Collection by DII Architecture

New Tudor


A family of 5 purchased a quaint cottage tudor with the understanding they needed more space. Specifically; bedrooms, storage, & a new master suite were requested. The property/home is narrow & the only viable option was to design/build over the garage to the rear of the site. This still presented a challenge to add the circulation, storage, extra bedrooms & baths. Thus, 2 cantilevers to the north & west were proposed, as well as a ‘destination’ balcony. The clients also expressed love of natural light & clean lines. Early on we realized, due to budget constraints, the master bathroom would be a phase 2 project, which gave immediate use of this space as a temporary office & extra storage. Many initial layouts & parti diagrams sought to find the most efficient route to connect with the existing home/staircase, and accommodate the 2 new & 2 reconfigured bedrooms. An extra wide hallway, positioned to the west allowed for everything to connect well & for multiple family members to pass each other. The hall also became a promenade w/ a built in book shelf, landing, & window storage bench.(with exterior planter box) Moving toward the back of the home, there are 3 kids’ bedrooms to the right(each with study nook). A final resting spot draws the owners or visitors to the end of the hall, at the tension cable/steel beam supported balcony. The master bedroom is privately tucked around the corner with its own overhang & band of windows, which offer ambient light & birch/backyard views. Handscraped bamboo flooring connects all the spaces & the 2 new bedrooms utilize the vaulted ceiling as an uplifting volume.

Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Completed: 2016 Cost: $125k Area: 500 s.f. addition + 500 s.f. interior remodel
Architect & Design/Builder: DII Architecture

GC: Construction People Corp. Drafters/Renderers: Workus Studio, LLC Photographer: Black Olive Photographic

Owners: Katie & Chris Karsten: combined family w/ 3 kids.. both managers; she does marketing & did a great job w/ decor

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