Gorgeous 1920s English Cotswold home gets exquisite update in Chicago

This classic 1927 English Cotswold home was completely redesigned by , located in Hinsdale, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Ideally sited on a corner lot, this gorgeous home was originally built by famed architect R. Harold Zook. The entire residence was taken down to the studs and updated to today’s modern standards. The property consists of a stone-clad main house, which encompasses 6,600 square feet of living space with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. There is also a carriage house, which was more recently constructed and is more contemporary, reflecting a modern lifestyle. Detailed stone work, heavy timbers and an abundance of Ivy clad this stunning period home that has been historically preserved.

Project Team: Architect: Michael Abraham Architecture / Interior Designer: Olive + Duke Interior Design / Home Builder: Mark Hickman Homes / Landscape Architect: Mariani Landscape

Interesting Fact: This award-winning home was nationally acclaimed by HGTV for best dramatic transformation 2016.

What We Love: This English Cotswold home showcases clean architectural lines and impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship. Stunning rooms have been restored to their original glory, offering plenty of style and sophistication. Striking interior stone walls and hand-hewn beams lends an earthy and luxurious vibe, where every room is inviting and comfortable for family living and entertaining… Readers, what do you think of this 1920s English Cotswold renovation project? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at another incredible home tour that we have featured here on Fitflopsale-Singapore from the portfolio of Michael Abraham Architecture: Farmhouse modern home offers tranquil oasis on shores of Lake Geneva.

Above: The front entry door is original to the house, the interior designer had it refinished bright white shellac on the interior. The chandelier above the entry is from Commute Design Studio, while the vintage rug is from Jayson Home.

Above: The backsplash is marble subway tiles. The hood above the range is composed of stainless steel. The light fixtures above the island are the Sea Urchin Pendants By Maurizio Galante for Terzani. The bar stools are from Bernhardt Design.

Above: The pot rack was built by the kitchen company, .

Above: The stain on the ceiling was original to the house circa 1920’s. The architects had a glossy finish added to spruce it up.

Above: The built-in bar features the original stone from the construction of the house built in the 1920s.

Above: A former sunporch was converted into a family room. The paint color on the walls is Cloud White 967 | Benjamin Moore. The metal windows in the stone wall are original to the house and were reused in the addition. A similar style would be Hopes Windows. The tables are from Knoll, while the Ironies open-weave chair is from Holly Hunt.

Above: The wood staircase post is reclaimed timber with a white-wash stain. This sculptural stucco stairway leads up to the third-floor bedrooms.

Above: In the master bedroom, the circular chandelier is by Christopher Boots. The custom designed bed features a headboard wrapped in Holy Hunt Great Plains fabric, which compliments the pillows by Sivaana from Bedside Manor.

Above: The Roeckers cabinetry and flooring was sourced from the Tile Gallery, while the lavatory faucet is Dornbracht’s Supernova. The countertops are from Marble & Granite Supply of Illinois.

Above: The bathtub is from Montreal, Canada premium bath furnishings manufacturer WetStyle.

Above: The spiderweb design of this stained glass window is the original architect, R. Harold Zook’s trademark motif.

Above: The basement of this home boasts 10-foot high ceilings with a glamorous glass wine cellar, smoking lounge with wood paneled walls and a leather bar — all inspired by the famed Pump Room.

Above: The fire pit was built on site, while the outdoor furnishings surrounding it were sourced from Restoration Hardware. The stone pavers on the patio are in a spiderweb pattern, paying homage to the original architect of this home, R. Harold Zook — this was his classic trademark motif.

Photos: Michael Robinson Photography

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Well the exterior is beautiful.


stunning, in and out


Wow, stunning is right! Has to be one of my all time favourites. Well done to all those involved in this beautiful homes renovation.

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juma silas

so stunning i love it