Introducing the Hemingway Project!

This week, I am off sailing the Chicago Race to Mackinac Island! A 330 mile trek involving over 300 sailing vessels, this is the largest freshwater race in the world. Unfortunately, the sea state was intense with winds “blowing stink” and waves topping 10-foot swells for over 24 hours straight – forcing 98 boats to retire due to safety, damage to the vessels, sea sickness…and perhaps logic. What can I say? Sometimes I do things that defy logic…such as treating huge rolling waves like a roller coaster instead of evaluating my mortality. Our team, Mutiny, finished the race on Tuesday morning – our fleet started the race with 17 vessels and ended the race with 9. This was certainly a regatta to remember.

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Meanwhile, on dry land, I have left Sebastian yet again to manage our projects while I’m away. The Firehouse and the Oak Brook project are cruising towards their finish lines. While we love to stop, reminisce, and admire our transformations – we can only enjoy this briefly before doing what we must: move on to the next.

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Therefore, allow me to introduce you to the Hemingway Project! This project involves the historical restoration of an approximately 4,500SF building located in one of the most renown Frank Lloyd Wright Historical Districts in the nation. This​ ​building​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Queen Anne​ ​style​, ​designed​ ​by​ ​architecture​ ​firm,​ ​Patton​ ​and​ ​Fisher,​ ​and​ ​built​ ​between 1882-1889 – ​more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​decade​ ​before​ ​the​ ​Village​ ​of​ ​Oak​ ​Park,​ ​itself,​ ​was​ ​incorporated. This​ ​building​ ​is​ ​designated​ ​at​ ​the​ ​National​ ​and​ ​Local​ ​level​ ​for​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Register​ ​of​ ​Historic Places.  

An​ ​American​ ​Queen​ ​Anne​ ​style,​ this en vogue​ ​architectural​ ​aesthetic reached its height of popularity in the late 19th century.​ A traditional construction, ​the​ ​structure​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​a​ ​stone​ ​foundation​ ​with​ ​combustible structural​ ​framing.​ ​The​ ​exterior​ ​features​ ​the​ ​original​ ​wood​ ​clapboard​ ​and​ ​wood​ ​shingles.​ ​The roof​ ​has​ ​a​ ​cross​ ​gable​ ​with​ ​replacement​ ​asphalt​ ​shingles​ ​and​ ​brackets which provides ​a​ ​complex and​ ​creative​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​design.​ ​The​ ​windows​ ​are​ ​the​ ​original​ ​wood.​ ​This​ ​building​ ​also consists of ​a​ ​1-story,​ ​open​ ​porch​ ​with​ ​a​ ​gable​ ​clad​ ​roof​ ​and​ ​square​ ​wood​ ​posts.  

Our​ ​scope​ ​on​ ​this​ ​project​ ​includes​ ​exterior restoration of the building, an​ ​upgrade​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Kitchen,​ ​remodeling​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Study​ ​including the​ ​addition​ ​of​ ​a​ ​fireplace,​ ​an​ ​upgrade​ ​to​ ​all​ ​bathrooms​ ​in​ ​the​ ​building,​ ​a​ ​full​ ​remodel​ ​of​ ​the Master​ ​Suite,​ ​restoration​ ​of​ ​the​ ​original​ ​hardwood​ ​flooring,​ ​and​ ​restoration​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Grand Staircase.​ ​The​ ​3rd​ ​Floor​ ​Attic​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​unoccupied​ ​space​ ​which​ ​will​ ​be​ ​transformed​ ​into​ ​a multi-use​ ​recreational​ ​area​ ​featuring​ ​climate​ ​control,​ ​a​ ​wet​ ​bar,​ ​bathroom,​ ​library​ ​spaces, custom​ ​cabinetry,​ ​a​ ​fireplace​ ​hearth,​ ​and​ ​25-foot​ ​gabled​ ​ceilings​ ​showcasing​ ​custom​ ​collar​ ​ties.  

The goal of this project is to maintain and invigorate the historic features of this building while creating a safe and functional space with modern amenities to improve comfort and flexibility.

Drool.

So,​ ​for​ ​your​ ​viewing​ ​pleasure,​ ​here​ ​are​ ​the​ ​Before​ ​photos: 

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Want to see more projects? Check us out at Integro Rehab!

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