Renovating a Retreat for Friends and Family
Designer Linc Thelen of Chicago-based Linc Thelen Design was challenged to create a naturally inspired and inviting home out of a cramped and dysfunctional layout.
Thelen was able to move the kitchen to one side of a large living room with a cathedral ceiling. With large picture windows on both sides, the flow of the space now feels natural and welcoming.
“My goal was to create a retreat and a place where life and friends are celebrated,” said Thelen. “I wanted to design a space that would incorporate the outdoors and use natural elements that would relate with nature.”
The designer used natural materials like rift-cut oak wood cabinets and concrete countertops for a neutral and calming environment.
“I enjoyed connecting with my clients and designing a home that incorporates thoughtful materials and brings the outdoors and people together,” said the designer.
“Walking into the bathroom, I wanted a clear view to the bathtub and outdoors,” said Thelen. “I did not want the shower glass to block the view, so I came up a ceiling-mounted sliding door.”