Ardsley Road


One of Robbins Architecture’s first projects, this renovation breathes new life into a traditional home. Built in 1938, the historic Winnetka home had been occupied by its original owner for sixty years, and required extensive updates. To align a former servant’s kitchen with the scale of the rest of the house, we created one large kitchen by eliminating a service stair and incinerator chimney and relocating a mechanical room. We expanded a series of three windows into six, flooding the space with natural light and connecting it to the gardens and a new terrace. On the upper floors, we reconfigured several small rooms into large bedrooms with a bathroom and closet. Formerly divided spaces became warm, welcoming rooms for the new owners—a family of five.

Year: 2004

Location: Winnetka, Illinois

Photography: Steve Hall @ Hedrich Blessing

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