Category Archives: Transformation Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday – Award Winning Preservation

Written on June 11, 2019 at 2:36 PM, by

Blair Kamin, a Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, recently spoke at the Wilmette Historic Preservation Commission’s annual historic awards ceremony. We are honored to have our project at 814 Park Avenue selected as a winning recipient in the rehabilitation category. “A town that celebrates historic preservation is well on its wayContinue Reading


Transformation Tuesday

Written on May 28, 2019 at 6:01 PM, by

Casa Cinco was honored to be selected by the Wilmette Historical Society to be featured in their house walk as an excellent example of a sensitive addition and renovation to a historically significant home.


Transformation Tuesday – Construction Update

Written on April 30, 2019 at 5:11 PM, by

Rebuilding work is underway at our Prairie Fire Residence. Often in construction, things look worse before they look better. We think the Prairie Fire Residence may have finally rounded that corner. It’s exciting to see the rebuilding begin.


Transformation Tuesday

Written on February 19, 2019 at 3:54 PM, by

This existing kitchen is being reconfigured to give the client more space and an updated clean look. White perimeter cabinetry contrasts nicely with the oversized grey island, allowing ample space for cooking, dining, and family time.


Transformation Tuesday – Charred to Charming

Written on February 12, 2019 at 5:04 PM, by

This historical and now fire damaged home is getting a complete makeover to restore it back to its original glory. Check out the transformation we are proposing on our Prairie Fire Residence from charred to charming!


Transformation Tuesday

Written on October 23, 2018 at 3:48 PM, by

Big progress has been made at our Ligan Residence! Limestone is coming along on the exterior, flooring and tile are being installed, and cabinets are going in!


Transformation Tuesday

Written on September 4, 2018 at 5:10 PM, by

This project is perhaps one of our biggest transformations yet. At our Prairie Fire Residence, the majority of the second floor and attic were overtaken by an electrical fire, leading the clients to a full renovation of their historic home. Here is a snapshot of what the master bedroom might look like once it isContinue Reading


Transformation Tuesday – History in the Making

Written on August 14, 2018 at 4:26 PM, by

After a fire ripped through their house in the middle of the night, the owners of this historic Prairie Style home are bringing it back to its original glory. Painstakingly recreating it from old photos is a challenge, but we are up for the task for our Prairie Fire Residence!


Transformation Tuesday – Bookstore to Boutique

Written on July 31, 2018 at 4:00 PM, by

We transformed this vacant book store into a lavish art-deco influenced aesthetic boutique for Lalique in the exclusive shops at “The Crystals” located in the Aria resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Transformation Tuesday – Under Construction

Written on July 17, 2018 at 4:43 PM, by

Construction on our MAuN Residence is underway! The shell is nearing completion with the interior construction soon to follow. Retractable glass walls will allow the interior and exterior space of the pool house to bleed together to make a seamless entertaining space. The open concept will allow the perfect backdrop for summer entertaining.


Transformation Tuesday – Hip Again

Written on July 10, 2018 at 3:16 PM, by

Historic photos showed the porch initially had a hipped roof so we put it back – Hip Again. A combination of fiber cement clap board and shingles were used with subtle color variations to provide a more historically sensitive appearance.


Transformation Tuesday – Colonial Conversion

Written on July 3, 2018 at 3:11 PM, by

The transformation of this red brick colonial included overtaking an existing attached garage to become part of a new family room with expanded breakfast area and new mudroom. A second floor addition above the existing sunroom provided a master bath.


Transformation Tuesday – Blah to Bright

Written on June 26, 2018 at 3:22 PM, by

This transformation is dramatic! Before the oppressive 1970’s interior consisted low ceilings and no natural daylight. Now raised ceilings and borrowed natural light combined with rich wood panels and a fresh color palette make an energizing work environment.


Transformation Tuesday – A Hole in One!

Written on June 19, 2018 at 3:12 PM, by


Transformation Tuesday – Bungalow Grows Up

Written on June 12, 2018 at 4:10 PM, by

This National Award Winning Transformation raised the roof, allowing the full footprint of the second floor to be utilized for three children’s bedrooms, a hall bath and a master suite. The new third floor provides a home office and separate children’s study/play room.


Transformation Tuesday

Written on June 5, 2018 at 3:23 PM, by

From Tyvek wrapped to zinc roofed, The Laurel gets closer to its virtual reality every day! Check out our transformation photos and look forward to a finished product in November of 2018.


