Master Bathroom Renovations Add Warmth to Couple’s Yankee Trace Home

Note: This feature appeared in the March 2021 issue of Centerville-Washington Neighbors Magazine, which is mailed monthly to 3,661 homes in  the community.

By Jeff Louderback

Built in 2004, Dick and Mickie Manetta’s Yankee Trace home is their sanctuary; so when they chose to implement updates, the couple meticulously searched for a design partner. They found it with Centerville Design Associates (CDA), led by Renee Beerck.

“It doesn’t seem like 2004 was that long ago; but design trends change, and some areas of our house were getting dated,” said Dick, a retired attorney. “The master bathroom was a prime example.

“We look for creativity, flexibility, accountability and trustworthiness in an interior designer,” Dick said. “After we met with Renee and she shared some ideas, we were excited about moving forward.”

Mickie envisioned a fireplace in the master bathroom, and that was the centerpiece of the project.

“On both ends of the master bath are our closets. Aside from keeping those where they were, we started from scratch with the design project,” Dick explained. “Renee provided peace of mind, because of the communication at every stage. It was rewarding to see the vision for the new bathroom brought to life.”

The renovated master bathroom features a new floor, shower, light fixtures, cabinets, sink, toilet and mirrors, but the fireplace is the highlight.

“I imagine not many people have fireplaces in the master bathroom,” Dick said with a grin. “That part of the house is a little cold, so we added it for a practical reason. The charm of the fireplace is a bonus.”

Renee, a longtime Centerville resident, earned her interior design degree from Sinclair Community College. Feeling a passion for interior design since childhood, she decided to turn that interest into her life’s work, serving as a designer at CDA for two years before acquiring the business in 2010.

“We are committed to creating a ‘wow’ factor based on what each client wants. Our primary rule for decorating is to focus on the client, not the trends,” Renee said. “You spend more time at home than you do anywhere else; and home is your retreat, so making that retreat comfortable is what’s most important.”

CDA is the Dayton area’s longest serving design firm. The one stop operation features six degreed interior designers led by Renee, as well as credentialed subcontractors. The firm manages complete interior design, room redesign, furniture selection and placement, flooring, window treatments, painting and wallpapering, among other projects. CDA works with new homebuilders across southwest Ohio, and commercial and residential clients.

Not only is CDA one of the few interior design firms that can coordinate every element of the project in-house, but it also has a showroom at 205 N. Main Street in Centerville, where visitors can purchase pieces from more than 250 furniture and accessory providers.

For the Manettas, CDA’s full service capabilities—and Renee’s attention to service—were appealing. They also upgraded their master bedroom to complement the master bathroom’s new color scheme.

“We believe in supporting local, independent businesses that make our home a better place to live, and the community as a whole a better place to call home,” Dick said. “Thanks to Renee’s team, our home has a fresh, new look and is an even more comfortable sanctuary.”