Built in the late 19th century and chopped into a two-flat in the early 20th, this Italianate Oak Park house was put back together in the 21st as a spacious, multigenerational home.
Jani Westcott and Steve Krasinsky weren’t necessarily looking for a project when they started hunting for a new home for themselves, their kids and one grandmother in 2015. “But it’s what we got after we looked for a very long time,” Westcott said.
They took it on both because of the home’s charms, including two tiers of front porch, original stained glass and pocket doors, and because of its location: a neighborhood filled with pretty historical homes and within a few blocks’ walk of Oak Park’s busy downtown district of restaurants, shopping, landmarks and a CTA Green Line station.
Before moving in, the couple worked with architect Steve Ryniewicz, whose firm Studio R is in Oak Park, to reconfigure and enlarge the floor plan, add green elements including a geothermal heating and cooling system, and preserve the historical character of the house.
The 3,500-square-foot house now has five bedrooms, including master suites on the first and second floors. There’s a crafts room, a music room and a mud room with a clever take on the green concept of reusing materials: The cabinetry is wrapped in old radiator covers that provide ventilation for stinky sports equipment that gets stored inside.
79彩票注册网址With their family size now shrinking, Westcott, who’s in advertising, and Krasinsky, who’s in software, are looking to downsize. They’ll list the house, on Clinton Avenue, later this week, priced at just under $1.28 million. It's represented by Molly Marino of Baird & Warner.
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