Ravenswood Manor Conversion

Challenge

A developer wanted to convert a standard Chicago two-flat into a high-end single family home. The exterior brick detailing was well designed and in good shape. The interior needed remodeling and the ceiling heights were standard. The Developer wanted to adjust the floor heights to get more higher ceilings. The existing attached rear porch was unsightly and not functional.

For the desired price bracket, more bedrooms and bathrooms than a standard single family home were required. The existing side entry was not in keeping with a grand home and had to be modified or relocated.

Solution

The interior structure of the building was removed to readjust floor heights. The roof was raised along with the side parapet walls, and the basement was dug out to get adequate height in the new family area. New full span truss joists were set into new masonry beam pockets, eliminating the need for interior bearing walls.

The front bay was converted into the new main entry with enclosed porch. The new interior stairs were U shaped and located in the middle of the building. Four bedrooms and three baths were built on the top floor with a small rear deck. The first floor contained living, dining, kitchen, family room and a larger rear deck. The basement housed a family room, guest room, bathroom and utilities.

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EXISTING BASEMENT

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NEW BASEMENT

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EXISTING FIRST FLOOR

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NEW FIRST FLOOR

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EXISTING SECOND FLOOR

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NEW SECOND FLOOR

Before Construction

During Construction

After Construction