The Beauty of Brick!
Brick Basement in Old Town
An Old Town row house will be a new home for my clients, although it was built over 100 years ago. It features beautiful original architectural details such as high ceilings, moldings, exposed brick and a wood burning fireplace. Mostly updated, only the basement is slated for a full renovation. The before photo shows a raw space with its brick and stone walls painted white. Inspired by a photo of a loft with exposed brick and dark, rich wood beams, the homeowner chose to have the walls completely sandblasted. This first step has made a huge impact towards the goal of creating a rustic, industrial space that feels open and loft-like.
At almost 17′ x 40′, the entire 680 sq. feet basement will be reconfigured and renovated to create a multi-use space. In addition to the brick work, the HVAC will be moved by the water heater, where they will be enclosed in a closet together. The washer, dryer and laundry sink will be relocated to the east wall next to a new half bathroom. The beams will be stained and new lighting will be installed. A private sleeping area with a closet can be closed off or left open with large barn style doors.
The floor plan on the right shows the new layout that is planned.
Brick in the West Loop
Meanwhile in the West Loop, a soft loft with beautiful river views will get some updates this summer before the fall move in date. In this home the brick is already exposed, although painting or white washing it is under consideration. The existing kitchen is open to the living room, but isn’t very functional with a peninsula against an empty wall. There isn’t enough storage or counter space for the owner, who loves to bake.
The new kitchen design will include an island and an additional wall of cabinets where the oven will be relocated. A large island will provide plenty of storage and counter space with a lower level counter for eating, reading and entertaining.