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Renovation of a Galley Kitchen

The owners of this galley kitchen in a charming older home in Highland Park needed more storage and work space, and they wanted to make their tired old kitchen sparkle. They chose new stainless appliances, rich cherry stained cabinetry and glass tile in subtle shades of lavender, green and cream for the backsplash that encircles the room. The owners also wanted an eat-in counter or table which was impossible in such limited space.  They were persuaded to enlarge the doorway to the adjacent dining room and use that light filled room for eating.  Now the kitchen is pretty enough to be in view even during a dinner party - and the lady of the house has a single seat "desk" at the end of the kitchen counter for breakfast or tea or planning.


Glencoe Design/Build House

The owners of this Glencoe property hired Canada & Klein to design/build a large, luxurious, traditionally designed yet energy efficient and healthy family home. The Canada & Klein design team produced a home rich in classic North Shore Colonial style. Its Georgian Adam exterior is a fine example of the style. The typical floor plan was enhanced for today’s family.

  • Geothermal system using vertically drilled wells and WaterFurnace equipment provides forced air heating and cooling and radiant basement floors.
  • Each floor has independently zoned heating and cooling.
  • Aprilaire energy recovery ventilators remove stale, toxic indoor air from the home and replaces it with fresh outside air at a very low loss of BTU.
  • Closed cell foam insulation provides superlative building envelope insulation.
  • Blown cellulose was used for sound insulation in all walls and ceilings.
  • Oak and tile floors minimize the presence of dust and dust related pests like dust mites.
  • Period style moldings, Woodharbor doors and Baldwin hardware create an atmosphere of traditional North Shore elegance.
  • Professional appliances, custom cabinetry, stone counters and an “eat-in” kitchen bench provide a large yet cozy modern kitchen.
  • Two Bosch dishwashers, Subzero refrigerator, Thermador cooktop and ovens.
  • Bain Ultra, Hansgrohe and Mr. Steam plumbing fixtures.
  • VOC free paint was by Benjamin Moore and ultra low VOC floor finish was by Synteko.
  • Dual flush toilets were by Sterling, a Kohler company.
  • Composite slate roof tiles made from recycled plastic by Da Vinci
  • Family-sized sauna by Mr. Steam

Lincoln Park Condo Remodel

The owner of this classic Lincoln Park condominium retained an architect to design a major remodeling of the dilapidated unit. The building had great bones. The exterior was still beautiful, and the structure was sound. Some interior rooms were too large while others were too small. The owner, a designer himself, wanted a style and feel that gave him an elegant, spacious and functional home. Canada & Klein was asked to submit a proposal for the work and was selected as the general contractor by the owner.

  • Windows were replaced with new Marvin windows that replicated the existing window details.
  • All flooring was removed and a rich, black stained oak floor was installed.
  • Existing large oak built in cabinetry was completely refinished and refitted.
  • Custom Bulthaup cabinetry was used in the kitchen, Poliform cabinetry in the master closet and custom cabinetry elsewhere.
  • Dornbracht plumbing fixtures.
  • A decorative Pittcon Industries column cover was used to decoratively disguise a steel structural column.

North Shore Addition

The owners of this striking contemporary house, which is characterized by the clean lines and soft corners of Art Deco, wanted more luxurious space for work and play. Canada & Klein Ltd. renovated the existing family room and constructed a 2,000 square foot addition which includes a lower level two-car garage.

  • The existing Chicago common brick and glass block exterior was seamlessly extended to contain a new excercise room, a three-season screened porch, and a master bed and bathroom suite.
  • An extra large sump pump was installed under the basement garage to handle the rain and snow melt from the heated driveway.
  • A wood and stainless steel stairway was installed to the master suite.
  • The master bedroom was paneled with custom, curved oak that conceals home office shelving behind the desk, and camoflages the door to the master closet behind the bed.
  • A state of the art master bathroom overlooks the shady back garden.
  • A "floating" fire orb punctuates the screened porch.

Skokie Addition

This 1950s Colonial style Skokie family home was worn out. Its layout and rooms reflected the era in which it was built. The owners, a family relocating from the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, needed more room and a house that reflected their busy lifestyle. Their architect prepared architectural plans creating a two story addition with master bedroom suite on the second floor, a much larger kitchen and family room n the first floor. Every room in the house was remodeld to some extent. Canada & Klein was asked to submit a proposal for the construction and was selected by the owners as their general contractor for the project.

  • New Marvin windows were installed.
  • Custom kitchen cabinets provided ample storage and work space for the owners needs and reflected the traditional design style of the home.
  • Kitchen was moved from one side to the other and greatly expanded.
  • The old kitchen became the dining room.
  • Velux electric skylight was installed in the master bath.
  • Master bath work included a Kohler six foot round whirlpool and large Mr. Steam powered steam shower.

