February 5, 2018

Desert in the Windy City

Dwell Magazine’s Winifred Bird featured one of Scott Delano’s residential renovations in a piece that highlights the home’s history, the owners’ vision and Scott’s overall design direction. Outside his role of Design Director at Wright Heerema Architects, he typically takes on one private residential project a year.

Scott transformed this traditional 1950s split-level ranch on Chicago’s North Side into a modern home. “We were true to the house while elevating some areas to be a bit more special,” he said. Today the space is filled with midcentury-style furnishings, including many designed by the owners themselves.

Key architectural changes included:

  • A newly inverted roof that suits the home’s midcentury lines
  • Raising the ceiling in places
  • Converting the wood-paneled rec room and bar into a master suite
  • Moving the kitchen into what was an enclosed breezeway and part of the garage
  • Putting in windows that fold open to create an indoor/outdoor eating area

“In Chicago, you probably only get a season and a half to actually open that window up,” notes Scott, “but it’s a glorious season and a half.”

Read the full piece here.