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Green Urban Cottage for a Retiree | 4249 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60613  view map 
Renovation/Expansion of an urban cottage for a retiree featuring high performance building envelope, a first floor master suite and geothermal heating & cooling.

SIZE: 4,600 square feet

PROJECT TYPE: Single Family – Renovation/Remodel

IL GreenStar (Pending)

Foster Dale Architects, Inc.
3717 N. Ravenswood, Ste. 111, Chicago, IL 60613
At Foster Dale Architects, we create architecture that delights and inspires. By listening well and crafting thoughtful projects that are creative and responsive to client needs, we can achieve amazing things.

Prairie Home Builders, LTD
1815 W. Melrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Prairie Home Builders, LTD constructs and remodels single family homes.  They deliver quality construction and work as client consultants to help make educated decisions along the way.


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Designed for a retiree who wished to move closer to his family in the city, the goal was to have an urban home which maintains the historic character of this vintage “cottage” and that would be accessible as he ages. The renovation and addition place the primary living space and master bedroom suite on the first floor. The reconfiguration creates a series of open first floor spaces with a large “great room” at the front, open to the dining room and the kitchen. The small single-story rear addition, incorporating the master bedroom and a breakfast room, overlooks the rear yard/sculpture garden, a benefit of the wider than typical city lot. The gut-rehab of the house includes a new stair and an elevator for easier access to the lowered basement and large, light-filled second floor living spaces, guest bedrooms and a study. Highly efficient “geothermal” ground-source heat pumps power the heating (including radiant floor heat at the basement) and high velocity air conditioning. An HRV (heat recovery ventilation) system supplies fresh air and conserves energy. The building envelope was upgraded with Energy Star windows and spray foam insulation to minimize energy use and outside noise.