MAW Chicago LLC, Palatine, Ill., and Hutter Architects Ltd., Chicago, continue work on a historic home in the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park. The homeowners hope to be in their newly restored home by August. Mike Nagel of MAW Chicago cites the biggest challenge right now is completing necessary inspections so he can enclose the roof and proceed with interior work.
Originally constructed at the turn of the century, the old age of the house has provided unique challenges. The historical nature of it does require additional inspections. It’s also uncovered some surprises during renovations. For example, Nagel and his team unearthed an old drywell in the basement. There also have been multiple renovations done before, which has necessitated some corrections and updates, such as structural issues with beams that need adequate support and flooring that needs to be properly leveled. The self-leveling concrete required for the planned hydronic flooring on all stories helps with leveling.
The house was connected to the neighboring property. Nagel separated the two houses and closed off the adjoining doorways. Once the renovation is complete, that house will be sold separately.
To keep track of the project even when offsite, MAW Chicago installed closed-circuit cameras to the jobsite they can access from a website or through their smartphones.