Author and blogger, Stacey Ballis recently put the finishing touches on a four year home renovation project in Chicago, Illinois. The property, constructed in 1907, was originally a three story building in which Ballis rented one of the floors as her apartment for over twenty years. Two decades later, Stacey and her husband purchased the space from her landlord and set out to complete a top to bottom renovation. Within four years, the Ballis’ successfully converted the building into their single-family home complete with a state-of-the-art, commercial kitchen where she installed two BLANCO sinks and faucets.
Stacey’s professional style kitchen, which was recently featured in the May/June issue of Make it Better Magazine was inspired by the look, feel and convenient setup of restaurant kitchens. With an abundance of space to bring her vision to life, Stacey designed the space to feature a “zone design style” based on function. Staceys’s first designated zone is the primary kitchen area. This U-shaped zone is complete with a gas stove-top, gas oven, warming drawer and a built-in rotisserie on one of the walls. Zone two features an island prep space and washing station in the center that includes a BLANCO PRECISION™ R0 sink and a BLANCO MERIDIAN™ Semi-Pro faucet. Across the kitchen, Stacey created what she refers to as an L-shaped zone primarily used for baking where she installed an electric oven, proofing drawer and a second BLANCO PRECISION™ sink and BLANCO CULINA™ Faucet.
While designing each part of the home to reflect her personal style and the needs of her family, Stacey made sure to keep the antique feel of the original building very much alive. “The design really is a little bit of everything,” states Stacey. “The building features are all antique and original ranging from the woodwork, windows, doors, beams and even a piece of stained glass we kept in one of the windows near the dining table. To off-set that, the cabinets, counters and appliances are all very contemporary with an industrial feel.”
To see the full remodel story, visit Stacey’s website at blog.polymathchronicles.net or pick up the latest issue of Make it Better Magazine.
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