A Sunny Space

Escape and Unwind
Minnesota Sunroom
Villa Blanco
The Laurel
Minnesota

The weather is starting to improve! We know our clients with these sun rooms are taking advantage of their spaces to soak up some rays in anticipation of summer.

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Feature Friday – Virtual Walkthrough

Check out our walkthrough of the MAuN Residence!

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Rec Room Round Up

The Laurel Rec Room
Ligan Rec Room
Got big plans this weekend? Having a space to entertain guests makes weekend plans come easily! Our basement rec rooms at The Laurel and the Ligan Residence are perfect for movie nights, game nights, or a round of pool.

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Millwork Monday Series – Sustainable Screening

We opted for less conventional walls to enclose our back of the house operations and kitchenette. Greenhouse panels fastened on both sides of the exposed metal studs conceal equipment but allow the space to be flooded with daylight.

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Feature Friday – Luminous Lanier Residence Walkthrough

Check out our walkthrough of the Luminous Lanier Residence!

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National Siblings Day – Bunks for Boys

The Blue Lady
The Blue Lady
The parents may be footing the bill, but the kids of the house are reaping the benefits. Check out this space we designed for three brothers. The entire third story attic of the house is dedicated to the boys’ lounge, bunk bed room, and bathroom. Hopefully they can celebrate National Siblings Day together in their own space in the house without too much rough housing!

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National Cherish an Antique Day

Winnetka
Winnetka
The Blue Lady Pantry
Marlowe Office

Occasionally we have a client with a cherished antique piece they want to display and use in their home. We have worked around fireplace mantles at the Marlowe Residence, antique bookcases at the Winnetka Residence, and original stained-glass windows at The Blue Lady to incorporate the old with the new. To celebrate National Cherish an Antique Day, we are showcasing the designed result. Have an antique or cherished piece you need to design around? Let us help you!

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Facade Friday


Mixing It Up

At Cook Architectural, we are façade fanatics. Whether you need to redo an entire entrance, or just give an existing storefront a fac(ad)elift, we are here to help! Browse through just a few of our commercial facades to get ideas on what your building could look like.

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New Website Material






Check out the newly updated renderings section of our website! Follow the link below!

Residential Rendering Gallery

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Tile Tuesday

The Blue Lady Master Bath
Villa Blanco Master Bath
Bathroom_Villa Blanco
The tile floor patterns in the master bathrooms at our Villa Blanco and The Blue Lady residences are worth getting excited about. In-floor heating was placed below the tiles to keep bare feet nice and toasty. Not to mention the intricate tile pattern creates a subtle contrast from the crisp white surroundings.

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Millwork Monday – Residential Bars

Geothermal Gem Bar
Villa Blanco Bar
Woodley Bar
Why go out when you could come home to your own bar? Wow your friends and family with a custom bar like these we designed.

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National Pencil Day – Hand Sketching

National Pencil Day
National Pencil Day
National Pencil Day
National Pencil Day
National Pencil Day
National Pencil Day
National Pencil Day
With technology dominating the profession, we think it’s important to step back to the basics. Check out some of these hand sketches done by our staff to convey design ideas to clients.

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Wine Cellar Wednesday





It’s only the middle of the week, does it feel like it’s dragging on? Bet it wouldn’t hurt to come home to your own in-home wine cellar like we have designed for these homes.

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Pool Houses

Dive into Designing
Ligan Residence

Get inspired for the warm weather to return with these pool houses just waiting to be opened up for the summer months. The retractable glass walls of the M.AuN Residence pool house were designed to maximize views to the pool area and lake beyond to allow seamless flow from inside to outside. The Ligan residence, on the other hand, has a pool house connected to the main house, making the connection from home to relaxation very convenient.

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Lalique Grand Opening



Cheers and congratulations to Lalique for their grand opening on Chicago’s Oak Street last night! The interior of this historic building has been transformed over the past nine months to elevate the space and create a boutique fitting the artistry and sophistication of the brand’s crystal. COOK ARCHITECTURAL was honored to complete our 5th project with Lalique. It was great to see it all come together and we were happy to share our vision and design with the neighborhood. With architecture as timeless as the works of Rene Lalique, we are excited to continue to work with the Lalique brand and contribute to the vibrancy of Chicago’s luxury marketplace.

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National Puppy Day – Merrick Pet Care

Merrick Pet Care
Merrick Pet Care

Who doesn’t love a puppy? At Merrick Pet Care, we designed their renovated space to be both people and pooch friendly. The product display room was created to emulate a pet food store so Merrick can experiment with different display arrangements. The custom curved wood ceiling edge treatment in the lounge was stained to match the furniture and create a warmer relief space from the main office and conference room. National Puppy Day should be a barking success at Merrick Pet Care!

