Hot Property: Oak Lawn townhouse with the highest ceilings you will ever see

When Zack Stormberg and his team at Reign Real Estate & Fidelity Group walked into 3307 Throckmorton St. Almost four months ago, they fell in love with architecture. Their client recently purchased a 21 year old home, and they were in awe of the 40 foot ceilings. “Most residential homes, on each floor, the ceiling that you see is the ceiling of the floor above it,” says Stromberg. “As for this one, you can actually see through the roof from the front door.”

However, the previous 2,527 square foot rental, which hasn’t been updated since 2005, needed quite a bit of work. “Everything was maple from top to toe,” says Stromberg. The maple floors and cabinetry cast heavy orange tones, and the beige and brown walls didn’t help. He says there was a “ski cabin magic”. But the whole house is dated. So Stromberg, who led the interior design process, worked with the team.

They chose a buyer-friendly “snow white with gray accents” color scheme. They didn’t want any question about the quality of the face materials, Stromberg says, so they installed meticulously crafted Carrara white marble worth about $40,000 throughout the first floor and all three en-suite bathrooms. They placed dark herringbone tiles above the living room fireplace to contrast the white and draw the eye to the double-height ceilings. They also sourced polished gold hardware and pulls from Naples Hardware and specialty luxury lighting from brands such as Barcelona-based lighting brand Bover.

On the second floor, they tore up all the old carpets in the bedrooms. They cleaned the hardwood floors, hand-scraped them, and stained them four times to get the look just right. On the landing, they installed an infinity-edge glass ledge, which Stromberg says opens up the space and lets in light.

While the redesign is contemporary, it’s also fairly simple. Stromberg says they wanted to create a beautiful blank canvas “so that whoever moves in can make it themselves and do whatever they like, even though it’s been refurbished.”

The whole face took about 2.5 months to complete. Although inflation and rising construction costs have caused some problems—for example, the price of an infinity-edge glass has more than doubled—Stromberg is pleased with the results. “It’s not too big. It’s not too small. It’s not too much,” he says. “It’s just kind of right.”

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