This condo in the Near North neighborhood started with a hope for a more modern kitchen and grew into one of the best condo renovations we’ve done all year. While Katie (the husky puppy pictured below) and her human family had an excellent view of Downtown Chicago, the interior of their home was sadly lacking in luster. We did major updates in the kitchen, bathroom, and living room, to create an elegant new home for relaxing and entertaining.
The biggest difference is that we removed all original flooring and replaced it with a lovely Brazilian pecan. It’s an uncommon choice, lending a unique flavor that will impress visitors for sure. The condo used to have several different flooring materials, with a sudden carpet split at the living room. Since the wood goes through the whole condo, it adds continuity to the design.
With dining moved to the kitchen, there’s more room for couches and this stellar fireplace coffee table. And, most importantly, the more open floor plan means Katie can lounge on the rug without anyone being forced to climb over her.
We really gutted the kitchen, so you can click the button below to see the full project in detail. But to summarize:
The bathroom also went through a major transformation. Starting with just the most basic in terms of materials and styling, we’ve changed everything but the layout.
From the bottom up, the new flooring is a 17×36 glazed porcelain tile with a chevron layout. The Velocity Force by Emser Tile offers a distressed wood look with the durability and waterproofing of porcelain.
For the shower, the tub has been replaced with a flat edge, while sliding glass shower doors offer a clean, minimalist look. And where the walls used to be simple square tiles, the new faux stone panels give you that luxury feel of quartz or marble without maintenance.
The grey vanity is by Studio41, keeping the aesthetic of the kitchen across the hall, and fitting both a door and drawers into its small volume, offering a variety of storage. The old black countertop has been replaced with clean white to better match the vanity.
The toilet and hardware are all new, including the faucets and handheld showerhead.