Our Challenge in this Chicago Lincoln Park Renovation was to redesign a newly constructed condominium unit that overlooks Chicago’s lakefront in order to meet the needs of the homeowner, a former client who had left behind a large suburban custom home.
The kitchen was not well laid out and had no island. By gaining access to the unit below, we were able to x-ray and drill the concrete floor to move plumbing into a newly created kitchen island. Every inch was utilized for additional storage with some cabinets backing right up to concrete structure for maximum cabinet depth. With storage still lacking, our custom cabinetry was employed to capitalize on opportunities for additional space.
We created a wall of 21 operable panels in the Living Room which has no hardware to conceal the utility hidden behind the finished wall surface. The main bedroom corridor was cut in half to create a master suite that had an entry point separate from the guest rooms. The master suite now has a couple’s office, His and Her walk-in closets and better space utilization in the master bath. The master bath gained 12-feet of custom cabinetry by simply moving a toilet compartment door over by 20”.
The existing living spaces were continuous and undefined. Coffers and stepped ceiling treatments, along with new lighting, now define the Living and Dining spaces. A new vent-free fireplace and mahogany millwork piece create the focal point for family the room.
Our clients’ new space fits their new lifestyle. All of the brand new fixtures and finishes that were removed served as very welcome donations to a local nonprofit reclaimed building materials warehouse.
The homeowner has used Benvenuti and Stein multiple times for different homes and says:
“I have used this firm for both design build from the foundation and for a major renovation of an existing condo. Both projects resulted in a living design that was exactly what I was hoping to achieve in the time frame that was presented. Quality work, great follow through if you need them to return for any issue.”