L House

Bloomington , Illinois / United States of America

This new house replaced a 1960’s tract house in Bloomington, IL.  The owners are a retired couple that wanted the new house near family.  They were originally inspired by simple shed roofed park buildings that they had seen while on vacation in Wyoming.   The form is a simple L with one wing containing the cooking-dining-living areas and the other containing the private bedroom and study.  The upper floor provides additional guest bedrooms, office and lounge spaces.  The two wings and upper roof area all supported by glue-lam Douglas fir beams.  At the first floor the beams are supported by glue-lam columns.  The window walls at the inside of the L are framed and trimmed with Douglas fir with steel plates for vertical stiffness and hidden roller shades.  To provide lateral stability, horizontal steel rods run the entire length of the window walls and area tied to solid wall panels at the two story portion.   The interior is trimmed with matching Douglas-fir.  The exterior is clad with re-sawn clear cedar and cement board panels.  

Architect of Record

Stephen Kibler
5215 N. Ravenswood
Suite 212
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Phone: 773-544-2965

General Contractor

Stephen Kibler

Consultant 1

Steve Stenger
Prairie Woodworks
Downs, Illinois

Consultant 2

Brad Williams
Williams Construction
Bloomington, Illinois


Holly Baumann
Robert Winkers

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