past? Jim Campbell thinks so.  Jim's Atlantic Technologies Group has partnered with manufacturer Castraga Products to distribute a sustainable sealant called called Ecodur 201.

Made primarily of gypsum and natural castor plant oils, the coating provides a self-polymerizing system that lasts longer and costs less than urethane products.  Gypsum is one of the most plentiful products on earth and is 100% renewable.  Jim says the stuff is so safe you could even eat it!

Invented in the 1990's, Ecodur 201 was first used on Canadian ferry boat decks because it could withstand below-freezing temperatures. It is able to expand and contract rather than break and can be applied in temperatures as low a zero degrees.  At that time the product could only be applied manually which made it cost-prohibitive for many business uses.  But recent spray technology advancements have now made it cost-effective.

The list of possible uses is long.  Just to mention a few .....
-  Rubber roof coating will extend the life 10 years.
-  Interior liner for oil tanks.  Lasts longer and adheres better than epoxy.
-  Transportation
-  Drilling and fracking
-  Flooring
-  Roofing
-  Insulation
- Aeronautics
-  Commercial construction
-  Repair concrete parking decks, bridges, roads and POTHOLES!  The product sets so quickly, roads would not have to be closed for long periods while repairs were made.  It is sprayed and it sets and that is that.

Unbelievable but true.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Penguin's Pond
"Penguin's Pond" at Station Square
From now through Jan 13th, Highmark Stadium at Station Square will become an ice skating rink open to the general public.  The stadium is the future home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team and Pittsburgh Passion women's football team.  The rink is constructed atop a protected turf surface and skaters will be able to watch the stadium construction throughout the winter. 

Rink hours for open general public skating will be from 11am - 5pm Monday through Thursday, 3pm - 11pm Friday and Saturday, and 3pm - 7pm Sunday.  The rink will be open 3pm - 8pm on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.  Rates to skate are $7 for adults, $5 for youth, and $3 skate rentals.

Highmark Stadium
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Pittsburgh Passion
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Station Square

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Transformation of Willis McCook Mansions Complete

Pittsburgh Real Estate
Willis McCook Mansion on Fifth Avenue in Shadyside.
Tuesday's public reception marked the completion of an 8-year restoration which transformed Shadyside's Willis McCook Mansion from a fire damaged property in 2004 to the first-class historic hotel that it is today.  Mansions on Fifth, as it is now called, offers 22 spacious suites in a venue complete with world-class art, stained glass windows, an historic chapel, century old wine cellar and a comfortable library.

An industrialist and one of the nation’s first corporate lawyers, Willis Fisher McCook was Henry Clay Frick’s attorney, representing him in Frick’s celebrated fight with Andrew Carnegie. McCook built his Fifth Ave manor in 1906 for he, his wife and 9 of his 10 children.  His oldest 10th child, daughter Bessie, was engaged at the time and so McCook simultaneously built an adjacent mansion next door, the McCook-Reed Mansion, as a wedding gift to the couple. Together, the Willis McCook Mansion (20,000 sq ft) and the McCook-Reed Mansion (9,000 sq ft), comprise what is now the Mansions on Fifth, a luxury hotel.

Both properties have been meticulously and painstakingly restored keeping their historic character and architectural details intact.  Even so, new mechanicals, wiring, plumbing, sprinklers, heating, cable and wi-fi were integrated seamlessly into both manors. 

Brunch is served on the 1st Sunday of each month ($38 per person).  There is a Tuesday concert series in the Grand Hall of the main mansion from 6:30 to 9:30.  The evening includes light fare, dessert and valet parking for $30 per person.  Also on Tuesdays, a musical duo entertains in the Oak Room, a large bar off the Grand Hall.  There is no cover charge for that entertainment.

Mansions on Fifth
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Restoration Video

Friday, December 7, 2012

Mexican War Streets Historic District Expanded

Pittsburgh's Historic Review Commission approved the expansion of the Mexican War Streets' historic boundaries to match those set by the National Park Service in 2008.  The change would more than double the 9-square-block area designated by the city in 1972.

