My wife and I live in Chicago and recently completed a large conversion project. We bought a 100+ year old 2-flat building that was originally a tin shop and most recently an auto garage in late 2015. We just completed this conversion earlier this year.
We are photographers who work together, and we have transformed the first floor space into a studio and small event space while also conserving some important architectural details and paying homage to the building's history. We transformed the large front driveway into a private courtyard and hired an international artist to design a custom mural for us to enjoy. We installed a new garage that can be opening to create a free-flowing indoor/outdoor space. We also built out the entire second floor to be our residence--we now live there with our 4 month old daughter and our pup, Buddy.
My wife is not a designer, but she had the vision for this space--everything inside is custom and one-of-a-kind.
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custom chairs with powder-coated steel frames, walnut chair backs with embedded brass logo designed by owner Michelle Lytle
original factory windows were repaired and restored
steel supports were conserved and painted and original brick walls were preserved and white-washed
Globe lights are LED Phillips Hue color changing
We poured new concrete foundation and flooring so we decided to add a personal touch for photo opportunities. We see couples standing side by side in front of the "You & Me" letters and taking photos.
Custom steel and walnut shelving units were designed by owner, Michelle Lytle
What was once a paved driveway is now a private front courtyard with treads for a car or food truck to pull in, a custom mural created by international artist, David Fleck, landscaping by Reveal Design, turf for low maintenance!
Garage from ETO Garage opens with the turn of the custom steel wheel to create an indoor/outdoor space
The Lytle House has seating for 80