Your home is an investment in your lifestyle. The following home professionals want to help you attain the home of your dreams!

Alissa Sample Lombardo
Housing Associates Realtors

Home and design are not only passions but big business for Alissa Sample of Housing Asso- ciates Realtors. As a Top 5% producing real estate agent in Louisville, #1 in her brokerage for the second year, and with $7.5 million in revenue in 2019, Alissa built her business from the ground up and takes a similar approach with home design projects. “One of the most rewarding parts of my job is taking beautiful parts of Louisville history and incorporating modern design elements while preserving their original character and charm.”

Alissa has found an excellent home rehab/design partner in Greg Fickle of Alter Louisville LLC, pictured above at one of their most recent flips - 841 Milton St. in Germantown. They have worked together on several projects throughout the city. “Greg’s design talent is unmatched. We truly feel we are altering Louisville one home at a time. We are changing the face of the Louisville market, transforming neighborhoods with each flip project and it is magnificent to be a part of. I wake up every day excited to go to work and do something I love.”

Another pillar of Alissa’s business is catering to the design needs of her buyers. “I get to know them, and truly understand their style and preferences in home design.” Beyond aesthetics, Alis- sa uses her business savvy and experience to determine what investments will be profitable and make the most sense for her buyers’ financial goals.

This brings us to sellers. Alissa knows what sells. Staging, design, and knowing the buyer market are key components of her success in home sales. Her numbers speak for themselves. She is an objective advocate guiding clients “from contract to closing table,” negotiating potential pitfalls, and preserving the value of this most important investment. “A client today is a client for life.”

(502) 407-9018 • [email protected]

Alex Fransen
Derby City Pools and Outdoor Living

Alex Fransen’s Derby City Pools & Outdoor Living is here to create your custom outdoor living experience. Putting almost 25 years of landscaping knowhow to work for you, Alex and his crews will design and create a luxurious oasis for you, right in your own backyard. “We handle it all,” he says. “From design, permitting, installation/construction, and maintenance, we offer you a full service, high end pool and outdoor living lifestyle, the kind that you can enjoy and entertain family and friends for years and years to come.”

Derby City Pools is locally renowned for creating beautiful outdoor living spaces, and the glowing reviews keep pouring in. To take the outdoor living at your home to the next level, visit

(502) 548-4800 • DERBYCITYPOOLS.COM

Steve Hartung
Java Construction

“I get calls from people all the time. They will often ask ‘Are you like a lot of other guys in the construction business?’ I know exactly what they mean,” says Steve Hartung, owner and founder of Java Construction. “I’m proud to tell our clients that we put time management and communication as top priorities. We hope you like us today, but we hope you like us better when we are done.”

Steve has been in construction for 40 years. He leads a team of qualified general contractors including his son, Austin. “Sometimes we’re going in different directions and other times we’re working together, but I’m very proud of his commitment to the job,” Steve says.


Kristen Pawlak
KP Designs / Decorting Den Interiors

We want to be your lifetime design partner and provide customized, functional, and beautiful design solutions,” says Kristen Pawlak of KP Designs. She’s committed to making your experience a fabulous one. “We are full-service interior designers, so we are professionally trained. We create your designs and provide all of the items that go into the process. It starts with our design vision and expertise, coupled with our extensive product resources. We receive and provide quality control of everything, and then our team installs your Dream Rooms. We provide follow up and stand behind all that we do.”

The KP Designs approach is highly organized and cus- tomized to you and your needs. With a vast array of products from a network of fine interior furnishings sup- pliers, the locally owned and operated business is part of the largest in-home design organization in North America, Decorating Den Interiors. This renowned or- ganization has been in existence for over 50 years, and they make a big impact with a vast offering of items. KP Designs also has an in-studio contractor, allowing them to offer turnkey design and execute bathrooms, kitchens, and other labor intensive projects.

There are many details involved in the decorating proj- ects that KP Designs takes on. “ It takes a small village, and we have that at our fingertips,” Kristen says. “It’s not all about the lowest cost, and we do not compete with the Internet. It’s not all about this certain look or that one. it’s about three letters: Y.O.U.”

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Brett Mathis
Mathis Real Estate

A real estate agent as well as a master of remodeling, Brett Mathis leads a team that can serve your home buying, sell- ing, inspection repairs and rejuvenation needs, leaving you to rest easy knowing the professionals are on the job. “The way I see it is that the more tools you have at your hands, the easier it is to get the job done,” Brett says of Mathis Properties, the company he has built through his hard work and dedication through many years in the industry.

