Water Wednesday Series – Master Bath has a Feminine Side

Feminine Side
The ‘her’ portion of the master bath in the Minnesota residence includes a custom marble tub in a barrel vaulted alcove. Traditional painted inset cabinetry with marble countertops reflect the warmth of the natural light provided by the South facing windows. A daylight filled make-up vanity and soft arched ceiling provide a cheerful elegance to this master bath.

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Transformation Tuesday Series – Victorian Gem Gets a Makeover

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Our first project with this client was the Park Avenue Residence, to renovate and expand a turn-of-the-century Victorian home to make it more family friendly and improve its curb appeal. A two-story addition was added to the rear to include a kitchen, breakfast room, mudroom, two bedrooms on the second floor, a third floor office and studio, a new rear stair connects all the levels. The renovation/addition really enhanced the charm and character and transformed this simple Victorian into the Gem of the Neighborhood.

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Millwork Monday Series – Now You See It Then You Don’t

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This sitting area in our 78 Woodley residence is transformed with custom designed millwork that turns this second floor alcove into additional guest sleeping with a simple pull of a handle.

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Ready to Toast – National Prosecco Day

National Prosecco Day
We teamed up with the Lalique design team again to create a lavish art-deco influenced aesthetic that showcases their exquisite crystal product line. This 2,200 square foot boutique at ‘The Crystals’ located in the Aria resort in Las Vegas is all set to make a toast to a great design for National Prosecco Day!

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Rockin’ at the Laurel

Rockin at the Laurel
The exterior stone is being installed at The Laurel. The stone adds the charm the owners want for their refined farmhouse. Soon to follow will be the stucco and roofing. The color palette will continue the simple elegance of warm grey tones to make the house a peaceful oasis.

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Throwback Thursday – Nothing Sweeter

Nothing Sweeter
This custom millwork ‘confection library’ anchors the north wall of the conference room and showcased this candy company’s entire product line. The colorful shelf dividers help visually connect the architectural elements to the product lines while maintaining the whimsical project sensibility.

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Water Wednesday Series – H-2-Oh!

H-2-Oh
A 1920’s estate on the shores of Lake Michigan underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and was transformed into an Italian villa worthy of the shores of Lake Como. The in ground pool, terrace and views to the lake beyond create the perfect outdoor water space for our Winnetka residence.

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Millwork Monday Series – Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven
The shaded sconces and paneled walls of the circular stair rotunda were precisely planned to align with the cascading windows that follow you when ascending the stairs and afford a glimpse of the ever changing view from each vantage point. An inlaid stone compass rose is the center-point of the rotunda floor and is set to true North to the satisfaction of the owner who is an avid sailor. The rotunda is crowned with a domed ceiling with center cupola that washes the interior with daylight and serves as a welcoming beacon to guests arriving to the home from the west.

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No Cookie Cutter Here – Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
This contemporary kitchen is far from cookie cutter with horizontal wood grain cabinetry and chrome accents. The double wall ovens allow for two batches of chocolate chip cookies to bake at the same time and the seamless Granite Design Dupont Zodiaq Bianco Carrara island slab provides the perfect spot for cooling cookies. Of course it does make them harder to resist as the smells loft into the adjacent family room.

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All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck
Construction activity is all hands on deck at the Ligan Residence. The carpenters are hard at work installing the second floor subfloor and framing perimeter walls. The crew is moving efficiently to get the framing up so roof trusses can be installed.

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Our Georgia Peach – Celebrate National Georgia Day


In honor of National Georgia Day we wanted to share an early rendering of our project on Lake Lanier in Georgia. Selecting exterior materials for a project is a very important and sometimes difficult decision but this rendering made the process just ‘peachy’. The project is currently nearing completion and they expect to move in soon.

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Water Wednesday Series – Tub Gets Decked Out

Tub Gets Decked Out
Arched openings lead to the master bathroom featuring a panel-front tub and tile niches in our 1222 Chestnut residence. Tile wainscoting and marble add to the neutral palate of this bathroom lit by a ribbon of windows that flood the space with daylight.

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Millwork Monday Series – Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun
This sunroom, carefully placed at the southeast corner of the Marlowe residence, is the perfect spot for your morning coffee with panoramic views of the tree lined property and lake. Reminiscent of a teak vessel, the spoked beams and v-groove ceiling were custom milled to instill a feeling of warmth and comfort that invites you to settle in with a good novel or good company.

