Lincoln Park home is a stunning display of French-style architecture


This transitional style family home is designed by BGD&C Custom Homes along with Kadlec Architecture + Design, located in Lincoln Park, a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Showcasing classical, French-style architecture, with a limestone facade, slate roof, rounded dormer windows and opulent gardens — this home melds into the vernacular of the neighborhood. Encompassing 12,000 square feet of living space, the design of this dwelling embraces family living. Designed for a family with three children, this home sought to eliminate the typical distinctions between formal and informal spaces.

The project team sought to create a home that would be thoroughly lived in, bridging the classic French Provincial style of the exterior with relaxed, informal finishes and furnishings. A playroom, loft, craft room, roof deck, and lower level indoor pool offers plenty of space for spending time together. A gracious skylit stairway floods natural light into the heart of the home, while metal and glass doors in the dining room and office allow the natural setting to extend into the house. Lower level spaces includes a pool and workroom, which affords a contemporary departure from the rest of the dwelling.

Project Team: Architecture & Design/Build: BGD&C Custom Homes / Interior Designer: Kadlec Architecture + Design / Landscape Architect/Designer: Scott Byron & Co


What We Love: This beautiful house in Lincoln Park appears as if it was built in the 1800s. Featuring exquisite exterior detailing and solid design outside that is carried all the way through to create a timeless aesthetic. We love how the design of this home is focused on family living, from the children’s play spaces to the lower level swimming pool and casual yet sophisticated design scheme. Overall this is a home that will be enjoyed for generations to come… Readers, please share your thoughts on the design of this home in the Comments below!

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Above: The entry foyer is flooded with natural light thanks to a skylight over the staircase. The flooring is Lucia Azul limestone. 



Above: The focal point of this living room is the fireplace, with a custom mantel and Contre Coeur Fire Panel by Chesneys. This space is focused on style and sophistication. Used for more formal yet relaxed get together’s with the homeowner’s extended family who likes to visit often.



Above: Custom steel and glass openings allows natural light to filter into this intimate dining room. This space connects to the backyard.


Above: The butler’s pantry is located in the homeowner’s favorite room in the house, which is the kitchen!


Above: An open concept family room, kitchen and casual dining room are flooded with natural light. This is the most used area of the home. Also in this space is a fantastic indoor-outdoor connection, with the family room opening out to the back patio and yard. There is also a roof deck on the garage and a vegetable garden and fruit trees.


Above: Highlights in this high-end kitchen includes: painted tongue & groove ceiling, bespoke hand-painted cabinetry by Chicago-based O’Brien Harris and an exquisite pewter hood. On the countertops is combination of walnut and quartzite.


Above: This is one of the eight bathrooms in this gracious metropolitan home. 


Above: The mudroom features plenty of built-ins to accomodate this busy family’s lifestyle needs. 




Above: The master bathroom features a custom designed burled walnut vanity and Bardiglio stone floors. 



Above: A built-in window seat serves two purposes, functional and aesthetic. It offers space to curl up with a book and to store toys under the operable bench seat.


Above: The two daughter’s share a Jill & Jill bathroom, which has ample counter space and storage.




Above: All bedrooms were designed to accomodate queen-sized beds and built-in storage.



Above: This home office features glass doors with custom metal work — inspired by art nouveau Paris metro stops.



Above: A craft room and playroom are connected, creating one large play space. There is plenty of built-in storage, a custom zinc sink and craft table to allow for limitless creativity. The tile flooring is hand-painted terrazzo.


Above: The playroom is designed to be re-configured to accomodate changing needs as the children get older. The wainscot paneling and bookcase is rift white oak tongue and groove.


Above: This space is used as a reading nook and additional space for sleepovers. The centerpiece of this room is a laser cut metal portal, custom fabricated for the space.


Above: A spa-like swimming pool on the lower level of this Lincoln Park home features a changing space, showers and lockers. There is also a yoga/exercise room, which can be seen through custom Ipe slatted walls. The Ipe infuses warmth and texture to the otherwise clean-lined pool deck. The flooring is Bateig blue limestone, while the ceiling is glazed terra-cotta tile.


Above: On the poolside wall is backlit agate wall panels and split chiseled Pompeii stone.


Photos: Camera Department, Inc.

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