Leavitt St. Residence

Leavitt St. Residence

Located on Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago, this renovation converted a two flat into a single family residence.  The structure was fully gutted down to the masonry structure and the floor layouts reconfigured for the new home.  An addition was put on the rear of the home in order to add a open family room on the first floor and the master bedroom on the second floor.  The unique feature was the raising of the rear yard so the first floor opened directly out onto the back yard, which in turn had access to the roof deck over the garage.  Below the raised yard, a underground connection was made to access the garage without having to go outside in the cold winters.  The overall design of the interior was a mix of eclectic features with a modern contemporary feel.


Photos by Peter Nilson

Harvard Picnic Pavilion

Harvard Picnic Pavilion

Located in rural north central Illinois, this “Picnic Pavilion” is one of the featured buildings on the Owners twenty acres of land.  In keeping with the agricultural theme of all the properties structures, this building was designed with the “round barn” concept in mind.  Its circular shape allows for a clean delineation between the covered outdoor area and the enclosed indoor area each with a large open fireplace.  The Owner uses the pavilion for large gatherings and entertaining as it opens to a grassy area for guest to mingle.

Spokane Renovation

Spokane Renovation:

Located on the north side of Chicago, this renovation took the original single story structure down to the first floor and reconstructed the entire new home on the original footprint. The second floor was added and designed within the footprint of the original home. The exterior was designed with elements of the “prairie style” banding and large roof overhangs. The first floor includes a large children’s play area and the common elements of the home and the second floor contains the bedrooms and an open loft area at the top of the stair.

LaSalle Street Development

LaSalle Street Development:

Located in Chicago’s “Gold Coast District” this complete renovation and addition to two 1890 row houses created two unique four story single family residences, complete with tow story coach houses. The building when purchased had been a total of eight apartments, and the entire interior elements were removed, new floors installed and reconfigured to become two stately single family residences. The mansard roof details on the front façade were removed and reconstructed to match the original detailing, and the historic Kansas limestone was fully refurbished. A new connection was made between the coach house garage and the main buildings that created a very cozy and private interior courtyard.

North Dearborn Entrance

North Dearborn Entrance:

This late 1800’s building has a typical wood entry stair supported by a solid masonry mass that was used for storage. In an effort to open the entry up and get more light into the lower level, we worked closely with a steel artist to develop a new grand entry stair to the upper units. The lower level entrance is enhanced with a curvilinear stair that is meticulously landscaped.

Kildare Renovation

Kildare Renovation:

Constructed in the late 1800’s on Kildare as a single family residence then converted to a type of halfway house, this very distinguished Italianate Residence was completely renovated to its original glory. The Owners meticulously restored the home to its original grandeur by removing the boxy wrap around front porch and replacing it with a more open front porch similar to one that is in context with the original architecture. The interior was renovated such that the original charm remained in tact, but the needs of today’s new homes were added in a way that respects the original home. The Owners have filed for Landmark status on this project.

Leroy Residence

Leroy Residence

Before & After


Cullom Avenue Renovation:
Located in on the northwest side of Chicago, in what known as the “Bungalow Belt”.