Clifton Residence

Front elevation


Chicago, Illinois

Project Statistics

A two-flat deconversion into a gracious single-family home in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

Existing Conditions

This building was originally a two-flat on a standard Chicago city lot. The basement and attic were both unfinished.

Design Challenge

The owners wanted the entire first floor to flow seamlessly from a designer kitchen and informal family room in the back to a more formal living and dining area towards the front. Removing bearing walls to create this effect and work with the existing framing of the home became one of the biggest challenges.

Design Solution

Removing the central bearing walls and replacing them with a series of well-placed columns helped open the floor plan and provide opportunities for defining living spaces without enclosing them. We used a double-sided fireplace to delineate and enhance the formal living room at the front of the house with the formal dining room. The designer kitchen and island integrate comfortably with the informal family room and TV area and flow down stairs to the outside rear yard. Upstairs, bedrooms and baths are flooded with light and provide the perfect getaway.