Category Archives: Construction

Feature Friday – Lake Michigan Estate Construction

Written on July 27, 2018 at 1:21 PM, by

Serious progress has been made at our Lake Michigan Estate recently. The outer shell is nearing completion as siding is being installed, while the interior will ramp up as the weather gets colder.

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Transformation Tuesday – Under Construction

Written on July 17, 2018 at 4:43 PM, by

Construction on our MAuN Residence is underway! The shell is nearing completion with the interior construction soon to follow. Retractable glass walls will allow the interior and exterior space of the pool house to bleed together to make a seamless entertaining space. The open concept will allow the perfect backdrop for summer entertaining.

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Feature Friday – Ligan Construction Site

Written on June 29, 2018 at 3:55 PM, by

Our Ligan Residence isn’t quite ready to host the 4th of July BBQ, but by this time next year they certainly will be!

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Transformation Tuesday

Written on June 5, 2018 at 3:23 PM, by

From Tyvek wrapped to zinc roofed, The Laurel gets closer to its virtual reality every day! Check out our transformation photos and look forward to a finished product in November of 2018.

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Feature Friday – Indy 500 Weekend

Written on May 25, 2018 at 3:40 PM, by

This weekend is huge because of the ‘greatest spectacle in racing’…the Indianapolis 500. Our clients at the Indiana Autobarn take their vehicles very seriously. So seriously, they built an 8,000 SF structure to house the elaborate collection! Check out this construction evolution while you rev up for the long weekend.

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Feature Friday – Sprucing Up Spruce

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:01 PM, by

Things are really starting to look spruced up at our Spruce Residence. Construction is moving along and they’re ready for dry wall. With the recent snow and rain, the owners are eagerly awaiting their new mudroom.

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Feature Friday – Ligan Construction Site

Written on February 9, 2018 at 5:03 PM, by

A room with a view. These windows at the Ligan Residence dramatically frame their spectacular views of the lake and surrounding landscape.

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Transformation Tuesday – Dusty to Dining

Written on January 30, 2018 at 8:20 PM, by

Construction sites can seem a bit messy, but the finished product always makes it worth it. Check out these images of the progress being made in The Blue Lady dining room.

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Feature Friday – Plastered at The Laurel

Written on January 26, 2018 at 4:51 PM, by

It’s Friday, so it’s time to get plastered! See how the plaster going up at The Laurel makes the arches and groin vaults the life of the party. The project is starting to look more like the design renderings!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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“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.

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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

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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

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