SMITH Kitchen

Prospect Heights, Illinois
Location
  • Prospect Heights, Illinois
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 1000
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • This project page was created by community member DII Architecture

    This project was carved out of a 1979 ranch with a fairly open floor plan. However, the kitchen was long & compressed with a closed off formal dining room. The clients wanted a professional, high functioning kitchen with an abundance of space, storage, & light. They also missed the soaring height & feeling of their loft from 10 years prior. The initial goal was to open & combine three spaces; kitchen, dining, and eating area.
    Two main walls were demo’d and all door jambs, partitions, etc. were opened. Four triple lvl beams were inserted in the floor & bordering ceiling. A full span vaulted ceiling was raised, subtly connecting the spaces. Ridge beam and top plate straps were also installed to counter compression and thrust. The new cathedral ceiling wraps over & down the east wall. This was in an effort to have the space communicate horizontally & vertically. Skylights, windows, and a patio door puncture this skin allowing direct morning light & ambient afternoon/evening lighting. Material features include strand-woven bamboo flooring, gun metal blue cabinets, river white granite, grey oak ceiling/wall planks, and translucent eco-resin partitions & doors. The final space feels like a back-lit geode; interior architecture cut out of the ranch volume.

    Prospect Heights, IL Completed 2015 1000 square feet
    Architect & Design/Builder: DII Architecture www.designinsightinc.com

    GC: Construction People Corp.

    Drafters/Renderers: Workus Studio, LLC

    Photographer: Black Olive Photographic

    Full gut remodel of kitchen, dining, living room, & bathroom by DII Architeture. The ranch volume is carved out, creating a generous space. Note the grey oak planks on the ceiling & stand-woven bamboo flooring.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    A look back to the more functional side of the kitchen. The skylights puncture the ceiling & cast natural light through-out the day. Eco-resin partitions & doors add a special secondary element.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    Floor plan showing the extent of the remodel/program & corresponding camera shots w/ numbers.

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    Here is an exploded diagram highlighting key features of the project.

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    The waterfall counter creates a space for guests/stools. The River White granite also continues up as a full slab backsplash behind the induction cooktop.

    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    Window & skylight become the same. Similarly, the grey oak cascades down from the ceiling to the upper cabinets & east wall.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Photo Courtesy of DII Architecture

    The under counter drawer microwave & glimmering pendants pop in this shot.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

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    Cabinets climb the new lofted space. A large niche is carved out as a display area.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

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    ET2 16" pendant light.
    Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

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    A look into the adjacent living room sitting area. An efficient gas insert was added w/ a blower. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

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    Here is an overall perspective of the doubled living room & foyer. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

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    A new wine bar w/ walnut butcher block & led strip lighting. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

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    The powder room is at the core of the remodel. It features marble mosaic, a custom mirror, & translucent onyx counter/sink. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

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    The strand-woven bamboo stretches up the wall & swings overhead; concealing lighting & an exhaust fan. An eco-flush Toto toilet is also featured. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

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    Here is a look at a before shot w/ a few demo holes:)

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    Another before image w/ the vintage 90's oak;)

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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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