Sunday, September 23, 2018

Gallery: In a new light

before hits0404-01

Open and bright, this breakfast room and kitchen are part of a Lincoln Park home that has just been through a thorough rehab that replaced all its 1990s weighty dark woods with bright modern finishes. The real estate development firm New Era Chicago worked with Space Architects and interior designers Bangtel, both based in Chicago, to create a stylish five-bedroom home behind a 19th-century brick facade. It's coming on the market today, represented by John O'Neill of Coldwell Banker and priced at a little less than $2.3 million.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-02

The living room's 19th-century brick walls, stripped of the drywall that had hidden them for years, got treated with a lime wash that showcases their age. Exposed brick "has a cool visual impact wherever you can use it," said Adam Saffro, a New Era Chicago partner. At left is the old storefront's row of big retail-style showcase windows, replaced with modern insulated versions, and at right is a hint of the 30-foot lightwell.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-03

The lightwell stretches up from the living room to a skylight, with balconies and stairways popping in here and there. Seeing those circulation spaces overhead gives the lightwell motion, Hagenson said. "It's not just empty space over your head."

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-04

The red brick facade on Webster Avenue dates to the 1890s. The sellers aren't sure how long the building has been a single-family home, though it's been at least since the mid-1990s. New Era paid a little more than $1.15 million for the building in May 2016. At the time, most of the old retail window space was filled with a solid wall. Putting back the vintage look put "more of the old-fashioned character" out front, Hagenson said, while also filling the front rooms with daylight.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-05

This view of the living room shows the contemporary marble fireplace and the dining area behind it. The old bricks' rough texture is complemented by new white oak flooring with a no-gloss finish. The old flooring was a dark cherry, like the window trim, doors and other accents in the home when New Era bought it.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-06

Italian cabinetry in the kitchen has flat-panel doors with black reveals, which fit into the graphic look of black faucets and the veins in the marble island.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-07

More tilted windows like those in the breakfast room give the master bedroom a big dose of soft northern light. The windows look north at other vintage buildings in the neighborhood, and the door leads to a spiral staircase that goes up to the rooftop and down to the ground-level patio. In the rehab, the developers reconfigured the space to give the master bedroom three full-sized closets.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-08

Rusticated wood vanity cabinets flank a soaking tub in the large master bathroom. Hagenson and Saffro envision the homeowners filling the window bay with plants.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-09

Multiple tile patterns line the master bath's shower, making it simultaneously luxurious and "funky," as Saffro puts it.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-10

The third-floor penthouse room has a full bath, so it could be deployed as a bedroom. (There are four other bedrooms.) It opens on two sides to rooftop decks.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-11

Set between the neighboring homes' walls, this large rooftop deck looks north. Spiral stairs at the far end lead down to the master bedroom and patio.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography

before hits0404-12

A smaller, south-facing deck leads to this parapet wall, topped by a vintage mini-spire that was stripped and refinished in the rehab.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aleks Eva Photography


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