‘100 Day Dream Home’: Who are Jon and Jacky? A look at couple’s $425,000 home that has a kitchen to die for

If there ever was a duo that could achieve the impossible, it would have to be Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt. This week’s episode saw the couple back at it again, building a house for Jon, Jacklyn and their three children including the newest family member, baby Penny Grace. The family of five had a very cramped living situation before the show, sharing a tiny rental space that had only one bathroom. With three children and hectic work lives, seeing that Jon is a chef, the family was in desperate need of a home that could accommodate all of them comfortably. And if there’s anyone that could pull off the task of building a home in 100 days, it’s Brain and Mika.

Meet Jon and Jacklyn

Jon and Jacky with Mika and Brian Kleinschmidt (HGTV)

One thing you can be sure of while tuning in to ‘100 Day Dream Home’ is that the couples on the show usually have their own adorable story. Jacklyn and Jon are no exception and turns out, their story isn’t too different from Brian and Mika’s. The couple also met back in high school. They currently have two children, a boy and a girl. Jacky was

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Outdoor entertainer’s dream kitchen: A barbecue, bar and football on a big-screen TV

A deteriorating deck in the back of a West Linn home was not only a future hazard, but also a waste of potential for a family that likes to be outdoors. In its place today is a new cedar deck that’s used often for cooking and socializing.

Under a tiered roof is a kitchen designed for barbecuing, a bar built to linger, and a big TV screen to watch football games while being protected from the Pacific Northwest weather.

French doors from the dining room open wide to the deck that was engineered to seamlessly connect indoors to out. Skylights and clerestory windows draw in natural light but not wind or rain.

“The family doesn’t have to dodge raindrops to go out there,” says Tessa Isett, a design consultant with Neil Kelly Co. who worked with lead designer Matt Sipes on the project. “It’s actually their favorite place to be when it’s raining.”

Erase the idea that patio dining means plastic chairs and a wobbly table. Homeowners are investing big in expanding their living space under the stars.

The need to entertain in fresh air was emphasized during the coronavirus pandemic, but creating a usable, comfortable space in the open

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New Hampshire Homeowners: Guide For Designing A Dream Kitchen

A design makeover can make you fall in love with your kitchen all over again. Here’s everything New Hampshire homeowners need to know to create a functional and well styled kitchen.

Today’s kitchen isn’t just a space in your home where you cook. It’s also where your family and friends gather to socialize and spend quality time together. A redesign and upgrade can both modernize your kitchen and make it more enjoyable to spend time in. It can also increase the value of your home if you’re thinking about selling in the coming months.

Whether you’re just making a few changes or want a complete makeover, here are 7 ideas to help you create your ideal kitchen.

1. Custom cabinets

If your cabinets are old and outdated, installing custom cabinets can give your kitchen a fresh new look that matches the rest of your home décor. Custom cabinetry also lets you make the most of your kitchen space by fitting into corners and between windows.

2. Countertops

New countertops are another way to spruce up the kitchen. Trending right now are quartz and stone, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. To add even more character, install

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‘Gardening begins in January, with the dream’

The video opens on an image of Danielle Eaton’s gardens but there’s not much to see, really: raised beds filled with snow. Garden paths completely vanished beneath a foot or so of the white stuff. Bare trees and metal fencing standing cold and stark against the snowy backdrop. 

Danielle Eaton of Litchfield with bounty from her garden last fall. She’s now in the throes of planning her next garden. Photo submitted by Danielle Eaton

“There’s not a lot going on right now,” Eaton begins, “because it’s January in Maine.” 

There’s your irony, though. For the next half-hour, Eaton, of Litchfield, goes on to explain that there’s a whole LOT going on, in fact, and for a sizeable group of gardeners, January is a very busy time of year indeed. 

Meanwhile, on Facebook, Linda Doucette Scott has posted a meme on her “Victory Garden” group page. The image shows a snow-covered field with a red barn way off in the background. 

“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the year,” goes the message on that one. “For gardening begins in January, with the dream.” 

The dream, as it

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