Ready, Set, Going up!


Although the view is amazing there is more to see at our lakefront project. The steel supports are set and the first-floor trusses are installed. The concrete form work is also done for the infinity pool, so if the lake water is too cold the homeowner can enjoy a swim to relax at the end of the day or maybe as exercise to start it. The possibilities are endless just like the views.

Share

Houzz Project Feature


One of our most popular projects was featured again on Houzz, this time in the article, 10 Ways to Make Your Home Pet Ready! The article discusses creative millwork solutions for your friendly furry companion’s bed as well as organization of accessories and food. The featured project is the breakfast area in our Minnesota Residence (more imagery can be found here), and in particular, the Master Bath. Checkout the article for helpful tips and be sure not to miss our featured project’s gallery as well as our many other projects!

Share

Cheers to the Interiors!


The interior work is revving up on the Auto Barn. The wood beams and ceiling are installed at the bar area as well as the brick wall to define the space. Copper pendant lights add to the rustic charm the clients desired. The wood for the bar and beams were milled from trees that were removed from the property to make room for the barn.

Share

Walls and Views being Formed


At one of our lakefront projects the lower level foundation walls are set and are ready for the first floor steel and trusses to be added. The views will be amazing from all the living spaces. Watch for more as this house is just starting to take shape.

Share

Houzz Project Feature


One of our most popular projects was just featured in the Houzz article, Hello, Gorgeous: How to Make Your Dresser Work for You! The article discusses different techniques to create the optimal setting for your daily make up routine. The featured project is the master bath and makeup vanity in Minnesota Residence (more imagery can be found here), and in particular, the Master Bath. Checkout the article for helpful tips and be sure not to miss our featured project’s gallery as well as our many other projects!

Share

Splish Splash Time for a Bath


The bathtub positioned in a bay window makes it the focal point of this master bath. The wait is finally over and the homeowner can soak in the views and relax after a hard day. Sure the steam shower will be great for him, but even that cannot beat the views from the tub.

Share

Boarding is not Boring


The foundation walls for the staircase to the lower level were formed using rustic 1×6 boards. After the concrete is poured and the forms are stripped this technique leaves the walls with texture and a wood grain appearance, no need to drywall over this work of art. The wall is a feature that is sure to be a conversation piece for years to come.

Share

“Perfect Porch” for this Victorian Renovation


The front porch roof framing is bringing back the architectural spirit of this Victorian labor of love. The addition and exterior restoration are coming together nicely but soon we will turn to the interior so come back to see how we create transitional spaces for modern living while preserving original character and charm.

Share

Summer Hours – Start June 9th


CA/ds office will close at 1:00 pm starting on Friday, June 9th through Friday, September 1st to enjoy some summertime fun. We hope you enjoy the many activities that Chicago and its neighboring areas have to offer. We recommend taking in a concert at Ravinia, a day at the ballpark (North or South Side either way is a great day), a day at one of the area beaches or lakefront venues, or a backyard barbecue with family and friends.

Share

Office Closed – Memorial Day


CA/ds will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to the men and women of our country’s armed forces for your service.

Share

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe…


If it were only that simple to select the exterior stone for this new single family home in Naperville; mortar joint sizes, mortar color, mixture of stone sizes as well as color palette are all important factors. Then we add another layer to the decision process because the design intent is to use the same stone inside as a feature at the staircase.

Share

The “Stage” is Set


The concrete for the stage has been poured in this 8,000 sq. ft. custom garage and in time vintage cars will replace ladders. The rest of the space is also coming together nicely including the bar, wine cellar and car wash but it will be still several months before the pit crew is ready to pack up.

Share

Lakefront Project making a “Splash”


The pool house framing for our newest lakefront project is taking shape. The curved wall will have large glass sliding doors that open up for that outdoor feeling even when you’re inside.

Share

Wilmette Retail – Backyard Barbecue Business is ‘Sizzling and Brewing’


Our design concept takes a ‘rustic chic’ approach incorporating salvaged barn wood, corrugated metals and contemporary fixtures. Our renovation of a former car wash is now complete and the Backyard Barbecue Store is open for business. The new location is truly a unique retail experience for the outdoor grilling enthusiast or craft beer connoisseur, with grilling/cooking demonstrations and a nanobrewery.

