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Young Novice Architect Completes Solo Studio Renovation

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Matthew Preston Kimmel has quite a knack for architecture and design. At the mere age of fifteen, Kimmel decided to redesign and transform the third floor of his family’s Chicago home. Here, Dwell takes a tour of the finished project.

With approval from his parents, Kimmel was entrusted with approximately 1,000 square-feet from his family’s 7,000...
Along with designing the unfinished and raw space, Kimmel endorsed the project based on the premise that he would also...
The space Kimmel converted into his personal studio blends both classic and contemporary elements, which can be seen...
The entirety of the private space is set with dark hardwood floors and includes an elevated sleeping area, living room,...
Here, Kimmel is in the main living room, which is the primary meeting space in the studio.
The kitchen is designed with white panel cabinetry, granite, and includes custom track lighting. Photo by Brittany L....
A deep proportional arch opens to the elevated bedroom which features bi-directional beamed ceilings, knee walls, and...
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