251 King Muir Road

Year of award: 
2015
Award category: 
Rehabilitation
Restoration architect: 
Michael E. Breseman Architects, Ltd.

This French Normandy house, located in the Deerpath Hill Estates neighborhood, was designated a Lake Forest Landmark in 2004 and placed on the National Register in 2006. When the owners purchased the property in 1998, they undertook extensive renovations to make the home more habitable and structurally sound.  They were awarded a 2007 Preservation Foundation Award for the improvements.  In 2008, they contracted with architect Michael Breseman to design a small, multi-story addition on the north side of the house. On the first floor, a small kitchen was replaced and enlarged and a breakfast room, laundry room, and butler's pantry were added.  A second-floor playroom addition was added above the kitchen and provides access to a walkout porch with handcrafted wrought iron railing. The lower level was expanded to accommodate a media room and wine cellar.  Exterior materials and detailing were carefully selected to ensure compatibility with the original design.  Vintage roof tiles and bricks were used to match the original, and hand-hewn timber framing was used on a portion of the addition to match a similar feature that exists on the south end of the hosue.  The addition has been awarded a Rehabilitation Award for the careful integration and compatibility of the design and the original architecture.