1940 Denton Road (1998)
Reflecting the diversity and continuing vitality of Cleveland Heights, this contemporary house was built in 1996 for the current owners. Cleveland architect Peter Van Dijk, working closely with the owners, has created a design greatly in harmony with their taste and life style. Beginning with the driveway, which was made to look like the surface of a riverbed, the house has many interesting and modern features.
The house is designed around a studio that leads to both the house and the garage. The floor is of slate from India, which extends through the front hall. A skylight in the studio as well as a large round Oriental-style window bathe the room in light, a feature found throughout the home by means of thoughtfully placed windows.
Designed to require little maintenance, the stucco covering this home offers excellent insulation and the color having been impregnated into the stucco, obviates the need for future painting. The windows are of low maintenance vinyl and the copper roof and gutters should carry this home far into the next century.
This house was also designed to "grow old" in. Although there is a second floor, the master bedroom and bath are on the first floor, and all doors are extra wide to accommodate wheelchairs. The closets offer the convenience of sliding doors.
Japanese prints and contemporary Danish furniture fill the house. The living room contains unusual "egg chairs" as well as Barcelona chairs designed by Meis van der Rohe.
The second floor features an office loft overlooking the living room. A spacious guest room and bath also grace the second floor.
A large kitchen with teak wood cabinets, granite counters, Italian tile floor and connecting laundry room, help to make this a very livable home. With a wonderful floor plan, this home is also great for entertaining.