Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Top and above: Runaway spaces are the greatest luxuries in urban townhouses. A former sunroom off the master is now a relaxing sitting room. And in the basement game room, built-ins conceal fold-down work tables for crafts. In the media room at the rear, an illuminated art piece feigns a window view. is custom made and structurally glazed to eliminate mullions on the outside. It's a high-performance unit that's also low-E," says Alex. Despite the transparency of the fa├žade, the interiors retain a measure of privacy. The main floor is elevated above the street, and a partial storage wall divides the entrance vestibule from the main living area. The tile floor in the vestibule is warmed by radiant heat (a welcome feature for Chicago winters), and there are operable windows here and there to ventilate in milder weather. The second biggest move was to relocate the kitchen from the middle of the main floor to the rear of the house, capturing natural light for a critical family space. "Now you look right through the living room to the kitchen and out to the garden space," Alex explains. A verdant little tiered patio, it gives the owners a refuge in nature. Having come from a high-rise building with no outdoor space, seeing green from end to end in their new house is a seasonal delight. Perhaps no space in the project was more "curated" than the kitchen. The clients had collected a great quantity of marble for the project, intended chiefly for the kitchen and the master bathroom. "Everything was about that marble," Alex says. "The kitchen island is some 12 feet long. Overall, they wanted a very clean look and a place to put everything away. They cook, and do a lot of snacking, baking, and home- work there. Then things can be put away in the custom lacquered cabinets. The room looks especially pretty when there's snow outside." You know the palette is really minimalist when the pizzazz comes from the veining in the marble and the shadow line created by the island's reveal. Reveals continue throughout the house, adding just enough break in surfaces to elevate the sparse detailing. 49 VOL. 2, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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