Every detail of this 1919 Dutch Colonial has been thoughtfully
considered and meticulously implemented by the present owners in the two years
since they purchased it.The result is
a deeply satisfying impression of both cheerfulness and tranquility.The soft yellow of the exterior is reflected
in the predominant colors of the English gardens, set off by the white picket
fence enclosing the back yard and the matching gate at the front walk.
The young owners have been meticulous about maintaining the character
of the house.Rather than installing
new double-pane windows, for example, they found someone to fit double panes
into the existing windows in the dining room, the hall by the front door and on
the third floor, maintaining the original frames and mullions.Replacements for the rest of the windows,
which could not be saved, are in the same style as the others.
Throughout the house there are
allusions to the couples' backgrounds.The patterned tin ceilings in kitchen, lavatory and front vestibule are
"Brooklyn imports," and the antique bed in the attic is from Wales.In the basement den the watercolor of the
house was painted by an artist from the Cayman Islands, with the background
adding a touch of the tropics to Cleveland Heights.
The long bookcase along
one living room wall is new, as is the dining room chandelier.The previous owners added the sunroom.It is an entirely new structure that
replaces an outside porch that was no longer usable. The exposed brick of the
back of the fireplace plus the obviously exterior window into the living room
reveals the room's earlier history.The solid wall along the neighboring driveway adds privacy.In the kitchen the refrigerator was moved
from the hallway/pantry to a more convenient location and was replaced with
additional cupboards.The recessed
ceiling lights have been repositioned.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a study.The bathroom has been redone, with new tile and tub. The attic —
by the addition of two skylights, insulation, air conditioning, window
restoration, and new decor -- has been transformed into an attractive and
comfortable living space.