Highland Park Residence

Interior Architecture Award Submission

After raising their family in this house, the baby-boomer owners opted to expand and renovate instead of move. They loved their house, especially its open, informal architecture, the beautiful wooded property, and its place as the heart of their family. They wanted to update the space to reflect their adult interests yet have more room to entertain visiting children and grandchildren.

A neutral palette and new wood flooring accentuate the home’s openness. Furniture arrangements create ample seating for formal entertaining, yet remain accessible and inviting.

Floor-to-ceiling windows replace an old wall, opening up the space and bringing in natural light. Sophisticated furniture adds sculptural interest, yet doesn’t compete with the views.

In the first-floor addition off the kitchen, the family has a new “playroom” to spend quality time together: eating, watching TV, and playing games.

The glamorous, expanded modern master suite was designed with more seating, windows, closets, and a larger, more luxurious bathroom.

The home’s informal elegance reflects the owners’ love of nature, art, and family.

Stuart Cohen + Julie Hacker Architects
Associate Architect
Gary Lee Partners (Interior Design)
  • Exclusive Woodworking, Inc.
  • Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp landscape architecture, llc
General contractor
Scott Simpson Builders
Highland Park, Illinois