A Stellar Chicago Remodel: the Art of Curb Appeal and Location

From Margaret Everton on March 8, 2010 in Chicago

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Sometimes when buying a home, location trumps design…and curb appeal just falls to the wayside. In 1998, when one couple was weathering a move from California to Chicago at a time when not much was available for the taking, they settled for a 1950’s house in the Glen Ellyn neighborhood. Now, 12 years later, it’s hard to imagine it being that same old house.

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Originally, the changes were small – replacing carpets, hardwood floors, taking down outdated wall paper and replacing it with paint. Gradually, as they began to see this home as theirs instead of a stopping ground, they gutted and modernized the entire kitchen, and redesigned the layout of the dining room and living room with the help of Chris Ebert.

chicago curb appealThe sorry-looking before shot

When these changes still weren’t enough, they decided to completely reconfigure the architecture of the original home. The result? Normandy Builders, along with architect Troy Pavelka, made it into a modern-day gem complete with a picturesque bank of windows facing the street. The addition not only gave it the curb appeal it was lacking, but allowed natural light to flow through the now-spacious home.

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While changes cost this couple a pretty little penny (overall they racked up a $450,000 tab, nearly double the home’s original price), they both believe that it was well worth it. Now, they have a home in a prime location – and one they’re proud to call their own.

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