Fireplace Friday

Backyard BBQ

Fireplace Friday_Greenview Residence

It may be cold outside, but things are heating up in Chicago. We have designed custom fireplaces for both residential and commercial spaces like the ones seen here. Get fired up with some ideas for your own space and let us help you bring it to life.

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Transformation Tuesday Series – Car Wash Conversion

Backyard Barbecue
Backyard Barbecue
Backyard Barbecue
Backyard Barbecue
CA/ds worked with the Backyard Barbecue Store to transform a former car wash facility into this high-end outdoor appliances/accessories store and nanobrewery. From the layout to individual details, each element was ‘crafted’ to create a unique experience for the outdoor grilling enthusiast or artisan beer connoisseur.

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Millwork Monday Series – Cubbies for the Win

Mudroom Cubbies
Mudroom Cubbies
Mudroom Cubbies
Cubbies are taking over Chicago, and we don’t mean the baseball team. Built-in mudroom cubbies are perfect for everyone to have a place for their stuff. Even more importantly, it makes Mom and Dad happy not to trip over backpacks or sports equipment when coming and going out the side entry.

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Throwback Thursday – Ebanista Showroom

Ebanista Showroom
Ebanista Showroom
Ebanista Showroom
Ebanista Showroom

Layers are in for cold weather fashion and for interiors! Complementing Ebanista’s layered approach to furniture and design, the interior finishes of this Merchandise Mart showroom were stripped back to expose the structure and white washed to create a uniform palette. Interior vignettes were created with deep thresholds consistent with the vintage of the atelier’s antique collection while the restrained finishes showcased the craftsmanship of their evanistas (ceramicists, guilders, silversmiths, and furniture makers.)

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Transformation Tuesday Series – Gambrelling Paying Off

BEFORE CONSTRUCTION
Gambrel Residence Before
AFTER COMPLETION
Gambrel Residence After
A new gambrel roof and addition provide much needed space and architectural continuity to our 1920’s Gambrel Residence. This gambrel pays off!

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National Bubble Bath Day

AFTER COMPLETION
The Blue Lady Master Bath
DESIGN RENDERING
The Blue Lady Master Bath
DURING CONSTRUCTION
The Blue Lady Master Bath

Wouldn’t it be nice to soak up some suds on National Bubble Bath Day in this tub? This elegant master bathtub niche has an inset tile pattern that is reminiscent of the 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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Throwback Thursday Series – Switching Back to School Mode

U of C TTI
U of C TTI

With kids heading back to school, we’re looking back at our project on the University of Chicago campus. Our design for the Toyota Technological Institute dials into their goal of attracting the best minds in theoretical math research. Bridging the atrium at each level and then connecting the bridges with a floating stair fosters interaction and idea sharing.

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Elegant Entertaining

Elegant Entertaining

Elegant Entertaining

Now that all of the holiday festivities are over, it’s never too early to start planning for the next gathering. The linked entertainment spaces at our Winnetka Residence are located along the East side of the house to maximize views to Lake Michigan. Guests can enjoy the view while sipping on cocktails waiting for dinner.

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New Year – New You

New Year New You

With a beautiful home gym like this one at our Winnetka Residence keeping your New Year’s resolution to get in shape has never been easier or looked better.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
Our office will be closed Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st for the holidays. We will be back on Tuesday, January 2nd. We wish you a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays
Naughty or Nice – Definitely Nice. Celebrating the holidays in front of the fire in this cozy living room at the Minnesota Residence is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

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Making a List – Checking it Twice

Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ

Are you struggling with last minute holiday gifts for the guy who is hard to purchase for? Swing by our Backyard Barbecue in Wilmette for some grill supplies and to warm up in front of the fireplace.

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Milled Bar – Cheers to the Holidays

Indiana Autobarn
The Indiana Autobarn is taking its victory lap. The owners are revved up about how the barn came together. The bar and beams were milled from trees on the site. It’s the perfect space for all of their holiday entertaining.

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Deck the Halls – Holiday Traditions

AFTER COMPLETION
Holiday Traditions
BEFORE CONSTRUCTION
Holiday Traditions

With the holidays fast approaching we bet Santa can’t wait to climb down the chimney of the Winnetka Residence to enjoy milk and cookies in this cozy family room.

