Bucktown House

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Located in the rapidly transitioning Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, this extensive reworking of a recently completed spec. house combines a quiet urbanity with intimate spaces, unexpected moments and highly refined detail.  Without moving a single structural wall or modifying any fenestration, we radically changed the relationship and character of spaces through an emphasis on custom millwork, furniture (custom-designed by the architects as well as commercial selections), nuanced lighting, and an extensive art program.  White Oak paneling and cabinetry walls dominate the public areas and create cohesiveness from space to space.  Cleverly hidden storage and infrastructure sit behind the wood walls while hot-rolled steel animates fireplaces, niches, and shelving.  White walls and white furniture with red accents fill the Oak-defined rooms. 

Certain rooms deviate completely from the White Oak and white paint regime through the use of selective colors and materials.  Decks on 4 levels and pocket gardens provide outdoor spaces with city views as well as intimate spaces for contemplation.  Garapa wood, stained to match the interior White Oak, creates the appearance of continuity between inside and outside.  The result is a carefully orchestrated sequence of living spaces and curated art that respond directly to the personalities of the inhabitants.

Architect of Record

Min | Day


Tyler Lenczuk

General Contractor

Rock & Wall Construction


  • Jim C. Differding, Landscape Architecture
  • Shaffer & Stevens, PC
  • Derek Porter Studio