Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2018

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Although the homeowners had their own ideas about this project, they trusted the expertise of the design/build company and its knowledge of older houses. Roberts knew the clients would pursue a third-level remodel in subse- quent years, so his team carried out their initial renova- tion with an eye toward the future. Expansive structural changes, nonetheless, challenged even the best intentions. SECONDARY CONCERNS e existing stairway from the second floor accessed the attic along a wall on one side of the large space. Roberts needed to find a better location for the new staircase and replace the narrow, dangerously steep steps. e middle of the attic presented an ideal option, but the chimney from a fireplace on the first level ascended through that space and obstructed a clear pathway. "It was an older house and it had some fireplaces that were no longer operational, and the clients weren't inter- ested in using them again. ey just don't like fireplaces," says Roberts, who opted to remove the entire chimney. "It came up right through the middle of the attic space. It was right where a stairway would naturally occur from the second-floor hallway that was already there." To accommodate a bigger staircase in the middle of the floor, the company had to reposition the door to one of the kids' bedrooms on the second level and diminish a closet. e newfound landing forms a natural separa- tion between the children's rooms and the master suite, which repurposed space from an extraneous bedroom on that end of the floor to carve out a sizable master bath and walk-in closet. "We had to make a lot of changes to the second-floor hallway to make it all work, in addition to taking out that chimney," Roberts explains. "at really made the whole project work. Now the stairway could come up in the middle of the third floor as opposed to one side or the other. at way there could be a big playroom on one side, then a bedroom and a bathroom on the other side." MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2017 | BRONZE RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR LESS THAN $100,000 REMODELER INFORMATION Roberts Architects & Construction Evanston, Ill. robertsarchitectsltd.com PROJECT INFORMATION Project name: Judson Attic Project location: Evanston, Ill. Square footage: 3,218 Project cost: $94,000 PRODUCT INFORMATION Windows: Marvin Skylights: Velux BEFORE Photos: Patsy McEnroe, McEnroe Inc. QualifiedRemodeler.com QR August 2018 21

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