1282 Cleveland Heights Boulevard (1992)
Built in 1924 by a general contractor who owned a large tract of land on Cleveland Heights Boulevard, this unassuming Dutch colonial has been lovingly restored and remodeled by its present owners.
The predominant feature of the house, the extensive oak woodwork throughout, was stripped and refinished. The fireplace, set back in an arched alcove, was reset with new tile, and a new mantel installed to match the woodwork and built-in cabinet to its right.
Flanking a window seat in the dining room, five oak corner cupboards have an inverted curved bracket design at the top and heavy side pillars. They are complemented by a collection of oak furniture, which includes an antique music stand and round Queen Anne dining table. French doors lead to a sunroom overlooking the back yard.
New cabinets round out the oak motif in the kitchen, where a new floor and white wall tile were recently installed. Upstairs, the bathroom has been redecorated with a black and gray theme. Two sets of built-in linen closets and all the upstairs doors, all hardwood, have been painstakingly refinished. All three bedrooms have been redecorated.
The charming back yard has been extensively relandscaped. A large kitchen garden located under the sunroom windows is new, as are the picket fence and the many flower beds and trees. The brick walk was fashioned from old Green Road brick.
One of the most intriguing features of this property is the garage. Set at the very back of the yard, this delightful building predates the house; it appears that its creator sought to reproduce a European garden cottage when he outfitted the stucco building with a kitchen, fireplace, and wide planked floor. The latter two features remain. It was one of the first steel-beamed structures in Cleveland Heights.