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Design Matters: Finding Hidden Potential

After growing up in suburbia, we have developed an appreciation for the diverse urban communities that make up Cincinnati. Sarah got to know Evanston in the school carpool to Walnut Hills High School. Flanked by Xavier University and the thriving business district of O’Bryonville, she took notice of the sense of community, proximity to downtown, and an architectural fabric that was developed as Cincinnati boomed during the turn of the 20th century.

Initially slated for a tear down, the potential of the existing home could not be ignored. The foundation and exterior walls were in good shape and the roof was repairable. The design was consistent within the existing vernacular but lacked any special features. The original cedar shake siding had been covered in aluminum siding. The shotgun interior was a series of compartmentalized spaces, typical for homes built during that time.

We were able to salvage and match the existing cedar shake siding and transformed the front porch into a walk-out balcony. This offered an opportunity for a unique design element that also enhanced the master bedroom space on the second floor.

We opened up the interior with the demolition of the existing fireplace and chimney. This opened up the kitchen and dining room into a truly spacious and modern space. The stair to the second level was reconfigured to maximize the living spaces on the second floor. This allowed space for a master bath and a walk-in closet in the master bedroom as well as a Jack n Jill bathroom for the extra bedrooms.

With some thoughtful upgrades and playful design elements, this home truly stands out, while maintaining an affordable price point for the first time home buyer.

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We are happy to report that the new owners have recently moved in. We are looking forward to more developments on Kinney and Fairfield.

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