2681 Derbyshire Road (1992)


Built in 1929, this brick Georgian Revival house possesses many classic elements of that type, among them the decorative door surround and the floor-to-ceiling front windows. Inside, the owners have redecorated extensively and in keeping with the formality of the Georgian style.


The predominant dark green and mauve color scheme throughout the first floor complements the natural woodwork, especially in the living room, which features original matching wooden radiator covers and cherry mantel with agate marble hearth. Watercolors by local Ohio artists are of particular interest and accentuate the elegant decor.


A recent comprehensive and ambitious remodeling project involved knocking out a wall in the kitchen between main room and nook, doubling the size of the half bath, and adding a mud room and a 20' x 16' family room at the back of the house. The addition, designed by a Cleveland Heights architect and built by local artisans, combines comfort and style with a traffic pattern conducive to entertaining. Floor-to-ceiling windows, two skylights, wet bar, recessed nook for the entertainment center, and stained oak built-ins are the highlights of this very striking family room


The brick pattern of the house is mirrored in the foundation of the addition, constructed with brick from the original back porch. The back yard has undergone an equally dramatic transformation. A brick patio was built at the same time as the addition, and overgrown plantings were replaced with 130 shrubs, mostly azaleas and rhododendrons.