Wade Ziperstein

Schmitz Poole Residence

Garage and Deck Addition

This unique detached two car garage is located in the historic DePaul neighborhood of Chicago. Both the 1870s row house and the garage sit on a narrow 18-foot wide lot. Given the extreme spatial constraints, the garage is a creative, efficient solution to an urban challenge. Inside the garage the space above the hood of the car, typically reserved for hanging bicycles, was sloped to create built-in planters. This allowed the amount of daylight in the existing kitchen area to remain the same while also incorporating the owner’s enjoyment of gardening into the design.

In response to the owner’s concern for maintenance-free materials, we chose brick for the exterior cladding, Ipê (environmentally friendly Brazilian hardwood) decking and stainless steel handrails. A screen of horizontal Ipê boards and stainless steel spacers encloses the west side of the property, yet still gives a neighborly wink when the built-in planter boxes are in full bloom. The screen design increases privacy and visually ties the garage into the original structure.

My Role: Project Architect

Architect: Florian Architects

Schmitz Poole Residence photo
Schmitz Poole Residence photo
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