Reserve at North Revere Groundbreaking
The first two foundations are poured in Bath Township’s newest neighborhood.
Reserve at North Revere
Two new roads are paved to create the new subdivision of sixteen home sites in Bath Township.
Bath Home Tour
The 42nd annual Bath Home Tour featured a home called Golden Woods. We designed and built this contemporary back in 2002 and have a new "downsized" home now under construction for the same clients.
Naples Parade of Homes
Dozens of model homes display new trends and floor plan ideas in Naples, Florida.
International Builders Show
Over 100,000 attendees fill the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the latest products and trends in housing.
A Winter's Day
A snowstorm shrouds the Pepper Pike contemporary in a blanket of snow.
Pepper Pike Contemporary Nears Completion
This elegant master bath suite provides a peaceful oasis for the homeowner.
The Eyesite at Copley Opens
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Hazelwood Ugate on the opening of the new optometrists center on Ridgewood Road.
Portage Lake Contemporary Completed
This living room provides the owners with a spectacular view of Turkeyfoot Lake.
Housing Around the World
An incredible trip provided Fred and Michael Zumpano the opportunity to see condo skyscrapers in Dubai, housing on the Arabian Sea in Oman, and high rise housing in Hong Kong, along with other countries, in October.
Roads begin taking shape at the Reserve at North Revere. Crews finish the sewer lines and begin work on the storm water lines, including two ponds that will retain runoff water.
New Homes in Bath
Plans continue to develop for the Reserve at North Revere. Here's a preview of what's coming on Lot 11.
New home planned for Sharon Township overlooking a pond.
Our project was selected as the cover photo for the monograph of the work of the award winning Cleveland architectural firm Westlake Reed Leskosky.
Reserve at North Revere Work Begins
On March 23 the first phase of work originally began — tree clearing and erosion control. We’re clearing trees in the road right of way but pausing to selectively remove trees on each lot on an as needed basis.
Two New Streets Created in Bath
Exciting to see the two new roads we’ve created - Maplecrest and Joshua
Drive - show up on the county’s mapping system today! Construction starts when the weather breaks.
Copley Eye Site Groundbreaking
Congratulations and thanks are due to Dr. Jennifer Hazelwood as we break ground on her new medical office building on Ridgewood Road.
The Reserve at North Revere
Two years of zoning, engineering and review meetings are completed. The final approvals result in the platting and recording of Maplecrest Drive and Joshua Circle in Bath Township. A new community featuring sixteen home sites is ready for construction.
Congratulations to Michael Zumpano
Congratulations are in order for my son Michael Zumpano for successfully passing all six exams over the course of a year in order to become a licensed architect. Well done!
New Medical Office Development
Zumpano Design + Construction presents a new medical office building for the White Pond / I-77 area. The first step of the conditional zoning process was unanimously approved.
On the Boards
First draft: Plans for an outbuilding that needs to serve as a barn and musicians studio in Medina County.
Our Turkeyfoot Island home is complete. A pair of comfortable leather chairs take advantage of a wonderful waterfront view.
Spiral Staircase? No problem
How do you get heavy items up to a second floor if you're only way up is a spiral staircase? By installing a lift in the ceiling above that's capable of lifting heavy furniture pieces safely over the upper railing. Here's the lift at work in a Turkeyfoot Lakes home we're putting the finishing touches on.
A hydronic heating system consists of heated liquid forced through pipe and then encapsulated in concrete. The result is the most comfortable heat available today. This concrete floor will actually serve as the finish floor in the modern home we're building in Pepper Pike.
Corten Steel Rises in Hinckley
We've begun the siding phase of a contemporary home in the middle of a beautiful wooded site in Hinckley. Corten steel is a specialty weathering steel that intentionally rusts and serves as a protective patina that darkens in color over the years.
Down She Goes
A 1980's home that didn't take advantage of its Portage Lakes site makes way for a new contemporary residence. Every year since 2012 we are building on at least one site that has needed to have a house demolished. The strategy reuses a site without contributing to sprawl and creates a more energy efficient home in its place.
Cottage In The Woods
Our latest design is rising on a wooded site in New Franklin. It's always fun to see the framers transform piles of lumber into a family's home in only two weeks. It's the most dynamic period of any during the entire building process.
How to Build A House on a Swimming Pool
Many of the sites we build on today are sites where an existing house once stood. It's a great use of our resources to build on a lot where the infrastructure already exists. The setback requirements in the City of Pepper Pike mean we need to place the new home exactly where the swimming pool used to be. After a lot of stone, gravel, labor and engineering, we're ready to place a wonderful contemporary home on top of this foundation. Stay tuned.
International Builder's Show
Every year nearly 100,000 industry professionals attend the National Association of Home Builders convention. The event returns to Orlando this year and now takes in the Kitchen and Bath Show. Imagine ten Home Depots full of product displays, and you'll have and idea of what this is like. It's an event we look forward to every year.
Another One Bites The Dust
An eighty year old Portage Lakes cottage, originally intended for warm weather use, is being demolished (after selective reclamation) in order to make way for a new lakefront home to be built in the upcoming year. The old cottage suffered from multiple partial renovations and did not take best advantage of the stunning site on Turkeyfoot Lake. The new cottage will have nearly an identical floor plan but will be built to modern efficiency standards and include a walk out lower level.
HBA's All Star Band
The Home Builder Association honored retiring Executive Director Carmine Torio for his thirty years of service to our industry. Pictured here The HBA's All Star Band (featuring yours truly on guitar) performed two sets of Carmine's favorite rock songs at a banquet at Todaro's in Akron. A great night for a great guy!
