Local experts discuss the pros and cons of various roofing materials.
Seen in many of St. Louis’ older neighborhoods, including St. Louis Hills, slate gives homes classic beauty and charm. A natural stone, slate is most often found in shades of gray but is also available in purple, green, and red tones, as well as a combination of hues. Dan Hagerty, founder of Old World Roofing Company, says slate is ideal for St. Louis homes because of its strength and longevity. As with tile, the durability of the material is in part because of its weight—100 square feet of slate weighs an average of 750 to 800 pounds— and, as we’ve seen, those sturdy older homes bear the weight well. Slate roofs have a lifespan of at least 75 years, he adds, with only minimal upkeep required for the first 50.
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IN GOOD TIME
With the help of interior designer Robert Idol, a Kirkwood couple creates a home that pays homage to the past, yet feels just right for their modern young family.
"Food Raconteur” Ashok Nageshwaran wants to tell you a story.
The Right Move
New shops and showrooms bring exciting opportunities for local designers, makers, and arts organizations to sell their wares to home enthusiasts here and everywhere.
Painter and gardener Lauren Knight branches out.
Chris Mower of White Stable Farms discovered the Japanese style of gardening in Italy. Now, he’s bringing it to St. Louis.
Letters, icons, and illustrations that speak in a hand-drawn language
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Audra Noyes, of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Incubator’s first class, opens an atelier in Ladue.
A background in sculpture trained artist Aly Ytterberg to see objects more fully.
A Modern Story
How a little log cabin went from being a home to a guest house
Cut from the Same Cloth
“Turkey Tracks” is a 19th-century quiltmaking pattern that has the appearance of little wandering feet. Patterns like the tracks, and their traditions and myths, have been passed down through the generations, from their frontier beginnings to today, where a generation of makers has embraced the material as a means of creating something new. Olivia Jondle is one such designer. Here, she’s taken an early turkey track-pattern quilt, cut it into various shapes, and stitched the pieces together, adding calico and other fabric remnants as needed. The result is a trench coat she calls the Pale Calico Coat. Her designs are for sale at The Rusty Bolt, Jondle’s small-batch fashion company based in St. Louis. —SAMANTHA STEVENSON
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One by one, they came forward with stories of being drugged and raped or assaulted by Bill Cosby, finding safety in their staggering number and a culture that was finally ready to believe them.
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Skylights and roof lanterns fill a home with light to brighten a basement, enhance an extension or cheer up a dark corner
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Roofing, cladding and waterproofing are all part of an exercise to ensure residents stay tension-free
Australia's first Indigenous Rooftop Farm
Up high in Sydney there’s a bevy of native drought-tolerant plants growing, and they’re feeding the Sydneysiders living below
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From the 118th floor of a Hong Kong skyscraper to Chile’s best-kept secret, these cocktail bars are worth a trip across the world.
This art installation on the rooftop of MET, New York might look straight out of a science project, but there is more to it than meets the eye.