Collector Car Appreciation Day

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Indiana Auto Barn_Stage
Indiana Auto Barn_Gallery

Tomorrow is Collector Car Appreciation Day, and what better project to showcase than our Indiana Autobarn. The owners have a 13 car collection of vintage and collectible vehicles ranging from a Ford Model T 1921 Roadster to a Jaguar 2013 XLJ Sedan. To house the elaborate collection, we created a multiuse structure that combines a soaring car showroom with a modern, versatile entertainment space. The exterior was constructed using prefabricated components, making the shell go up quickly and added fire protection for the collection. With an 8,000 square foot building, the challenge was to not make it seem too imposing. This was accomplished by breaking down the scale so it didn’t look like a huge box, but rather a local Indiana farmland structure with rural character.

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Villa Blanco is published!

Villa Blanco Kitchen
Villa Blanco


Bathroom_Villa Blanco



To celebrate National Simplicity Day, we are showcasing our recently published Villa Blanco. The owners wanted a sophisticated and contemporary look. The white on white palette and clean aesthetic gives this Mediterranean style villa an inviting and soothing ambience. The neutral gray furnishing color palette is carried throughout the house, bringing continuity and calmness to each space. Check out the link to read about the detailed design process of our Villa Blanco starting on page 70 in Modern Luxury’s North Shore July issue.

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Transformation Tuesday – Hip Again


Historic photos showed the porch initially had a hipped roof so we put it back – Hip Again. A combination of fiber cement clap board and shingles were used with subtle color variations to provide a more historically sensitive appearance.

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Throwback Thursday Series – Third Time’s a Charm

Lalique Las Vegas

Successful showroom openings in Chicago and Las Vegas led to CA/ds being asked to transform Lalique’s Rodeo Drive boutique. Third time is a charm with this befitting space in this international center of fashionable shopping.

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Transformation Tuesday – Colonial Conversion


Chestnut Before
The transformation of this red brick colonial included overtaking an existing attached garage to become part of a new family room with expanded breakfast area and new mudroom. A second floor addition above the existing sunroom provided a master bath.

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Feature Friday – Ligan Construction Site




Our Ligan Residence isn’t quite ready to host the 4th of July BBQ, but by this time next year they certainly will be!

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Water Wednesday – Modern Master Bath

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This master bath at our Cortland Residence follows the clean sleek design of the home with wall mounted fixtures. The finish on the vanity is also used on the kitchen cabinetry for additional continuity in the home.

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Transformation Tuesday – Blah to Bright


This transformation is dramatic! Before the oppressive 1970’s interior consisted low ceilings and no natural daylight. Now raised ceilings and borrowed natural light combined with rich wood panels and a fresh color palette make an energizing work environment.

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Modern Luxury Feature


We are excited to see that our Lalique project on Oak Street was recently featured in Michigan Avenue magazine. Congrats!

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First Day of Summer!




It is (officially) the first day of summer! Time for our homeowners at the Oregon Residence to break out their outdoor gear. After a kayak ride down the river, these residents can’t wait to come home to grill on their deck and relax around the firepit. Three cheers for summer!

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Transformation Tuesday – A Hole in One!


Located on a corner lot, this transformation involved demolishing a detached garage to accommodate a new laundry, powder room and a 3-car attached garage with a guest suite above. We even incorporated a chipping and putting green in the landscape for the avid golfer homeowner.

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, how are you celebrating Dad? Perhaps he needs a space like this one at our Barry Residence to hang out, drink black coffee, and read the morning paper without any interruptions.

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Water Wednesday – Outdoor Shower

Marlowe Shower

No one wants sandy feet in their house, so we designed this discreetly tucked away outdoor shower to rinse off before going inside. Azek composite wood was used so it will stand the test of time.

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Transformation Tuesday – Bungalow Grows Up


Central Before

This National Award Winning Transformation raised the roof, allowing the full footprint of the second floor to be utilized for three children’s bedrooms, a hall bath and a master suite. The new third floor provides a home office and separate children’s study/play room.

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Window Wednesday

Dive into Designing



When done right, windows can convey style, function, and creative expression, oh- and they bring in daylight and natural ventilation too! Check out the wide array of design solutions we have created with unique window forms!

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Transformation Tuesday

The Laurel
The Laurel
The Laurel

From Tyvek wrapped to zinc roofed, The Laurel gets closer to its virtual reality every day! Check out our transformation photos and look forward to a finished product in November of 2018.

