About our client

Chicago, Illinois

This family in Chicago was hoping to gain a primary suite, larger kitchen and second floor laundry. It was important for them to have a cohesive home that matched the neighborhood.


The clients wanted to complete a two story addition to expand their primary suite and allow for a larger renovated kitchen. They would also like large storage closets, full his and her bathroom as well as a space for the laundry on the second floor. The first floor kitchen enlargement would hopefully allow for a mudroom space as well.


The existing second floor would need to be extended in a way that allowed the front of the home to be untouched. The first floor extension due to setbacks with zoning would have to be modified to be as large as possible while still maintaining a space for deck and their yard.

Solution with results that paid off

After consulting with the clients and assessing their needs, our design team came up with a two story addition plan.

To create a primary suite we broke through the existing second floor bedroom to add to the space. We proposed a laundry room on the second floor with access from the hall. Pushing the bedroom towards the back of the addition allowed for the best flow and gave the clients views of their back yard.

To enhance the first floor kitchen we proposed a first floor bump out addition. The kitchen layout increased and also allowed for views to the backyard for easy hosting. The mudroom off of the deck allowed for direct access when entertaining and an organized space for day to day storage for a busy family.

To ensure the home fit with the neighborhood and the clients style, we proposed replacing all of the siding to a new color. We were able to seamlessly match the roofing material to the existing home. We proposed gabled roof lines to give the rear of the home a balanced look that fit the front of the home as well.

This addition now allows the family to have a primary suite of their own with easy access to everyday chores like laundry. The addition on the second floor included beautiful changes to their heart of the home and added to their changing lifestyle.