Exciting and intriguing, this modern Ohio home stands slightly apart from its neighbors on the sidewalk.
It’s nestled among a condominium, a former warehouse and in between a cluster of shotgun houses, typical in style to this area of Cleveland. What makes this house different is its incredibly fascinating wall system at the back. The property boasts undulating shapes and patterns, and inter-connectivity between the front and back parts. Sharing a central courtyard, it’s a big house with all the space and requirements for a growing family. Yet interestingly, this home also allows for the flexibility of splitting the structure in the future to have a series of smaller spaces. Let’s take a closer look.
From the front street view you can see straightaway the smaller portion of the house – its black stucco concrete exterior expressing a bold urban presence. You can also make out a front entrance which leads to a parlor area and living room.To the right you can further see a gate and enough space for cars to enter the parking garage within the private courtyard.
Notice the furniture selection and color scheme of this sleek parlor which exudes mid-century modern vibes. The window frames here are big and wide, letting in plenty of light.
Upstairs is a kitchen and lounge area, as well as a handful of bedroom spaces that can also be used as home offices or studio spaces.
You can see from this side into the central courtyard. Out here, a sheltered balcony corridor connects this part of the house with the other. Underneath, custom corten panels make up a fence area along the one side of the home.
At the back of the house, walls undulate and fold in strong sharp edges. Without a doubt, these walls make this modern Ohio home one of the most fascinating in the neighborhood.
The surprising process to design the intricate staircase railings is worth noting. Firstly, an image of bamboo was taken. This photo was then manipulated to give the essence of light dappling through the branches. The resulting pattern is used not only for the rail guards, but also for parts of the balcony, and even some of the wood cabinetry.
Where the house meets in the middle there is a terrace area for hanging out. Big sliding doors make it easy to see out and pass through.
The decor of this modern Ohio home is simple yet striking, with all the things you might need. The open plan kitchen works well for a busy family. At the same time, there are other areas of the house to disappear to if one needs peace and quiet.
This is a particularly great shot showing off the dappled sunlight look the designers were going for with the bamboo panels!
Upstairs, the master suite uses clean lines and shapes. The home owners are both industrial designers and were pleased to have a space for their studio and work life, in addition to a space for their growing family.
The bathroom feels light and open with the many spaces where light comes through. What’s more, we can’t get enough of its gray marble finish which adds tasteful contrast to the simple whites of the bedroom.
Overall, the Little BIG House is an intriguing project. We especially love its repeating shapes and patterns which bring the two sections of the home together. Additionally, we’re fascinated by the staircase which bends and folds, just like the geometric wrapper on the outside. From whatever angle, inside and out, this modern Ohio home can certainly provide plenty of design inspiration, making it a mainstay addition to the Pinterest board.