Category Archives: Home Remodeling

Historic Beverly, Chicago Kitchen Remodel

Francis Bryan Remodeling was excited to work with this Beverly area family to update their well lived, well loved, historic Murray D. Hetherington designed home and create the open kitchen, dining room and living room of their dreams.

The homeowners enjoy gathering family and friends and their desire was to open up their small cramped kitchen to the formal dining and living room and install a new kitchen that flowed beautifully with the dining and living room areas.

The homeowners wanted a new stylish yet classic, state of the art kitchen flowing seamlessly into the dining room including a beautiful new lighted pantry and integrating an island that connected the three spaces with additional seating for family and friends. The homeowners wanted to retain the historic nature of their home while selecting finishes, fixtures, tile and cabinetry that put their own personal stamp and unique style on the new space.

FBR enjoyed working with these clients to make their dreams come true and not just meet but exceed their expectations. The result is a beautiful, stylish yet classic, open, efficient and bright kitchen, dining room and living room combination. FBR appreciates that the homeowners trusted them to bring their vision into reality.

This family and project epitomize the message behind our logo, “Your home is your castle and where your heart is, we honor that in all we do”.

View the photos below and find out about the historic arch that was discovered in the process. See the beautiful result.

After kitchen
View of the new beautiful kitchen through to the new arched rear entrance from the back hall. FBR installed a new heating unit under the sink tied to the existing hot water heating system. The kitchen window is new and finished to match the existing historic windows in the home.
Kitchen after
The new kitchen including the quartz counter tops and island
New Kitchen
The new kitchen island overlooking the living room
After kitchen
Beautiful new cabinets, tile and lighted pantry flows between the kitchen and dining room
After photo kitchen and dining roon
View from the far end of the kitchen through to the dining room
After photo of the dining area.
View from the living room in to the new dining room area
Kitchen before
The kitchen before
Before photo of dining area and kitchen
Before photo of dining area and kitchen
Kitchen before
Before view from the dining room through to the kitchen
Before photo of the dining room
Before photo of the dining room
Kitchen in progress
Kitchen in progress
Wall to be opened up
Wall to be opened up between the living room and dining room
Hidden arch
Hidden arch in the wall is discovered!



Beautiful, Stylish Kitchen Update w/o Breaking the Bank!

These Evergreen Park homeowners wanted to keep the layout of their kitchen and bring it up to date without purchasing new cabinets, dealing with a major remodel and going to great expense. Francis Bryan Remodeling was able to source custom new cabinet doors. The cabinet boxes were painted to match the doors. New flooring, stylish new cararra marble backsplash installed, new appliances, fresh paint and new hardware and these happy homeowners have a gorgeous new kitchen and a very affordable price! Find out if this could work for you. Call us today and we will work with you within your budget.

Historic Hyde Park Coach House Remodel

Francis Bryan Remodeling, (FBR) enjoyed working with these homeowners again on their latest project, their own home in beautiful Hyde Park.

This historic coach house was converted into a single family home many years ago. The homeowners chose to remodel their home and update the systems while still retaining a historic look and feel.

FBR specializes in remodeling beautiful historic homes. This project was a labor of love for the family and FBR was happy to work with them to modernize and restyle their dream home. Enjoy viewing the gorgeous result as well as a few before photos which show the historic nature of the project.

DR to K- after

FBR worked with a custom cabinet maker and the owners designer to complete the installation of the custom fireplace and surround to match the cabinetry in the new kitchen.

FP in progress

An interesting “before” photo of the fireplace. See the ancient tile.


Another view from the fireplace through to the  new French doors under original refurbished historic transom panels above.

French doors-after

Beautiful new, weather proof French doors with historic style hardware were installed in the living and dining room area.

French doors before 2Drafty, old doors were removed. Remaining historic glass transom panels were refurbished to match the new doors.


The overhead beams, which were once white, were restyled to match the living room/dining room and kitchen floors. The kitchen flooring was removed, wood that matched the species, Douglas Fir, and grain of the original floors was sourced and installed and all floors were sanded, stained and finished to match the beams through out the home.

K floor in progress
New flooring in the kitchen prior to stripping, staining and finishing of all floors.


 Beautiful new custom kitchen with custom cabinetry, stone backsplash, and copper farmhouse sink. A few special touches include the custom made back door with glass panels inserted into the original door. The wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed to open up the area and hardwood floors were installed, stained and finished to match the rest of the first floor living area.

K Sink-after

K Angle- afterBeautiful copper farmhouse sink and classic faucet and a view of the new kitchen through to the back door entrance.
K in progressAn interesting “before”. Part of the wall is still up. The new floor is not installed yet. The back door has not been re-styled.  The overhead beams have not been converted.
Hang in there it will all be worth it!

