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September 28, 2022

Rayjin Teppanyaki

Beauty in design

Building team creates masterful design on 4.5 acres in Wheaton

Oak Park indigenous Laura Christensen and her partner, Mark, crafted their desire house through the pandemic on a breathtaking parcel of wooded land adjacent to the Cantigny Golf System in Wheaton. The Arts and Crafts-fashion masterpiece they made hearkens again to Laura’s youthful activities in Oak Park, the put wherever Frank Lloyd Wright and other remarkable architects experimented.

“We had lived in Wheaton for 30 decades and preferred to create the household we had been designing in our minds for a long time — and do it on a substantial parcel of assets given that I am a landscape architect and wished room to plant and appreciate,” Laura states.

The few and their setting up staff strike that mark and some others.

“Also, considering the fact that I grew up to take pleasure in good architecture as art, I recognize that we are genuinely dwelling in a piece of art,” she states.

Ahead of the property was built, Laura stumbled upon a “for sale by owner” signal on home bounded on two sides by the Cantigny Golf Training course. Ahead of extensive, the pair was capable to ordered it and one more good deal next doorway, assembling 4.5 acres of high quality residence.

“We ended up with a Wisconsin escape home without having getting to depart city!” she recalls.

“I cherished the cleanse strains, wonderful woodwork, big home windows and other facts inherent in a Craftsman home. I really take into account this kind of residence to be the quintessential ‘homey, cozy home’ and preferred to construct a single,” Laura states.

The moment they had the land, they moved forward to assemble a collaborative workforce of experts to make it a truth and, fortunately, experienced purchased most of the products they desired just before COVID hit, creating creating provides much more scarce. Mike Sparks of Sparks Architects Inc. of Elmhurst created the property, Brad Drendel of Brad Drendel Builders Inc. of Naperville was the builder and Joan Kaufman of Interior Preparing and Structure Inc. in Naperville did the inside layout.

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“The team constructed the Christensen home from the ground up, starting up in September 2020 and it took about a year to finish,” Kaufman suggests.

The outstanding 4,200-sq.-foot dwelling features a very first-flooring master suite a spectacular, cathedral-ceilinged loved ones area with a stone fire flanked by window seats and topped by statement-building ceiling rafters a pretty point out-of-the-artwork kitchen featuring alder cabinets and stunning Versailles-patterned tile function a gentle-filled a few-period area from which to appreciate Laura’s gardens and considerably additional, such as a basement wine space.



The kitchen features a striking blue agate backsplash on the range and blue Alaska granite countertops.

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Exceptional touches abound in the dwelling, these kinds of as a kitchen countertop with a stay edge top produced from a huge, 120-12 months-aged oak the home owners had been forced to lower down from the assets a customized picket dining booth in the kitchen, designed by City-Living Design and style in Chicago tailor made art glass cupboard doors in the kitchen area, built by Kaufman and fabricated by Alpine Stained Glass in Plainfield a&#13
striking blue agate backsplash above the array and blue Alaska granite counter tops Arts and Crafts-design and style mullioned home windows throughout and a porcelain kitchen floor with tumbled edges, built to seem like actual stone.

“Plenty of very little mom-and-pop corporations in the Chicago location have been aspect of the course of action and we appreciated that,” Kaufman says.

The overall development course of action was all about detail and nature mainly because Laura, as a landscape designer, is seriously fascinated in overall health and wellness, Kaufman provides. Only nontoxic and no-VOC elements have been picked and all of the cupboards had been still left in a climate-controlled warehouse to “off-gasoline” for a month in advance of getting set up in the property. Tile was installed on the ground of the kitchen to greater maintain up to the Christensens canine. William Morris nature models show up on drapes, pillows and even on the stairway runner.

Even the loos are putting with the grasp bathtub that includes a cost-free-standing soaker tub and a roomy stall shower with a large sheet of colorful quartzite as its back again wall.

“The Christensens permit our staff layout every little thing, from the massive picture down to minutiae like the knobs on each cupboard door,” states Kaufman. “We pooled our sources and understanding to make this dwelling particular and the Christensens absolutely adore it.”

Laura Christensen concurred. “We are feeling like the home turned out even superior than we envisioned. A group of us contributed our one of a kind expertises and created a amazing property,” she says. “It is so peaceful right here and we experience like we are living outside, even when we are within our home.”