Throwback Thursday Series – Go with the Flow

Pipes with Purpose
Porter Pipe

The new entrance to Porter Pipe and Supply really gets things flowing. A wall of decorative pipe leads to this reception station and then into the 11,500 sq. ft. of office space we designed.

We are excited to be working with Porter Pipe again on a new distribution facility coming next year!

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Transformation Tuesday – History in the Making




Prairie Fire Residence
After a fire ripped through their house in the middle of the night, the owners of this historic Prairie Style home are bringing it back to its original glory. Painstakingly recreating it from old photos is a challenge, but we are up for the task for our Prairie Fire Residence!

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Millwork Monday – Georgia Gem



Our newly constructed Luminous Lanier Residence is a perfect combination of contemporary and cozy. The custom kitchen cabinets have a sleek and modern finish, while the guest suite built-ins create the perfect spot to binge watch Netflix.

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National Book Lover’s Day


Circles improve intelligence! This round library creates a stunning environment that is sure to inspire reading on National Book Lover’s day. The two-story volume is surrounded by books and windows and has an overlook from the second floor above. This wonderful space will stimulate your next book binge, making you smarter, or at least make you appear that way to your friends!

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Water Wednesday – A River Runs Through It

Oregon Residence

Oregon Residence

Oregon Residence

If you’ve ever dreamed of walking out your back door and jumping into your kayak, then you will love our latest project in Oregon. You can run class 4 rapids or just watch the rushing water from the comfort of the outdoor living room. This house is designed to find the tranquility and adrenaline in everyone!

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Andy Warhol Birthday


Happy birthday Andy Warhol! At our Villa Blanco, the house design incorporated the perfect spot for this original Warhol painting of the owner’s grandmother. The opposing wall that separates the hall from the grand central stair was then carved with a square punched opening to provide a perfectly aligned portal to view the painting.

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Poolside Perfection

Family is the focus at our Minnesota Residence. The pool is perfectly situated to provide entertainment for everyone, whether you are splashing away or reading a book in the screened porch.

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Water Wednesday Series – Spa Like Serenity

National Wife Appreciation Day

We placed the hand carved marble tub in the center of the master bath. With lake views, a large chandelier and curved corner cabinets with curtains flanking the sink and make-up vanity, the space is truly spa like.

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Transformation Tuesday – Bookstore to Boutique


We transformed this vacant book store into a lavish art-deco influenced aesthetic boutique for Lalique in the exclusive shops at “The Crystals” located in the Aria resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Feature Friday – Lake Michigan Estate Construction


Serious progress has been made at our Lake Michigan Estate recently. The outer shell is nearing completion as siding is being installed, while the interior will ramp up as the weather gets colder.

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San FranStaircase


This hillside row house overlooking San Francisco Bay was completely renovated and expanded with a Spanish Mission Style vernacular. The winding stair leads to the entry portico with a timber beamed ceiling.

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Material Monday



The Brando
The Brando

A contemporary combination of materials makes the façade of The Brando a perfect blend of modern and sleek. Ipe wood siding, natural stone veneer, and Corten steel panels mix the homeowner’s desire of both warm and welcoming along with bold and dramatic. At night, the expansive windows glow like a contemporary lantern on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Feature Friday – Luminous Lanier Residence




Our Luminous Lanier Residence has us wanting to relocate to Georgia! This contemporary lake home has open site lines throughout the first floor, double height spaces to provide ample natural light, and a guest suite above the detached garage. Not to mention it is right on Lake Lanier, making any day feel like a vacation.

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Water Wednesday – Marble Master Bath

The Blue Lady Master Bath
The Blue Lady Master Bath
The Blue Lady Master Bath

This elegant master bathtub niche has an inset tile pattern that is reminiscent of older home but offers elegance for today’s aesthetics. The inset also draws your eye to the transom window that borrows daylight from the adjacent master bedroom.

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Transformation Tuesday – Under Construction


Dive into Designing


Dive into Designing


Construction on our MAuN Residence is underway! The shell is nearing completion with the interior construction soon to follow. Retractable glass walls will allow the interior and exterior space of the pool house to bleed together to make a seamless entertaining space. The open concept will allow the perfect backdrop for summer entertaining.

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Collector Car Appreciation Day

Indiana Auto Barn_Exterior
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

Bathroom_Cortland
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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