Representatives of the Mexican War Streets Society and the Central Northside Neighborhood Council support the expansion for its potential to drive investment but also for the layer of protection it provides against building demolition.  Individual structures in Historic Districts cannot be demolished without the approval of the Historic Review Commission.

Those who oppose the new boundaries voiced concern for strapped homeowners who would be included in the newly expanded area.  Commission rules as to what can be done to a house and how it must be done might pose a hardship to lower-income homeowners.

The matter will ultimately be decided by City Council.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Growing Our Urban Forest

Pittsburgh Real Estate

City neighborhoods with the least tree canopy will be inventoried this winter and next spring to implement Tree Pittsburgh's master plan for our urban forest.  One of the plan's top priorities is to reach out to those communities who are lacking in greenery.  The city's Shade Tree Commission recently granted Tree Pittsburgh $10,000 to begin a multi-phase project starting with 2,000 trees in the tree-poor neighborhoods.

Part of the Shade Tree Commissions' mandate is an accurate tree inventory.  In 2005, Davey Resource Group of Ohio did an inventory of the city's street trees and found we had 30,538 shade trees on the streets at that time.  The lowest number of trees are in Chateau, the North Shore and Downtown, all of which have less than 10% shaded area.  The Strip District, Uptown and Southside Flats are tied with 12%.  Deutschtown/East Allegheny has 14%, Lower Lawrenceville has 15%, Manchester 17% and South Homewood 18%.

The Shade Tree Commission has said they believe they will be able to get to the 10 lowest canopy neighborhoods with the first grant.

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Pittsburgh Neighborhood Map
Shade Tree Commission
Tree Pittsburgh

Monday, November 26, 2012

Moon Twp Giant Eagle Gets Liquor License

Pittsburgh Real Estate
Moon Township Giant Eagle

Moon Township Supervisors approved a liquor license transfer that will allow Giant Eagle Supermarket along University Blvd in the Moon Plaza to sell alcoholic beverages.  The license came from EJ's Lounge in Bethel Park which has closed and will allow Giant Eagle to sell a maximum of sixteen 12-oz beers per person.

The license will go a hand-in-hand with current store renovations that will include expanded prepared foods, deli and bakery sections, and a cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating for up to 105 people. 

The store will begin selling alcohol once the renovations are complete.  That completion date has not been announced yet.

Giant Eagle
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Moon Township

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pittsburgh Real Estate
OTB Bicycle Cafe at 2518 E Carson on the South Side.

The owners of OTB Bicycle Café on the South Side plan to expand to North Park.  Allegheny County Council unanimously approved their plans to spend $280,000 renovating the historic stone North Park Boathouse which was built in 1939 during the Depression.  OTB hopes to have the new bicycle-themed restaurant and bar open by St Patrick’s Day.

The restaurant will be casual dining and will cater to families, bicyclists and park users.  Kayak Pittsburgh, a project of the nonprofit group Venture Outdoors, will continue to rent boats at the boathouse for people to use on the lake.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Free Saturday Parking During Holidays

Metro Pittsburgh Real Estate

Pittsburgh will offer free Saturday parking at city Parking Authority garages Downtown, Oakland and Shadyside during the holiday season. Visitors will be able to park for in any of the Authority's garages in those neighborhoods starting today and continuing each Saturday through December 22nd.

City Councilman Bill Peduto will introduce legislation on Monday that would provide free on-street parking on Nov 24th in honor of "Small Business Saturday" which is the day shoppers are urged to support their neighborhood retailers.

Councilman Bill Peduto

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Pittsburgh Parking Authority

Thursday, November 8, 2012

New Whole Foods Planned in South Hills

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market signed a lease for a location in Pittsburgh's South Hills.  This third area location could open in or before fall 2015 at the corner of Washington Road and Fort Couch Road, not far from the South Hills Village Mall.  The store will be part of a development by KGA Partners, on a site formerly occupied by Consol Energy. A two-story office building there is now being demolished.
Whole Foods is slated to cover 40,000 square feet and have more than 200 parking spots.  The Siena @ St. Clair development will have an additional 100,000 square feet of retail, including restaurants and stores. Other tenants for the development are currently being lined up.

