Ravine Drive

Project Type: Renovations and Additions

Location: Highland Park, IL

Victorian charm in a modern living space

As the oldest house on the block, this Second Empire Victorian was not fit for a modern family. While keeping its original charm intact, we created a very livable home using innovative design:

  • Added a two-car garage with a large mudroom in the rear of the house at the basement level, connecting the kitchen and breakfast area
  • Designed a spacious open floor plan by completely re-arranging the first-floor spaces
  • Added special new features: a screen porch, an outdoor deck, informal dining, and a covered grilling area near the kitchen
  • Second floor additions included an upstairs laundry, walk in closets, and a beautiful master suite with an existing octagon bay
  • Other upgrades included new insulation and drywall, re-structuring, exterior re-facing, front tower re-design, new roof, and additional windows for increased natural light

With traditional yet clean trim details and finishes on the interior, exciting new features, and a unique open floor plan, this home was transformed into the perfect space to raise a family today.


  • 2017 Highland Park Historic Preservation award for Excellence in Rehabilitation