Renovation Project Update!

 
Last week we were on site to check on the progress of the rough framing of one of our on-going renovation projects. Our client wanted to open up (shown in the pictures above) the original layout of this early 20th century home to create stronger sight lines increasing the connectivity between the family room and kitchen. Walls, openings and ceilings were being framed in with good progress. Construction is continuously moving, so be sure to check back so you don’t miss out on seeing this project come together!

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River Corridor Construction!

 
Our office location in the Merchandise Mart, on the Chicago River offers many amenities to the architectural profession, including the excitement and inspiration of new construction. Neighboring sites at Wolf Point, River Point and 150 N. Riverside have been a boon of activity with high-rise towers going up that will bring new office space, and around 500 apartments to the river corridor. The Wolf Point site itself (pictured above) has been progressing at a rapid pace over the past few months constructing the parking garage and residential tower. The other two sites mentioned, will be composed of office towers and large urban park space.

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Marvin Windows – New Shade Solutions

We are excited about a new product that Marvin Window is offering: integrated shades for their doors and windows. As architects we try to use French doors to help connect living spaces to outdoor terraces and porches, but they generally posed a problem for window treatments. With Marvin’s new product, problem solved, they are integrated into the face of the door, with top down and bottom up functionality. They also offer an option for their sliding patio doors. Marvin offers 15 color options making them easy to coordinate with any interior. You can learn more by watching the videos below from Marvin showing the seamless operation.

 

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Finish Selections Brought to Life

 
Architecture is our passion and the use of Revit modeling software sure helps to bring that passion alive. For example in these models the client can see the impact of different finish materials which allows them to make more confident decisions. Creating models is a beneficial and rewarding process for our clients, and is an important step to making their dream home come to fruition. Now that selections have been made, come back to see pictures of the home as it is built.

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AESTHETICS more than a LOOK




Carpenter Bees love to burrow into wood and are a very big concern for a house we are designing in Georgia so we recently requested presentations from Hardie Board, CertainTeed and LP Smart Corp to see what they offered to combat this problem. We learned about the various products attributes and gained insight into the benefits of cement based and resin based products and were able to see firsthand if the products will achieve the aesthetic we desire. These composite siding products have a long lifespan, are recyclable, have a realistic appearance and will send carpenters bee off on the way to find somewhere else to nest.

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3D Visualization to a Finished Product

   
We previously shared a Revit visualization of this oculus on our project. Well as you can see, rough carpentry looked challenging, and the clients could not be happier to have seen it in model and that the millworker delivered on the design intent. This is now just one of the many architectural focal points in our clients dream home.

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Cruise the River

 
CA/ds celebrated the summer with an electric boat cruise along the Chicago River. If you are in the City and have the opportunity we highly recommend this, it’s a great way to see some of the City’s fantastic architecture from a unique perspective. Although, cruising at 5 mph will not win any speed records, it is perfect for enjoying an afternoon or evening of sightseeing.

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CA/ds gets “GREEN”er

Our talented team just got a little greener, with Mr. Venia earning his LEED Green Associate certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Mr. Venia’s accreditation underscores our teams’ commitment to a sustainable approach to all our projects. His initiative in obtaining this LEED credential is evidence of his dedication to creating a smarter built environment.

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High-Rise Construction Update

   
Last time we checked in on our Michigan Avenue condominium project, demolition was complete and framing was started. Since then rough carpentry has been completed, the floors are laid and finish trim is being installed. Construction is moving at a steady pace, so make sure you come back to see finished photos of this renovation/combining of two units into one residence with spectacular skyline views in all 4 directions.

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KONE Elevators

 
We met with KONE to learn more about the MRL elevators that require less space and use less energy than a typical elevator. With their new Ecospace and Monospace lines, the controller can be conveniently located in the jamb of the elevator opening eliminating the need for control rooms or closets. This is great for building owners and building designers! If you want to learn more about KONE and their products, you can visit their website here .

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Southern Charm in Chicagoland

Our project on the shores of Lake Michigan is nearly complete. If you have been following our blog with regularity you can now see the Benjamin Moore “Williamsburg Wythe Blue” color on the front door. The owner is currently working to select a complementary blue for the porch ceiling, bringing some southern tradition to their Chicagoland home. Did you know in the South that it is believed that a blue porch ceiling brings good luck and acts as an insect repellent? Urban legends aside, the blue color will be a beautiful accent to this entryway. Click here for more interesting reasons to paint your porch ceiling blue.

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Versa Lift Attic Lift

Versa Lift manufactures attic storage lift systems for residential applications. We are currently installing this lift system to ease the burden of moving things to and from storage in the attic space. To learn more about Versa lift and their lift system options checkout their website here .

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Licensing and a new Project!




Mr. Cook has received his license to practice architecture in the state of Georgia for our latest project; a new vacation home on Lake Lanier, outside Atlanta. Come back to watch the progress on this project!

