Last week, we introduced our mid-century remodel project in Cincinnati, OH. Today, we’re sharing some of our basic plans for the house and next week we’ll dive into design decisions.

In summary, the house sits on a hillside on an approximately one acre lot. It hadn’t been touched or lived in for years up until recently. A tree fell on it, windows were shattered, the roof was leaking as was the basement, the pressure of the hillside and lack of drainage remediation had resulted in the downhill side of the house sinking and the uphill side following its tracks. The first order of business was to correct framing issues, figure out a drainage fix, demo, reinsulate per code (most of the lower level walls were bare concrete block), level and resurface the slab, replace the siding and the roof, and landscape, landscape, landscape. Today we’ll be discussing the interior scope of work, and I’ll save the exterior for another post.

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Upper level:

  • Replace floor throughout – tile in entry, stair treads, wood flooring, tile in bathroom
  • Preserve fireplace and original mahogany paneling
  • Demo kitchen entirely – prepare for new layout
  • Consolidate columns near fireplace
  • Consolidate and conceal plumbing vents
  • Eliminate shower in upstairs bath
  • Demo entire bath – retain vanity, convert to half bath
  • Replace windows on uphill side of house
  • Eliminate exterior door in living room
  • Replace front and side entry doors
  • Replace bathroom door


  • Replace all electrical, plumbing
  • New drywall throughout
  • New fixtures and lighting plan throughout
  • Eliminate HVAC and install mini-splits
  • New water heater
  • Insulate throughout

Lower Level

  • Level slab and refinish concrete
  • Address framing issues
  • Frame two bedrooms and an office
  • Demo entire guest bath
  • Replace windows with glass block in guest bath
  • Replace all windows
  • Demo master bath – convert to half bath
  • Install washer/dryer hookups in utility room
  • Demo closets in master suite
  • Prep for vanity and shower in master suite
  • Replace exterior door with window in master suite
  • Install interior french drain
  • Create entry into garage from office

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