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After years of ignoring its original warehouse aesthetic, due to a developer’s ‘apartmentizing’ of the building, this 2,400 square foot, two-story loft has been rehabilitated to show off its industrial roots.  Layers of paint and drywall have been removed revealing the original timber beams and masonry walls while accommodating two bedrooms, master suite, and a lofty, open living space at the ground floor.  We wanted to avoid the lifeless feeling usually associated with industrial lofts by giving the space a warm but rustic aesthetic that we think best represented the original loft building.  The finish materials also echo an industrial aesthetic, featuring upcycled reclaimed timbers as a fireplace surround and wall material, reclaimed stainless steel awning window, sourced from the ReBuilding Exchange, doors from a Chicago Montessori school, and salvaged metal pendant light fixtures.  Description, before and after photos, and floor plans inside.

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I am very happy to confirm that Filter is open for business!

We have been working with Jeff, the owner, to open this new space since the old Filter closed in 2007.  It has been a long, arduous journey but we are very happy to have Jeff open.  Filter was an old hangout for me when I was living in Bucktown in the 00’s and I was very disappointed to see Filter be replaced by another ubiquitous commercial bank installation.  After I heard the news I thought, I wish there was something I could do to help Filter reopen.  Turns out, there was.  Knowing how cumbersome the Chicago building and zoning codes can be, I contacted Jeff and asked if he needed help, free of charge, to assess new Filter locations.  It was the least we could do for a cafe that means so much to the neighborhood.  Three spaces and 18 months later we found the building at 1373 and knew it was the one.  The raw quality of the space was very reminiscent of the old Filter and had a couple of other built-in, cool features.  For instance, the old, metal shutters covering the windows at the back of the seating area were revived to their original luster.  Photos after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

At long last, the Dill Pickle Food Coop is open for business at 3039 West Fullerton Avenue in Logan Square.  Join us at the grand opening celebration this Saturday, December 12, 11:30a and on.  We will be on stage to deliver some words of encouragement to our fellow picklers around 1:15p.  See you then!

UPDATE 12/11:  While I’m flattered to be designated owner, I am only 1/540th of the management team, however.  It got fixed.  Check us out in Timeout Chicago here.

zen sushiResurrected from an existing Chinese restaurant, Zen Sushi will soon has opened its doors at 714 West Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park.  We have created three distinct dining zones in the space that are all connected by sustainable building materials and energy efficient lighting.  All wood wall and ceiling finishes have been reclaimed from a Western Illinois barn.  The existing floors have been finished with a low-VOC stain from TimberSoy and the walls with no-VOC paint.  All new lighting have LED or compact fluorescent lamps and will save energy as compared to conventional fixtures.  See all the photos (including before images) after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

milwaukeelofts_currentphotoInterior work is complete at the artists’ lofts in Logan Square.  Photos after the jump.  Next up, rehab of the back porch into sky gardens.

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rainbow01Rainbow Oaks Restaurant in San Diego is completed and open for business!  Photos after the jump (including the before images).  The former flat 9′ ceiling was opened to reveal the existing structural beams and rafters.  The ceiling and walls are finished with reclaimed pine from the 2007 Witch Creek (San Diego County) Wildfire.  The bar top and exterior bench was created from one solid felled tree.  The existing terrazzo floor was retained and polished throughout the space.  Read the rest of this entry »

We were excited to learn that our restaurant project in San Diego, California passed final inspection and received health department approval last week.  Opening is slated for early April.  Stay tuned here for photos!

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