The store will join a corridor that has a Trader Joe's, a Giant Eagle Market District, and the region's first Fresh Market which is still in the works.  Whole Foods entered the region in 2002 with its first store in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood and not long ago opened a second location in Wexford.

Bethel Park
East Liberty
Mt Lebanon
South Hills Village Mall
Upper St Clair
Whole Foods

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gardens At Market Square

Artist's rendering of new Downtown project

 Millcraft Industries hopes to break ground on the $82 million Gardens at Market Square by Feb. 1. The development, straddling Fourth and Forbes avenues outside Market Square, will include 120,000 square feet of office space, 23,000 square feet of retail, a 176-room hotel and a 300-space parking garage.

Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to a financing plan for the new Downtown development but urged the developer to continue working to address neighbors' concerns with the project. Council approved an $8.1 million tax-increment financing plan despite objections from occupants of the nearby Benedum Trees and Investment buildings.

Occupants of Benedum Trees, noting their building will be only 5 feet from Millcraft's hotel, said they anticipated a greater separation and argued that adjustments to the developer's hotel configuration could provide additional breathing space.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority urged council to approve the financing plan. A handful of authority-owned buildings on Forbes -- stretching from the former George Aiken site to the former Fotohut -- will be demolished to make way for Millcraft's development.

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Millcraft Industries Projects

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Squirrel Hill Tunnel Closed This Weekend

PennDOT will again close the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel for construction this weekend.  The tunnel will be closed from 9 pm Friday to 5 am Monday and all inbound traffic will be required to form a single lane and exit at Edgewood-Swissvale.  Long delays are expected along the detour route so PennDOT recommends that drivers consider using the Pennsylvania Turnpike as an alternate route.

The $49.5 million rehabilitation project includes removal of the inbound tunnel ceiling, which will increase clearance by two feet.  This will reduce the number of times over-height trucks must be stopped and turned around.  PennDOT expects the inbound ceiling removal will be completed this weekend. Outbound traffic will not be restricted but there may be brief stoppages for equipment movement.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Postponed

Many communities have changed trick-or-treat days and times from Wednesday because of Hurricane Sandy.  Here are the latest dates and times posted:

Changed to Saturday, Nov. 3:
Aleppo -- 6 to 8 p.m.Baldwin Borough -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Ben Avon -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Bell Acres Borough -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Bellevue -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Bethel Park -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Braddock -- 6 to 7:30 p.m. An indoor Halloween gathering will go on as scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Nyia Page Community Center on Library Street. Mayor John Fetterman said gift bags filled with candy will be given away.
Braddock Hills -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Bradford Woods -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Butler (City) -- 6 to 7 p.m.
Castle Shannon -- 3 to 5 p.m.
Coraopolis -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Churchill -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Collier -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Crafton -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Cranberry -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Dormont -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Duquesne -- 5:30 to 7 p.m.
East McKeesport -- 6 to 8 p.m.
East Pittsburgh -- 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Economy -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Edgewood -- 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Edgeworth -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Elizabeth Township -- 6 to 8 p.m. The parade has also been rescheduled to 5 to 6 p.m.
Ellport -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Ellwood City -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Emsworth -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Ford City -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Forest Hills -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Franklin, Beaver County -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Franklin Park -- 2 to 4 p.m.
Glen Osborne -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Glenfield -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Green Tree -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Harmony -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Haysville -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Heidelberg -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Hempfield -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Homestead -- 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Indiana Township-- 6 to 8 p.m.
Irwin -- 4 to 6 p.m.
Jefferson Hills -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Leet -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Leetsdale -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Marshall -- 6 to 8 p.m.
McCandless -- 6 to 8 p.m.
McKeesport -- 5 to 7 p.m.
Middlesex, Butler County -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Millvalle -- 5 to 7 p.m. Parade starts at 7 p.m. at Hardee's with treats at the community center.
Monroeville -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Moon -- 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Mt. Lebanon -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Munhall -- 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Murrysville -- 6 to 8 p.m.
North Braddock -- 6 to 7:30 p.m.
North Fayette: 6 to 8 p.m.
North Huntingdon: 4 to 6 p.m.
North Versailles -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Oakdale -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Oakmont -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Ohio Township -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Penn Hills -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Penn Township, Westmoreland County -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Peters Township-- 6 to 8 p.m.
Pine Richland -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Pittsburgh -- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Pitcairn -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Plum -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Richland -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Robinson, Allegheny County -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Roslyn Farms -- 5 to 7 p.m.
Ross -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Scott-- 6 to 8 p.m.
Sewickley -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Sewickley Heights -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Sewickley Hills -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Shaler -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Sharpsburg -- 6 to 8 p.m.
South Fayette -- 5 to 7 p.m.
South Park -- 3 to 5 p.m.
Swissvale -- 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Turtle Creek -- 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Trafford -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Verona -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Versailles -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Wayne, Lawrence County -- 6 to 8 p.m.
West Deer -- 6 to 8 p.m.
West Homestead -- 6:30 to 8 p.m.
West Mifflin -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
White Oak -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Wilmerding -- 5 to 7 p.m.
Zelienople -- 6 to 8 p.m.
Changed to Monday, Nov. 5:
Economy -- 6 to 8 p.m.

