From Margaret Everton on February 18, 2010 in Cleveland
For a couple transfixed by art and enthralled by history, the Cleveland house on South Park Boulevard seemed the perfect place for Andrew and Robin Schachat to call home. The tudor, looking far better than its 100 years might suggest, was originally built in 1909 by the Van Sweringen brothers, who later went on to build another even larger home in Huntington Valley. While the couple liked the home for its original Mediterranean design and integrity, they were quickly moved to renovate after returning home from a trip to England. A new interest in the wood paneling of English Tudor homes convinced the couple to hire an architect, one who could center his plans on this particular design element. The result? Fresh, sophisticated warmth that only beautifully stained wood can bring. Revamping the overall appearance and feel of the house wasnt the only project that the Schachats had to tackle. Anyone who has owned an older home knows that they require a bit more love and attention than new construction, and thats just what this couple provided. They replaced the flat areas of the roof, revamped the stone exterior, fixed some of the home’s wooden floors, and completely renovated the outside pool. Putting in extra blood, sweat, and tears made this home into a spectacular Tudor Revival, one the Schachats are proud to call their own. Despite the updates they made to the original structure, Robin still delights in the little pieces of history that she continues to find within.