While the renovation of this ranch-style home in Barton Hills is stunning overall, you’d be forgiven if your first thought is that it looks like the garage has been taken over by a wood-shingled space ship. Or maybe a wayward teahouse. Upon closer examination, however, one finds that it has experienced an extensive transformation by Dig:A architecture—one that brings it closer to contemporary-minimalist modernism than the vernacular style we tend to label “midcentury.”
Built literally in the middle of the last century (1950), the limestone-and-wood-frame home looks to have been originally a standard, one-story, ranch-style house of that era. Now it’s a two-story, stripped down modern inside with an addition that creates dramatic shapes and angles indoors and out.
The 3,400-square-foot home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and features walnut and birch cabinets, oak flooring, and high-design tile and light fixtures. The master suite also has a dry sauna a soaking tub with a treehouse setting. All that wraps around a back pool and courtyard, with room for an ADU.
The listing for the home at 1804 Rabb Road is held by Carla Umlauf at Compass.