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National Repeat Day

Trifecta After
Trifecta Rendering
Trifecta Before

Yesterday was national repeat day, so we are featuring one of our repeat clients. We have worked with the owners of the Trifecta residence on three different occasions to make their original 1912 home a masterpiece. And we recently started working with them again for their fourth home project. Fourth time’s a charm!

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Feature Friday – Garage Doors

Indiana Auto Barn_Exterior

The Laurel
The Marlowe
The Marlowe
Ligan
Show your vehicles some love with garage doors with some vroom that will rev up your style. The garage is the front door for your car, so why not make it great?

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Ceiling Details

 Marlowe Ceiling

Ligan Residence_ Dining Room Ceiling
Cortland Dining Room
The Laurel Ceiling
 Kenilworth Ceiling
Central Ceiling
Park Ceiling

Things are looking up! Check out some of our gorgeous ceilings. Beams, coffers, vgroove panels, intricate patterns, and drop downs…all add important depth and character to the space. Chin up, there’s beauty in the details!

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Back to Reality







Did you have a relaxing long weekend? Wish it was longer? If you lived in a house like The Brando, everyday would feel like a vacation.

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Feature Friday – Indy 500 Weekend

Indiana Auto Barn_Gallery
Indiana Auto Barn_Rendering

This weekend is huge because of the ‘greatest spectacle in racing’…the Indianapolis 500. Our clients at the Indiana Autobarn take their vehicles very seriously. So seriously, they built an 8,000 SF structure to house the elaborate collection! Check out this construction evolution while you rev up for the long weekend.

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Wallpaper Wednesday

Minnesota_Masterbath

Winnetka Bedroom

Add some pattern to your space with wallpaper like we did at the Minnesota Residence and the Winnetka Residence. Whether it be the master bathroom, the bedroom, or the bar, wallpaper can add a pop of texture to any room.

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Millwork Monday Series – More Than a Decent Descent


Ligan Residence_Stair Hall

More than a decent descent. Curved or linear, half flight or three levels high, integral boot benches or multipurpose landings, we have designed it all! Your daily ascent should be more than decent, it can be inspiring!

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Feature Friday – Sketches

Greenleaf Residence_Color Sketch
North Residence_Color Sketch

Technology assists us in creating construction documents, communicating with consultants, and perfecting 3D modeling, but sometimes we also like to go back to the basics of hand sketches. Check out a few of our front façade sketches and chalk one up for old school!

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National Love a Tree Day

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To celebrate National Love a Tree Day, we are featuring our Indiana Autobarn. Site harvested walnut, ash, cherry, and maple trees were surveyed and milled for flooring, trim, millwork, and railings in keeping with our sustainable approach, utilizing existing site materials wherever possible.

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Millwork Monday Series – Built-Ins and Bookcases

Built Ins for Books



Got books? We can give you a place for them. Browse through some of our home library and office designs and see the built-ins we have created for books, artifacts, and collectibles of all kinds.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day

Wouldn’t mom love to spend her Mother’s Day in a spa-worthy bathroom like this one at our Winnetka Residence?

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Transformation Tuesday – The Blue Lady Construction Progress



The Blue Lady is brightening up with this living room space. Originally, a wall divided the space, making it feel small and have less natural light. By removing the wall, we have opened up the space to make it more functional and allow for the client’s beloved grand piano to be the statement piece of the room.

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Millwork Monday Series – DL Couch Showroom

D.L. Couch – East Wall Lighting Display
D.L. Couch - Entrance
D.L. Couch – Sales Rep Area
D.L. Couch – East Wall
D.L. Couch – West Wall

This 2,900 square foot showroom for a wallcovering and fabric supplier is designed to highlight their wide range of textures and materials. A subtle color scheme created by white-washed plank flooring and white laminate millwork allows for the full expression of the continuously changing product lines. Not only can the removable panel wallcoverings be updated seasonally, but the custom sliding track system was designed to create spatial flexibility as well. An endless combination of panel layouts gives the showroom the ability to arrange comparisons for a particular client or built-in cabinets millwork details were also designed to provide future flexibility while providing the much needed storage for their vast catalog of textiles.

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Villa Blanco Kitchen Feature

Villa Blanco Kitchen
Villa Blanco Kitchen

Our award-winning Villa Blanco kitchen features a unique diamond pattern ceramic tile backsplash from Ann Sacks, Remains Sorenson globe fixtures, and a LaCornue range.

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