Located in Cincinnati, in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, RWA Architects has been providing the highest level of quality custom residential architecture since 1989. The primary focus of our firm is to offer superior architectural and design services.
Built on an empty lot in Hyde Park, this new 4,100 square foot home was designed to be authentically traditional both inside and out, while addressing the contemporary lifestyle of a couple with three young children. Emulating a traditional, four-square home, the formal spaces, including the foyer, library, and dining room are located toward the street. The more casual spaces are centralized with the kitchen, breakfast, and family room defined by beams and flanking columns without compromising the feeling of openness. French doors lead to a sitting room that resembles the enclosed porches commonly found in the neighborhood. Between the kitchen and the side porch leading to the detached garage, an owner’s entry complete with a cubbies for each family member, a memo blackboard, and “mom’s desk” serves as the staging area for the family. One of the most important features of this home is its thoughtful circulation. Accordingly, the home features two separate stairs. One connects the rear patio/play yard with the lower level recreation room and future guest suite. The other, with its artfully detailed balustrade ascends from the foyer to the second floor hallway featuring an inviting window seat flanked by bookshelves.
Following up on the successful transformation of a concrete block futon store into a comfortably scaled, forty seat Asian restaurant and sushi bar, the design team was asked to expand the space to include a much needed waiting area, two Hibachi grills, a dedicated liquor bar, additional space that could be reserved for private parties, and outdoor dining space. The expanded restaurant allows patrons to choose from a wide variety of dining experiences.The most significant challenge for the design team was to maintain the intimate feel of the original restaurant while nearly tripling its size. This was accomplished by clearly defining the distinct functional areas while carefully composing views from one space to another. Most notably a framed bamboo thicket separates the activity of the hibachi from the dining room. For private parties, this opening can be further screened with an automated scrim. The design team was fully responsible for the selection of furnishings, finishes, lighting, accessories and artwork. Sustainable measures include insulated translucent panels that illuminate the space with soft, natural light, floor tiles with recycled content, recyclable carpet tiles, sound absorbing ceiling planks made from fast growth wood fibers, and bamboo paneling.
Creating a modern aesthetic and a sense of openness within an existing footprint were the primary goals of this project. While the entire Master Bath was completely remodeled, fixture locations and interior/exterior openings remained in their previous locations.The compartmentalized shower was opened on two sides with glass panels to create open sightlines. By flooding the space with natural light, both the shower and the bathroom feel much larger. The cantilevered stone counter also helps to enlarge the space by holding the millwork off the floor & walls to expose all edges of the room. A custom medicine cabinet also appears to hover in mid-air, permitting mirrored panels to slide behind and conceal additional storage shelves. Stock components used in an unconventional manner ensure that task lighting is not compromised, and adds to the layered arrangement of the vanity. Detailing of the tub deck matches the vanity, and fixture selections enhance the modern aesthetic. A tub apron clad in mosaic tile complements the stone flooring, and will provide years of durability.