Houzz : More Room to Relax in a Michigan RetreatDecember 31, 2014

Three Oaks Michigan

Houzz Tour : More Room to Relax in a Michigan Retreat

By Karen Egly-Thompson / Photos Mike Schwartz

With four kids and a 70-pound dog, this Chicago family no longer fit in their vacation retreat located a few miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. All the kids had to sleep in one room, and the 13-year-old daughter had simply "had it" with sharing a bedroom with her younger brothers.

The homeowners wanted to turn the choppy interior into a comfortable, family-friendly space where each family member could have guests over and all could relax and feel comfortable. They tapped Space Architects + Planners to transform the house, and the firm began by completely gutting it, then adding more than 1,100 square feet by way of a handsome two-story addition that blends seamlessly with the charming original home. Next they created a 1,270-square-foot guesthouse. They added more than 2,300 square feet of new space in all. Now that's a lot of elbow room . . .

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Chicago Eater : Cemitas PueblaSeptember 19, 2014

Cemitas Puebla

Cemitas Puebla

By Daniel Gerzina / PHOTOs Marc Much

After drawing numerous accolades for its traditional poblano sandwiches in an unassuming taqueria in Humboldt Park, Cemitas Puebla will officially join the big boys tomorrow when its second location opens on Fulton Market. It serves the exact same menu as the original but the comparisons to the new spot end there.

While proprietor Tony Anteliz and team are still putting the finishing touches on the space, the unique design should fit right into to one of the hottest dining districts in Chicago while simultaneously paying homage to the restaurant's roots. Dia de los muertes skulls (more will be added before tomorrow) adorn a wooden wall on one side of the narrow space, opposite a hand-painted mural of the logo and an ode to the "spirit of Puebla." . . .

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Chicago Magazine : Wicker Park Converted ChurchSeptember 18, 2014

Wicker Park Converted Church

Wicker Park Gets a Radical Rental Option in This Converted Church

By Ian Spula / Photos Ian Spula

The 1879 structure at Damen and Evergreen Avenues was built for a Methodist congregation, but is now concerned with the affluent renter; its 11 apartments are some of the flashiest you'll find anywhere.

Want to rent in a landmarked Church? The only one converted to rentals that I, or the developer, know of in Chicago is a new dazzling fixture in Wicker Park. The 1879 structure, originally a Methodist church, now has 11 high-rent apartments featuring restored cathedral-sized stained glass windows and ceilings climbing to 33 feet in second-floor units . . .

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domu : New Apartment Construction Update: The West LoopJuly 8, 2014

1609 West Warren

New Apartment Construction Update: The West Loop

By Andrew

Here at domu, we feel duty-bound to keep our landlord and tenant friends up-to-speed on the Chicago apartment market, so that was our excuse for playing hooky on a glorious summer day and sauntering around the West Loop for a look-see at the latest development activity. Using information obtained from our favorite sources, including Crain's, Curbed, The Chicago Architecture Blog, and YoChicago, we visited all the lots that were either under construction or where development projects have been announced, and then we took photographs for our readers.

Here's the executive summary: There's a ton of new West Loop apartment product, with developers outdoing each other to offer the latest and greatest amenities, and no sign of recession in the real estate business. We count 1,243 recently or soon-to-be completed apartments and 1,066 accessory parking spaces . . .

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Curbed Chicago : Floating Las Vegas Style Resort for Lake MichiganJune 10, 2014

Breakwater Chicago

Floating Las Vegas Style Resort for Lake Michigan

By AJ LaTrace / Renderings Space Architects + Planners

A bit of Las Vegas could be coming to Lake Michigan if a group of entrepreneurs can raise enough funds and win public support for their plan to build a large floating resort complex dubbed Breakwater Chicago. The concept is to build a small "island", roughly 300 feet long and 100 feet wide that would look similar to a large yacht but would feature three restaurants, a swimming pool, shops and a spa. The island would have a 2,850 person capacity and reps from the team state in their Kickstarter video that the aim is to make the project a top tourist destination in Chicago. Local design shop SPACE Architects + Planners has been tapped to render the development (if you can call it that) and has revealed a plan that shows an open-air complex during the summer and a dome-covered complex for the cold winter months . . .

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The Architect's Newspaper : Ahoy! Floating pool in Lake MichiganJune 10, 2014

Breakwater Chicago

Ahoy! Chicago Entrepreneur Wants to Park a Floating Pool in Lake Michigan

By Chris Bentley / Renderings Space Architects + Planners

Party boats are common in Lake Michigan off the shores of Chicago's more well to do neighborhoods. But local entrepreneur Beau D'Arcy wants to corner that market with Breakwater Chicago - a floating club and leisure destination anchored in the city's downtown harbor year-round. The 33-year-old engineer told the Chicago Tribune he's hoping to create the city's "next Bean," referencing Millennium Park's Cloud Gate sculpture.

To launch the project, which will cost $23 million total, D'Arcy is seeking Kickstarter donations in the amount of $30,000 - one dollar for every square foot of Breakwater Chicago's proposed plan. He hopes to take the vessel on its maiden voyage, as it were, by July 4, 2015 . . .

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Modern Luxury : Ones to Watch: ArchitectureSpring 2014

Ones to Watch

Ones to Watch: Architecture

By Diana Bitting, Hannah Cole + Korey Huyler / Photos Katrina Wittkamp

Local firm Space Architects + Planners (spacearchplan.com) is not only run by two of the hippest people in the field — architects Jean Dufresne and Jay Keller — but its projects are a triple threat: visually enticing, architecturally appealing and, often, neighborhood changing. In 2013, the firm completed some of the most talked-about tasks in town, including the Division Street Lofts in Wicker Park, a contemporary condominium project with ground-floor retail, and multiple private residences in the city . . .

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