Before transforming into a space as cozy as its name, The Cottage was in need of a full head-to-toe renovation. The result is a stunning remodel with an open floor plan and a complete reconstruction of its exterior spaces, including the back porch.
Like many century homes in the Ohio City neighborhood, this 1840s workman’s cottage had seen many architectural modifications over the years, including a duplex conversion. Stripped of any original detail and in need of structural remediation, this home was a candidate for a full gut renovation. Challenges included relocating an ill-placed staircase; fitting second floor programming into a gabled half-story; and adding modern desirables such as a first-floor laundry room and open floor plan. Exterior work included a new, period- appropriate front stair landing and considerable structural reconstruction of the back porch. This project secured a 15-year tax abatement for substantial remediation by meeting energy-efficiency requirements.
The Cottage won the 2016 Home Heritage Program Award from the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland.
Stripped of any original detail and in need of structural remediation, this home was a candidate for a full gut renovation.