Design team launches plans – News-Herald

Several new designers have come on board for the 2019 Lake County YMCA Dream House project.

Following the fundraiser’s 25th anniversary in 2018 many of the former designers stepped down after dedicating numerous years to the endeavor.

At the helm of design plans for the new home in the Maple Valley Subdivision of Willoughby Hills is Realtor/designer and ProBuilt Homes staffer Lindsay Davis.

Other new members are Tammy McIntosh of Conceptual Stone Design, Katie Ryan of ProBuilt Homes and Robyn Spataro of Firenza Stone. All of the businesses are located in Lake County.

Spataro, of Mentor, said that as a youngster he toured many of the Dream Houses. Fascinated by the innovative designs she always hoped to take part in the project one day.

That aspiration became a reality at a social gathering when she was asked to join the design team and immediately agreed.

“I have such good memories…how creative the designers were,” she said. “I’m very honored to be asked to be part of the group and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of working with all of these people.”

Returning designers are Carol DeMore of Charley’s Loft in Mentor, Carolyn Rigo of Interiors by Carolyn Rigo based in Painesville Township and Kathy Snowbrick of Sheraton Furniture in Willoughby.

The women have used their expertise to enhance several Dream Houses over the years.

Davis intends to keep the modern farmhouse style of the open concept home throughout its 3,730 square feet.

“I would like to make it cohesive so that everything flows and the house sticks to one overall design theme,” Davis said.

Old world rustic meshed with modern contemporary elements will work together to achieve the effect.

Design team coordinator Kerry Bliss noted that several compliments received regarding the 2018 Dream House in Mentor’s Lakeshore Highlands Development were the continuity of the home and how it flowed. That project was the most successful in the fundraiser’s quarter-century history.

This year the design team will add its special touches to areas in the Dream House, including a family room, dining room, master bedroom and bath, kitchen and morning room, teen bedroom, preteen hideaway bedroom, children’s bathroom, half bath, study, exercise room, lower level movie room, laundry room, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) playroom, lower level bathroom and outdoor spaces.

A preliminary meeting to discuss general information regarding design took place on Jan. 25 in the Mentor offices of ProBuilt Homes, the company constructing the Dream House.

In several weeks concept boards highlighting specific details will be introduced at another meeting.

Among the major sponsors of the 2019 Dream House are Bosch/Ferguson, Chevy Network/Classic Chevrolet, Hunter Douglas, the Kohler Company, McCaskey Landscape and Design, ProBuilt Homes and Sims-Lohman Fine Kitchens and Granite.

Those interested in donating products, services or being a monetary sponsor for the 26th YMCA Dream House should contact Project Coordinator Kirk Stonebrook at [email protected] for more details and promotional opportunities.

For more general information on the Dream House, visit