Brett wears many hats. In addition to being a top flight real estate agent with United Real Estate Louisville, he’s also a con- tractor. Finding a client their “diamond in the rough” dream home is something he loves doing. Showing you a house as your agent, he has no issues getting his clothes dirty inspecting the attic, roof, crawlspace, and doing an overview of the entire property identifying problems to you that will most likely be brought up during an inspection. So hiring Brett as a realtor will save you money and time with only needing to make one trip to a property. He can tell you on the spot what needs to be fixed, how much it will cost, and will prepare a visual walk- through of your project before you have to sign anything. Even if you’re interested in flipping houses, Brett’s your man. “Every house that we have remodeled has gone under contract within 48 hours,” he proudly says.

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(502) 681-3953 • MATHIS-REALESTATE.COM

Larry Doss
Rayburn 1 Construction

Larry Doss is the General Manager of Rayburn 1, and he exemplifies the kind of integrity, hard work, and inge- nuity that you can expect from the company. “I started as the tile guy, and I still am, I guess,” he quips, regarding his specialty. He’s been a friend to the Rayburn family for over 20 years, and they are happy to have him on the team. His expertise has earned him the nickname of “MacGyver,” after the famous TV hero immortalized by Richard Dean Anderson. He could get out of any jam and save the day using his guile, resourcefulness, and whatever he could find lying around.

Larry is originally from Louisville, but he comes from a military family, and that meant that he moved around a lot growing up. He followed suit and served in the Air Force during the 1980s, and is happy to once again call Louisville his home doing what he loves. “We will always take the time to make things right with our customers,” he says. “I have hands that make people happy.”

To get Larry on your side along with the rest of the Rayburn 1 team, visit

(502) 316-9209 • RAYBURN1.COM

Amy Wagner
A&K Home Services

You might know Amy Wagner from her expertise in staging and design, but have you heard that she also has her General Contractors License? In addition to Reflections of You, by Amy, Ms.Wagner also owns A & K Home Services, a stellar group of experts. With her General Contractors license, Amy bids, coordinates, and oversees all aspects of kitchen and bath remodels, painting, removal, and installation of flooring, tile, countertops, plumbing, appliances, lighting and more. “We can provide as much or as little as a client needs,” says Amy.

A & K Home Services is a sister company operating with Reflections of You, by Amy. All projects run through the Chenoweth Square location. For inquiries, call Reflections of You, by Amy at 502.384.3660.


Lisa Steinbock
Steinbock Interiors

Steinbock Interiors offers award winning, full service design as well as remodeling. “We provide high end results for an affordable price,” says Lisa Steinbock, the owner and lead designer for the highly regarded company. Bringing 23 years of experience to the field, Lisa oversees all projects that her company embarks on, be it as simple as custom window treatments or as complex as commercial or top level residential design or remodels. They also work with local builders on new construction design. Lisa and her staff, in addition to working with local clientele, also have worked in various locations throughout the U.S. “We cover every aspect, whether it’s paint color for one room or a multi million dollar home or office,” Lisa says.

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Drew Hickok
Trade Works Remodeling

Drew Hickok highly values process, character, and tradecraft. Each Trade Works Remodeling project is designed, planned, and executed with three core principles. The first is “Plan the work; work the plan!”

Drew says. “In order for a remodel to go well, a plan has to be made and followed. It’s hard work, but ensures a beautiful space and positive remodeling experience.” The second is, “We strive to happen to things before things happen to us. We proactively communicate through the entire design process and project with a daily presence on your site, a shared schedule, and daily logs. Our third principle is that ‘We strive to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.’” Time is precious, and money doesn’t come easy, Drew respects and acknowledges this by working intentionality and effectively with a high level of care and concern for you and your remodel.

“Every member of Trade Works Remodeling has years of field experience as carpenters and project managers,” says Drew. “We have participated in each aspect of home renovation, and offer a hands on approach to every aspect of your project.” Sharing the same goal of providing beautiful remodels while solving challenges and anxieties of a renovation, Trade Works Remodeling brings care, conviction, and craftsmanship to your home repairs or remodels.

Trade Works Remodeling specializes in designing, planning, and executing whole house, kitchen, and bath remodels, room additions, even handyman services! Visit, where you can find project photos, learn about the process, and get started on your project.


Posted on 2020-03-06 by By Rocko Jerome | Photos by Dick Arnspiger