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Evanston Mudroom Addition

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Older homes found along Chicago's North Shore are unique and iconic to the area. Often, our customers here are concerned with a room addition changing the facade, or appearing obvious to passersby. Luckily, with more than 30 years of experience working on older homes in the area, the Forest Glen design team are experts in maintaining the integrity of the existing structure, while also improving it to meet the owner's needs. 
 
This project in Evanston is a great example of how a seemingly small addition can become a more involved process due to the existing structural elements of an older home. The Forest Glen team had to work with and around some significant challenges to meet the goal our customers had in mind -- a perfectly situated mudroom with custom built storage units.   
 
One challenge was removing the exterior ice box opening. Otherwise known as a small opening in the outside wall where an iceman could deliver fresh ice to the house without having to enter the home - often, the ice box opening would connect to the pantry inside.
 
Another challenge came from wanting to match the addition with the same stone of the rest of the house. However, the stone used originally is no longer in production, so the Forest Glen team had to salvage material from the wall that was demolished, and re-install the same stone on the exterior of the new room addition. 
 
Location: Evanston, IL 
 
Duration: Seven months 
 
Project: 
  • Demolish existing porch structure, salvage exterior stone 
  • Remove exterior ice box opening 
  • Relocate central air conditioning unit 
  • Rebuild interior stairs to meet building code 
  • Build exterior mudroom structure, re-install salvaged stone to the outside
  • Conduct extensive plumbing/pipe relocation 
  • Design and build custom storage cubbies in new mudroom 
Materials Used:
  • Absolute black with honed finish granite stair treads 
  • Custm oak storage cubbies stained to match living room furniture 
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Custom built storage cubbies:
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Rear home exterior before Forest Glen room addition: 
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