The Cool Factor: A Charcoal Factory Turned Industrial Flat in Chicago (Courtyard Included)
Admired recently: an industrial-meets-verdant space in Chicago, where steel-framed windows and concrete floors mix with original rough-hewn timber beams and lush ivy-covered walls.
The renovation is the project of designer Michael Del Piero for her client, a globetrotting antiques dealer who was intrigued by the building’s unusual look. The space was a former charcoal factory built in the 1890s, but by the time the client entered the picture, it was far more early-1900s manufactory than urban apartment: “It was a raw and rough space with a dirt floor on the lower level and wood plank flooring upstairs that had not been cleaned for 20 to 30 years,” she says. “There was no bathroom and no kitchen: a true factory setup.”
The client enlisted architect Trish VanderBeke as well as Michael’s firm, Michael Del Piero Good Design, for their “never-too-precious design style,” Michael says. “He knew we would take the raw space and bring it into the now without loosing the cool factor.” The homeowner’s ask? “Maintaining the original details and adding necessary living luxuries without loosing the vibe.”
Join us for a look at the now-even-cooler end result.
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