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Millwork Monday Series – Hokanson Showroom

Hokanson Showroom

Hokanson has been a trusted name in high-end, often decorative carpets since 1987. Hand-knotted and hand-tufted, custom designs.

Befitting the brand, our custom millwork in the Hokanson Merchandise Mart showroom was tailored to display and store their wide range of samples.

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Feature Friday Series – Refined Farmhouse Garage Doors

The Laurel

The Laurel

The Laurel
Refined Farmhouse Garage Doors: Working with the vendor, we designed two custom garage door options for The Laurel. This series of design renderings shows how both versions play off of the exterior color palette and detailing. Which option do you prefer?

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Throwback Thursday Series – Pumped Up

iFit Fitness
Do the holiday treats have you thinking about your New Year’s resolutions? Working out requires discipline and perseverance. We were pumped up for the challenges to design a full-service fitness facility in the Merchandise Mart. Exposed mechanical systems, varying flooring patterns and treated columns allow the space to feel open but defined.

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Winter Winner – Place for Everything

Marlowe Mudroom
Winter weather brings wet boots and heavier coats. The hard-working mudroom at the Marlowe Residence keeps everything organized, and your floors dry.

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Transformation Tuesday – Glory Days

AFTER
MJCO After
DESIGN RENDERING
MJCO renderings
BEFORE
MJCO Before

The Blue Lady received a porch facelift, full renovation and addition to make her work for a modern family, while keeping the 1880s historic details the clients fell in love with. The navy blue trim is a homage to her former blue glory.

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Millwork Monday Series – Stairs that Riser Up

Minnesota Stairs

The Brando Stairs

Greenview Stairs

The Laurel Stairs

Marlowe Stairs

Bridgeman Stairs

Stairway to heaven? We think so. We design stairs that fit the character of the rest of the house and our attention to detail really makes each project come together in the end.

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Feature Friday Series – Porch Perfect

BEFORE
Gregory Residence Before
AFTER
Gregory Residence After
Cold winter days makes us wish for summer. A major addition and renovation captured the original character and gave our clients at the Gregory Residence the sun porch of their dreams. Oversized steps provide ‘bleacher seating’ on those active summer nights.

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Throwback Thursday Series – Pipes with Purpose

Pipes with Purpose

At our Porter Pipe project pipes of all shapes and sizes are the name of the game. They also make the perfect backdrop to their entry way.

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Water Wednesday Series – Dive into Designing

Dive into Designing

Dive into Designing

Dive into Designing

It may be December, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next summer. Construction is gearing up to start at the MAuN Residence. The owners are flipping for their pool house design and can’t wait to start swimming laps.

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Transformation Tuesday Series – Washed Out to Wow

Washed Out to Wow

Washed Out to Wow

Washed Out to Wow

We love a good design challenge. At the Brando our clients’ new home had to work within the footprint of the existing home being torn down. The clients are thrilled with the reimagined design.

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Millwork Monday Series – Window Seat

Window Seat
Wouldn’t this second-floor lounge area with the built-in window seat at the Geothermal Gem be the perfect spot for relaxing? Added bonus, it overlooks the front door so you can keep an eye out for the UPS driver with your holiday packages.

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Flashback Friday Series – Lakefront Retreat

Lakefront Retreat
Situated on a beautiful lakefront site, our Michigan Retreat residence used floor to ceiling windows to maximize the view to the lake. The natural exterior materials seamlessly blend into the surrounding setting.

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Throwback Thursday Series – Old Meets New

Old Meets New

Old Meets New

If it weren’t for the photo taken during construction we don’t think you could tell we completed an addition at our Kenilworth Avenue Residence. We strive to seamlessly blend the old with the new while giving the family some much needed additional space.

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Water Wednesday Series – Dreamy Daybed

Dreamy Daybed

Still recovering from the holiday weekend? The soothing sounds of lake waves will lull you to sleep in the custom built-in daybed at the Marlowe Residence.

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Transformation Tuesday Series – What’s In Your Attic

What's In Your Attic
What's In Your Attic
At our Ashland project we turned what was once a dingy attic into 2 new bedrooms and a full bath by reconfiguring the roof. The extended front porch provides the perfect neighborhood hangout spot. Do you want to turn your attic into livable space?

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Stay Home – Cyber Shop Away

Sailing Through Work

No one would think twice if you stayed home to shop away Cyber Monday if you had a home office like these. Hope you find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.

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