Rich and Karen Richardson lived in Dublin, Ohio, for many years. After their youngest son left for college, the empty nesters decided to move into their new home for a taste of the urban life. The home is one of six sister sites, positioned “soldier style,” with an exterior color palette of graduating gray tones. The couple saw the first of the homes built, and, not realizing it was one of six to be built, lamented the fact it was not for sale. Months later, while deep into house hunting, they learned of construction on additional units and were soon under contract for the third home.

The six homes were designed by architect Ruth Gless of Lincoln Street Studio.  Rich and Karen worked with developer Connie Klema on the simple house so it could become a place they could live and entertain and customize with their specific modern aesthetic. The approximately 1400 sq. ft. home includes two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, oak floors and a one-car garage. The main floor was designed in an open layout concept and features the kitchen, powder room and living area, as well as a customized, laser-cut door grid. The second floor holds the two bedrooms and two full baths. A walk-in shower can be found in both the master and guest baths. The guest bedroom contains a modern open staircase that leads to Karen’s third floor office loft.

The partial basement has been divided into a small mechanical/storage area and a media room with finished concrete floors, re-claimed barn wood siding on one wall, a large flat screen TV and a comfortable sofa.

Rich and Karen love how the clean, vertical lines of the exterior are reflected in the interior, as the custom open staircase and vaulted ceiling make the space feel open and expansive. Windows to the east and west add to the openness by filling the space with light. Custom cabinetry and woodwork is found throughout the home, and the pair selected a custom high-gloss finish for all of the cabinetry and no handles/pulls for the drawers and doors.

Off the kitchen is one of their favorite spaces: the screened-in porch, where they spend a large portion of their summer months. The porch also boasts their modern taste, with teakwood tile flooring and a Mac Worthington sculpture.

Rich and Karen do not have a formal living or dining room, but instead have opted for a collection of classic seating pieces and a banquette which Rich designed with a small, round table for two. The clean lines support a more minimalistic décor, which includes a few signature furnishings from Eames and artwork ranging from local artists and photographers to a Leroy Neiman piece.

The couple also looks to add local Ohio materials where possible, which is best expressed on the kitchen backsplash and powder room wall that feature custom, handmade, tile from Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati.

Rich and Karen love their home and the ability to enjoy all that the Short North as to offer and walk to many of their favorite restaurants.

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