When Mel Fros builds a home, it’s no ordinary house. It has thought behind it; a purpose, function, sustainability and meaning to the structure. It also has great beauty. He’s an artist, and he wrestles with his art until it is just right. The bungalow in Urbana is no exception.

It started out as a lesson for his son, Daniel, an aspiring master builder.

   Letha Kramer was driving around one day in Urbana. She was going to an estate sale. She might find a treasure or two. 


I t can be an artistic endeavor to bring an older home into the now. Great creativity is needed to keep the original style of the house but renovate it so it fits into today’s world.

Designer Dawson

Laura Dawson’s parents were antiques dealers. That’s more than likely where she developed her love of design.


“We went to antique shows all the time,” she said from her Champaign home.


Throughout her home, there is a theme of traditional, modern and industrial.