This 3000 square-foot renovation, which was completed in August 2010, was recently recognized by the National AIA as a Small Project Award Winner for 2012. The dramatic transformation performed by Tuscany Builders of Chicago, was completed for a little under $500,000. A single window graces the standing seam façade, which led to the design of a large skylight that compensates for the lack of western windows. Skylights provide both natural light and ventilation for the house.
The roof of the Yao Residence was also designed to hide the mechanical rooftop units from sight. As the western wall reaches the roof, the metal panel siding seamlessly wraps the west roof pitch. A fully integrated scupper system was designed into the west roof pitch with a thermostatically controlled heat coil to thaw potential ice build up during Chicago’s harsh winters. This technique is a great resource for people looking to preserve their roofs from rough winter snow accumulation, which can lead to costly structural failure, leaks, or worse.