Laundry 2- after
FBR truly enjoyed working with the designer and homeowner to redesign this multi-purpose first floor 3/4 bath and laundry room. The client and designer selected the unique tile, shower enclosure and custom designed and painted cabinetry for the laundry. FBR worked closely with the designer and cabinet maker to install and insure this beautiful result.
Laundry-after Beautiful, historic and unique. What is not to love!
Bath original tile
This interesting and historic tile was found as the bath/laundry room were being gutted.
Selecting floor stain
FBR worked with the homeowner to insure the floors through out the first floor were stained the exact color that they preferred. These are the important details that go into every FBR project.
Front in progress
Front - after
From start to glorious completion this project was a labor of love for the family and epitomizes the FBR motto,
“Your home is your castle- and where your heart is- we keep that in mind in all we do.”

FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING and a historic Chicago bungalow kitchen

imageFRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING enjoyed working with these Beverly area homeowners in the remodel of their historic Chicago style bungalow kitchen. The owners chose to keep their beautiful historic sink and traditional layout and FBR was happy to work with them. A custom made cabinet surround was created under the sink to allow for heat from the radiator below to escape. The sink was refurbished and turned out beautifully. Finish with a beautiful fresh coat of paint and bright white trim. Finally, the homeowners selected period finishes and light fixtures for a beautiful historic and updated look. What a beautiful sink and kitchen!

Morgan Park area of Chicago – Bathroom, Gut Remodel

Enjoy viewing the complete gut- bathroom-remodel in this historic home in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. The clients chose to remove the tub and install a walk-in shower as well as custom-shelving installed in its place. FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING was happy to accommodate.  The clients also asked to have the original door converted into a pocket-door in order to save on space.  The new pocket-door looks great!  This second floor gut remodel included new copper plumbing and electrical runs through to the basement.  A new energy efficient, opaque window was installed as well as all new fixtures through out.  The clients chose a beautiful large format ceramic tile combined with a colorful mosaic tile for the walk-in shower.  To complete the new bath a European radiator/towel holder was custom installed.  This bathroom is not only stylish but it is warm and cozy as well.  The owners love to enjoy warm towels after a shower!

Below are some work in progress photos to view.

Custom Carpentry at it’s Best! Custom Built Mudrooom Closets and More..

FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING worked with these homeowners to design, build, install and finish these custom coat cubicles or “cubbies”. The once cluttered slightly narrow hallway is now a vision of organization and style! The owners of this historic Beverly home are thrilled with their new custom designed mudroom, “cubbies”. Now shoes, coats, gloves and hats all have a place, with  cabinet space above for extra storage.

FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING also stripped, stained and finished the hardwood floor, patched, plastered and painted the stairwell and hall in classic colors selected by the client, installed new shelving in the upstairs bathroom linen closet and…an exterior vented fan/light in the bathroom ceiling as well as patched some historic tile.

Why work with several contractors when all you need is one, FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING!

FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING will help you design and build a custom cabinet, bookcase, shelf system or fireplace surround that you will enjoy for many years to come!

See the before photo of the hallway and the custom work in progress below:

FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING Remodels a Historic Beverly Powder Room

Watch as the FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING remodels a small cramped powder room and creates a bright stylish, custom designed powder room that you would be proud to have guests use!

This powder room now includes Carrera and black marble basket weave pattern floor tile. Carrara marble base boards, custom made, wall mounted, Carrara warble sink top and back splash with under mount stainless bowl. Capped off with stainless Grohe faucet and accessories. highlighted by an ebony wood medicine chest and unique Moroccan star light fixture.

FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING can work with you to update your outdated kitchen!

See the BEFORE and AFTER photos of this historic Beverly, Chicago home. These homeowners updated their eat in kitchen without replacing the existing cabinets or changing the configuration. The end result is a beautiful classic/contemporary kitchen for less than half the cost of a new kitchen.

Yes, the top 3 photos are the “BEFORE”. The kitchen was not a disaster by any means, but it was dated, and not in the style, that the homeowners preferred. The homeowners wanted a contemporary look with traditional elements and that is exactly what they achieved!




Moved the cabinets up the wall a few inches to the ceiling, added crown molding.
Had a custom “L” shaped storage bench installed around the eat in dining area.
Painted all of the cabinets, cabinet boxes and trim a bright white.
Painted the walls a beautiful light neutral color.
Installed absolute black “honed” granite counter tops.
Installed black and white checkerboard porcelain 12 x 12 tiles.
Installed new classic hardware on the cabinets.
Installed new vintage style light fixtures.
Removed the old appliances and replaced with top of the line stainless steel.
Replaced the over the range microwave with an industrial ventilation hood.



after-5-225x300   after-6-225x300 If you would like to update your kitchen, bath or any area of your home, without spending a small fortune, contact FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING and we will work with you, your ideas and your budget!