New Tudor

Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Location
  • Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 1000
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • This project page was created by community member DII Architecture

    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.

    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

    A dusk shot

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    Nature & a balanced composition

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    Sketches, parti, & Floor plan

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    3D model & exploded diagram

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    View from the private 'destination' balcony

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    Up & down the extra wide hall/stair

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    The master bedroom w/ continuous band of windows.

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    Kids' bedrooms w/ study nooks

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    NW & SW perspectives

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    Construction shots

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    DII Architecture
    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( is also a member of the Association of Licensed Architects(ALA).
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