Oak Design Wins Crystal for Whole Home Remodel

November 17, 2010

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Oak Design and Construction for winning a Crystal Key Award for remodeling an entire house.

The existing, small footprint of this 1946, post-World War II, two-story home was transformed with a whole-house remodel. Long-time homeowner and arborist was looking for a sustainable living space with a rustic country feel and modern luxuries.

The minimal 1,200-square-foot space had to be extremely functional with purpose on the forefront of design. Homeowners wanted a huge transformation while remaining in their beloved corner lot and gorgeously landscaped yard; a place to call home well into retirement.

Their love of nature was carried throughout the home. We worked alongside Lisa Loftsgaarden, from Nevin Hedlund Architects, and interior designer Erika Woolman to create an improved floor plan that allowed the family to function more freely.

Using the most energy-efficient materials available, we created a new living room, kitchen with eating area, sitting room with wood-burning stove, powder room, laundry room and improved upstair’s bedrooms.

The first floor was laid with engineered walnut flooring. The kitchen is outfitted with energy-efficient appliances, painted cabinetry, granite counter tops and natural stone back splash. The kitchen also featured a cedar bay window for growing herbs. A custom cherry storage bench and eating table compliments the natural materials used in the kitchen.

Aside from the home’s improved interior design, the external design and structure was composed of maintenance-free sustainable materials. Thin veneer brick was clad on the exterior along with new Pella windows, maintenance-free trim and James Hardy cement siding.

All roof water is drained into a barrel that can later be used to water landscaping. Spray foam insulation was used throughout the home and a high-efficiency HVAC system installed for the most productive use of energy.

To finalize the transition from old to new and sustainable living both inside and out, front and rear porch ways were added; a place of welcome and enjoyment.

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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