Metro Pittsburgh Real Estate

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Apartment Boom Downtown

The Pennsylvanian - Downtown Pittsburgh
There are 101 new units planned at the former Saks site on Smithfield Street, 241 at the old Alcoa Building on Sixth Avenue, 100 at the John P. Robin Civic Building on Ross Street, and many more it seems. In all, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership estimates about 200 apartment units are under construction and another 750 are in the conceptual or planning stages in the Golden Triangle. That's on top of 2,262 existing units in Downtown, the lower Hill District, the Strip District and the North Shore -- or 412 more than four years ago.

PMC Property Group, the Philadelphia developer that two years ago did not own a single apartment Downtown, now hopes to have 1,000 in the next three to five years. It already has completed 158 units at 201 Stanwix St., the former Verizon Building, with another 33 at the Penn Garrison apartment complex on Penn Avenue.  Local developers Millcraft Industries and McKnight Realty Partners earlier this month proposed 101 apartment units at the site of the closed Saks department store as part of a parking garage and retail development.

All of this building raises a question: Just how many apartment units can Downtown support?

The Downtown Partnership estimates a 95 percent occupancy rate for apartments Downtown and at the fringes.  Carole Clifford, an associate broker for Stonebridge Realty, who follows the market closely, sees a "rental economy" Downtown and elsewhere in the region for the next five to 10 years. Factors driving that include the difficulty in getting mortgage money, the high down payments required for home buying and a transient population more comfortable with renting than buying.

PMC, which has built more than 3,000 apartments in its hometown of Philadelphia, also has gobbled up the Regional Enterprise Tower on Sixth Avenue, where it is planning 241 units; the adjacent James Reed Building, where an estimated 175 units will be built; and is negotiating with the city to buy the John P. Robin Civic Building on Ross Street, where another 100 units are on tap. It also has a bought a couple of smaller buildings Downtown with plans for more apartments. In all, PMC hopes eventually to have as many as 1,000 units Downtown.  They say the majority of those renting are coming from outside the city, many being young professionals.   At 201 Stanwix, rentals range from $1,200 a month for a one-bedroom unit to $1,950 for a two-bedroom unit. At the Penn Garrison, one bedrooms start at $1,135 a month.

Millcraft is finishing up the 218 units at River Vue, the former State Office Building, where it already has leased 68 percent and expects to be at 80 percent when construction ends next month. It has fully leased all 46 units at Market Square Place, the old G.C. Murphy store. Rents at River Vue run from about $1,050 for a one-bedroom to $5,500 a month for a large penthouse. Rents at Market Square Place go for $900 to $3,000 a month.  Millcraft said many of those who come to Pittsburgh from other cities are looking first to rent Downtown as opposed to the suburbs. About half of all those who rent from Millcraft come from outside the city limits.

