Focused design. Detailed construction management. Work ranges from small, affordable bath and kitchen renovations to new construction project development.
AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award
This 4,200 square-foot, 2 bed, 2-½ bath condominium is located in a Parisian-inspired, limestone-clad Gold Coast building. The space is a modern urban refuge for a young Chicago couple.
The residence has a biaxial layout. Transversely, the Master-Bed Suite is separated from the Guest-Bed Suite for privacy. Longitudinally, the Living/Dining area is separated from the Kitchen by a corridor of end-grain wood.
The linear plan forced the Master Bath into a windowless pocket of space. Solution: Natural light is borrowed from the bedroom with a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, frosted glass partition; in turn offering a warm glow on the bedroom side.
Monolithic limestone accents are the only homage paid to the building’s exterior. Walnut, glass, and cement tile round out the spare palette of materials.
The all-walnut Den, raised one step and askew to the rest of the residence, is the focal point of the public space, yet offers ultimate privacy.
A single-family residence on a smaller-than-average urban lot had a program that set out to maximize the living area and appear grand in size, despite a tight building envelope close to its 4 property lines and neighbors.
Rather than turn its "eyes" on the street and rear yard, the design scheme opened them to all sides in order to maximize natural light and help the interior spaces feel larger.
Glass, masonry, and wood rain-screen form an exterior façade pattern interwoven on an 8-foot grid. The dark masonry upper mass is set on a white stone plinth, creating a datum for the separation of the basement level. The white stone foundation wall extends its arm out to capture the front yard.
Ceiling heights, including the basement, are 10-foot minimum to help emphasize large, open space.
The stair "chimney", and a floor cutout from Basement to Level 1 help circulate air from a radiant-heated basement slab.
A 560-sf roof deck tops off the project to make up for lost front and rear yard open space.
900-sf residential remodel, interior design, and landscape
This 5,000 square-foot home is located in a Landmarks neighborhood in Chicago. The facade design underwent a rigid landmarks and neighborhood committee review before approval.
The client, and attorney and art gallery owner, asked to maximize the allowable floor area of the property, focusing on entertaining areas, a master suite, and ample wall space for his art collection.
The solution started with maximizing the vertical and horizontal building envelope, as dictated by the zoning setbacks and height limitations. Allowable floor area was also maximized within this envelope, and resulted in carving a section out for a private balcony.
Landmarks required a raised walk-up entrance- in response, the floor levels terrace down towards the rear of the property in order to creatively fit a third level into the rear of the house. This results in high 2-story-high front rooms and more modest 3-story rear rooms, while creating dynamic multi-level interior spaces.
The brown brick facade was dictated by Landmarks review, but was allowed to be adorned with bronze-colored metal spandrels and cornice. On the sides, the brick transforms to split face block interrupted by portions of metal standing-seam walls which stretch up and over the rooftop deck to form a protected outdoor living room. A spiral exit stair is provided for egress, but screened with a metal “cage” for climbing vines.
Chicago Rental Loft
1,100-sf condominium loft conversion for short term rental use.
Long Beach · 1,100-sf, 2-bedroom, 1-1/2-bath "urban cabin" on micro lot · $225/sf development cost · Over-sized picture windows and glass doors with insulated glass · Passive-solar optimized with trellis sun-screening · Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) wall and roof construction · Landscaped soft and hardscaping, including koi pond, Japanese "kusari doi" downspout, and herb garden fence · Rainwater collection for landscape irrigation · Solar optimized
Unbuilt design for a 4,500-sf lake-driven weekend family retreat. The views and entry sequence set up the main axis and organizing principal of the building:
-Opaque, monolithic, masonry walls are oriented North-South -Transparent, ethereal, glass walls are oriented East-West
The entry elevation is a one-story facade- glass marks the main entry door. Upon entry, the viewing sequence is directed through a fireplace portal, then out through North elevation windows towards the lake.
The lake elevation is a three-story, modular grid of glass windows and doors. Each grid unit is a framed portal, creating unique framed views of the landscape outside.
As the lakeside elevation has Northern exposure, an oversized roof skylight and core through the building provide direct Southern light to main living areas.
Lastly, a high observation tower extends up from the main stair to allow views over treetops, and offset the house’s symmetry.
CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS: -Stone/CMU backup walls form all North-South walls -Glazing forms the majority of East-West walls -Ipe board-and-batten siding round out East-West walls -Standing seam roofing, coping, flashing, and downspouts are Zinc -Three exposed glu-lam columns run from basement to roof, dividing the North -Elevation glazing, then turn into beams and slope down to support the roof.