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Feature Friday – Behold, the Flying Cupola!

Flying Cupola
To simplify the framing process the cupola for the Ligan residence was built on the ground and then suspended in mid-air. The carpenters then installed the roof framing up to it before releasing the crane. It was a temporary illusion but the resulting two-story library will be magical.

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Throwback Thursday – Measure Twice, Cut Once

Measure Twice Cut Once
Last week on site at the Ligan residence the rooms were starting to take shape. There was a constant buzz from the compound miter saw as the carpenters were busy installing the first floor walls. The angles and curves designed to optimize flow and views were a welcome challenge for the carpenters.

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Water Wednesday Series – Tub with Terrace Views

Tub with Terrace Views
The freestanding tub is the focal point of the master bathroom. The bay window floods the room with daylight and provides views to the roof terrace beyond it.

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Houzz Project Feature

Minnesota
One of our most popular projects was featured again on Houzz, this time in the article 16 Sink Designs for Kitchens of All Kinds! The article discusses the important decision making process of sink selection in your kitchen and pantry. The featured project is the pantry in our Minnesota residence showcasing a reclaimed German silver sink from the original kitchen. 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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Millwork Monday Series – Ahoy Mates

Ahoy Mates
To accommodate the occasional deluge of their kid’s college friends visiting, and future grandchildren, we designed a bunk room that can sleep 12 in our Marlowe residence, each bed with its own light and phone charging outlet, boat rail and rope cleat pulls act as robe hooks, stairs that work as dressers. Along with the v-groove ceiling complete the ship bunk room charm.

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Feature Friday – “Rough-in” it

"Rough-in" it
Our Laurel residence is moving along. The timber beams harvested from downstate are getting installed and rough-in for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing is going in. A very important milestone that requires careful coordination to make sure everything ends up in the right spot.

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Water Wednesday Series – Round Tub

Round Tub
The dilemma of wanting separate his and her master bathrooms was solved in our Deerfield Residence with a circular master bathroom with a skylight over the free standing tub offers a separation between his-and-her vanities. Behind the tub is a shower with symmetrical his and her entries and shower heads flanked by the doors to their individual water closets. Mosaic tile accents tie the elements together.

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Millwork Monday Series – It’s a Breeze-way

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It's a Breezeway 2

The garage in our Marlowe residence was designed to look like a detached garage but it is attached by a breezeway. The interior has a convenient boot bench and wood peg hooks for duffle bags and wet coats. The entire room is trimmed in sustainable composite wood (made from recycled plastics) so it can literally be hosed down if needed without any problems.

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Feature Friday – Working Our Way Up!

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For our Feature Friday we thought we would show you the construction activity from a different viewpoint on our Ligan Residence. From the lakeside view you can see the first floor decking is on and they are framing the perimeter walls. The owners are very excited about the progress and watching their dream house being built.

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Water Wednesday Series – Vintage Tub Takes Center Stage

Vintage Tub Takes Center Stage
This vintage soaking tub was restored to its original luster and placed as the focal point of the room and the optimal viewing spot while relaxing in the bath. Its placement in the semi-circular bay affords bathers majestic views of Lake Michigan as boats set sail from the mouth of the nearby harbor.

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Millwork Monday Series – Sky’s the Limit

Sky's the Limit
Welcome to our new series ‘Millwork Mondays’ where we will showcase interesting millwork details. We pay careful attention in the Design Development Phase to work with each client to make sure each space is perfectly suited to their needs. Selecting the first project for Millwork Monday is more like Maniac Monday because it is a lot of stress to narrow down which of the many great millwork details should start out the series. We hope you like this first installment of an Observatory showing that the sky’s the limit when it comes to designing your dream home.

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That’s a Wrap!


The Tyvek house wrap is completely installed and the ice and water shield roofing membrane is on-going. The house wrap defines the structure massing while the roofing membrane depicts how the roof lines come together. The house is starting to resemble our models and the homeowners think their new home is truly a gift but don’t think there will be a big enough bow.

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Sunshine and Latte


Our refined farmhouse in Naperville is coming along nicely. You can see the sunroom being framed in this photo. The owners are so excited about the progress. They are on site nearly every day to see their dream house coming to fruition and bring coffee to the crew. They are looking forward to the day they will be enjoying a latte and admiring the views from their beautiful sunroom.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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