Northeast Ohio Full Home Remodel Series: Primary Suite and Exterior – Blog #4 of 4

October 19, 2022

Bringing this whole-house remodeling project full circle, this final blog of the series walks out of the main living space and into the primary suite, including the primary bedroom, bathroom and closet. Plus, we’ll look at the exterior updates that give this home the curb appeal that better reflects its beautifully refreshed interior.

As part of the primary suite renovation, we reconfigured (and remodeled) the adjoining rooms, including a home office, a guest room with a full bathroom and a half bath with access off the main hallway. Here’s how that area lays out.

demo second floor          proposed new second floor


Primary Bedroom

The existing primary bedroom was merely an average room. While it did have a sizable footprint and one large window for natural light, the low ceiling made the space feel tight. To make the room loftier, we added a support beam to create a dramatic cathedral ceiling and then used custom millwork to finish and tie in with the trim throughout. These changes transform the look of the space, making it feel grander and more on-par with the rest of the newly renovated home living space.

Installing all new windows provides even more light and increases energy efficiency. Finally, adding new light fixtures, repainting the room and installing new carpet for warmth and comfort complete the remodel.

Primary Bedroom Before:

primary bedroom before

Primary Bedroom After:

primary bedroom after

Primary Bathroom

Taking the primary bathroom down to the studs allowed us to rebuild the room with a more thoughtful approach to how the homeowners use the space. On the top of their wish list for their new bathroom was an oversized shower with no door (no glass to clean!) and no bathtub.

Primary Bathroom Before:

primary bathroom before        bathroom before

Primary Bathroom After:

We installed a pocket door leading from the bedroom into the bathroom to maximize the space. Custom cabinetry by 4B in Birch, Nutmeg finish, creates his and her vanities with built-in recessed lighting. The vanity surround features many drawers and cabinets with built-in storage features that use every square inch of space. Tile floor: Virginia Tile in Coastal Beige, size 18×18 installed on a diagonal for an elevated look.

Primary Shower:

To build the oversized shower, we started with the Schluter® waterproofing system, made the enclosure and finished the space with custom tile work. On the floor: Virginia Tile,  Pozzalo in Universal, 2×2. The walls: Virginia Tile, Pozzalo in Coastal Beige, 12×12. The inlay and niche: Virginia Tile Mosaic Accent Stripe, Designer Elegance Natural Stone, and Empress Hearth Stone Blend.  Dual showerheads (Moen Voss 2-Function Showerhead) and Moen Voss fixtures in brushed nickel complete the primary shower.

The Primary Closet

In the walk-in closet, we designed the space for the homeowners’ exact use with built-ins that include shelves end cabinets with integrated jewelry organizers, laundry baskets, etc. The closet consists of single and double hanging space and shoe organizers and a large center island built to store and keep luggage close at hand—plus drawers with custom inserts and an integrated, secure vault drawer for valuables.



The Exterior Update

As we remodeled the home’s interior to create more living space, the elevation was reconfigured, affecting the brick exterior. Some areas required replacing the brick, which posed a challenge. Due to age and weathering, the existing brick was discolored, so finding a perfect match was virtually impossible. Instead, we installed new brick as required and painted the brick in a Sherwin Williams paint to refresh the exterior. The remodel included all new siding in two different materials: Alside Pelican Bay in Sterling Gray traditional shake as an accent on dormers and front entry alcove; and Odyssey Plus 5″ horizontal siding in Sterling Gray on the addition. Wood garage doors (Clopay Gallery Collection, Long Panel with Ultra Grain Walnut Finish) provide warmth and contrast. On the rear of the home, we also built a new deck to tie into the new sunroom, great room and kitchen.

Front exterior before & after:


Rear exterior before & after:


Bringing It Home.

This whole-house renovation was quite an undertaking—but one that was worth every ounce of creative ingenuity and planning. Despite working through Covid and managing the associated challenges, we completed the job on time and within budget. Most importantly, our team was able to help these homeowners bring their vision to life, creating a home their family will enjoy for years to come. It was an honor to be a part of their journey.

kitchen with 2 islands and lots of storage

If you’d like more information about this renovation project or if you’d like to talk about your ideas for remodeling your own home, reach out to Dover Home Remodelers.

Patti Saracusa