Evanston Split-Level Transformation

Master suite addition with a modern take on a Tudor style homeSplit-level style homes are extremely common in the Midwest. That doesn’t mean that this style is a favorite, in fact many homeowners feel that a typical split-level can lack curb appeal. This leads many to remodel their exterior, opting for a different architectural style. In the case of this Evanston home addition, this split-level became a Craftsman-inspired home with a mid-century modern interior.

Originally, the home was a very basic split level that lacked character, so we opted for a Craftsman-style exterior to add some style, while still continuing to be low maintenance.

master bedroom addition with tray ceilingIt was really important to capitalize on views of Lake Michigan, so placement of the addition had to be strategic. The rooflines were changed and a pergola entrance was incorporated.

In addition to a new exterior, the homeowners were looking for interior design solutions that would be a good fit with a mid-century modern aesthetic. Prior to renovating, the master bedroom and bathroom were small in size. The kitchen was also disjointed from the living area and they lacked mudroom space for their children.

The new addition created a master suite that will offer the homeowners views of the lake, which they’ve never been able to experience in this home before. The placement of the addition also allowed for a nice big master bedroom with all of the windows facing the lake.open floorplan kitchen with stained cabinetry in medium wood tones

In addition to stunning views, the new master bedroom also has larger closets and a tray ceiling. The master bathroom is also a sight to behold, with detailed natural stone flooring, custom shower and soaking tub.

mudroom cabinetry with hooks for jackets and cubbies for personal effectsThe first floor was also reconfigured. Because entertaining was a priority, the kitchen was moved to the back of the home and adjoins the living room space. Additionally, it features walnut cabinetry as well as a large island with plenty of seating. The space also contains high-end appliances and a skillfully designed wet bar with custom cubbies for display items.

The entryway was also re-worked and a mudroom was added. Overall, the two story foyer is very dramatic, with a large chandelier, plenty of windows, iron railings and an emphasis on a mid-century modern room divider that was an original part of the home.
To make everything within this design work, the stairway needed to be relocated and structural concerns needed to be addressed.

two story foyer with skylights, picture windows, andAfter special site visits and plenty of deliberating, it was determined that a steel column and cantilevered steel beam would be best for carrying the load for the new second floor structure and second floor hallway and balcony. Relocating the stairs also allowed for the decorative room divider to remain intact.

Keeping the foyer open with large windows meant that there was plenty of natural light pouring in. You can even catch a view of the lake through the foyer windows when headed into the new master suite. The windows also have unique, Prairie style window grills that add yet another layer of detail.

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master bathroom vanity with two sinks and bathtub with tub deck living room open to adjoining kitchenView from the front door of the house through the entry into the living room dining room with black painted brick wall and natural exposed wood ceilingL shaped kitchen with island in a modern stylewet bar with beverage center adjoins kitchen with open floorplan

Naperville Home Remodel Gets Personal and Functional

open kitchen layout with an adjoining sitting areaYour home should reflect your personal style and fulfill the needs and activities of your family. If it doesn’t, it may be time for a remodel. This was the case for a Naperville family, who wanted to update their first floor and primary suite to suit their tastes as well as add a home office and study space for the children. They partnered with Normandy to bring their new spaces to to life.

This was a whole home renovation, but it was phased into two parts. They started by tackling the first floor, and once it was completed, they turned their attention to the upper level.

It’s not uncommon to segment large projects. It can be easier to live through and may work better depending upon your budget.

The first floor remodel consisted of the kitchen and living room as well as a mudroom and study space for the kids.

book cases line the wall of this living roomPrior to renovating, the kitchen design consisted of arches, ornate details, and two large structural pillars that cut up the room. They opted to remove this detail for a more open, updated layout.

Because the pillars were structural, they needed to replaced with a large steel beam. Once the beam was in place, it was able to support the second floor above and allowed the creation of the open-concept the homeowners were seeking.

The new, open floorplan also had room for a sitting area in the kitchen. It has proven to be a favorite spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or read a book with the kids. The custom chairs also swivel, allowing the homeowners to look inside and out.

The remainder of the first floor was really designed around the kids. The living room became more of a reading room. A comfortable sofa and custom bookshelves meant the kids could relax and read for hours. Additionally, a mudroom with hooks, cubbies and a bench was added to keep seasonal items organized and an office space with desks and comfy chairs became a designated area for homework and reading.

master bedroom with tray ceiling and settee at the end of the bedThe upstairs renovation included the primary suite and closet. There is a quiet, private office space carved out within the master suite, which is important since one of the homeowners works from home.

The bathroom originally had the same extravagant detailing as the kitchen, with arches, pillars and a grand double door entrance. This was toned down, and the space was given a more modern, spa-like appeal.

The new space includes rustic beams and cabinetry, however, the tile, soaking tub, and shower are all very sleek and modern. The space also has plenty of storage features, including pull out hampers to keep dirty laundry sorted, but out of view.

The double door entry was converted to a single door, which provided the opportunity for more dedicated storage space.spa inspired master bathroom with two vanities and ceiling beams

The closet is a masterpiece unto itself. Overall, the space is modern with rustic tones that correspond nicely with the bathroom. The original his and hers closets were modified, allowing the space to double in size. These changes made the closet area large enough to essentially function as a dressing suite. A large hutch piece also helps the space feel less like a closet, and the storage was brought down to the floor to provide more organization.

The primary suite reconfiguration also allowed the creation of a discrete office space.

The office space was originally set up in the closet, but it was out in the open. The layout changes to the primary suite meant that the office could become its own separate entity, allowing for more privacy. A large gliding barn door closes off the office entirely when needed.

Whether you need one room or an entire home remodel, we’re here to help. View the Normandy photo gallery to find more projects we’ve remodeled in Naperville, as well as other Chicagoland kitchens, bathrooms and additions. You can also schedule an appointment with a Normandy Designer to get started planning your next remodeling project. Or, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration.

spa inspired master bathroom with ceiling beams and ample storageLarge bathtub with decorative accents on the back walltrio of hampers to make sorting laundry easySliding barn door on master closetA private work space in the master bedroom closetShelves for baskets surround a spot for hooks and bench for comfortably putting on your shoesmultiple work stations and storage for this home office

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