Monday, July 16, 2012

From schoolhouse to cool house

This has got to be one of the coolest renos I've seen in a long time. Chicago architect Jeff Goulette transformed this 100-year-old former schoolhouse into a stunning home for a family of seven. Yep, seven. The couple who live here have five school-aged kiddos.

The schoolhouse turned mansion is a spacious 8,500 sq. feet, with six bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

Each of the kids has their own workspace for homework.

Family room - love these barn doors.

Basement hallway - a great mix of old and new materials.

The live-edge kitchen countertops add visual interest.

 I love the liberal use of colour.

Great shelving in the library.

The house has nine skylights throughout - as well as many other green-building elements like geothermal heating for those chilly Chicago winters.
Bright & cheerful mudroom

I love this space - more houses should come with stair atriums.

This bathroom is one of my favourite rooms in this house - the brightly coloured ducts are a fun pop of colour.
All images from Sullivan, Wilson & Goulette Architects.

To see the entire house tour, jump over to Houzz.

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