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Shaker Heights, Ohio

1936 Monte Copper Tudor


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Renovation of this remarkable 1936 Monte Copper Tudor demonstrates how we sensitively transform historic homes to beautifully perform in contemporary life. The challenge was to connect first floor spaces, including the kitchen, dining room, and a lower family room added in a previous addition. The family room received thoughtful and appropriate detailing along with an elegant new fireplace surround. The kitchen was expanded and reimagined for function and aesthetics. Diagonal views and openings allow all the rooms to flow as a connected whole. A sunroom was added to allow for both work and enjoyment with connection to the back yard

Photography: Emily Synder Photography

The Challenge

The family room was the trickiest element of the design because it was removed from the kitchen by several steps down through a thickened wall. Without eliminating the transition, we transformed it into two sets of steps spilling around a central cabinetry piece. This geometric puzzle of cabinetry gives openness with glass cabinets over a kitchen buffet, while gracefully serving the family room side with an elegant bar area.

"Our experience working with George Clemens was excellent. He designed a new kitchen, family room and sun porch for us. He listened carefully to what we wanted from our project and he was endlessly patient, attending to every detail. He created a design that met all of our expectations. There is not one thing we would change about the end result. George communicated effectively with us and with our builder. The entire process was enjoyable. We highly recommend George Clemens Architecture."

— Homeowner

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