McHENRY – With three very involved kids, Jamie and Jeff Grubich were finding their home just wasn’t big enough.
But the proposed expansion of their 3214 Golfview Terrace home into the neighboring lot drew some concerns from historic preservationists who worried that it may disrupt the integrity of the Country Club subdivision.
The project – which includes the demolition of the home at 3208 Golfview Terrace and the expansion of the Grubich home onto that lot – will come before the Teardown Committee at its meeting Thursday.
The committee will review the project to see if it conforms with the requirements for teardown sites as dictated by ordinance and the city’s design guidelines and if it fits into the existing neighborhood in terms of architectural style and other characteristics.
Its five members also will vote on three variance requests, some of which center on the differences between normal residential requirements and the stricter ones required under the residential teardown ordinance.
It was the size of the expansion that raised alarm bells for Nancy Fike, a resident of the subdivision and former administrator for the McHenry County Historical Society and Museum.
After going to the City Council with her concerns, she was appointed to serve as the resident at large on the Teardown Committee.
The existing home is 2,921 square feet, and the proposed expansion would add another 7,943 square feet.
Much of the addition isn’t living space, though, Jamie Grubich said.
In addition to the garage, the proposed expansion includes a baseball batting cage, half of a basketball court and an exercise room, all of which is behind the home and not visible from the street, she said. The garage was also placed on an angle to minimize its visual impact from the street.
The expansion would turn the home into a long ranch and would be made of the same materials that make up the existing portion of the home, cedar for the roof and brick with stonework accenting for the facade, Grubich said.
“There are several long ranches along the eighth and ninth hole,” Grubich said. “It flows with the other houses in the neighborhood.”
The neighborhood is no longer made up of just the small cottages built for Chicago residents as weekend getaways when the subdivision was first established in the 1920s, she said. Very few of those homes exist, and in their place are larger, more modern homes.
If you go
The McHenry Teardown Committee meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in the first floor conference room at the McHenry Municipal Center, 333 S. Green St.