2012 Fall Home Tour Preview I
This 1927 Winnetka Heights Arts and Crafts bungalow was once owned by a well-known local opera singer and a door to door salesman who traveled by horse drawn carriage.. In the late 1970's, the building was updated and much of the home's original character including doors, windows, casings, cabinets, tile and fixtures were lost. Used mainly for storage for the last ten years, the home had been largely uninhabited and neglected. Roof leaks had badly penetrated some of the rooms, damaging the floors. The structure had sunken severely and the home's frame had weakened and was tilting slightly southward. A poorly constructed 450 square foot addition was hopeless.
The primary goal with renovation was to restore the Arts and Crafts elements lost in the 1970’s and address the structural issues that threatened the home’s future. The old addition was demolished, foundation repaired and leaning addressed. Next an 1161 square foot addition was added. A true masonry fireplace, using antique brick from another 1920's home was built in the new family room of this addition.
Almost all the original white oak floors were saved. The millwork was fashioned with much attention to Arts and Crafts detail. Eight-inch baseboards with period style trim, box beam ceilings, wainscoting, and Shaker cabinetry were all added.
Hexagon tile floors were used in the baths and laundry. Subway tile was used in the large master shower, with a fresher glass version as a back splash in the kitchen. Both the kitchen and master bath were fitted with Carrara marble surfaces.
The house was then appointed with the remaining Arts and Crafts details, featuring period-style door hardware, cabinet pulls and lighting fixtures. A cast iron, claw foot tub with British telephone faucet hardware was placed in the guest bath.
Finally, a carport was built to match the home's original character, incorporating large, trimmed box columns, and beefy bead board eaves and ceilings. A pergola and landscaping were installed to give the home a nice finish and a Montessori expert was consulted to help transform one of the front rooms into a play area for their son.