architects craftsman conversion

The Architects Craftsman Conversion is located adjacent to Cook County Forest Preserve land, the 1954 ranch suffered from small, compartmentalized spaces and virtually no insulation to protect it from the elements.

Project Overview & Home Features

Discover timeless elegance in the Architect’s Craftsman Conversion—a meticulous revival of a 1954 Northbrook brick ranch, expanding its footprint to over 3300 square feet.

This project seamlessly marries modern living with nostalgic charm, contributing to the neighborhood’s allure. We aim to craft a contemporary haven with spacious entertaining areas and private retreats, reimagining the layout to align with the family’s lifestyle.

The transformation includes a second-floor addition, redefining the Bungalow style for a timeless and appealing Architect’s Craftsman Conversion.

Discover sustainable luxury with the Architect’s Craftsman Conversion.

Our unwavering commitment to eco-friendly living includes salvaging the existing footprint, energy-efficient spray foam insulation, and top-notch insulated windows. Durable siding and masonry ensure longevity, while a discreet 12.15 Kw photovoltaic array adds to the impressive HERS rating of 36.

Experience opulent living with budget efficiency, as our conversion offers high-quality, personalized spaces at a fraction of the cost of a new home in a similar style.


Single-Family Home Remodel & Addition Design



What We Did

Virtual Reality Architecture, Architectural Detailing, Construction Planning

Project Team

Mark Eric Benner – Architects, Ltd.

Interior Designer: TBD

Landscape Architect: TBD

General Contractor: TBD

Spaces Designed to Harmonize

Value Focussed, Creative Designs

Collaborative Interactive Team Process

We first must imagine the perfect home. Then we consider each of the essential components and how they will relate, interact, and enhance each other to become integral parts of the symphony.


A visual tour of the Architects Craftsman Conversion details.


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Program & Plans


  • Patio
  • Pergola
  • Garden studio
  • Garden
  • Fruit orchard

First Floor

  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Kitchen
  • Powder Room
  • Mud Room
  • Two Car Garage

Second Floor

  • Master Bedroom Suite
  • Two secondary bedrooms
  • Jack & Jill Bath
  • Laundry
  • Office (above garage)
  • Two balconies


  • Recreation Room
  • Bath 3
  • Mechanical Room
  • Storage Room
  • Utility Room


Architects Craftsman Conversion

The Architect’s Craftsman Conversion is not just a renovation but a commitment to the future, blending tradition with modernity and sustainability. This project is a testament to the seamless integration of innovative design.

Functional spaces and environmental responsibility create a home that resonates with the past while embracing future possibilities. Explore our residential architectural services to discover how we can bring your vision to life in your next home project.

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