Charmed Life: A Modernized Old-World Home
January 13, 2014
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY SOLURI
When a husband and wife who had been living in a contemporary home in Chicago’s Highland Park began longing for traditional charm, they were naturally drawn to the village of Bannockburn—a nearby community with residences that suggest historic country estates. Imagining a home with classic European elements that would also suit their modern lifestyle, the couple quickly purchased four bucolic acres. “We wanted a romantic feel—brick that looked as if it had been weathered, winding driveways and large landscapes,” says the wife. “The goal for this space was for it to be livable and comfortable,” adds designer Melanie Elston, “yet with the idyllic look they so desired.”
With two boys, ages 8 and 11, the couple needed a home that would suit the entire family, particularly their older son, whose special needs include the use of both a wheelchair and a walker. To that end, architect Orren Pickell, along with project architect Jeff Eichhorn, put nearly all of the living space on the main floor, which is entirely wheelchair-accessible and features flush thresholds. He then incorporated an elevator for access to the smaller second floor and the home’s lower level.
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