Northern Ohio Hardscape Supplier Hires The Eisen Agency

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Leading Ohio Based Marketing, Branding Firm to Direct Consumers Builders Supply Marketing

Cleveland, OH – March 5, 2018 – Hardscape supplier Consumers Builders Supply has tapped leading Ohio based marketing and branding firm The Eisen Agency to develop and direct marketing activities. With facilities in Lorain, Consumers Builders Supply provides contractors and homeowners everything they need to complete an interior or exterior hardscape project. According to Consumers Builders Supply executive Jillian Riddell, The Eisen Agency will be providing an entirely new marketing strategy to the family owned business that combines traditional and digital initiatives.

“When we contracted with The Eisen Agency, we saw immediately that they understood not only what needed to be done, but were mindful of our long and proud history,” Riddell said. “Most importantly, we are focused on serving homeowners, top contractors and homebuilders in our region, so marketing was typically last on our agenda. With The Eisen Agency, we know things are taken care of and we’ll be able to bring the value and beauty of hardscaping materials to even more Northern Ohio businesses and residents.” Read More


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Brick Industry Association manufacturers report cool shades are trending among buyers at all price ranges.

Across the country, member manufacturers of the Brick Industry Association(BIA) report that “clean, cool” brick shades are trending at all price ranges. Top trends include white bricks with white mortar, earthy tones, and light, charcoal, and steel gray. Whites and grays are most prevalent in residential brick applications, while commercial project trends include deep red tones, glazed bricks, and radial edging.

“Brick’s aesthetic freedom evolves with design trends while offering superior durability and fire resistance with little to no maintenance,” says Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.
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Building in a traditional neighborhood? These elegant elevations will fit right in.

Brick is the most popular exterior material for new homes in the south central states, according to recent Census data tabulated by NAHB. These home plans (all from designers based in the south) would fit nicely in the area.


Photo courtesy of House Plan Zone.
Photo courtesy of House Plan Zone.

At just under 2,000 square feet, this home offers a flexible layout that would work well for a young family, empty nesters, or many other situations. The open layout flows from the family room to the island kitchen (including a snack bar) and breakfast nook, then out to the rear porch. An electronics charging station and lockers at the entrance from the garage give owners a smart area to set down their phones, take off shoes, and control clutter. The pantry sits just a step away for easy grocery unloading. In the master suite, double closets and sinks keep each partner happy. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

From Bathroom to Laundry in One Step

A blend of brick, stone, and shingle siding creates multi-textured curb appeal for this one-story home. Inside, the kitchen sits between the great room and open dining area and offers seating for six (arranged so guests face one another) at the large island. A fireplace heats up the grilling porch for multi-season use. On the left side of the home, three secondary bedrooms share the hall bath. The master enjoys an ultra-spacious bathroom that opens directly to the laundry room for easy chores.See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Abundant Kitchen Counter Space

Inside this graceful family home, you’ll find a modern layout with amenities designed for the way families live today. For example, check out the kitchen: an e-space keeps phones and tablets at hand while they charge, the island gives chopping room, and a snack counter is perfect for casual meals. The breakfast nook flows effortlessly into the family room, where a see-though fireplace steals attention. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Flexible Fourth Bedroom Upstairs

Comfort and utility are the priorities in this relaxed layout. Entering from the garage, families will find practical spaces and easy access to the kitchen for unloading groceries. The vaulted great room merges with the island kitchen and the breakfast nook to form one big, welcoming area. The master walk-in closet features a window, so owners can see how an outfit looks in natural light. Two more bedrooms sit on the left, plus another upstairs (where it would also be great as a home office).See more images, information, and the floor plan.


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If you own a home in Sumner County and your kids want to play in the water, Old Hickory Lake is just a short walk or drive away. Or they could step outside and play in the dancing waters of the backyard splash pad.

Similar to what you’d find in a municipal park, splash pads are making their way to private residences. Jets of water shoot up from the ground in different directions.

“The system is computerized and can make (the jets of water) dance one way or another,” said Jared Crain, whose outdoor living area in Gallatin includes a splash pad.

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They are not exactly a common feature. Crain, who installs outdoor living spaces for a living, has done three splash pads, including his own. But he said they are one more indication that homeowners are serious about their outdoor fun.

“Nowadays, everybody’s bringing the home’s living area out the backdoor,” said Crain, who owns Crain Lawn Care in Gallatin.

Creation of outdoor living spaces is one of the biggest trends in homeownership for 2018, according to Realtor Magazine, which is produced by the National Association of Realtors.


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