Category Archives: Construction

Feature Friday

Written on October 6, 2017 at 9:15 PM, by

Even on a rainy day, the interiors of The Laurel are bathed with light from the arched top dormers, transoms and cupola clerestory.


Feature Friday – Crane-king Away

Written on September 8, 2017 at 10:00 PM, by

The crane makes fast work of getting trusses in place for the second floor at the Ligan Residence. The carpenters are ready and waiting to set them once the crane operator lowers them to the intended location.


Feature Friday – No Lashes Required

Written on September 1, 2017 at 1:01 PM, by

The carpenters didn’t miss a blink by building these eyebrow dormers inside for the Ligan Residence. The dormers will be moved to their final locations once the roof framing is underway. There will be two on the front and two on the rear elevation. Watch the progress so you can see this eye catching detailContinue Reading


Feature Friday – Slow and Steady

Written on August 25, 2017 at 1:22 PM, by

Slow and Steady is a good motto when working on intricately placed scaffolding to install stone.  However, the skilled masons at the Laurel Residence are making fast work of erecting this uniquely detailed stone chimney with an ornamental zinc pot.  Slate roof shingles and windows being installed is certainly helping our refined farmhouse come toContinue Reading


Feature Friday – That Makes Two

Written on August 18, 2017 at 1:18 PM, by

The second floor perimeter walls are up and roof trusses are starting to be installed at the Ligan Residence. The eyebrow dormers start to take shape against the hipped roof that will soon be clad in slate. If you look closely you can see stone samples are mocked up on site as well for approval.Continue Reading


Rockin’ at the Laurel

Written on August 11, 2017 at 1:13 PM, by

The exterior stone is being installed at The Laurel. The stone adds the charm the owners want for their refined farmhouse. Soon to follow will be the stucco and roofing. The color palette will continue the simple elegance of warm grey tones to make the house a peaceful oasis.


All Hands on Deck

Written on August 4, 2017 at 12:38 PM, by

Construction activity is all hands on deck at the Ligan Residence. The carpenters are hard at work installing the second floor subfloor and framing perimeter walls. The crew is moving efficiently to get the framing up so roof trusses can be installed.


Feature Friday – Behold, the Flying Cupola!

Written on July 28, 2017 at 12:55 PM, by

To simplify the framing process the cupola for the Ligan residence was built on the ground and then suspended in mid-air. The carpenters then installed the roof framing up to it before releasing the crane. It was a temporary illusion but the resulting two-story library will be magical.


Throwback Thursday – Measure Twice, Cut Once

Written on July 27, 2017 at 4:34 PM, by

Last week on site at the Ligan residence the rooms were starting to take shape. There was a constant buzz from the compound miter saw as the carpenters were busy installing the first floor walls. The angles and curves designed to optimize flow and views were a welcome challenge for the carpenters.


Feature Friday – “Rough-in” it

Written on July 21, 2017 at 12:40 PM, by

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.


Feature Friday – Working Our Way Up!

Written on July 14, 2017 at 1:52 PM, by

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 beingContinue Reading


That’s a Wrap!

Written on June 29, 2017 at 3:42 PM, by

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 butContinue Reading


Sunshine and Latte

Written on June 27, 2017 at 9:49 PM, by

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 dayContinue Reading


Ready, Set, Going up!

Written on June 23, 2017 at 5:44 PM, by

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 endContinue Reading


Cheers to the Interiors!

Written on June 19, 2017 at 12:47 PM, by

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 wereContinue Reading


Walls and Views being Formed

Written on June 14, 2017 at 9:49 PM, by

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.


Splish Splash Time for a Bath

Written on June 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM, by

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.


Boarding is not Boring

Written on June 2, 2017 at 4:53 PM, by

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 sureContinue Reading


“Perfect Porch” for this Victorian Renovation

Written on June 1, 2017 at 4:04 PM, by

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.


Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe…

Written on May 24, 2017 at 5:32 PM, by

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 sameContinue Reading


The “Stage” is Set

Written on May 19, 2017 at 4:18 PM, by

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 toContinue Reading


Lakefront Project making a “Splash”

Written on May 16, 2017 at 8:33 PM, by

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.


Wilmette Retail – Backyard Barbecue Business is ‘Sizzling and Brewing’

Written on May 12, 2017 at 6:18 PM, by

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, withContinue Reading


Neapolitan – New Location ‘Perfect Fit’

Written on May 10, 2017 at 1:32 PM, by

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 theContinue Reading


Auto Barn – ‘Cruising Along’

Written on May 5, 2017 at 7:07 PM, by

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.


Sheridan Residence – “Green No More”

Written on May 2, 2017 at 4:35 PM, by

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.


Ramsay Residence – ‘Fashionista Fantasy’

Written on April 26, 2017 at 6:56 PM, by

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 ofContinue Reading


MJCO – Victorian Labor of Love

Written on April 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM, by

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.


Modern Luxury Article and the People’s Choice Award

Written on April 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM, by

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 awaitContinue Reading


Laurel Residence – Construction Update

Written on April 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM, by

The first floor is framed and the second floor deck and walls are starting to go up as seen in this recent photo. Its’ exciting to see the shapes and forms of this Refined Farmhouse vernacular coming together. Check back regularly to see the progress of this project and others under construction.


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