This gracious Shaker Heights home, built in 1919, featured an extra first-floor room with a bay window that leaked. Originally an open-air porch, the room had been enclosed 20 to 30 years ago. It was heated with floor-mounted radiators and was cold and drafty in the winter.

The homeowners wanted to remodel the space to make it into “a pleasant media room where we could sit for a cozy evening of TV viewing” in the winter as well as summer. An artistic couple, they described what they wanted, giving us sketches, photographs and pictures torn from magazines.

The homeowners are delighted with their media room. “We are enormously pleased with Robert’s willingness to come up with solutions to the challenges we presented him,” says the homeowner’s wife.

More About The Project

During

This photograph was taken after we removed the radiators from under the old bay window. We replaced the bay window and installed an in-floor hot water heating system underneath the new tile floor.

After

The west wall features a new hand-built cherry storage cabinet and an LCD screen that can be used as a television or computer screen.

During

The cabinet houses a Control 4 Equipment System for lighting, radio, stereo, TV and computer.

After

The east wall features shoulder-high solid cherry wainscoting and an unfinished window space that will someday encase a stained-glass triptych that the homeowners are creating themselves.

After

The bay window enables the homeowner to grow flowering plants during the winter. The carpenters built in a copper-lined arc tray to catch water from the plants.

During

The carpenters made jigs to create the circular shape of the built-in cherry cabinets.

After

These new double doors replaced a single door with a window beside it. The wrought-iron gate to the left of the patio was a gift to the homeowner.

Before

The previous patio door and window didn’t match the style of the original doors and windows in the house.

After

The north side of the house, showing the gardens and patio.

After

The new bay window faces south and lets in a lot of light.

Before

The window before