For both cost and sustainability, care was taken to preserve as much of the existing structure as possible. In addition, the envelope was insulated with spray applied foam, windows and doors were replaced with fiberglass units and a new high-efficiency furnace was installed. All built in lighting is LED.
The Bucktown Residence is a renovation of a vintage brick cottage for an artist couple and their two children. Organized around a stair core and library, the design brings clarity to a previously circuitous assemblage of rooms.
Executed on a tight budget, the brick envelope as well as the existing frame dormer and the plumbing stack were preserved. At the ground level, the floor plan is arranged into three zones, linked by circulation along the west wall. The result is a flowing plan that maintains distinct spaces for the kitchen, dining, and living while providing a sense of the entire volume.
At the bedroom level, the plan is organized around the new stairwell served by two new skylights that bathe the gallery with light. The bathrooms are clustered around the existing plumbing stack and the children's bedrooms are housed beneath the roof of a new dormer. Clad in dark-gray lap siding, the effect is a roofscape of clustered volumes.
The library, adjacent to the dining space, is the heart of the home. The white oak pickets that provide a guard for the adjacent stair also provide the structure for the shelves. Standards are recessed into the pickets to provide shelf support and white oak panels clad the walls and ceiling setting an intimate scale.