We stopped at one of our lakefront homes for a site visit to check on progress. Footings for the pool house are poured and the vertical rebar embedded. The crews were in the process of constructing the forms for the foundation walls which will be poured over top of the vertical rebar. Check back for more updates on this, and all of our other projects currently under construction!
CA/ds will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for holiday observation. We will return on Monday, November 28, 2016.
We here at CA/ds would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Our Ramsay Residence project is taking shape. The Plumstone clay roof tiles and crisp white stucco create a bold contrast worthy of a Mediterranean villa. The diamond pattern texture on the bays and the twisted rope columns add a layer of sophisticated architectural detail to the façade.
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We have started construction of a very unique project; the third one as a matter of fact for this client. The newest design project is for an Auto Barn to store and showcase a vintage car collection that has been in the making for years. The space is designed to be multi-functional on their scenic 100 acre lot in Indiana. The barn design will house 10 cars, includes a lounge, wine cellar, bar, kitchen and stage for entertaining, not to mention a bay for washing and working on the cars. It may not quite be ‘Jay Leno Garage’ but it is an enviable showcase for this avid car collector.
Construction activity is well underway at the Sheridan Residence. The green Zip System Insulation Panels help make this lakefront house weathertight but will be clad with maintenance free composite siding and Corten steel panels. Our initial walk through videos of our computer model helped the clients envision what they are now seeing being built. We can already tell the lake view from the cantilever deck will be spectacular! Come back to see more photos when the house is not green.
We are excited and honored to have been selected as one of Chicago’s top 20 architects! Follow this link to learn what we are doing to make this esteemed list.
CA/ds felt there was no better way to show off its hometown pride then by taking in a ball game. We brought along our summer intern Amanda who is from Indiana. Amanda not only enjoyed the game but the food at the local Wrigleyville restaurant we went to after. It was a great day for baseball as the Cubs beat the Mariners 12-1 – we’ll take the “W”. Go Cubs Go!!
The Houzz community have really taken to our work as we received a new badge for 100,000 image saves! This is a great achievement as it shows our attention to detail throughout our projects does not go unnoticed! Peruse our website and then click here to view our Houzz page and see why our work is so popular.
CA/ds was honored to partner with KPMG Family of Literacy on its 2016 campaign. CA/ds designed a tugboat constructed using new donated books. This year’s event was the single largest donation of new books; 50,000 books will be distributed to underprivileged young readers; enrolled in the Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge Program. We are honored to be a part of this beneficial record setting event and look to an even bigger donation next year.
We here at CA/ds hope everyone had a happy Easter holiday and hopefully your Easter egg baskets are full of candy! In the spirit of the holiday, can you find all of the eggs in the photo above?
One of our projects was just featured in the Houzz article, Must-Try Color Combo: White With Warm Off-White ! The article discusses a technique to get past “painter’s block” without going too traditional and clean. The featured project is our previously completed Minnesota Residence (more imagery can be found here ), and in particular, the stair hall in the Mudroom. Head on over to the article for helpful tips and be sure to check out our featured project’s gallery as well as our many other projects!
The Houzz community voted CA/ds as a winner of the Best of Houzz award for the 5th straight year! We’ve always taken great pride in providing in-depth, personal designs for our clients and this award is a reflection of the hard work we put in. Whether you’re on Houzz or not, click on over to our page here to see our work.
We have uploaded a walkthrough of one of our newly designed lakeside homes. We maximized the design on a small lot offering dynamic materials and expansive lakeside views. As always, we have a few more walkthroughs that can be found on our YouTube channel here .
CA/ds will be closed Thursday, December 24th – Friday, January 1st for the holidays. We will return on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Just like our gingerbread house, we hope all of you have award winning holidays!
We wanted to reach out to let you know that we recently uploaded a brand new walkthrough of our new North Shore projects! We love to use walkthroughs when speaking with clients to help them understand how the space will feel and ultimately make various decisions. We do have a few more walkthroughs that can be found on our YouTube channel here .
CA/ds will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for holiday observation. We will return on Monday, November 30, 2015.
