The Lytle House

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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Modern home with Dining Room. custom chairs with powder-coated steel frames, walnut chair backs with embedded brass logo designed by owner Michelle Lytle Photo  of The Lytle House

custom chairs with powder-coated steel frames, walnut chair backs with embedded brass logo designed by owner Michelle Lytle

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, Chair, and Dining Room. original factory windows were repaired and restored Photo 2 of The Lytle House

original factory windows were repaired and restored

Modern home with Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Dining Room. steel supports were conserved and painted and original brick walls were preserved and white-washed Photo 3 of The Lytle House

steel supports were conserved and painted and original brick walls were preserved and white-washed

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Concrete Floor, and Dining Room. Globe lights are LED Phillips Hue color changing Photo 4 of The Lytle House

Globe lights are LED Phillips Hue color changing

Modern home with Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Dining Room, and Concrete Floor. 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. Photo 5 of The Lytle House

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.

Modern home with Concrete Floor and Storage Room. Custom steel and walnut shelving units were designed by owner, Michelle Lytle Photo 6 of The Lytle House

Custom steel and walnut shelving units were designed by owner, Michelle Lytle

Modern home with Outdoor, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, and Grass. 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! Photo 7 of The Lytle House

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!

Modern home with Concrete Floor, Trees, Shelves Storage Type, Shrubs, Walkways, Front Yard, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Horizontal Fence, Wood Fence, and Outdoor. Garage from ETO Garage opens with the turn of the custom steel wheel to create an indoor/outdoor space Photo 8 of The Lytle House

Garage from ETO Garage opens with the turn of the custom steel wheel to create an indoor/outdoor space

Modern home with Concrete Floor, Shelves Storage Type, Trees, Shrubs, Walkways, Front Yard, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Horizontal Fence, Wood Fence, Dining Room, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, and Table. The Lytle House has seating for 80 Photo 9 of The Lytle House

The Lytle House has seating for 80