Cascade

Arlington Heights, Illinois
Location
  • Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2014
  • Square Feet
  • 600
  • This project page was created by community member DII Architecture

    A kitchen remodel, led to the displacement of the existing staircase. Considering the living room & basement had ample room, this placement was settled upon. A small corner water/hvac closet needed to remain. Structural concerns also had to be addressed due to joists orientation. Another goal from the owners was a clean, open feeling, that connected the two levels. Natural & LED lighting was also requested.
    In order to fulfill the program & navigate restrictions, the stair took on a dog-leg form; wrapping the corner of the living room, into the basement. This fluid motion bring users efficiently to either destination; all the while sliding past the utilities that fade into the lower corner. In order to avoid a column, a double 20’ lvl was inserted & cantilevered to the bend in the stair. A steel spine was also introduced to ruggedly support the stair, while still remaining light. Secondary bracing occurs where the oak treads meet the vertical planks; again, adding to the thin, but sturdy mantra. LED lighting below each tread, further the feeling of floating through the two levels. Natural lighting from front windows pours directly to the basement, creating a feeling openness & connection.

    Arlington Heights, IL Completed 2014 600 square feet
    Architect & Design/Builder: DII Architecture www.designinsightinc.com

    GC: Henry’s Construction, Inc. Steel Fabricators: Milk Design, Inc.

    Drafters/Renderers: Workus Studio, LLC Photographer: Black Olive Photographic

    -Close up of the oak panels/treads & white steel spine/railing
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    -LED lighting makes each tread hover:)
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    2D drawings showing thin treads twisting & splaying.

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    -3d Rendering of schematic; Workus Studio, LLC

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    Floor plan showing a tight layout, but efficient flow.

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    -L@@k at that beautiful structure.. We worked w/ Milk Design for the steel spine & railings. They did an amazing job!
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    -Perspective of the room hightlighting oak planks that seem to hover.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    -A look down from the living room as the oak is carved out & flows over like a waterfall.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture
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    DII Architecture
    @jeremersmith3313
    Design Insight Inc.(DII) is a design/build architecture firm specializing in custom residential and commercial architecture, plus remodels/renovations. We aim to creatively solve functional needs, while instilling graceful solutions for any project; small to large. Design Insight strives for a honed, mature & warm modern feel in the execution of our work. DII prides itself on high customer care & personal relationships, and tries to let the work speak for itself. As an architecturally licensed and fully insured company, DII adheres to the highest level of quality standards while working within each project’s budget. We believe that anything is possible and DII welcomes and fosters your custom challenge! Smith obtained his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Champaign, IL. During his tenure, he won many accolades, receipt of two fellowships, & the opportunity to live abroad in France for a year. Prior to founding Design Insight Inc. in 2002, Jereme worked for a variety of prominent firms. Most notably, Kenyon & Associates Architects, Techline Inc, & Osterhaus McCarthy Architects. He’s won many awards including the Chicago ‘Key to the Future’ housing competition & the New York Humanscale office design competition. Jereme has been published in various publications like the Sun Times, Chicago Home magazine, & I4 Design. His work has been displayed at the W Hotel through the IDSA, at the Art Museum of Virginia for the C2C eco-home exhibit, & even a fashion show for wearable architecture. Smith has his architectural license, as well as architect/engineer and design/builder insurance. DII Architecture(www.DesignInsightInc.com) is also a member of the Association of Licensed Architects(ALA).
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