Wilmette Private Residence 2 traditional-exterior
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Wilmette Private Residence 2 Traditional Exterior, Chicago

The objective of this renovation project was to almost double the livable space without increasing the building footprint and to develop an exterior aesthetic in harmony with the context of the historic neighborhood. Raising the roof allowed the full footprint of the second floor to be utilized for three children's bedrooms, a hall bath, and a master suite. The new third floor provides a home office and separate children's study/play room.
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AmyBob Louderback wrote:
What to consider when adding up.. How to make it look like it all flow - I am curious how you achieve a smooth transition from brick to siding (or whatever material you use for the second story) while making it look seamless (I.e. Not like there's an obvious addition).
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creativehomeowner C

Cook Architecture-what was the material of the belly band you used for the transition between stucco & brick? and for the fascia? I'm looking for a smooth, high-quality fascia. Thank you!

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creativehomeowner C

Thought I'd try one more time…what is the material of the belly band? and did you use e.i.f.s. or cement stucco? Thanks.

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creativehomeowner C wrote:
estimate of costs? and time? - I'm considering adding a second story to a brick ranch as well as needing interior design services. What is the range to work with an architectural firm. approximately 2300 sq feet
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COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio

Thank you for your question. Each project varies by location and scope of work, so it would be difficult to provide a range of fees for an architectural firm. It is best to interview a few firms in your area and discuss your goals. The firms could provide you with a proposal for the fees associated with your desired scope of work and then you could decide accordingly. A home renovation project is a very personal undertaking so you should select the firm that makes you feel most comfortable.

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Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Adding On: 10 Ways to Expand Your House Out and Up
9. Raise the roof. Look at a second floor addition in a more urban area with little opportunity to expand horizontally. This is an especially effective strategy on a small lot and the addition is quite large.
Ventana Construction LLC added this to Movin’ On Up: What to Consider With a Second-Story Addition
Whole-house impact. The design and function of a second-story addition will have a ripple effect on the rest of your home — everything from finishes to mechanical work to structural work. A good design will make the second story look like it was always intended, so take the necessary time to make sure the addition does a favor for your curb appeal and your home’s functionality.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

k_rudito added this to k_rudito's ideas
9. Raise the roof. Look at a second floor addition in a more urban area with little opportunity to expand horizontally. This is an especially effective strategy on a small lot and the addition is quite large.
Joey Zocher added this to Joey's ideas
2nd story add on with brick lower
Arnetra Gilliam added this to Arnetra's ideas
1138 Fowler Second Floor addition plans I see it, so let it be.
louisebcarter added this to Downstairs Remodel And Addition
Could front porch be altered to look like this?

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