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M. K. Brummel, Inc.

Serving Naperville, Lisle, Wheaton, Oswego, Aurora and surrounding areas

Whole House Remodel by M. K. Brummel, Inc.
Winner of 2009 Chrysalis National Remodeling Award

The Chrysalis 2009 Whole House Remodel award honored the extraordinary talent, creativity and professionalism of M. K. Brummel, Inc., Fine Remodeling and Building of Oswego, for its work on the home at 227 E. Jefferson St. in Naperville.

Chrysalis awards recognize the finest work in overall design, creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhances the original structure.
Over the course of this project, M. K. Brummel, Inc. transformed a worn and weathered old house into a beautiful period style home, adding a great deal of space and functionality without sacrificing the home’s historical character.


  It all began in 1866, when Naperville was still a small immigrant farming community. An 11-room Italianate style house was built on Jefferson Street for a local carpenter and Postmaster, Daniel Gross. Time passed and the house changed hands, beginning to show its age while retaining its character. In 1940 May Theilgaard Watts, the distinguished naturalist, author and teacher who initiated the Illinois Prairie Path, bought the house and lived there for 35 years. It is still known as “the May Watts house.”

  The house was selected for inclusion in the 1990s in the local historical district registered with the National Historic Society. Today it is one of the homes on the Historical Society’s East Side Walking Tour, near bustling downtown Naperville and beautiful North Central College.

  In 1997 current owners Tom and Kim purchased the house, by this time worn and weathered. For several years, they maintained the house as it was, always with the dream of adding more space while keeping the period style and detail of the original structure.

The Vision

In 2003 Tom and Kim began searching for an architect to put their vision on paper. They also started working with the historical society to get project approval. They chose Marty Brummel as the master remodeler who would bring their dreams to life

Overall project goals:
Adding modern spaces – master bedroom and bath, family room, fireplace and a second stairway – while preserving the home’s historic nature
Blending the new areas with the old, setting the addition back so as not to dominate the front of the house
Upgrading the mechanicals and improving the functionality of certain areas of the house, such as the kitchen and linen closet
Using materials that would maintain the historical integrity of the home

The Project

The kitchen blends a warm “farm style” look and feel with modern functionality. Notice the Shaw apron style sink and subway tile backsplash.
The original 1930s era stove is a focal point of the kitchen. Accents include a custom hood, matte granite tops, and the island’s 3” thick maple countertop.

Left: First and second floor framing from the back stairway. Above: Family room framing with new custom matching wood windows. Notice the cleanliness on this job site, characteristic of all M. K. Brummel projects.

Finishing touches include a 3-piece poplar casing, 10” base and 1 ¾” thick poplar doors, all matching the original materials.
The standard second-floor hall closet was replaced with a built-in custom cupboard style linen cabinet recessed into the closet space.

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