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Chicago Residence - Addition & Renovation
Chicago, IL

The owners of this existing single-family home in the Lincoln Square neighborhood asked FDA to design a renovation and rear addition.  The project was originally intended as a single-story addition to expand the kitchen and add a breakfast room, with potential for a future second floor addition above.   After obtaining a cost estimate from a contractor, it was apparent that there was a significant cost savings involved to add the second floor at the same time (instead of waiting a few years).  Our clients adjusted their budget accordingly, and now construction is under way.

The living space on the first floor was opened to feel more spacious, and is connected to the all new modern kitchen.  The addition of a powder room (“concealed” by cabinetry) at the first floor is an additional convenience for the owners, their kids, and guests.  The kitchen includes a rear door that opens directly to a new deck, with views to the large yard.   FDA was careful to design the first floor addition  so as to preserve an existing tree and as much of the yard as possible - the second floor, with a new master suite and master bathroom, required more space and extends out partially over the deck.  

Throughout the project, FDA worked carefully with the owners and their contractor to maintain or rework as much of the existing house as possible.  Avoiding unnecessary changes helped preserve some of the original character and allowed the owners to devote their budget to adding functionality that takes the house beyond the “starter” home it once was.