This project involved a 2-½ story, 4,300 sq. ft. single-family home that was built in 2007 in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Our clients wanted to expand their living space with a third story addition and also urgently needed to address major structural issues throughout the building which were caused by the negligence of the original developer. In collaboration with Laura Fehlberg Architects and Clark T. Baurer Structural Engineering, both goals had to beaccomplished with attention to achieving a seamless integration with the contemporary aesthetic of the interior and exterior of their home.
Although the 3rd story living space was originally the main focus of the project for the clients, it became quickly apparent that the exterior work, including the structural reinforcement, was going to be the most critical and demanding element of scope. To complicate matters, a delayed start due to city permitting issues pushed the project into the unfavorable weather conditions of the fall and winter seasons. The prevalence of bad weather during the project as well as other unforeseen events presented constant challenges to the completion of the project. Coordinating and sequencing crews around the weather and maintaining momentum in the project despite unforeseen delays was a constant focus. Additionally, after starting demolition, we discovered that the entire original roof system was retaining water and had to be completely torn off and rebuilt.
The addition we constructed was to be the living and study area for the client’s children. It consisted of a living area, two bedrooms, and one bathroom. The exterior roof spaces flanking both ends of the addition were also converted into functional patio and balcony spaces.
The interior space of the addition is as seamlessly integrated into the original house as the exterior. The millwork throughout was entirely custom fabricated and the new flooring was exactly matched to the original.
The conversion of the 3rd story roof spaces flanking the new addition into an appealing outdoor south deck and north balcony involved the careful fabrication and installation of elements that adhered to the buildings contemporary style. We used durable IPE decking installed with a pedestal system to convert the 3rd story roof flanking the addition into beautiful deck spaces.
The aluminum siding for the sides of the new addition roof was custom fabricated. It was essential that it match perfectly with the original from the neighbor’s roof located just a few feet away.