Great Rooms Wins Gold for Korczak Home Renovation

November 17, 2010

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Great Rooms Designers & Builders for winning a Gold Key Award in the category of “Excellence in Remodeling Whole House Under $500,001” for the Korczak residence’s renovation in Lake Forest.

The client is a young, growing suburban family. They purchased their 1973 Cape Cod style house in Lake Forest in 2004, knowing that they would want to on an addition in the future to improve its size, functionality and aesthetics. The house was situated on a beautiful 1.5-acre lot, but the floor plan felt “tight, dark and compartmentalized.” Additionally, the finishes and mechanical systems were “dated.”

Great Rooms designed and built a two-story addition on a full basement that nearly doubled the size of their existing home and now totals 5,000 square feet. It features the following: a four-car garage, massive great room open to the eat-in kitchen and keeping room with adjacent homework room, mud room with secondary laundry facilities, living room, office, three family bedrooms and a master suite with sitting room/study.

All of the interior finishes (flooring, trim, stair parts, paint, light fixtures, etc.) were replaced, the exterior materials and mechanicals replaced. The kitchen and baths feature custom cabinetry and natural stone counter tops, high-end appliances, plumbing fixtures, stone tile, etc.

The biggest design challenge lied in tying the “old” to the “new” and in trying to make the exiting part of the house feel open and light. Given its appropriate detailing, the renovation fits in nicely within the existing residence, raising its functionality and level of finish comparable to something that would be built in this area today.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Key Awards were created in 1972 to recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping. It has since evolved into one of the premier housing programs in the country.

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