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FiberFrame Windows and Doors




Recently, FiberFrame dropped by the office to give us insight into what’s new with their fiberglass windows, doors and sunrooms. Fiberglass offers many great features including, strength of material, energy efficient, lifespan and durability. Our office has used fiberglass windows in the past with very good results, so these products shouldn’t be overlooked! To learn more about FiberFrame and the fiberglass application, check them out here .

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Lalique Las Vegas Grand Opening!

 
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio recently completed their second art-deco inspired showroom for Lalique crystal in Las Vegas. Prominent running black lacquered trim and leather panels, required meticulous attention to detail by all project members to achieve the high end look required by the client. Having attended the Grand Opening of the new Lalique boutique, celebrity journalist Robin Leach is quoted as saying, “It may well be the most beautiful jewel-box boutique on the Strip” in the May 7 edition of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.

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Best of Houzz 2014!




Our office was recently awarded, Best of Houzz, for 2014! This marks the third consecutive year for the award and we are extremely humbled that the work coming out of this office continues to be so well-received. We at Cook Architectural Design Studio are so client focused and design driven, we lose track of design awards on occasion, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! To checkout our Houzz profile, click here . To see our many others works, checkout our portfolio here .

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Lalique Las Vegas Signage

 
During a recent trip to Las Vegas, we were able to visit the design facility of one of the country’s most predominate signage companies. Located just off of the strip, the Federal Heath Sign Company’s Las Vegas office has an incredible collection of nostalgic casino signage and hand drawn renderings of some of their major commissions. Currently holding Las Vegas’ iconic 1960’s Aladdin’s Lamp, Federal Heath is both working to preserve the rich heritage of sign making in the city and developing new fabrication techniques to keep up with the frenetic pace of semiotic representation along the strip. For our Lalique project, they used an etched piece of acrylic and LED tape lights to illuminate Lalique’s Hirondelles logo for the first time!

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AZEK PVC Trim




Always striving to be on the leading edge of product building materials, we recently met with Azek to learn the latest on their PVC trim products. Our office continues to use Azek as a superior alternative to exterior trim applications for its longevity and visual appeal. You can learn more about Azek here .

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High Rise Condominium Construction Progress

 
A lot of activity is happening at our current condo renovation near Michigan Avenue! Demolition is complete, and new construction is well on its way. The image on the left shows a kitchen being demolished, while the image on the right shows the same space being transformed into a conditioned wine cellar. We’ll show you the finished product in the months to come!

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Solar Powered Velux Skylights




Although we have been specifying Velux skylights for decades, we recently completed a seminar provided by Velux to learn about their latest and greatest offerings and are already putting our new knowledge to good use! We have an addition/renovation project currently under construction in Chicago’s north shore, where the owners have chosen to use Velux’s new solar powered skylights! No wires need to be run and they are operated by remote control! Using Velux’s tax rebate program, the cost of the switching to a solar model can even be less expensive than the electrical or manual alternatives. You can learn more about the skylights here .

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Computer Visualization and Live Construction

 


Using Revit in our office has many benefits including, visualization and conflict resolution. The images above are taken of the oculus in one of our new homes under construction, allowing us and our clients to see what will be the finished product prior to physical completion.

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ClassicFlame Electric Fireplace Inserts




Our client has selected to use ClassicFlame fireplace inserts for their condo renovation. These ventless units provide a quality fireplace feel, but work seamlessly within the high rise condominium parameters. You can learn more about their products here .

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Revit and the Lalique Las Vegas Showroom

 


Among the many positive features of using Revit, the 3D and rendering capabilities, give us the ability to show our clients a more accurate visualization of the designed space. The image on the left is a virtual rendering generated midway through the design process, while the image on the right is a photograph taken from a recent site visit.

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Luminii Web Feature!




Our recently completed, D.L.Couch Showroom, has been featured on the Luminii website for our use of integrated LineLED housed inside of a SlimLine extrusion to highlight the client’s products! Check out the portfolio page here .

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Conquering the cold just in time!




Just in time for the polar vortex to flex its muscle on the upper Midwest, a super effective layering of closed cell foam and cellulose insulation was recently blown-in to keep this house nice and warm as construction progresses!

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Beat the cold at M Bar!




As the cold weather continues to bare down on the city, DNAinfo Chicago created an interactive pedway map that includes our recently completed, M Bar, located near the Metra Millennium station. M Bar is a great place to relax, warm up and avoid the freezing temperatures! Check out the interactive map here .

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Lalique Las Vegas Showroom Under Construction:

The Lalique crystal and furniture showroom is now under construction at the CityCenter in Las Vegas! Check back soon for completed project images!

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D.L. Couch Showroom Added to our Portfolio Page:

Images of our most recent Merchandise Mart showroom have been added to our portfolio page. Click here to see images of the colorful showroom.

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Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Paint




We have just narrowed down the entry door color on one of our current projects. The home owner selected Williamsburg Wythe Blue to help their front door stand out from the crowd. Take a look at the great new selection of paint colors from Benjamin Moore in their Williamsburg Color Collection Which one will you use on your front door?

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Ellis Added to CAds About Page

Ellis Venia III has been added to our about page! Click here to see his profile.

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