In a big family, leg room is the ultimate amenity, and that’s what finally convinced Gerald Maatman and Erin Bourke to purchase a large stone-clad house in Winnetka. The sprawling six-bedroom dwelling has more than enough space for the couple’s blended family and all of their friends to congregate. Another plus: The house is located on a forested lot with ample room for the in-ground swimming pool that they envisioned. “The structure was great, but everything was too formal—superornate and not quite our style,” Bourke says.
To personalize the home, the couple hired interior designer Lj Savarie, architect Angelo Biondi and general contractor John Weiss. Over the course of four years (and counting), the team transformed the house room by room. “This house just needed a face-lift,” Savarie says. “They wanted it to feel comfortable, approachable and fresh.”