Location: Ravenswood, Chicago
Square Feet: 3,600
Year Completed: 2016
This young couple wanted an additional area for the work-at-home wife, who runs a charity to help place foster children. We added a dormer to the top floor, providing a large area for work and adding visual impact to this neighborhood of bungalows. The couple wanted a spa retreat bathroom, and the higher ceilings in the addition provided a separate cubicle for a soaking tub and overhead skylight. Covering 3 walls in larger marble-patterned tile elongates the area and the contrasting smaller block tiles with intricate cross-hatch design offer visual impact. Overhead triangular beams add another dimension and lessen the height of the area. Twin, separate vanities allow both husband and wife their own space while maintaining continuity. A second bathroom was given a custom design with bands of contrasting tile in the shower area. The large mirrored area above the vanity reflects the windows and offers visual width to the narrow room.
Dark hardwood floors throughout the kitchen, dining room and living room are easy to maintain and provide a welcome contrast to the pale gray-green walls and white woodwork. The open floor plan allows conversation to flow easily, while ceiling beams break up the long expanse of the area. Inset shelves on either side of the fireplace allow the couple to display their many prized books. Guests can sit at the island and still converse with others in the living room area or help in meal preparation. A unique bench area under the kitchen window add a cozy element to this streamlined modern kitchen.