It's not everyday we do our finish carpentry with a chain saw, but there's a time for everything. Our client couldn't hold a private party at his favorite store -- Cabela's -- so he asked us to recreate the store as a party room in his home. We re-purposed a tree trunk into a set of spiral stairs, fired a shotgun to distress reclaimed beams above a bar, and had a great time working with special clients to add on to a home we originally built in 2006. Their dreams included a glass room to watch the weather around a wood burning stove and a secret man cave hidden behind a bookcase.
Kent's School of Architecture Dedicates A New Home
Congratulations to my alma mater, Kent State, and their College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Yesterday, October 7, the school formally dedicated its new building, a stunning gateway to the campus when viewed from Kent's revitalized downtown. In my opinion it's practically perfect and a great inspiration to the talented students who attend the school. A far cry from the brutal concrete Taylor Hall that I attended. What a great day for the university, the city, the current students and the alumni.
A Touch of Tudor England in Richfield
Recently I had the opportunity to tour one of the most unique houses I've ever seen. A Richfield resident had the dream to recreate a piece of medieval England, and set about doing so over a thirty year period. The result is one of the most amazing and charming homes I've ever been in. Many of the interior pieces have been reclaimed from old buildings and the result is stunning.
My First Ikea
When my son moved into an apartment in Cincinnati after his graduation from Ohio State, we helped him outfit his apartment. It was my first trip to an Ikea store. Five hours later we needed three trips to get all of the furniture to his new home. The Swedish retailer, a great source for reasonably priced contemporary furnishings, opens in Columbus Summer 2017.
This Old House
Recently I received a call from an Akronite who lives on historic Merriman Road. He introduced himself as the current owner of a house that I designed and built in 1987 and was in need of some updates. I helped connect him up with a talented tradesman but asked if I could visit the home. As a young architecture student at Kent, I spent a lot of time designing this and building a model of it which is displayed in my office today. I was surprised to see a framed set of the elevations hanging in the foyer. The house was designed with much care and thought and it's great to see it's in good hands for another generation.
The Tiny House Nears Completion
The Home Builder Association serving Summit County, led by talented local architect John Toomey, is building a Tiny House in the Habitat for Humanity warehouse. Dozens of volunteers have contributed to the construction of the structure. It will be displayed at the upcoming Home and Flower Show and then moved to it's home on a Portage County farm. The owner will have her own place in a corner of her parent's farm property.
Builder of the Year
It's been nice having this old friend in my house for the last year. This trophy signifies a company's selection as the Summit County Home Builder's Association Builder of the Year. The winner's name is engraved on the plaque and they can display it for the year. It's returned to the HBA and then passed along to the upcoming year's winner. We've been honored to have been selected four times and so we've grown fond of this trophy that's been an HBA tradition since 1970.
Kenmore Place Dedicated
Zumpano + Hanson Development and Buckeye Community Hope Foundation dedicated Kenmore Place, a forty unit seniors housing apartment building, on November 10. The program included City of Akron Mayor Fusco and officials from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. The building is fully occupied and is the largest development in the City's Ninth Ward in over forty years.
A High Time on the High Line
A small group of area architects and design builders that make up the Home Builder's Association Sustainability Committee spent the weekend in New York City. Our committee promotes environmentally sound construction practices and urban living, and it doesn't get any more urban than Manhattan. One of my favorite parts of our trip included a walk on the High Line. It's an old elevated railway that sat abandoned and was re-purposed into an urban park. The revitalization this sparked along the trail is incredible. Look it up and take a walk on it next time you're in the City.
Repurposing a Mid Century Modern
This old house was dark and musty, the roof was beyond repair, and the archaic floor plan didnt work for the present property owners. But those dark walls were all clear redwood, and we painstaking removed each board, along with the roof beams. This month the salvage wood will be planed, sanded and prepared for new life in a new home on the same property. Watch for redwood accent walls and wood beams as we begin interior woodworking in October.
The Connection Is Complete
Kenmore's Community Center gained strong focal point when we completed the connection from the new Senior Housing multifamily building to the City of Akron's Senior Center. The connector benefits both residents and the community and we thank the City of Akron for all of their help as our project nears completion.
Sumner Pavilion a Resounding Success
Today, we visited the open air Pavilion at the center of the Concordia at Sumner campus. We broke ground on this only two summers ago. Today this structure is a highly used and treasured asset in the heart of this continuing care retirement community in Copley. Congratulations on the foresight of the Louise Sumner Board for their dedication, their vision and their ability to raise funds and donate this pavilion for the enjoyment of the residents. We're proud to have been project managers and design builders (along with Caruso Architects) for this wonderful open air pavilion.
The Roof Plan
Typically I spend untold hours working out the design of the roof plans that cap every new home we build. If you plan it right and execute it well it's something you don't have to worry about for decades. In 1998 I drew a roof plan -- a single page in a set of my house plans -- and I remember thinking that no one will ever see this view. Quite a bit has changed since then including drone photography. Special thanks to special clients, David and Erin, for an unforgettable thank you gift at the conclusion of building their home.
Could We Get Just a Little Rain?
Our happy homeowners are all moved in to their new arts and crafts style home in Bath. We just need a little rain to help the new lawn along. Ever try to water three acres of grass?
A Porch Starting To Take Shape
This inviting elevated porch is not only a great place to take in the view of this Medina County estate, but there's a wonderful covered area that's created below. This is the third time we've been back to create new spaces in the home we originally built in 1999.