But lack of affordable parking could be a deterrent to the apartment boom. The best option is to have integral parking on site, although that can be expensive. Second best is to have a public parking garage nearby. Century Building residents are able to park at the privately owned Theater Square garage. Millcraft has on-site parking for residents at River Vue and Market Square Place. On-site parking also will be available at the former Saks site. There's no integral parking currently available at 201 Stanwix or the Penn Garrison, although residents are able to park at nearby garages.

All things considered, there's a clear demand and need for more housing Downtown and at this point, units cannot be built fast enough to keep up with demand.

Metro Pittsburgh Real Estate
Millcraft Industries
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
PMC Property Group

Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Hanging Out There" On The South Side!

2300 Josephine St,  South Side
To say the Zielinski's home on the South Side is one of a kind ..... Well, that's quite an understatement.  Many houses cluster together on the South Side Slopes. Others perch like lone eagles. But only one -- a modern, five-story home -- is cantilevered over a glass manufacturing company at 2300 Josephine St. From sketch to reality, the project took three years. The homeowners, Bob and Kim Zielinski, supervised construction and moved in Jan. 1, 2011. From their bed, the couple watch lights twinkling on Mount Washington. From an outdoor deck, they stargaze when the Seven Sisters and Orion the Hunter appear.

The most striking aspect of the home, which sits atop their Emerald Art Glass business, is the framing of the living room view, visible through a 42-foot-wide wall of heated glass panels at the end of the cantilevered section of the house. The panorama stretches from Downtown's U.S. Steel Tower to the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland. Just below a strip of blue dotted with fluffy clouds, there's the city skyline, the green arch of the Birmingham Bridge and a foreground filled with rooftops of the densely populated South Side Flats. If Mr. Zielinski, a former Marine, wanted to feel as if he's king of the world, this space certainly achieves that goal.

A carpeted staircase leads from the living room to a kitchen trimmed in tan glass. Hugging the hillside, the kitchen has the feel of a cozy nest, while the living room extends over the steep slope like a long, slightly dangerous tree branch. The architect, Eric Fisher, designed a 65-foot-long cantilever. By comparison, Frank Lloyd Wright's cantilever for Fallingwater is a mere 141/2 feet. And where Fallingwater has a gushing waterfall rushing beneath, this house has only a set of railroad tracks.

The 6,900-square-foot home rests on a concrete block base that's about 40 feet tall. Anchoring it required sinking caissons 35 feet deep into two, 7-foot-wide holes, then reinforcing them with concrete, rebar and tubular steel. Sinking the caissons into the bedrock took about four weeks.

Many builders who saw the plans rejected the job. One insisted the Zielinskis hire a bridge engineer. John Schneider, vice president of Atlantic Engineering Services, Downtown, took on the task.  The biggest challenge was keeping the home from bouncing, to limit the vibration in the structure so that when people are out there on the deck or gathering in the living room, it doesn't feel uncomfortable from any movement.  Glass is a brittle material and it could break from too much movement. So steel trusses were used to provide stiffness and strength and there will be no bouncing even during a dance party.

The home's ground floor is a spacious garage with room for a Jeep Wrangler and an Arctic Cat used to plow the 200-foot- long driveway that connects with Greeley Street.  An elevator, accented in colorful floor tile, leads to the living quarters.

The Zielinskis envisioned a home above their business and photographed many mills along the Monongahela River. The couple poured plenty of their own labor into the house, plastering walls, building a staircase and placing the pavers for a spacious outdoor deck with a natural gas fire pit. At one end, they plan to install a 6-foot-wide, 20-foot-long vanishing-edge pool trimmed in 5-inch thick glass.  The architect's design includes plans for a green roof similar to one on his own house in Shadyside. Once the sedum and succulents grow tall on the roof, the greenery will match the slopes. 

At that point, the house will truly become almost one with its surroundings.

Metro Pittsburgh Real Estate
South Side