Understated elegance is not always easy to achieve in the world of luxury home design. It’s a delicate balancing act best handled by skilled visionaries who have an eye for subtlety, scale and the art of juxtaposition.
This magnificent stone manor in downtown Naperville, a suburb set about 28 miles west of Chicago, offers a triumphant example of understated elegance. The owners collaborated with Charles Cook Architectural Design Studio, interior designer Tracy Hickman, Jeff Muellner Construction, O’Brien Custom Cabinetry, Apex Wood Flooring and many other local artisans and craftsmen to bring the custom masterpiece to its stunning completion in 2019.
Standing at an impressive 15,453 square feet, the residence embodies a casual, comfortable style while elevating each space with designer sophistication. Clean lines and an open plan concept are balanced with warm authentic materials, including limestone and white oak floors, architectural hand-finished plaster walls, rich hand-hewn white oak beams, steel windows and doors, and a slate and galvanized steel roof. Rustic, vintage and architecturally refined elements infuse the home with a sense of hospitality that beams throughout the interiors.
On the main level, indoor/outdoor living is expressed with a sunroom and a phantom screened-in porch and outdoor gas fireplace. The kitchen opens to the family room and open dining area as cerused-white oak and an Old World painted custom finish on the kitchen and pantry cabinetry lend a modern-yet-rustic feel. A thoughtfully positioned principal suite on the main level provides the ultimate private sanctuary with a boxed bay window overlooking the pool and a home office.
Upstairs, a second-floor principal suite, three additional bedrooms, a spa room, an exercise room and the second floor laundry room carry many of the architectural elements that give the home its enduring authenticity, like the groined and vaulted ceiling gracing the long hallway. A lower-level entertainment area awaits with a well-appointed wine cellar set behind steel glass double doors and a massive lounge space with a bar and kitchenette for hosting friends and family. Beyond, a sophisticated outdoor living and entertaining space beckons in the private backyard, complete with a saltwater pool by Platinum Pools, a custom studio and an outdoor gas fire pit with built-in seating. Every detail in this home has been considered in this stunning vision for fine living in Naperville.