Chef's Kitchen Renovation and Addition  |  Wilmette

Designed for a local executive chef and his family, this kitchen was designed to be a true chef’s kitchen – but rather than being flashy, it is green and serene. The existing kitchen was too small and did not provide an ‘eat-in’ area. Therefore, the space was expanded towards the backyard, continuing the existing central hallway, with a built-in desk terminating the end of the hallway. High-end appliances were integrated, including a commercial grade wood burning pizza oven.

An octagonal breakfast room extends off the kitchen providing both an open view to the kitchen as well as a clear view of the backyard where the family plays ice hockey during the winter. Lastly the exterior was entirely re-sheathed with new cement fiberboard siding, trim, roofing, and stone veneer for the chimney. The existing rear and side decks were rebuilt using Ipe wood.


Squak Mountain concrete and natural Walnut wood countertops

Reclaimed wood column veneer and barn door at mudroom

Neil Kelly eco-friendly cabinetry in kitchen and mudroom

Cement fiberboard siding and trim at existing and new

LED lighting throughout first floor and at exterior

Reclaimed brick tiles at bake oven surround

White ‘cool roof’ roof membrane at addition

Foam and rockwool insulation at addition

Low and no-VOC finishes and materials

Caesar Stone countertops in mudroom

Recycled content tile in mudroom

Fireclay kitchen backsplash tiles

Ipe wood decking and stairs

C2 no-VOC paint