Located adjacent to Cook County Forest Preserve land, the 1950’s ranch suffered from small and compartmentalized spaces. A single car garage, inadequate for the family’s modern lifestyle, provided the seeds for change. Re-arranging spaces and moving the bedrooms to the second floor creates a modern interpretation of the traditional Bungalow, while maintaining the quaint character, contributing to the charming neighborhood in which it resides.
Two Car Garage
Master Bedroom Suite
Two additional bedrooms
Office (above garage)
Salvaged the majority of the existing footprint of the home. Spray foam insulation is applied throughout, including existing walls. New, high quality, insulated windows are installed with modern air-sealing methods. Durable exterior siding and masonry clad the exterior surfaces. The home is designed with a HERS rating of 36, among the top performing structures built today. On the roof is installed a 10Kw photovoltaic array, mounted directly to the standing seam metal roof to maintain an extremely low profile and integrated appearance.
While this project is an intensive investment, its budget is a fraction of that of a new home in a similar style.