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Before and After: Midcentury home restored to its former glory in Illinois

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This midcentury home built in 1960 was completely restored by Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect, located just 25 miles west of Chicago in Wheaton, Illinois.

In need of a major update from both design and performance standpoints, this project turned into a comprehensive energy retrofit, with thorough airtightness and insulation, new space conditioning and energy-recovery-ventilation, triple glazed windows, and an interior of incredible elegance. Continue below to see images of before the remodel and a floor plan!

Project Team: 

Landscape Architecture and installation: Hursthouse Landscape | General Contractor: Thomas Patrick Homes | Interior Design: Bespoke Interior Design and Vara Design | Structural Engineer: Goodfriend Magruder Structure | Third-party Testing and Verification: Eco Achievers | Energy Use: pEUI = 26, 40% reduction

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While the architects preserved the existing foundation and overall massing, this is essentially a new house, well equipped for a new generation of use and enjoyment. The home also underwent a complete landscape design, transforming exterior living spaces into an outdoor oasis for this home’s inhabitants.

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What We Love: This restored midcentury home offers its inhabitants refreshed interior and exterior spaces that are attractive and energy-efficient. Large windows establish a seamless indoor-outdoor connection, inviting nature and natural light inside. Overall, the project team did a fabulous job of creating an inviting midcentury home to enjoy for years to come.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on the overall transformation of this midcentury home? Are there any details that you would have done differently if this was your home? Please share your thoughts in the Comments, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our favorite midcentury modern home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Gorgeous mid-century modern inspired mountain home in Big Sky and Mid-century modern beach house retreat on Pender Island.

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Before The Renovation

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Photos: Hausman Photography

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26 days ago

I don’t like “before” photos because they always underexpose the “before” photos to artificially make them look worse than the “after” photos, which I think to be a bit of a sham. But you can still see that “before” the exterior of the house was fine, which explains why they didn’t make many changes there. So this was basically an interior and landscape renovation. Within that context, this is a really nice remodel. The landscape design is well integrated into the overall remodel architecture. One thing that caught my eye was the replacement of large wood structural elements in the… Read more »