Sunday, September 23, 2018

Gallery: Glam in Wheaton

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Furnished with style, the den in Kay Eck's Wheaton home is her favorite adult retreat, either for entertaining a few guests in the evening or "to sit and read and catch the sun coming in through the windows," she said. Wide-plank walnut floors and cherry built-ins combine with the big windows to make it an inviting getaway from the larger, great room-style main space of the house, built in 2010 for her family of six. Eck will put the six-bedroom house on Madison Street, a few blocks from Wheaton's downtown area, on the market. Priced at $1.6 million, it will be represented by Maureen Rooney of Quaid & Rooney Distinctive Real Estate Keller Williams.

PHOTO CREDIT: Portraits of Home

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A whimsical light fixture hangs above the dining area, which is in the middle of the great room with the kitchen on the right and the family room on the left. Working with Kim Haig of KBH Architects in Downers Grove, Eck wanted to ensure that the great room that spans the back of the house would "stay human-scaled." Breaking up the rear wall into differing doors and windows helps with that, as does the warm, old-time feel of the walnut floors.

PHOTO CREDIT: Portraits of Home

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The barrel-vaulted ceiling was a key part of keeping the great room from feeling too vast, simply because it pulls the ceiling line down, Eck said. In the family room, it's pierced with skylights. The fireplace wall is quartz framed in wood with a "chimney" of river stones, and the built-ins on the left are two tones of wood, to break down the scale. Eck is particularly pleased with one aspect of this room: there was space enough to separate the fireplace from the big-screen television (which is on the left at rear). Often, "it's hard to achieve a balance with those two," she said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Portraits of Home

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A mix of stone and wood warms the kitchen. Walnut cabinetry and quartz countertops continue those materials' use in other parts of the great room. The appliances and countertops are stainless steel; Eck likes stainless steel counters for their ability to take abuse and still look good. The tile wall behind the hood is quartz in a blue and gray textured cut. The room opens onto a sunroom.

PHOTO CREDIT: Portraits of Home

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"I've slept out here during many summer storms," Eck said of the sunporch, which is surrounded by bead board and windows.

PHOTO CREDIT: Portraits of Home

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When Kay Eck and her ex-husband, Fred, bought the site on Madison Street in 2007, they were already living on this block of traditional-looking homes. They paid about $650,000 for the vintage home on the property, according to the DuPage County Recorder, tore the old house down and talked to Haig, their architect, about designing "something that fit effortlessly onto the block, but was sophisticated and modern," she said. The broad front porch "was mandatory," she said. While not furnished in the photo, it's a real front porch, deep enough for furniture. She declined to say the cost of construction.

PHOTO CREDIT: Portraits of Home

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Eck chose glass railings for the staircase because "they don't close it off. They're light."

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Beneath another barrel-vaulted ceiling, the master bedroom includes this sitting area with a tile and wood fireplace wall. The glass in the door is frosted, for a balance of privacy and light.

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Thanks to windows on two sides, natural light fills the sleeping area of the master bedroom.

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Combining tiles in assorted sizes and textures, the master bathroom captures the "sophisticated but also eclectic" feeling that Eck wanted for the family's home.

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The basement was designed for kids to socialize in. The wallpaper is a tribute to the work of Italian artist and designer Piero Fornasetti. The partial kitchen has been the scene of "many league dinners," given all the sports her kids played, Eck said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Portraits of Home

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The basement also includes a billiards area and this social space. Below the floor there's radiant heat, and above the ceiling there's extra-thick, sound-muffling insulation. The latter meant that "the kids could all be down there having a good time" and the adults wouldn't have to hear it, Eck said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Portraits of Home


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