Although a genius at design, Frank Lloyd Wright was not known for caring too much about the engineering side of his projects. We undertook an overhaul of a Wright home that included all of the things you can't see but still matter.
A young couple expecting their second child purchased a beautiful old frame house in River Forest. The previous owner had added a large addition on the back—a great open space—which they had used for dining and a family room.
This newly constructed 3600 square foot house is on one of the best streets in Oak Park, this home blends seamlessly with its neighbors—Frank Lloyd Wright is right next door!—but the interior is designed for today’s lifestyle.
Sometimes all the character has been stripped from old houses and the owners are left with a blank slate and decision of whether to re-create the old or re-imagine the new. In this case the house was re-imagined for today's lifestyle.
Sometimes all that needs to be done is to acknowledge and restore the work that’s gone before–this 1924 beauty had incredible original detail including exterior limestone, mahogany interior trims, hand painted gold leaf ceiling mural, four unique fireplaces and large flowing rooms.
Anyone who has lived in Chicago for any period of time has been inside a two flat. Like a bungalow, they are typically built with a single interior supporting wall down the middle making for a bit of a “bowling alley” effect–one long hallway down the middle with bedrooms on one side and public space on the other.
To provide a more open and airy feeling, many homeowners are eliminating or reducing upper cabinetry in their kitchens. In this home, the owner wanted no upper cabinets but also an older, more historical feeling to the kitchen, to match the Tudor exterior and heavy wood trims inside the house.
After moving into this Gold Coast condo, the homeowners knew they had to re-do the kitchen--which was very 90s with dark cherry cabinets and a dark granite countertop.
What to do with a strange second floor deck that is falling off your house? Make it into a perfect and serene ensuite bath!
Many families took advantage of this underutilized space over the last few years, adding bathrooms, insulation, wet bars, dry bars, play areas and bedrooms.
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