Portfolio > Master Suite, Family Room, and Screened Porch


After - Addition/renovation started late 2009 and finished in 2010.

" Working with you was the best experience we could have imagined.  I can’t thank you enough for helping us with this project. “

Back entries and exits from the screened porch

The log mantel for the screened porch fireplace was shaped from a Spruce tree which had to be cut down to build the addition.

The new family room included a masonry fireplace, hardwood floors, beamed and textured ceiling, and a custom built mantel.

“Your craftsmanship is excellent. The fireplace mantle you designed and built for us is stunning.”

“Old world” herringbone tiling compliments the natural hearthstone design and the detailing of the mantel.

Kitchen bay exterior – the rain barrel collects natural plant food.

Natural stone shower in traditional subway style with outlined basket weave patterns.  A rain head [not shown] and the personal hand-held offer showering options.

The homeowner found these old chestnut pew ends. We made the remaining bench parts and fit it into this alcove in the hallway leading to the master suite. 

“You took care of our house as if it were your own, and you left our entire house (not just the addition) looking better than when you started. By removing old paint and mortar splatters and repairing other blemishes you found, our whole house looks new (not easy for a house built in 1925).”

After – all of the porch trim was replaced except for the columns and railings. The light wiring was re-routed to go behind the brick.


This 1925 American Foursquare located in the heart of Naperville had a previous 1-story addition to the kitchen [lower right in the Before and After photos].  The enlarged kitchen was an improvement but not without certain shortcomings.  The window-air-conditioner [seen in the Before photo]  wasn’t doing the job, the balcony railing wasn’t sound, and the back entryway leading right into the kitchen didn’t provide much room for removal and storage of coats, shoes, books, etc.  The new addition/renovation addressed these issues and more.  Our project included a mudroom, family room, kitchen bay, and screened porch on the 1st floor.  On the 2nd floor a master suite was added which used the existing part of the home for the master bathroom.   The renovation also restored a front bedroom, which had been enlarged in a previous remodel, to its approximate original size. 

New back entry and screened porch

A screened porch adds truly enjoyable living space to any home.

With your experience and focus on historic homes, you were able to guide us in making appropriate design decisions throughout the project. I valued your opinion every step of the way."

The boards used to finish the ceiling were milled from the same Spruce tree. See photo and caption to the left.

Master bedroom – hardwood floors and radiant baseboard heat warm the home.  A swirled ceiling pattern matches the plaster ceilings in the original home.

Custom mantel

“Your attention to detail is matched only by my husband’s. When he discussed any imperfection with you, you had usually already noticed it and were one step ahead of him with a fix.”

A kitchen bay with window seat was added.

“Everyone did quality work, and when they were done, it was perfect. No one was ‘rushing to get out of there,’ and getting people back to fix or touch up something was never a problem. You have the patience to do things right and you demanded the same of your subs.”

Master bathroom – heated floor, marble top, recessed medicine cabinets, and furniture style vanity.

Master bathroom tub and shower, marble tile

Basket weave floors and marble base – the black border defines the shower floor.

Before – front porch

“You were a dream to work with. I don’t know that we’ll ever take on another project of this scope, but if we did, you would be the only person we’d call. It was a pleasure working with you.”

                                                                                Jennifer & John Werneke