The plan was simple: update the master bath. However, plans tend to expand. Exponentially. But honestly, parts of this Rocky River home just didn’t make any sense. The path from garage to house was awkward. The office and dining room needed to mesh. After those projects, the owners opted for a few more months of creative chaos, electing to redo the kitchen and great room as well.
“The clients just wanted the house to reflect the way they wanted to live in it,” says Barrie Spang, the owner and lead designer of Sapphire Pear, a full-service interior design studio and store in Rocky River.
Spang wanted to give the clients the contemporary environment they desired. She also wanted to respect the vintage nature of the house, a 1940s colonial. They took inspiration from the house itself and its unusually large private yard.
“The master bath had a huge sunken tub with jets, a small shower, small closet and built-in vanity,” she says. “But these features weren’t important to my clients.”
Spang quickly put a design together and worked with contractor Oster Services, based in Lakewood, who was able to stay on when the plans grew.