The Drake House is located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. And rather than raze the existing structure to replace with an expensive custom dwelling, the existing home was modestly rehabbed to incorporate modern amenities and efficiencies throughout. Both the nicely-proportioned exterior and the moderate renovation of the interior give the owners a custom and modern, yet economical home.

The exterior aluminum siding was cleaned up and painted in part to maintain its place in the neighborhood. Interior renovations included a new custom stair, opening up of the kitchen, extending an existing double dormer on the 2nd floor, and enlarging the windows where possible. Reconfiguring the typical layout of the Chicago style bungalow has made the 2,200 square foot plan feel comfortable and spacious. The home is now decorated with light wood finishes and brightly colored walls and accents adding playfulness to certain spaces and a warm feeling overall. The Drake House is evidence that you can achieve sustainability, quality and custom details, but remain cost-efficient by making modest, decisive choices.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Vinyl Siding Material, Shingles Roof Material, and Gable RoofLine. Main facade elevation. Photo  of Drake HouseView Photos

Main facade elevation.

Modern home with Exterior. Main facade streetscape. Photo 2 of Drake HouseView Photos

Main facade streetscape.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. Front entry and stairway. Photo 3 of Drake HouseView Photos

Front entry and stairway.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. Stairway detail. Photo 4 of Drake HouseView Photos

Stairway detail.

Modern home with Living Room, Table, Medium Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, End Tables, Sectional, and Rug Floor. Living room. Photo 5 of Drake HouseView Photos

Living room.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Rug Floor, and Bookcase. Reading room. Photo 6 of Drake HouseView Photos

Reading room.

Modern home with Kitchen, Ceiling Lighting, Wood Counter, Open Cabinet, Refrigerator, Linoleum Floor, Range, and Wood Cabinet. Kitchen. Photo 7 of Drake HouseView Photos


Modern home with Kitchen, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Range, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, Wood Counter, and Ceiling Lighting. Kitchen backsplash artwork. Photo 8 of Drake HouseView Photos

Kitchen backsplash artwork.

Modern home with Bedroom, Ceiling Lighting, and Bed. Bedroom. Photo 9 of Drake HouseView Photos


Modern home with Office, Chair, Desk, Study Room Type, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Office/Bedroom. Photo 10 of Drake HouseView Photos


  • B&D Specialty Corporation
  • Tom Harris


  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2018