Architects & Firms
Project size: 5,500 sq. ft.
Program: For a family of five, the designer and architect sought to gut and renovate a building that had been partially converted from a 5,500-square-foot church to a residential space, preserving historic elements of the existing structure while updating the home with modern conveniences.
Solution: In dividing the cavernous building into a 7-bedroom, 6-bathroom, single-family residence located on top of a separate ground-floor unit, the design and architecture team began by relocating the kitchen to the central nave of the former church. The new, open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area sits beneath 25-foot-high vaulted ceilings and a large, original stained-glass window. A see-through fireplace connects the multipurpose great room to an additional family room. The architect extended the lofted bedroom area, adding an exposed catwalk and cantilevered staircase. At the building's highest point, the designer converted an 11-by-11-foot bell tower room, which formerly housed the HVAC unit, into a compact entertaining space with custom countertops, a wine fridge, and clear plastic furnishings.
Construction and materials: A wood-framed upper addition, clad in sheet metal with a composition shingle-roof, sits atop the original exposed brick. The bell tower was renovated with a glass floor and new windows, offering views of the city. Hickory wood cabinets, white quartz countertops, and 4-inch, white-washed, white oak flooring complete the kitchen, which flows into the living room where the fireplace is clad in white quartz. Other custom elements throughout the home include cabinetry, the kitchen light fixture, stools, an industrial steel door, the dining table, bathroom vanities, and wall coverings.
Linc Thelen Design
357 W. Chicago, Ste 301
Chicago, IL 60654
357 West Chicago Ave, Ste 301
Chicago, IL 60654
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Interior finishes and furnishings
Boys Bed Room
Boys Room Bath
Jack & Jill Bath