This historic home and coach house in a landmark district on Astor Street was built in the late 1800’s. Originally designed as an 11,000sf single family residence, the home
was divided into nine apartments in the 1960’s and had fallen into disrepair. The new owners purchased the property with a vision to convert the building back to single
family residence for their young family.
The design concept was to restore the limestone exterior to its original state and reconstruct the interior into a home with an open floor plan and modern amenities for entertaining and family living, incorporating vintage details from the original property whenever possible. Program requirements included five bedrooms, all new bathrooms, contemporary kitchen, salon, library, billiards room with bar, home office, cinema, playroom, garage with stacking car lifts, and outdoor gardens with all new landscaping.
The home is unified by a grand staircase which is flooded with natural light from a glass laylight roof. The first level includes a formal entry with rich wood and marble finishes,
a walnut-paneled billiards room with custom bar, a play room, and a separate family entry with mudroom. A formal living and dining room with adjoining intimate salon are located on the second level; an addition at the rear of the home includes a custom deGiulio kitchen and family room. The third level master suite includes a marble bathroom, dressing room, library, and office. The fourth level includes the family bedrooms and a guest suite with a terrace and views of Lake Michigan. The lower level houses a custom cinema. Sustainable elements are seamlessly integrated throughout and include renewable materials, high-efficiency mechanicals and thermal envelope, restored original mahogany windows with new high-performance low-E glass, and a green roof.
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How do you construct a laylight - I'm looking for details of how to construct a laylight and the tunnel it needs for the light? I have an off set dormer above a set of stairs similar to your photo and would like to direct natural light down to the space below by using a laylight. Thanks you. »
What are the main floors in this house? - I am in the process of building a home and am looking for a similar design feel to this one (which by the way is amazing!!) I have been struggling with the first floor material. I like white marble with some grey tones, but have been told to stay clear of that b/c it will make the house feel cold, not to mention it won't hold up to my there young children. dark stained wood was recommended, however the lot is surround by huge live oak trees, not allowing much natural light in and i don't want to make the house feel too dark. what are your suggestions...many many thanks! »