I’m really excited to share some information about my new projects in Evanston. I am working with BKM Development Company- we are teaming up again after working together on the Farragut Houses. The architect is Mayer Jeffers Gillespie and I am the lead project designer. The project consists of 3 new construction single family homes- each 4500 sqft with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths.
The building’s exterior is made of steel, cement board and Ipe accents. An interior open staircase provides a sculptural detail and is open from the basement to the top floor. Above the garage there is a finished loft that could function as an office, studio or apartment. Interior flooring is wide plank white oak. Ceilings are pitched in the master bedroom and fireplace designs in the master and living room are modern using an aged raw cedar.
As a seasoned interior designer I know the kitchen is the heart of the home and wanted to create a sleek modern design with a retro-vibe.
Kitchen hi-lights include:
-Full slab Neolith countertops and backsplash
-Kitchen is completely custom designed by Linc Thelen Design and built by Homethings
-Includes lots of storage including a large pantry and wine bar
-Cabinets are a textured laminate by Uniboard and work well with the barstools and decorative lighting
I am delighted to be featured in the July issue of Sophisticated Living and just over the moon about my project being featured on the cover. Special thanks to Diana Bitting for her word smithing and the talented photographer Anthony Tahlier. I am so grateful to have amazing clients! Below is the full article, to read online click here>>
And our ad which was photographed by Jim Tschetter on location at the Church…
We’ve made a lot of headway since we last shared progress photos. With ceiling heights soaring at 25′, scaffolding is a must during construction. Shown above is a view of the family room just after the fireplace was built out. The ceiling was opened up to expose the scissor trusses and turned buckle details (photo below).
This is the view from the second floor overlooking the family room and the grand fireplace. Cut-outs on the right of fireplace are for log storage. The fireplace is the focal point of the room and clad in stone slabs from TransCeramica.
Family Room and Kitchen
This is one of my favorite spots in the house. Colleen’s office overlooks the entire living space from above. This is the bell tower, a very vertical space with a 30′ ceiling height. The room will have a glass floor. We’re still unsure what this room will be used for. So many possibilities!
Stained glass windows will be the focal point of the kitchen. Kitchen cabinetry is custom hickory, floors are white oak, counters are white quartzite from Caesar Stone.
Turn buckle ceiling detail
We also wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of the finishes…
Our farmhouse is under construction! Framing began on July 5th, only a month from beginning framing the house was up. We set the floor trusses and then began framing the walls. Second floor trusses were craned in then we added exterior walls and sheathing. After all the walls were framed the roof went up and then the windows went in.
The site faces the golf course so views are just magnificent from the second floor. The house is nestled into the natural landscape with fully mature trees. Stay tuned for our next post, we’ll be roughing in plumbing, hvac and electrical.
We are thrilled to break ground on the Farmhouse project. Due to the late frost we had to delay digging our foundation until mid-April. We are excited to be working with Duneland Fine Homes. Take a peak at our photo documention where we broke ground and put in the forms and poured concrete to make our foundation walls.
That’s me in the backhoe. I’m a very safe driver.
Spray waterproofing on walls
Back fill foundation
Install septic system
Water tap from street into crawlspace
Install plumbing drains in crawl space floor
Pour crawl space floor
Meeting with electric company tomorrow at site to discuss permanent underground service. GOAL: NO POLES ON THE PROPERTY!
This month’s post is an introduction to one of my dream projects – a church conversion to a single family home. I have teamed up with my good friend and architect Elissa Scrafano. Over the past year we’ve created a design that will evolve into a stunning piece of architecture once completed. This would not be possible without having imaginative clients that value innovative design.
This church was built in the early 1900’s . The architecture offers unique possibilities that are not common in traditional homes:
-Vaulted ceilings create expansive space and a sense of awe.
– Large arched stained glass windows flood the space with natural light.
– Exposed brick provides texture, richness and character.
Although we will take cues from the existing functionality of the site, we plan to create unexpected elements and pairings fit for this young urban family. Below are some design details we are using as inspiration for the project. As you can see, there is a juxtaposition between the rustic and refined. We’ll be blogging and photo documenting the progress of the project as it develops. Hope you enjoy the ride!
Built in seating concept.
Dining Concepts and Details:
Living room volumetric space concepts:
Interesting stair treatments: Kitchen cabinetry and finishes:
This is the first post of a new column called, “IN-SIGHT”. Over the next year I will be sharing two amazing projects with you- a new construction modern farmhouse in Michigan and a conversion of an old church into a single family home in Little Italy.
Modern Farmhouse- It all starts with a client, a piece of land and a creative vision. Building a new home can be a fun but challenging process. This blog will allow me the opportunity to share how the creative process evolves into reality.
The first thing we did before hitting the sketch pad was determine the size of the home and budget. Then we started collecting inspirational photos. I’ve posted our ides below. Which is your favorite detail? I love the barn doors and outdoor shower. We’ll be posting progress each month- see you soon! -Linc Thelen