We here at CA/ds would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
New project alert! We recently uploaded two new projects onto our Houzz page. Not on Houzz? We highly recommend it for design inspiration. Click here to check out our new and previously uploaded projects. Enjoy!
If you didn’t know, the 2015 Architecture Biennial, taking place in Chicago, began last week! Running from October 3, 2015 until January 3, 2016, the topic is “The State of the Art of Architecture” and will be explored through various events including lectures, workshops, tours, performances and screenings at the Chicago Cultural Center and other locations across the city! You can access the calendar of events here , so get out and enjoy the many great events, as we at CA/ds sure will!
Are you a member on the website Houzz? We at CA/ds were just awarded the “Influencer” badge which is given for advice and knowledgeable posts appreciated by the Houzz community. We take our work seriously and are equally glad to see that our work aids and inspires other people. If you’re on Houzz take a look at our work, and if you’re not, join in on the fun!
Did you know we have our very own channel on YouTube? Click here or search our username, CookArch, to view 3D walkthroughs of projects that we have uploaded. Stay tuned, because, we will be adding a fresh batch very soon!
The kitchen in many family circles is the most important room in the house. It’s a room with many uses, ranging from food preparation to being the central node of socialization. We designed these kitchens with consideration to our client’s requirements for cooking and entertaining, ultimately giving them the kitchen of their dreams!
Freshhome magazine recently posted an article titled, 10 Ways to Conquer Your Home Design Creative Block , featuring one of our past projects! The article discusses ways to get past designers block, so be sure to check it out along with our project which is located under the “Paint Swatches” tip!
It’s been a few months since moving into our new office space and we couldn’t be happier! A welcoming reception area flows right into our conference room containing a wall of glass with an expansive view. We designed the kitchenette/workroom to be efficient and utilized ¾ height walls to promote a sense of openness and flow. The building’s concrete floor structure and clean mechanical ductwork allowed us to expose the ceiling creating a very contemporary aesthetic that adds visual interest and really opens up the studio. Anytime you’re in the area feel free to stop by to see it for yourself!
CA/ds will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observation of Independence Day and will reopen Monday, July 6th. We hope all of you enjoy the holiday weekend with family, friends and fireworks!
CA/ds welcomes its’ new newest team member. Mr. Diehl earned his Masters of Architecture in May 2015 as well as his Bachelors of Architecture in 2014 from North Dakota State University. Mr. Diehl is excited to start his new chapter in Chicago, and what a time to become a Chicagoan, while the Blackhawks clinched the 2015 Stanley Cup Championship.
Batter up! CA/ds held their annual Summer Outing last Friday consisting of a baseball game at the newly renovated Wrigley Field! Mother Nature wasn’t very cooperative with the cold temperatures and rain, but that didn’t stop the team from having fun! The renovations of the stadium turned out very well keeping the integrity of the historic field intact. In terms of summer, a day at the field is always a recommended activity for the season!
Like our projects an addition takes time and planning, after an intensive interview process CA/ds is pleased to announce the addition of a new Architectural Intern to the firm. Logan Diehl will be joining our ranks on June 2, 2015; he is relocating here from North Dakota. Just in time to enjoy some summertime activities around the city.
Have you heard about the changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP) yet? As of July 1, 2015 the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will no longer require elective hours, reducing the number of hours down to the 3,740 core hours currently required. Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial licensure and may require additional requirements such as minimum employment duration, so be sure to check your state’s licensing requirements here .
May 3, 2015 marks the fifth year CA/ds has sponsored the “Fine with an MS Free World” team. The team walked in Glenview, Illinois this year and our contribution helped them achieve their team goal. We congratulate all the participants at this site, who together raised over $226,000.00 towards finding a cure for MS.
True Excitement! That’s how we felt when asked to feature one of our latest lake front homes in the recent issue of Modern Luxury NS. The article highlights some of the many unique design features, like the ‘true north’ compass and gets the homeowners perspective on how the house responds to their goals. It’s a one of a kind house on a spectacular property and you can read all about it by picking up a copy of the magazine or you can see an abridged version in the on-line article here . We know you will be truly glad you did.
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