Built in 1905, this two-story masonry house outside of Chicago had a lot going for it before its renovation. The residence featured numerous architectural details designed by turn-of-the-century architect Frederick Lehmer, including beautiful wood carvings that sat atop masonry columns on the porch. However, the home’s original porch steps made it difficult to enter – one of the main reasons the homeowners decided to remodel. They wanted the front porch rebuilt and a large porch landing constructed, yet they also wanted to maintain the historical character of their home.
A 5,000-square-foot industrial loft in New York City was renovated as a live-work space for a photographer. The architects cut the ceiling planes to encourage light to bounce and anchor seating areas. The public spaces include a black-and-white kitchen, dining and living areas with architectural elements, such as columns original to the loft. The architects used raw steel, aluminum, white oak and LED lighting. The project by Desai Chia Architecture won a 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award for interior architecture.