This unique project is the culmination of over a decade of dreaming by the owners of the Scranton Road Residence. Richardson Design, in partnership with Modern Smart Homes, turned this existing warehouse in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood into an ethereal urban residence and work space.

Converting a warehouse into a residential project required some creative thinking. The property’s zoning classification had to be changed from commercial to a live/work space, which also meant the structure had to comply with various commercial safety standards and ADA accessibility requirements.

Looking at this elegant and richly designed space, you’ll see that as much of the original material inside the warehouse remains. The client wanted to keep drywall walls to a minimum — adding it only where absolutely necessary — in favor of the textured, imperfect, and tactile materials from the warehouse. The existing plywood floors were sanded and stained with a dark stain. The existing poured concrete warehouse floor had cracks filled with epoxy and silver followed by a highly reflective top coat which provided protection for the floor while revealing its history.

Floating wood stairs lead to the mezzanine level which was added to the warehouse space to create a luxurious master suite retreat and a guest bedroom and bath. The underside of the wood mezzanine structure was left exposed and stained with a combination of two semi-transparent stains to achieve just the right tone. Reclaimed wood and black paint cover walls that are new and matching custom reclaimed wood pocket doors were also installed. All custom wood cabinetry, paneling and doors were designed by Richardson Design and fabricated through Modern Smart Homes.

The style of this space reflects the industrial style of being part of the Rustbelt. Richardson Design created custom metal design elements that capture this essence in an elevated and refined manner and were all fabricated locally (in Cleveland) which includes the soaring blackened metal fireplace, custom kitchen island (with exposed fasteners), range hood surround, and a corten steel privacy screen for the home office.

A cluster of woven globe fixtures float in the center of the main living space, giving a tactile and soft experience among the textures of the industrial fixtures. Each piece of furniture and decor was meticulously selected to reflect the owner’s style and the story of this live/work space and each piece layers perfectly into this unique space.

Richardson Design, LLC
Phone 216.696.6780

Photography: Paul Sobota

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