Peter Roesch, a protégé of renowned architect Mies Van Der Rohe, designed this South Barrington home with a distinctly modern look, and it very accurately reflects the homeowners’ tastes. When they decided their laundry room needed a remodel, their desire to have the room retain the modern look of the home led them to work with Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan. The homeowners and Kathryn loved the existing concrete plaster wall finish that was on the main wall of the laundry room, and wanted a cabinet layout that would showcase the unique wall finish and texture.
“Thick open shelving for the upper storage mixed with exposed brackets seemed an obvious solution to expose the wall finish,” commented Kathryn, “However, for the tall cabinet, I tried something different and decided to eliminate the back of the cabinet so more of the wall finish could be showcased.” Kathryn’s suggestion of exposed brackets were able to reinforce the industrial look, while the natural walnut cabinetry and honed limestone countertop introduced warmth to the space.
The unique design and level of functionality that Kathryn was able to incorporate into this laundry room makes the finished project so striking – and industry experts agree, as this modern laundry room was recognized with a First Place 2011 Remodeling Excellence Award from National Association Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Chicagoland.
The homeowners were thrilled with Kathryn’s “out of the box” ideas; the redesign has provided the homeowner with more functionality than they originally thought possible. The space now functions as the craft center, gift-wrapping center, gardening center, as well as laundry room.