We’re thrilled to announce that our team has won a 2024 Chrysalis Award for our 3-Story Addition & Elevator project in Barrington! The Chrysalis Awards program annually recognizes the nation’s best design and remodeling work and awards winners on both regional and national levels. Winners are selected based on creative use of space and materials, overall design, and overall transformation of the original space.

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Our team partnered with the Sims family to bring their unique vision to life- from design through construction- with a home elevator at the heart of it all. Let’s take a quick tour of this award-winning addition project.


Planning the 3-story home elevator that Jamie & Evelyn needed to make navigating their home easier yielded the perfect opportunity to completely redesign the first and second floors of their home to match the character of their basement, which was remodeled by Advance Design Studio in 2019. 


The most suitable location for the elevator was at the center of the home, where the original dining space was. To maintain a dining room and create space for entering the elevator on the main and basement levels of the home, a 3-story addition was designed and constructed by Advance Design Studio.

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The addition is located off the back of the home and gave the Sims family a spacious dining room off the kitchen and an en suite master sitting room on the second floor. Both spaces are surrounded by windows, painting picturesque backyard views.


They love sharing meals in the new dining room and unwinding in their peaceful sitting room. The sitting room, located in the master suite, offers a serene escape for Evelyn and Jamie.

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“It’s an amazing sitting room,” says Jamie. “I’ve never seen one better. We really use the space a lot, my wife and I. The cathedral ceiling adds a lot of volume to the room, and the space gets so much light, you feel like you’re in a treehouse.”


View the full addition & elevator portfolio here.


Besides the elevator and 3-story addition, this project included a whole home remodel as well. Their new kitchen is one of their favorite features! In the video below, Jamie takes you on a tour of his newly-remodeled home and shares his favorite design elements along the way.


Like many Advance Design clients before them, this Barrington family is thrilled with the outcome of such an extensive home overhaul. Remodels of this scale and scope take time to design and construct, and we’re thankful to Jamie and Evelyn for partnering with us on their remodel. Each unique space in their home authentically reflects their style and accommodates their everyday needs.

We’re ready to help you make the most of your home by creating spaces that suit your needs and reflect your style too! Speak with a designer today to help you break down the steps needed to complete your specific remodel and answer your questions regarding investment ranges, layout ideas, timeframes, and more! Click here to see more of our projects that have won a Chrysalis Award.