Category Archives: CAds Team

Fireplace Friday

Written on January 19, 2018 at 5:49 PM, by

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.


Transformation Tuesday Series – Car Wash Conversion

Written on January 16, 2018 at 6:26 PM, by

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.


Millwork Monday Series – Cubbies for the Win

Written on January 15, 2018 at 6:16 PM, by

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.


Throwback Thursday – Ebanista Showroom

Written on January 11, 2018 at 4:29 PM, by

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’sContinue Reading


Transformation Tuesday Series – Gambrelling Paying Off

Written on January 9, 2018 at 7:25 PM, by

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


National Bubble Bath Day

Written on January 8, 2018 at 5:50 PM, by

AFTER COMPLETION DESIGN RENDERING DURING CONSTRUCTION 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 transomContinue Reading


Throwback Thursday Series – Switching Back to School Mode

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:06 PM, by

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 interactionContinue Reading


Elegant Entertaining

Written on January 3, 2018 at 5:28 PM, by

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.


New Year – New You

Written on January 2, 2018 at 5:12 PM, by

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.


Happy Holidays!

Written on December 22, 2017 at 6:48 PM, by

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!


Home for the Holidays

Written on December 22, 2017 at 2:36 PM, by

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.


Making a List – Checking it Twice

Written on December 21, 2017 at 7:35 PM, by

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.


Milled Bar – Cheers to the Holidays

Written on December 20, 2017 at 3:39 PM, by

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.


Deck the Halls – Holiday Traditions

Written on December 19, 2017 at 9:29 PM, by

AFTER COMPLETION BEFORE CONSTRUCTION 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.


Millwork Monday Series – Hokanson Showroom

Written on December 18, 2017 at 7:55 PM, by

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.


Feature Friday Series – Refined Farmhouse Garage Doors

Written on December 15, 2017 at 8:12 PM, by

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?


Throwback Thursday Series – Pumped Up

Written on December 14, 2017 at 4:37 PM, by

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.


Winter Winner – Place for Everything

Written on December 13, 2017 at 6:20 PM, by

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


Transformation Tuesday – Glory Days

Written on December 12, 2017 at 4:05 PM, by

AFTER DESIGN RENDERING 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.


Millwork Monday Series – Stairs that Riser Up

Written on December 11, 2017 at 5:22 PM, by

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.


Feature Friday Series – Porch Perfect

Written on December 8, 2017 at 7:18 PM, by

BEFORE 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.


Throwback Thursday Series – Pipes with Purpose

Written on December 8, 2017 at 1:06 AM, by

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.


Water Wednesday Series – Dive into Designing

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:50 PM, by

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.


Transformation Tuesday Series – Washed Out to Wow

Written on December 5, 2017 at 5:30 PM, by

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.


Millwork Monday Series – Window Seat

Written on December 4, 2017 at 5:39 PM, by

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.


Flashback Friday Series – Lakefront Retreat

Written on December 1, 2017 at 5:25 PM, by

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.


Throwback Thursday Series – Old Meets New

Written on November 30, 2017 at 9:23 PM, by


Water Wednesday Series – Dreamy Daybed

Written on November 29, 2017 at 6:51 PM, by

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.


Transformation Tuesday Series – What’s In Your Attic

Written on November 28, 2017 at 5:51 PM, by

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?


Stay Home – Cyber Shop Away

Written on November 27, 2017 at 8:49 PM, by

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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