Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

Home Design

Looking for interior design inspiration? Follow us behind the scenes of an 1879 four-story brownstone renovation that’s chalk full of history in downtown Chicago.

Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

Walking distance from North Avenue Beach and just down the street from iconic Restoration Hardware sits this beautiful Chicago brownstone. This Chicago home was originally constructed by a founding member of the Chicago Board of Trade at the height of the Gold Coast’s inception. Years later this historic home found itself in the hands of the Poetry Center of Chicago’s founding father and now has been passed on to its current family who called upon Gail Drury, CMKBD to revive and modernize its natural luster.

Traditional Home Renovation Goals

Brimming with historic character and exquisite architectural details, the home’s original kitchen and baths were modernized, but not updated enough to meet the new homeowner’s needs. This captivating kitchen is the centerpiece of the home’s extensive renovation project.

before and after kitchen remodel

Chicago Traditional Kitchen Design Goals

The client’s design focus was twofold: preserve the elegant home’s historic character and create a stylish and modern kitchen that supported their love to cook.

To accomplish these goals, the original kitchen footprint needed to be expanded. Gail Drury with Dave Olseng and his building crew crafted a plan to bump out the footprint and add additional space to the back of the home. Due to property limitations, the newly constructed brick wall had to be laid from the inside. The new addition created a narrow niche between the dining room and new kitchen perfect for a built-in banquette.

Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

Anchored by a large island, the new kitchen design is truly a two-cook kitchen. One side of the large island includes access to the tall flanking Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer columns which are across from a prep sink and work area. The other side of the island creates a seconds cook’s work area including the larger sink, microwave, and warming drawer. At the end of the island, a snack bar for three faces the large expanse of exterior windows to look out over the home’s award-winning gardens.

Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Details:

Grabill cabinetry perimeter in Super White, island cabinetry in a custom cocoa stain

– Café Latte Quartzite countertops

– Combination of 12”, 7” & 5” polished nickel pulls, and polished nickel knobs

Kitchen Appliances Details:

Wolf: range 7 microwave drawer

Sub-Zero: refrigerator, icemaker, wine cooler & freezer drawers

Dacor: warming drawer

Uline: under-counter refrigerator

Miele: dishwasher

Fisher Paykel: dishwasher drawers

Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

Angora Honed marble backsplash tiles were custom cut to create a soft wave pattern that compliments the Quartzite Café Latte stone countertops. Two hammered pewter sinks and a custom metal and wood hood add a touch of sparkle. The tall refrigerator and freezer doors were paneled in wood with a curved leaded pattern and antique mirrors. To top off the design, Super White Grabill custom kitchen cabinetry graces the perimeter of the room and is offset by a rich chocolate stained island.

And lastly, the homes extremely tall ceilings created the opportunity to create an intricate triple tray ceiling, which houses indirect lighting above the crown molding which washes the ceiling in a warm glow.

Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

Traditional Master Bath Renovation Features

The master bathroom remodeling project turned the former space into a sumptuous suite. To make room for the new amenities, the revised floor plan borrowed space from an existing bedroom and closet area.

Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

The entrance corridor to the bathing area now houses two identical his and hers vanities. Wall cabinets on each side of the mirrors add storage, and the mirror detail helps open up the space visually.

before and after master bath remodel

Master Bath Traditional Renovation Details:

– Super White Grabill cabinetry

Marble Calacatta Borginihi countertops

– Custom designed tile rug in classic white penny rounds and bordered in mosaic glass and marble

– Combination of 5” polished nickel pulls and round crystal knobs with a chrome base

Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

The exquisite marble tile detail on the walls and floor of the bathing area brings elegance and sophistication. Tall built-in cabinetry with antique mirrored doors contribute extra storage while adding the desired architectural detail.

Chicago Gold Coast Traditional Home Renovation

The end result is a completely revitalized historic home – ready for the family to contribute its chapter to its history.

Interested in seeing more of this Chicago kitchen design and master bath remodel? Also, visit Chicago Renovation Project Revives Gold Coast Brownstone and Chicago Brownstone Master Bath Remodel.