Standalone FireplaceWhen Jens Bogehegn began to design his dream home in one of the last surviving Chicago Fire Relief Cottages, he hadn't even met his wife yet. But he remodeled with the knowledge that eventually there would be a partner joining him in this 740-square-foot home — even thinking ahead enough to build a luxurious vanity for his future wife.
Jens wanted to create a cabin atmosphere, and that sense of coziness is achieved by the two-sided fireplace and deep wood cabinetry. The standalone fireplace divides the living and dining areas while keeping the space open and warm. By removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the living space, he gave the space a much airier, open feel. He still wanted a distinction between the rooms, so he added a bar where the wall was, which serves as a breakfast table, counter space and even houses a dishwasher and built-in storage. The rest of the kitchen appliances, including a microwave and a beverage refrigerator, are hidden behind cabinetry, and even the refrigerator is built flush into the wall with panels for a nice clean line.