Kitchen, 1880s Residence
Chicago, Illinois


In this 1880s frame house in Chicago, space is at a premium. The homeowners wanted a kitchen with a 1930s vintage vibe and 21st-century amenities. Color, sunshine, and ample storage were must-haves. Mike built custom cabinets that extend to the ceiling for extra storage, and included some with glass fronts or open shelves to display the clients' collection of vintage Fiesta ware and other kitchen collectibles. The open layout allows for two to cook comfortably together, and even includes space for a breakfast table. A large, glass-block window lets in the morning sunshine while blurring the view of the business next door.

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Jewelry Box
Alexandria, Virginia


The client commissioned this oversize, finely crafted jewelry chest as a surprise for his fiance. The design considers the client's desire for plenty of storage space and a simple, classic design that accentuates the beauty of the wood and the quality of the craftsmanship. The box, constructed of birdseye maple with wenge inlays, measures 16" (w) x 12" (h) x 10" (d) with 3 drawers; a hinged, mirrored lid; velvet lining; and a clear finish. Drawers are divided to accommodate a variety of jewelry with special sections for earrings and rings, and a large interior mirror.

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Maddox Bathroom
Chicago, Illinois
 
The homeowners, who have two small children, wanted a complete remodel of their dated, first-floor bathroom that would reflect the character of their vintage home, while adding much-needed storage and convenience to this small space. Mike leveled the floor, built a shower stall with ample light, created custom cabinetry to provide storage, and designed a custom hex-tile floor and subway-tile shower surround that give the new bathroom vintage charm.

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Here's what the homeowners had to say: "Mike does a thorough, well-considered job. Through the whole process of planning, gutting, framing, and finishing our bathroom intelligent choices were made both independently and in conjunction with subcontractors. In the end we had a bathroom that was perfectly suited to our needs and that fit gracefully in the available space. And he is considerate and clean as well!" --Colby and Debby Maddox, Chicago