All about STYLE

SANDUSKY The function of cabinets, rooms and space in artist Susan Schultz's house follows her form.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



The function of cabinets, rooms and space in artist Susan Schultz's house follows her form.

"A house should function for its owner," Schultz said. "That's the way it should be."

She doesn't get wrapped up in designer opinions on how many pictures should be on a wall, or whether or not she should paint the trim in her living room red -- her favorite color. She does it because she likes it and it suits her and her budget.

Schultz took over care for her family home on Cedar Point Chaussee about five years ago and has began remodeling a room at a time, on her do-it-herself budget.

"I think too often people are afraid to make the decisions for themselves or do-it-themselves," she said. "Certainly, there are some things I know how I want them but know that it's too much of a project for me to handle, but there's so much you can do on your own."

Schultz's kitchen, for instance, may look new, but the cabinets are original. She took out a wall and knocked a hole through another one to rearrange the kitchen allowing more light in and creating a more open space.

Behind one of the cabinet doors you can see where a door was cut and put back together. A ruler keeps the pieces cleanly together, on the front of the door no seams can be seen.

"I didn't have enough to fill the entire wall," she said. " So I made the open space a bookshelf and space under the counter for my trash can. It works."

She didn't stop there. She tiled several spaces in her living room, painted superman and woman murals in the kitchen and a spare bedroom. When Schultz decided to upgrade to a flat panel television she had a friend help her redo the mantle to hide wires and mount the TV above the mantle like a picture.

For Schultz, an open home that can accommodate summer crowds is a priority. When she decided to keep both original bathrooms -- tile and all -- she realized having a space separate from the bathroom for guests to groom was important.

She converted an existing laundry room into a space where guests can primp their hair or do their makeup separate from the bathroom.

With many guests, Schultz took advantage of an old standard of small spaces, the Murphy bed. A floor to ceiling closet area in her office hides the bed away for weekend use.

Eating is at the heart of any gathering at her house, so when she couldn't find a table that suited her she designed one and had local granite and marble workers, Balconi Monuments, construct the table for her.

"It's bigger than most people would want, but I like having the space to entertain," she said.

Being an artist, light is important to Schultz. Her studio, a second floor loft addition over the home's former patio, has skylights to allow more light in. The exterior doors in Schultz's home are almost all sliding glass to allow lake views and outdoor light in. The living room is a wall of glass with simple window dressings to not distract for the view.

Her garage doubles as a large studio space with glass paneled doors on both sides allowing for more light than a traditional garage door and providing more entertaining space.

"It works for me and that's important, I don't ever listen to what other people tell me about my house," she said.