The Clifton Gaslight District—named for its working gas street lamps—is home to some of the city’s most diverse and historic architecture. From traditional tudors to Victorian-style homes, the walkable neighborhood features tree-lined streets, plenty of nightlife options, and restaurants galore. Tucked away on Evanswood Place is a new architecture style to throw into the mix: an environmentally thoughtful LEED Gold–certified home.
The stunning two-bedroom, three-bathroom home is carved into the surrounding hills and trees. “We opted to use natural cedar to make the house blend into the wooded setting,” owner Will Sikes says. “And we love the red windows, even though we had doubts at times!”
Inside, details like character-grade hickory floors, wood-framed windows, and a stone fireplace stay true to the home’s cottage-style vibe. “While the outside is modern, we’re not a fan of cold modern interiors,” Sikes says. “The theme of the interior was to select timeless finishes that are easy to maintain and that will still be in style 20 years from now.”
The living room is extra cozy with built-in shelves and a working fireplace. In the kitchen, giant pendant lights illuminate an eat-in island. Shaker cabinets and open shelving line the walls, but the focal point of the space is the backsplash behind the gas stove. Over the years, Sikes and his wife collected tile remnants of Cincinnati’s famed Rookwood Pottery that they pieced together to create the backsplash as both a timeless decoration and an ode to Cincinnati. A wet bar serves as a separate prep station for cocktails and coffee and includes its own dedicated fridge. The rest of the first floor features an office, two-car garage, bathroom, and mud-slash-laundry room.
The purposeful details continue on the second level, starting with the staircase made of glass panels and rustic-like wood that coordinate with the rest of the house. The master suite features a doubly vanity and a dreamy chandelier. Down the hall, frosted sliding doors open up to a yoga room that features a mirrored wall and provides access to the top level of the home’s two-story deck, which is arguably the coolest part of the home. The top level features an open-air deck, while the bottom level, which can be accessed from the home’s main level, offers a screened-in porch, making it an epic spot year round with views of the surrounding woods.
Clearly, nature was both an inspiration and consideration when building the home, and in order for it to be certified as LEED Gold, environmentally conscious decisions were made during its construction. More than 90 percent of all building material waste and sourced materials, for instance, were recycled from the immediate region to minimize the build’s overall impact. Other LEED criteria was met by managing 100 percent of stormwater onsite and installing windows that ensured living spaces were lit with natural light. A thoughtful home, indeed!