A grand living room extends off the foyer with ceilings that reach up at least two stories high. The space is all in white with crisp black accents: the railing, tile punctuations on the floor, a grand piano tucked beneath the stairs.
Climbing vines and mature palm trees reaching up two stories high give this incredible atrium the feel of a desert oasis. The mood is enhanced via detailed mosaic tile designs, a wading pool and ornately carved urns and columns.
The ceiling in this glamorous dining room reaches up two stories high and is open to the upper level via a walkway with a glass railing. A large stone column with unusual side lighting also helps to draw the eye up.
Off the covered patio sits a much-used outdoor kitchen, complete with stainless steel grill. Stone columns add visual texture to the outdoor living area, while the rest of the house and two-story fireplace features a clean facade. The swimming pool is surrounded by a hardwood deck, and the hot tub features cool mosaic tile.
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.