The owners of this Chagrin Falls home didn’t want to waste an inch when building their 5,100-square-foot abode. So they worked with Alexandra Fine Homes on a purposeful design that utilizes every room to the max. Take the bright and airy kitchen, for example. “There’s no formal dining room in the home,” says president Nestor Papageorge. “Instead, we included a large, live-edge table and a double island in the kitchen.” A mix of colonial, modern and industrial design was used throughout the house to give it a slight contemporary feel. “They wanted it to be clean, but still cozy,” Papageorge says. Touches like a tile backsplash, stone walls, cedar beams, open shelving and black metal light fixtures above the islands effortlessly blend styles. “It’s a big house, but it’s still warm and livable.”
It wasn't hard finding a beautiful build site in Chagrin Falls. “We showed them a lot of options,” says Papageorge. “But they knew this land was where they wanted to build as soon as they saw it.” The six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom fortress is perched on top of a quaint hill, giving the pad 360-degree views of the valley. And it’s not just a pretty face: The home is sustainable, too. The windows are high-end, the appliances are energy-saving and the home is flooded with natural light. “We’ve always thought, If you can use sustainable materials that have the same quality, why wouldn’t you?” says Papageorge.
The Stairs: Papageorge took his time when crafting the staircase, one of the main focal points of the home. “The wood matches the floors, and we had a local metal worker make the rest,” he says. “We didn’t coat them straight black, so you can still see some sanding marks. It brings out that industrial look.”
The Fireplace: Made from the same metal as the stairs, the fireplace makes a statement in the first-floor living area. Rather than choosing the typical brick, Alexandra Fine Homes wanted to keep the materials consistent. “It just makes the house flow to see the stairs, fireplace and windows with the same metal,” says Papageorge. “It’s more modern.”
The Windows: Strategically placed oversized windows allow a perfect glance of the valley and natural lighting year-round. “It’s not just like you throw in some big windows wherever and be done,” says Papageorge. “We took a look at how much sun exposure they’d get all year, what allows for the best view while not compromising privacy and more.”