Whipple Street Renovation

Chicago, N/A / United States of America

DESIGN CHALLENGE The existing house had been converted into two apartments in the 1950s, and had seen years of neglect and disrepair. The new owners liked the neighborhood and decided to de-convert it back to a single family home, and redo the exterior. They wanted to create a bedroom suite for their teenaged daughter and an office space on the second floor. They wanted to keep the same roof height, and remove the rear addition, which was in disrepair. A somewhat open plan was desired within the traditional forms of the house, as well as artistic railings and repurposed materials.

DESIGN SOLUTION: The house was gutted and structural repairs were done to the existing wall studs and roof framing. An open stair became the focal point of the house, and the center circulation spine. Load bearing walls were removed and beams and columns installed. Functional areas are defined by low walls, furniture and artwork. Certain features were restored, like the front bay and arched framing. Similar details were added at the rear of the house to knit the design together. An open modern plan fits comfortably within the houses form and is articulated by a variety of materials and colors.

Architect of Record

Frank Michalski
Northlight Architects LLC
2823 N. Milwaukee Ave
Suite B
Chicago, Illinois 60618
Phone: 773-252-2900
Fax: 773-252-2901

General Contractor

Fred Laughlin
Laughlin Builders
Chicago, Illinois
Phone: 773-426-2197

Consultant 1

Phil Low
Creative Systems
253 Brighton Road
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Phone: 847-620-5620
Fax: 847-593-2236

Consultant 2

Eric Means
The Structural Shop, LTD.
9601 River St.
Schiller Park, Illinois 60176
Phone: 847-349-1099
Fax: 847-349-1098


Michael Lipman

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