Recycling a damaged historical two-flat in Wicker Park into a house for the 21st century gave Janan Asfour and Tom McDonald the opportunity to open it up, fill it with light and make it sizzle.
With the architects at FC Studio, they created a fun family home, with a kids’ climbing wall in the basement, a seamless kitchen-to-patio transition that evokes homes in the warm western states, and barn doors that slide into place to hide the laundry or a TV.
They also held on to remnants of its past, including not only the protected landmark facade out front, but old-growth wood that became the stairs and other wood features of the interior.
That was just one piece of the overall green strategy for the rebuild, which also included energy-efficient heating and cooling, insulated windows and sustainably grown mesquite wood flooring.
The couple, who own Webster’s Wine Bar and the restaurant Reno in Logan Square, are moving to Mexico with their two kids. They’ll list the house on Le Moyne Street for sale Wednesday, with Danielle Dowell of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group. It was on the market last year at a higher price; they are now asking $1.6 million.