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Portage Park Bungalow

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Design Challenge:
A young family purchased a bungalow in the Portage Park neighborhood, but needed to remodel to add more bedrooms. Previous work that was done inside the house created a large inefficient stairway to the second floor, a small kitchen and an isolated, separate eating area.

Existing bedrooms on the second floor were small and storage space was very inefficient. A rear porch structure needed some repair but the Owners had a limited budget, so they focused on the interior of the brick structure.

Design Solution:
The stairs were relocated to the middle of the house, freeing space for the kitchen/ family room area. A full bathroom was changed to a powder room on the first floor, but one was added in the basement. The living and dining room was opened up to the kitchen to provide more flow.

Dormers were extended to the front and rear to create a large Master Bedroom with a Master Bath, and to create space for a hall bath. Structural framing was reinforced and spaces opened up for large closets.

A guest bedroom and family room were developed in the basement, with new furnaces and an enclosed laundry room.

Challenge Images:
existing second floor

existing first floor

existing basement floor

Solution Images:
new second floor

new first floor

new basement floor