Mid-Century Modern Reborn



This 1960 house was in need of updating from both design and performance standpoints, and the project turned into a comprehensive energy retrofit, with thorough airtightness and insulation, new space conditioning and energy-recovery-ventilation, triple glazed windows, and an interior of incredible elegance. While we maintained the foundation and overall massing, this is essentially a new house, well equipped for a new generation of use and enjoyment.


“TBDA’s commitment to transforming an aging mid-century house into a clean air, energy retro-fitted home has surpassed our expectations. My husband and I have allergies and live on a wooded lot. Every detail of the project from the insulation, windows and HVAC to the construction methodology was tailored toward a wonderfully healthy indoor environment without compromising the strong indoor/outdoor dynamic of the house’s design. Tom and the entire TBDA were extremely knowledgeable and dedicated and we are so grateful!”


Owner of Mid-Century Modern Reborn, Wheaton, IL



Landscape Architecture and installation
Hursthouse Landscape


General Contractor
Thomas Patrick Homes


Interior Design
Bespoke Interior Design and Vara Design


Structural Engineer
Goodfriend Magruder Structure


Third-party Testing and Verification
Eco Achievers


Hausman Photography


Energy Use
pEUI = 26, 40% reduction


Houzz.com, January 2024,
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