Blackstone Kitchen Addition

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

A self-described cook “who cooks for the Russian army, no matter how many people are coming to dinner”, the client sought relief from her cramped and crumbling kitchen. Her eclectic Hyde Park home was full of idiosyncratic spaces, but the kitchen, with its convoluted floor plan, had lost its charm. The challenge was to create a comfortable gathering space for family and friends and a functional work space for serious cooking. Beyond providing seating and work areas, the new kitchen would need to showcase a vast pottery collection and provide extensive storage space. To create a single cohesive space to work within, the basement stair was relocated and the rear wall was pushed out several feet. A small addition, configured to feel like a large bay window accommodates family dining. Consolidating and enlarging the space required insertion of several large beams to support the house above which were then incorporated into the kitchen’s new coffered ceiling. The completed space is a light-filled dream kitchen that will extend the life of the home and add joy to the client’s cooking experience for years to come.



Architect of Record

Scott Rappe
Kuklinski + Rappe Architects
1915 West Division Street
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Phone: 7732765700
srappe@kplusr.com

General Contractor

Patrick Straky
J Patrick Construcion, Inc
2853 West Leland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Phone: 3129258548
Jpatrickconstruction@msn.com

Consultant 1

Jim Senffner
Senffner & Associates
936 Beach Avenue
La Grange Park, Illinois 60526
Phone: 7085338549
jim@senffner.com

Photography

Leslie Schwartz

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