Archives: January 2021

Taylor Farm Park

  • New Albany City Council approved spending on the 100-acre park at the junction of Harlem Road and Dublin-Granville Road
  • Taylor Farm Park is expected to be done by the end of 2021

This month, New Albany City Council approved spending on the 100-acre park. Phase 1 of the plan includes 3.5 miles of multi-purpose trails, seating areas, parking, and landscaping. 

Additionally, the council for the city of New Albany approved spending $500,000 through The Clean Ohio Conservation Program Fund to develop and improve phase 1. The park is expected to be done by the end of the year. 

In This Week Community News, Adrienne Joly, director of administrative services for the city, said, “it’s a very scenic piece of ground. It’s big enough that it will feel like a Metro Park that it will have woodland areas, open areas, and wetlands.” 

Currently, on the property, there is a barn and farmhouse. It is unclear whether the city will choose to preserve it.

Taylor Farm Park will also give more outdoor opportunities for the New Albany community. Located at 5526 Dublin-Granville Road, the park will be close to New Albany’s Market District. Park-goers will be able to enjoy the amenities of Market District thanks to its proximity.

Courtesy of The City of New Albany

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January Design Corner

  • Maria Bonaventura of Refine & Design says the top decor trend for 2021 is earthy, organic palettes and textures.
  • Sherwin Williams 2021 Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze, is perfect for interior and exterior projects as the primary color or accent color.

As many people spent more time indoors throughout 2020, not only were they craving more comfort — they were also forced to reimagine their spaces to meet the demands of their new lifestyle.

Whether that called for creating a functional home office, designing a multipurpose room for a Zoom meeting, or remote learning, just about every area of a home likely required a refresh.

A top home decor trend for 2021 is earthy, organic palettes and textures. For example, lots of wood finishes, mixed metals, rattan, camel color, and deep hues like Sherwin Williams 2021 Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze. This color is perfect for interior and exterior projects as the primary color or accent color. Pair it with warm neutrals and bone whites to create an updated take on minimalism.

  • Maria Bonaventura, Founder of Refine & Design

Refine & Design is an interior styling and home staging company dedicated to making your space functional and beautiful. Refine & Design provides affordable, practical, and creative solutions personalized to fit your taste and lifestyle. You can call or email them at 614-296-9800

If you need any other design tips or recommendations, don’t hesitate to reach us at We work with trusted professionals to give you the best quality for the best prices!

January Handy Homeowner Tip

  • It is important to burn 1 good, hot fire a year to maintain your fireplace 
  • When using a fireplace, do not burn softwoods that may cause creosote buildup inside the chimney

Our Handy Homeowner Tip of the month is all about fireplaces. We know Santa has already come and gone from your fireplaces and chimneys but keeping them in shape for next year is important.

If you have a true mason fireplace, like most in New Albany, it is important to burn 1 good, hot fire a year. Not using your fireplace every year can compromise the fire brick inside of the chimney. Burning one fire a year dries out the masonry and prevents cracks from forming in the mortar joints. Cracks inside your fireplace are very costly, upwards of $4,000 to repair. You can save yourself quite a lot of money if you turn on the gas log, gas starter and build one fire a year to really dry it out in the wintertime, especially as we go into these colder months.

If you plan on burning a lot of fires, you should be sure to have your chimney checked out annually. We advise you not to burn pine or any softwoods, only hardwoods. Sap in softwood is what causes creosote on the inside of the chimney and will catch on fire. A common cause of house fires is the creosote build up inside chimneys due to using bad wood. For chimney cleaning services, we recommend Whempys or Blackburn’s Chimney Service.

If you need another professional service please don’t hesitate to reach out at We work with the same trusted people time and time again because they do quality work for great prices!

Rob’s January Update


  • Every month, we hope to bring clients up to date on Thomas | Riddle through casual conversations. If you have any questions you want to be answered, please email and we hope to answer them in next month’s issue.
  • Rob Riddle talks about the unpredictability of the pandemic on business.
  • The real estate market saw a spring market shift to the fall post stay-at-home order.
  • Thomas | Riddle hopes to continue to grow the team in 2021.

Looking Back on the Market

Business in 2020 was unpredictable. The team was off like a cannon at the beginning of the year. We were on a great pace for a record-shattering year, and then with the pandemic, there was a pretty significant interruption to our second quarter. Ultimately, people were home long enough to decide that their house was too big, too small, they needed more yard, less yard, etc., and that caused the housing market to be strong.

A different trend we saw this past year was a Spring market shift to the Fall due to the stay-at-home order. Typically, the Spring market is a fiercely competitive market because you have two subsets of buyers competing for limited inventory. The Spring is the perfect storm for selling, where you have carryover buyers from winter that didn’t find their home, went dormant during the holidays, and then you have this new subset of buyers that decided during the holidays that they want to move.

There is an influx of buyers that come to me in mid-February and are ready to hit the ground running. However, many sellers are thinking, ‘I’m not going to put my home on the market until Spring.’ In reality, February or March is probably the best time of the year to list.

We saw this same thing happen after the stay-at-home order. That period was almost a “false winter” where people were forced inside and put their searches on hold. Though we still had a strong market because another subset of people decided that they need more room or less room. It may have been unpredictable, but the team was prepared to handle all aspects of the change. 

In the end, I’m proud of our team and how we handled business during the pandemic. As a business owner, you’re faced with many challenging decisions. At the end of the day, we knew where our priorities were, and that was taking care of our team and keeping our clients safe.

Looking Forward in the Market

One way we plan on changing up our business this year is by bringing back the newsletter. The newsletter is a great way to stay in touch with our clients. We consider our clients to be friends, and it can be hard to keep in touch and give them regular updates on the company.

In 2021, I generally hope for health and happiness in our community. As for business, I hope to grow the team. As we begin this new year, we hope to strengthen our relationships with current clients while also building new relationships with the friends and neighbors they refer to us. 

Columbus is Experiencing a Shortage of Homes

The Columbus housing market is experiencing a shortage of homes. We have several qualified buyers looking for a new place to call home. It’s never too early to chat about your real estate options for 2021.

Whether you’re downsizing or you’re looking for more space, reach out by sending us an email at or giving us a call at (614) 578-4199. We really look forward to hearing from YOU!

Personal News

2020 was a challenging year all around. However, the best thing about 2020 was the arrival of our second son, Charlie. He’s a great joy, and I love watching Stanley, our two and a half-year-old, be a big brother. That is just something that I wasn’t anticipating, and it’s so fun to see how Stanley treats Charlie and interacts with him.

With two kids and running a business, it can be a challenge to balance both. However, my wife, Johnna, is so supportive of the demands of this business. Because our clients become friends, she wants the best outcome for them. She selflessly carries a lot of the parenting weight, allowing me to devote as much time as I do to our clients and their goals. 

Take care,

Rob Riddle

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