Share

Neapolitan – New Location ‘Perfect Fit’


The transformation of this 80-year-old building is astonishing to see. From grocery store to sporting goods to now the pinnacle of chic women’s fashion. If you are in the area and ever ventured into the former T.L. Fritts you will be amazed to see the new luxury shopping experience. A new limestone façade sets the appropriately sophisticated expectation for what lies behind the custom glass doors.

The original bow truss structure was revealed to provide an airy feel and used as the visual organizing tool for the interior layout. A series of alcoves and tailored vignettes showcase individual designers and fashion categories. The painted diamond pattern on the walnut floors compliments the angular forms of the trusses above.

Share

Auto Barn – ‘Cruising Along’


The exterior work on this private car collectors new auto barn is now complete. The interior work which will include a stage, full bar, wine cellar and car wash is ongoing, so watch for upcoming posts to see that progress.

Share

Sheridan Residence – “Green No More”


The green Zip System exterior sheathing has been covered with IPE wood siding and Corten steel panels. Although the contemporary lakefront home is no longer showing its green; anyone out enjoying a day on the lake might be viewing it with envy.

Share

Ramsay Residence – ‘Fashionista Fantasy’


This master closet is a fashionista’s dream! The center island includes felt lined drawers for delicate accessories, built in his and her hampers for lights and darks, and an abundance of storage. The perimeter meticulously accommodates hanging clothes behind glass front doors to protect them from dust and light. And just imagine the number of Louboutin shoes that can be displayed in the floor to ceiling wall of shoe shelves that serve as the end focal point to the indulgent functionality of this coveted closet.

Share

MJCO – Victorian Labor of Love


The front façade of this Victorian home in the city was carefully salvaged and is being restored and embellished to match the character of other homes in the neighborhood. The addition adds the space and function needed for a busy family of 5 to enjoy their home for years to come.

Share

Modern Luxury Article and the People’s Choice Award


Our client Dan Marguerite was featured in an article on the Modern Luxury website to speak about the new Backyard Barbeque Store space that we were very happy to be part of as the Architect. We couldn’t be happier with the result, so click here to read the article.

On another note, as we await the results for the AIA Small Projects Awards, our entry Backyard BBQ & Brew is also up for the 2017 People’s Choice Award presented by Pella Crafted Luxury! Click here to cast your vote and be sure to tell all of your friends to vote too!

Share

Laurel Residence – Construction Update


The first floor is framed and the second floor deck and walls are starting to go up as seen in this recent photo. Its’ exciting to see the shapes and forms of this Refined Farmhouse vernacular coming together. Check back regularly to see the progress of this project and others under construction.

Share

Our Georgia Peach


The color palette of these low maintenance exterior materials came together nicely on our project located on Lake Lanier in Georgia. The general contractor is focused on completing the interiors so the homeowners can enjoy their first summer on the lake.

Share

US Builders Review Article


Our Principal, Charles Cook, was interviewed by the US Builders Review magazine to speak about our team, our sustainable and economical approach to design and satisfying our clients’ needs.
 
“To me, the most important thing is that the perception in the market is that we’re producing high-quality products for our clients and doing so in a way that is economically viable for both us and them.”
-Charles Cook, Principal of Cook Architectural Design Studio
 
Read the full article on US Builders Review The Magazine page 98 – 101.

Share

Best of Houzz 2017


The Houzz community voted CA/ds as a winner of the Best of Houzz award for the 6th 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.

Share

Wilmette Retail Project Construction Update


We stopped at our retail project located in the North Shore for a site visit to check on progress. Great progress is continuing to be made! As you can see, the spaced has been infused with a rustic, industrial style and will be sure to impress when the store opens! Check back for more updates on this, and all of our other projects currently under construction!

Share

North Shore Project Construction Update


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 the vertical rebar. Check back for more updates on this, and all of our other projects currently under construction!

Share

Holiday Office Closure: Thanksgiving


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!

Share

A Third Project Construction Update!

 
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.
Category: Cads, Projects, Media, Events, Construction

Share

Another Project Construction Update!

 
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.

Share

Project Construction Update

 
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.

Share

« Older Entries

Newer Entries »