A Great Room on Lake Shore Drive
An island replaces a wall that once closed off the kitchen
A custom built-in unit media unit includes 2 desks, storage and display
The quartz countertop is big enough for 6 to dine together
BoConcept coffee table expands into a dining table
All the appliances are GE profile except for the vintage oven
Large square porcelain tiles cover the floor
Natural travertine is mixed with glass tile
Shelving and glass doors
Located in a vintage building on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, this gracious apartment is full of beautiful details including high ceilings, vaulted hallways and crown moldings. The one sore spot was the outdated kitchen. Like most kitchens found in vintage buildings, it was closed off from the rest of the home.
Our goal was to integrate the “L” shaped kitchen to the adjoining dining room to create a large great room with a functional, updated kitchen, dining/entertaining area and a cozy spot for the family to gather. We would incorporate modern touches that would blend seamlessly with the vintage architecture.
The project began by removing the wall between the kitchen and family room. An island was installed for casual family meals and as a bar area for entertaining.
To optimize the new space while meeting all of the owner’s goals, a custom built-in cabinet was designed. Spanning an entire wall of the family room, it includes two desks, display shelving, ample storage and a spot to mount the TV. In lieu of a traditional dining table, the owners chose a multi-functional coffee table that can be easily raised and expanded when needed.
Rift sawn oak cabinets in a Shaker style were chosen for the kitchen to bridge the gap between vintage and modern design. New stainless steel appliances were installed with the notable exception of a restored vintage oven that is not only functional but serves as a stylish homage to the history of the building. Now this once closed off kitchen is part of a truly “great room”.