RIVERWOODS

Riverwoods, Illinois

 

This 5,600sf mid-century modern home was in need of a transformation to fit the active lifestyle of the new owners and their children. The design direction was to create a light-filled space that integrates with the wooded landscape. Program requirements included a total renovation with a new master suite, updated kitchen and bathrooms, and construction of a 700sf flex-room addition for family activities.


The new floor plan opens the living space. The family room is the center and key walls were removed to connect it to the rest of the home. A double-sided fireplace between living and family rooms has stacked-tile with a steel-plate surround and porcelain slab hearth that wraps the fireplace on three sides to unify the space. Integrated storage keeps logs ready for fires.


The master bedroom has a sleeping zone and sitting area separated by a double-sided fireplace clad in oak and steel with integrated shelving. Floor-to-ceiling windows connect both spaces and offer views of the wooded property.


A one-and-a-half story addition, integrated seamlessly into the existing architecture, is a flexible space that will evolve with the growing family. Presently it is a playroom for the family, designed for movie nights, kids’ craft projects and imaginative play. The house has no basement so the addition includes a bathroom designed as a storm shelter. Interior furnishing were curated debaun studio.

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