Patrick A. Finn wins Gold Key Award for Arlington Heights Home

November 16, 2011

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Patrick A. Finn, LTD., for winning a Gold Key Award in the category of “Excellence in Remodeling: Whole House $200,001 – 500,000 per unit” for a residence at 1016 N. Highland Ave. in Arlington Heights.

Starting with an original Tudor-style home from the 1920s, it was of great importance to the owner that the character and charm of the original home be maintained throughout the remodel and new addition. Consistency in the details between the old and new parts of the home was crucial and carried out through the trim profiles, doors, custom arches and floor finishes.

The new rooms that were added included the kitchen, butler’s pantry, powder room and master suite, which all incorporated detailing consistent with the period of the original portions of the home.

The biggest design challenge faced was incorporating the exterior of the new addition into the existing Tudor style of the existing home so that it did not look like an out-of-place addition when the job was completed. Just as the consistency of detailing was important on the inside, it was equally if not more important that the exterior details were consistent throughout the house and new addition. This was accomplished by matching the stucco to the color and texture of the original, recycling as much of the salvaged brick as possible and blending it in with new brick as needed.

Using similar stone accents, matching the original window details with similar grill patterns and designing a new back entry that complimented the arched front entry helped to carry the smaller details into the addition. W4e added a new front stoop, the design of which came from a photo the owners have of the house taken in the 1920s. The new stoop matches the photo exactly, much to the owner’s delight.

Prior to construction, the owner and his neighbor had purchased the lot shared between their two properties in order to subdivide it and incorporate it into their individual lots creating large side yards and garage areas. This initial process took well over two years to complete, but in the end allowed for a much more appealing setting for the house.

Overall, this project aimed to create new custom spaces for the owner to enjoy while maintaining the original character and style of the 1920’s home.

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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