This hillside row house overlooking Presidio Park was completely renovated and expanded to incorporate enlarged living spaces, a sky-lit stair hall and a roof terrace. Large north-facing windows on each floor capture views over the park and bay while multiple skylights fill the living spaces with natural light. Both the exterior and interior are skillfully detailed with dark-stained timber and wrought iron accents blending the Spanish mission style character of the existing house with modern amenities.
Perched on a wooded hilltop, this historical estate home was thoughtfully restored and expanded, addressing the modern needs of a large family and incorporating the unique style of its owners. The design is teeming with custom details including a porte cochère and fox head rain spouts, providing references to the historical narrative of the site’s long history.
The addition and renovation of this French Provincial-inspired home integrates seamlessly with the existing residence featuring a limestone exterior, slate mansard roofs, and copper accents. Expansive arched openings and interior art glass open up the once-segmented floor plan providing free-flowing interior spaces and an open floor plan. Taking advantage of a nearby existing tree, the rear roof terrace is nestled below the expansive tree canopy creating the sense of an outdoor room.
The axial approach to this Georgian-style brick home sets the stage for the comfortable elegance found within. Work on this project included solving several issues common with renovation work, specifically related to the blending of a new addition to the existing structure, creating a stylish and comfortable master suite, and a kitchen and family room area that allow for an open feel and views between spaces.
The kitchen of the family’s vacation home was renovated and expanded to provide an ‘eat-at’ peninsula, a new breakfast room/sunroom was added off the kitchen and expansive screened porch was added to provide ‘outdoor’ space for large family gatherings.
The challenge presented by this charming estate was to design an addition for a new library and bedroom suite while not detracting from the charm and character of the home. Through careful detailing and blending of the exteriors most vital features, the transition from existing to new is almost indistinguishable. This project was honored with the 2003 Preservation Award for excellence in renovation and restoration of an Illinois landmark structure from the Glencoe Historic Preservation Commission.
Interior renovation on the first floor provided for an expanded dining room, an elevator, bar area, a new kitchen with island and cathedral ceiling, and a new fireplace with built-in bookshelves in the great room. Renovation work to the master bedroom suite on the second floor provided consolidated closets and improved flow as well as access to the new stair and elevator areas overlooking the kitchen. On the exterior, space was provided for an outdoor cooking and entertaining area, as well as the addition of dormers above the new kitchen space.
By expanding the attic space within the existing footprint, this home design was able to accommodate the functional needs of the client without sacrificing the limited lot area available. The extended front porch also provides generous outdoor living space along the front facade of the home.
This home was completely renovated and expanded to enhance the original Dutch Colonial character. The addition of the covered stone front porch, which wraps around the house and ties into the new sunroom, offers a variety of outdoor living spaces appropriate for every season.
Great care was taken to integrate a family room, mudroom and master suite addition to this brick colonial home. The master bath, located above the existing sunroom, is wrapped with wood pilasters and a ribbon of windows, to create a light and delicate element above.
The distinctive Georgian character of this home was meticulously restored and renewed through sensitive design solutions and finely crafted detailing. Additionally, refinements to the landscape design and front approach help reinforce the symmetry of the front facade.
Situated on a beautiful lakefront site, the client desired to maximize the lake view from every room with a plan that was very open yet provided comfortable, defined spaces.
Interiors completed by Momus Inc.
150 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2360 - Chicago, Illinois 60606