After 20 years of serving mostly as their weekend “city house”, this large Lincoln Park townhouse was badly in need of some updating. A previous kitchen remodel was poorly designed and inefficient. An oddly placed peninsula projected from the back wall blocking access from the back entry, and an unnecessary wall blocked off the opposite end of the kitchen.
The new plan created a truly open kitchen with a large island allowing free traffic flow from the back door and the adjacent rooms. A new oak floor for the kitchen and family room, woven into the remaining floor enhanced the open feeling and flow.
The gracious open living room with high ceilings, housed a sad little fireplace that was never used. The confusing collection if drywall corners and angles all painted, made the fireplace more of an afterthought. We boxed out the fireplace to create a monolithic column straight up from the floor to the ceiling. Adding a rugged ledge stone to the column gave it mass and importance. Now the fireplace is the center piece of the living room.