Wilmette Design/Build, Traditional Style with Green Technologies

This suburban house, which was constructed in 2007, fits right in with the other family homes on its leafy street. The floor plan is as traditional as the exterior of this house, but the interior finishes reflect a contemporary aesthetic with clean lines and a monochromatic color scheme. Most extraordinary are the green technologies that were chosen to promote energy efficiency and health such as:

  • Geothermal system using vertically drilled wells and WaterFurnace equipment provides forced air heating and cooling and radiant basement floors.
  • Closed cell foam insulation provides superlative building envelope insulation.
  • Two tankless water heaters provide unlimited hot water without the cost of keeping gallons of water constantly hot 24 hours a day.
  • Aprilaire energy recovery ventilators remove stale, toxic indoor air from the home and replaces it with fresh outside air at a very low loss of Btu.
  • Energy saving CFL light fixtures used throughout 90% of the house
  • Sealed gas firplaces that prevent heat loss
  • Bamboo flooring and fireplace mantels utilize a resource that is harder and faster growing than oak.
  • Architectural plans that preserved a Shag Bark Hickory in the back yard that was judged by the Forestry Dept. to have "the largest Shag Bark canopy in Wilmette"

Winnetka Historical Society Cabin Relocation

In 2004, Canada & Klein Ltd., was hired by the Winnetka Historical Society to act as general contractor for the relocation of an historically significant log house dating from 1837. A house-moving company transported the cabin two miles as townspeople turned out to watch. Before the cabin could be hoisted onto a trailer, it had to be stabilized and freed from its foundation by Canada & Klein carpenters. Water, gas and electric supplies dating from the mid-20th century were disconnected. Upon its arrival at a public park to serve as a museum of pioneer life, the cabin was reinstalled on a new foundation. Utilities were re-installed by Canada & Klein Ltd. as were federally mandated safety and accessibility features.

Winnetka Design/Build Kitchen Remodel

The owners of this 19th century Winnetka Landmark house wanted to update the existing 1970s kitchen and combine it with the adjacent breakfast area which had been a converted screen porch. The goal was to have a large, sunny, beautiful and efficient kitchen with a space for informal dining. The owners knew what they wanted and had confidence in their choices of cabinetry and finishes. They worked with Canada & Klein's design team to develop their ideas and refine their choices. The result of that collaboration is an elegant yet understated room that is suitable for entertaining and for the cooking that they take very seriously.

  • Existing structural wall separating the kitchen from the dining area was removed and replaced with in construction steel framing that effectively hid its presence.
  • Custom pine island was designed to complement the owners' antique pine cabinet and pine farm table.
  • Custom cabinetry is white stained and glazed and features many drawers for the storage of dishes, bowls and pans.
  • Each cabinet was customized for its unique contents.
  • Countertops are green Vermont Soapstone. Plumbing fixtures are Franke.
  • Crown molding, window and door casing were custom milled to match the existing millwork in the rest of the house.

Winnetka Design/Build Addition

This 3,000 square foot, three and one-half bath family Winnetka home was formerly a one bath 1,800 square foot cottage that was well-loved but inadequate for the needs of the family of five who lived there. The Canada & Klein design team worked with the owners on a design-build basis to develop a three story addition that seamlessly added the additional space to the home. Each of the five rooms in the new space was of similar proportion; each window and trim detail matched the original.

  • New windows by Marvin replicated the original window sizing and style.
  • The same cedar shingle siding was used on the addition's exterior.
  • Kitchen cabinets were by DuraSupreme; others were custom.
  • Concrete, stone and stainless steel counters were installed.
  • Appliances were by Kitchenaid, Subzero and Thermador.
  • Plumbing fixtures were by Franke, KWC and Grohe.
  • French style doors from the family room lead to an adjacent large, pergola covered deck.

Highland Park Design/Build Kitchen Remodel

The 1960s era kitchen in this Highland Park home was inefficient and dated for the homeowners who often hosted large, formal dinner parties. The existing footprint was remodeled but the configuration changed to provide space for larger, professional type appliances and storage and work space for the owners' particular style of cooking and entertaining. A collaboration of the owners and the Canada & Klein design team produced an efficient, beautiful kitchen that fits in seamlessly with the French Provincial style and proportion of the existing North Shore home.

  • Large, central Velux skylight was installed to provide light and a focal point to the room.
  • Custom cabinets styled to work with the owners' decor and configured for their own cooking and entertaining needs.
  • Adjacent mud/laundry room was reconfigured to provide additional kitchen storage, work surfaces and prep area.
  • Appliances by Thermador, Subzero and Viking.