508 Ottawa, Reborn

I’ve been waiting with such excitement to photograph this lovely house in Cleveland-Holloway, entirely redone over the past year.  The owners took a leap of faith with this one, as it was a beige, decrepit mess when they began.  Now it’s full of color, the liveliness of their three children, and gobs of light from the large windows.  Without further ado:

The two-tone color scheme delineates the original from the later second floor.

Before: the original front door lead to a solid wall and stairs to the upstairs unit.

Now the front door leads to a stair hall and views straight through to the kitchen and sunroom.

and this will fill space. ,

but it needs to be longer,
and longer still.

Oh, how much color helps.  The original sidelight was kept in place, and a new front door installed to match.

Fun modern light fixtures + early 20th century mantles = fun!

All the main rooms now connect through wide doorways - and have their original, beaded board ceilings.

The kitchen opens to a breakfast nook and to the back sunroom.

This house has great bones – and it was a fantastic puzzle to put back into working order.  The combination of modern and classic, spare and colorful – that’s exactly the sort of thing I would pick out for myself.  The homeowners did all that part by themselves, so I can’t claim any credit, just share my appreciation!

More photos are in the gallery below, including the second floor.  Apologies for the repeat photos, it’s a fight I fought and lost with wordpress…

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