Historic Home Renovation: Creating a Great Room

Historic home renovations require big ideas and detailed drawings outlining the grand plan

On this Oak Park home, our big idea was to take two rooms in the back of the house and create one kitchen/family room and great room.  A huge, 3-story chimney — abandoned on the first floor — divided the two rooms. We proposed the unexpected: Remove only the first-floor portion of the chimney and preserve the historic chimney on the floors above.

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