Situated at the edge of George Rogers Clark Park, the two-story private red-brick residence was subdivided into four apartments sometime after it was built, which is how it remained until recently. In 1980, a local architect and university professor bought the property and more recently, decided to convert it back into a single-family residence – and then some.
The redesign and renovation created open spaces and natural light more suited to 21st Century living, while preserving the historic spirit of the house and its place within the surrounding historic neighborhood.
Not surprisingly, a house that is so thoroughly red clay brick, from its exterior walls to its exposed accent walls inside of the same brick, would need a similar treatment to tie the project together. Landscape architect Steve Lichtenberg of Lichtenberg Landscaping specified clay brick pavers to match as closely as possible the face brick that was used to build the house 170 years ago, creating an intentional foreground that naturally draws the eye upward to the architectural details of the historic home.
Outside, the project’s objective was to make the most of the available space and deliver a functional and user-friendly outdoor entertainment space in the front and rear yards.
The front yard offers a spectacular view of the Cincinnati skyline, including the Great American Ball Park, the home field of the Cincinnati Reds, just across the Ohio River. Here, the owner wanted a patio area for a small table and to have good circulation between the two front doors.
Rumbled pavers come “pre aged”
The rear space was the greatest challenge, but it also provided the greatest opportunity. The landscape architect wanted to maximize the area’s use while creating a cozy and private courtyard, which required finding a way to connect all seven entrance points to the courtyard. Inspired by a hardscape patio installation at a local restaurant known for its snug, warm atmosphere, the design called for red and brown pavers, along with running bond, basket weave and herringbone patterns, to help designate different spaces. Finally, in a whimsical addition, artificial turf was included for the owner’s dogs.
Once again, modern rumbled clay pavers demonstrate their adaptability to historic renovation.