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Kids Zone

National Hobbit Day
The Laurel
The Blue Lady
Minnesota
Marshfield
Marlowe
Geothermal Gem
Geothermal Gem

Is Spring Break looming around the corner for your kids? Why not let us design a space just for them? It will give them hours of entertainment and you hours of peace and quiet.

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First Day of Spring

Winnetka Porch
Winnetka Pool
Villa Blanco
Marlowe
It’s the first day of spring, is your home ready? Let us help get your home’s curb appeal ready for the warm weather.

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Feature Friday – St. Patrick’s Day

The Blue Lady Exterior
The Blue Lady Exterior
We are turning The Blue Lady green to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! With our design rendering technology, we can easily change the color of materials to see what looks best. Which way do you like The Blue Lady?

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Pie Day

Paulina Kitchen


Paulina Kitchen
3.141592653589793238462643383279502…We may not be able to name the infinite numbers following the famous 3.14, but we know this kitchen at our Paulina Residence is the perfect place to make an infinite number of pies to celebrate Pie Day.

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Men’s Book Project Feature

Indiana Autobarn
Indiana Auto Barn_Exterior
Indiana Auto Barn_Bar
Indiana Autobarn
Indiana Autobarn

Our Indiana Autobarn project was featured in Modern Luxury’s Men’s Book in the article Vroom to Party! The article goes through our client’s journey of designing and building a luxury autobarn to house their vintage car collection. The barn was designed to complement the existing home on the property and uses reclaimed wood from trees removed from the site. With space to display cars and to host parties, the autobarn certainly provides vroom to party all year round!

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Celebrate National Napping Day

Dreamy Daybed

National Napping Day_The Blue Lady
Daylight Savings Time got you feeling down? Maybe a quick nap in one of these cozy spots would do the trick to celebrate National Napping Day.

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Spring Forward – Daylight Savings Time

Winnetka Master Bedroom

It’s not fun having to wake up an hour earlier for daylight savings time, especially when you have to leave a cozy master bedroom with views to Lake Michigan like this one at our Winnetka Residence. Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend!

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Water Wednesday – Bathrooms

National Wife Appreciation Day

Bathroom_Paulina
Bathroom_Villa Blanco
Bathroom_Kenilworth
Bathroom_Cortland

Whether you’re tight on space or are in need of a grand master bathroom, we have seen it all. Let us create the perfect bathroom for your space, big or small.

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Libraries & Dens




Were you dreading going into the office today after the weekend? Perhaps if your home had a great office, you wouldn’t have to make the commute! Check out just a few of our favorites that we have designed!

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Laundry Rooms

Laundry Room
Laundry Room
Laundry Room
Laundry Room

Laundry day doesn’t have to be a bore. Although it would go faster if you had double the machines! Let us design a spacious and functional laundry room in your home like we did at the Marlowe Residence, The Laurel, and The Blue Lady.

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Design Competition

Pinocchio Design Competition
Pinocchio Design Competition
Pinocchio Design Competition
Pinocchio Design Competition
Pinocchio Design Competition
Pinocchio Design Competition
Pinocchio Design Competition
Pinocchio Design Competition
Pinocchio Design Competition

A few months ago our studio team was hard at work on the Pinocchio Children’s Library Design Competition. Based in Collodi, Italy, where the original idea of Pinocchio was born, the competition called for redesigning an abandoned paper factory and surrounding site into a children’s library inspired by the fairytale. Browse through some of our renderings to see the product of our hard work!

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Houzz Project Feature

Minnesota
Minnesota Sunroom

One of our most popular projects was featured again on Houzz, this time in the article 13 Ways to Dress Up Wide Windows! The article discusses ways to apply window treatments to a variety of window sizes. The featured project shows both the sunroom and the kitchen in our Minnesota residence showcasing long window treatment spans. Checkout the article for helpful tips and be sure not to miss our featured project’s gallery as well as our many other projects!

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Things are Looking Up








It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…ceiling details! Check out some of the unique ceilings we have designed in our clients’ homes over the years. Whether a living room in a high-rise condo downtown, a basement hang out, or a luxurious master bedroom in the Chicago North Shore, the attention to detail on these ceilings is vital to create the perfect ambiance.

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National Tile Day

National Tile Day
National Tile Day
National Tile Day
National Tile Day
National Tile Day
National Tile Day

Being a designer gives you an appreciation for the little things, including tile details. Browse through some of these tile layouts we have created in celebration of National Tile Day.

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