737 Kerr St

Paula Berry and her two Norwich terriers Casey and Trek

Paula’s husband purchased the home, built around 1888 as two units, in the late 1970’s after it had been damaged by a fire, and he rebuilt it into rental units. Paula had been living in a 2600 sq. ft. house at Buckeye Lake and decided to take advantage of the property and its fantastic location in the heart of the Short North, where she can walk to High Street and her favorite restaurants.

She engaged Steve Hurtt and Dean Berlon of urbanorder architects to re-design the formal rental into a cozy city retreat, and they coordinated a plan that expanded the then 900 sq. ft. home into the current 1400 sq. ft. home.

They designed an addition that would give her a lovely new master suite, which features cathedral ceilings, a separate sitting area and seven windows. The suite sits above the newly constructed garage that is attached to the house, a rarity in the Short North.

The first floor is an open floorplan with a see-through fire place that divides the living area from the dining area. Paula employed Amish craftsmen to construct her beautiful cabinet work and built-in book cases, which run the length of the house to disguise that fact that there were originally two front doors, which still exist on the exterior elevation. The new front door has been moved to the side of the house next to the new addition.

In the kitchen you will find an island with quartz countertop and a rounded end breakfast bar, where Paula often entertains, as well as a ceiling built with barn siding. At the end of the kitchen is Paula’s small office area.

Upstairs, the guest bedroom uses the exposed rafters to pay homage to the original loft bedroom spaces, while the guest bathroom contains one existing feature – the skylight. Her luxurious master bath has a large walk-in closet. The second floor also contains the main laundry for the house, convenient located next to the bedrooms.

The artwork found throughout the home reflects Paula’s affinity for lizards, and the picture over the dining room fireplace was created by her late husband. The flooring on both levels is hickory.

Off of the kitchen, through a set of glass doors is a wonderful, low-maintenance outdoor space designed by Will Lehnert. The area is outfitted with sitting, eating and cooking areas as well as a retractable awning that can be opened or closed with a push of button to help manage the afternoon sun. The small patch of pea gravel on the side of the house is perfect for her two Norwich terriers, Casey and Trek.