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Teen's interior space designs featured at home and in magazine

2014-02-27T00:00:00Z Teen's interior space designs featured at home and in magazineKimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
February 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Illiana Christian High School senior Matthew Kimmel recently completed an after school project two years in the making.

When he was 15, the Dyer resident began working with his father to renovate the empty third floor of their house, totaling 1,000 square feet, based solely on Kimmel’s floor plans.

“The rooms are all connected with openings that have fluted columns on each side of large, 10-foot tall arches. Several sections include detailed coffered beams with decorative wood balls and additional fluted columns supporting beams along the certain sloped walls,” Kimmel said.

“Several walls have detailed paneled molding. It’s a very spacious and open design, with all white walls and trim along with dark hardwood floors.”

“The style is a combination of traditional European with certain contemporary accents along with furniture and accessories that add a modern touch,” he added.

Kimmel’s interest in architecture began at 10 when his family visited Shanghai, China. He began sketching the skyline, and soon found he had a knack for design.

The teen’s renovation project was featured in January by Dwell Magazine’s online site, which regularly attracts around 50,000 viewers a month.

“Being featured made me feel proud of my accomplishments and recognized for all the hard work that went into the project. It has given me a boost of confidence and encouragement to develop my abilities further.”

The son of Matt and Cindy Kimmel, he is an honor roll student at Illiana Christian High School and enjoys math and business classes.

Kimmel plans to study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago or at Judson University in Elgin, Ill.

A member of Village Church in Dyer, he enjoys sketching buildings and houses. Kimmel’s work can be viewed at

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