Transformation Tuesday – The Blue Lady Construction Progress

Written on May 8, 2018 at 3:55 PM, by

The Blue Lady is brightening up with this living room space. Originally, a wall divided the space, making it feel small and have less natural light. By removing the wall, we have opened up the space to make it more functional and allow for the client’s beloved grand piano to be the statement piece ofContinue Reading


Transformation Tuesday – Small Project, Big Results

Written on May 1, 2018 at 3:14 PM, by

Our projects come in all shapes and sizes. To improve the internal flow of this house, the front door was moved to the west. Careful attention was also given to providing historically correct details such as the exposed rafter tails, scalloped eave brackets and traditional square lattice at the porch. Let us help make yourContinue Reading


Transformation Tuesday – Dusty to Dining

Written on January 30, 2018 at 8:20 PM, by

Construction sites can seem a bit messy, but the finished product always makes it worth it. Check out these images of the progress being made in The Blue Lady dining room.


Transformation Tuesday Series – Car Wash Conversion

Written on January 16, 2018 at 6:26 PM, by

CA/ds worked with the Backyard Barbecue Store to transform a former car wash facility into this high-end outdoor appliances/accessories store and nanobrewery. From the layout to individual details, each element was ‘crafted’ to create a unique experience for the outdoor grilling enthusiast or artisan beer connoisseur.


Transformation Tuesday Series – Gambrelling Paying Off

Written on January 9, 2018 at 7:25 PM, by

BEFORE CONSTRUCTION AFTER COMPLETION A new gambrel roof and addition provide much needed space and architectural continuity to our 1920’s Gambrel Residence. This gambrel pays off!


Deck the Halls – Holiday Traditions

Written on December 19, 2017 at 9:29 PM, by

AFTER COMPLETION BEFORE CONSTRUCTION With the holidays fast approaching we bet Santa can’t wait to climb down the chimney of the Winnetka Residence to enjoy milk and cookies in this cozy family room.


Transformation Tuesday – Glory Days

Written on December 12, 2017 at 4:05 PM, by

AFTER DESIGN RENDERING BEFORE The Blue Lady received a porch facelift, full renovation and addition to make her work for a modern family, while keeping the 1880s historic details the clients fell in love with. The navy blue trim is a homage to her former blue glory.


Transformation Tuesday Series – Washed Out to Wow

Written on December 5, 2017 at 5:30 PM, by

We love a good design challenge. At the Brando our clients’ new home had to work within the footprint of the existing home being torn down. The clients are thrilled with the reimagined design.


Transformation Tuesday Series – What’s In Your Attic

Written on November 28, 2017 at 5:51 PM, by

At our Ashland project we turned what was once a dingy attic into 2 new bedrooms and a full bath by reconfiguring the roof. The extended front porch provides the perfect neighborhood hangout spot. Do you want to turn your attic into livable space?


Transformation Tuesday Series – Better with Blue

Written on November 21, 2017 at 6:56 PM, by

DESIGN RENDERING AFTER CONSTRUCTION BEFORE CONSTRUCTION This 70’s era office building desperately needed cosmetic and efficiency improvements. In close collaboration with our client’s fabrication facilities, we designed a custom thermally efficient envelope system and created an iconic signal to mark the entry to Hill Mechanical Campus.


Transformation Tuesday Series – Woof to Wow!

Written on November 14, 2017 at 8:23 PM, by

DESIGN RENDERING BEFORE CONSTRUCTION DURING CONSTRUCTION Since Merrick Pet Care makes the “best food ever”, we wanted to make their offices the best ever for the humans that work there. The glass lined perimeter offices and conference room and offices ensure that daylight reaches deep into the space. The custom curved work counter at theContinue Reading


Transformation Tuesday Series – Drab to Fab

Written on November 7, 2017 at 7:34 PM, by

Who doesn’t need more room? This addition at the Spencer residence provided much needed space while the terrace and outdoor fire pit complete the outdoor entertaining space. The homeowners couldn’t be happier. Can we help you transform your space from drab to fab?


Transformation Tuesday – Rendering to Reality

Written on October 31, 2017 at 4:44 PM, by

Our renderings really allow the clients to envision the space before construction has even begun. Can you tell which image is the rendering and which is the finished construction photo? We’re also excited to announce the new Lalique Oak Street location we’ve designed is finally under construction and the Grand Opening is anticipated for December.


Transformation Tuesday Series – Wheels to Heels

Written on October 25, 2017 at 1:42 PM, by

BEFORE CONSTRUCTION AFTER CONSTRUCTION A former sporting goods store hits the trails to make room for a hi-end fashion boutique at Neapolitan’s new location. The design vignettes elegantly showcase designer pieces from head to toe. Let us help you bring the bling to your retail space.


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