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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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!

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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