Category Archives: Construction

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.


Our Georgia Peach

Written on April 3, 2017 at 6:08 PM, by

The color palette of these low maintenance exterior materials came together nicely on our project located on Lake Lanier in Georgia. The general contractor is focused on completing the interiors so the homeowners can enjoy their first summer on the lake.


Wilmette Retail Project Construction Update

Written on February 22, 2017 at 9:33 PM, by

We stopped at our retail project located in the North Shore for a site visit to check on progress. Great progress is continuing to be made! As you can see, the spaced has been infused with a rustic, industrial style and will be sure to impress when the store opens! Check back for more updatesContinue Reading


North Shore Project Construction Update

Written on February 22, 2017 at 9:32 PM, by

We stopped at one of our lakefront homes for a site visit to check on progress. Footings for the pool house are poured and the vertical rebar embedded. The crews were in the process of constructing the forms for the foundation walls which will be poured over the vertical rebar. Check back for more updatesContinue Reading


A Third Project Construction Update!

Written on November 9, 2016 at 2:25 PM, by

  Our Ramsay Residence project is taking shape. The Plumstone clay roof tiles and crisp white stucco create a bold contrast worthy of a Mediterranean villa. The diamond pattern texture on the bays and the twisted rope columns add a layer of sophisticated architectural detail to the façade. Category: Cads, Projects, Media, Events, Construction


Another Project Construction Update!

Written on November 4, 2016 at 6:12 PM, by

  We have started construction of a very unique project; the third one as a matter of fact for this client. The newest design project is for an Auto Barn to store and showcase a vintage car collection that has been in the making for years. The space is designed to be multi-functional on theirContinue Reading


Project Construction Update

Written on October 26, 2016 at 4:54 PM, by

  Construction activity is well underway at the Sheridan Residence. The green Zip System Insulation Panels help make this lakefront house weathertight but will be clad with maintenance free composite siding and Corten steel panels. Our initial walk through videos of our computer model helped the clients envision what they are now seeing being built.Continue Reading


New Walkthrough on the Lake!

Written on January 5, 2016 at 4:05 PM, by

We have uploaded a walkthrough of one of our newly designed lakeside homes. We maximized the design on a small lot offering dynamic materials and expansive lakeside views. As always, we have a few more walkthroughs that can be found on our YouTube channel here .


New 3D Walkthrough!

Written on December 4, 2015 at 7:49 PM, by

We wanted to reach out to let you know that we recently uploaded a brand new walkthrough of our new North Shore projects! We love to use walkthroughs when speaking with clients to help them understand how the space will feel and ultimately make various decisions. We do have a few more walkthroughs that canContinue Reading


2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Written on October 9, 2015 at 7:55 PM, by

If you didn’t know, the 2015 Architecture Biennial, taking place in Chicago, began last week! Running from October 3, 2015 until January 3, 2016, the topic is “The State of the Art of Architecture” and will be explored through various events including lectures, workshops, tours, performances and screenings at the Chicago Cultural Center and otherContinue Reading


CADS: An Office Tour

Written on July 10, 2015 at 1:22 PM, by

  It’s been a few months since moving into our new office space and we couldn’t be happier! A welcoming reception area flows right into our conference room containing a wall of glass with an expansive view. We designed the kitchenette/workroom to be efficient and utilized ¾ height walls to promote a sense of opennessContinue Reading


CA/ds Project Feature

Written on April 21, 2015 at 1:28 PM, by

True Excitement! That’s how we felt when asked to feature one of our latest lake front homes in the recent issue of Modern Luxury NS. The article highlights some of the many unique design features, like the ‘true north’ compass and gets the homeowners perspective on how the house responds to their goals. It’s aContinue Reading


CA/ds Move – Out with the old, in with the new

Written on March 30, 2015 at 1:28 PM, by

  Our office will be closed on Friday, April 3, 2015 so that we can move to our new location at: 150 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2360, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Our new office is just across the river from the Merchandise Mart allowing us to keep our convenient access to many showrooms in the RiverContinue Reading


Neolith: Style, Flexibility

Written on March 11, 2015 at 7:18 PM, by

  Neolith is a sintered compact surface material that can be used on many different applications. This product can be used on exterior facades, flooring, wall cladding, kitchens, baths and sinks. Its wide range of uses makes it a very appealing architectural resource. The products compact nature affords it with great strength but also aContinue Reading


Extra! Extra! CA/ds mentioned in Chicago Architect

Written on January 26, 2015 at 2:44 PM, by

  Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Our latest retail project is mentioned in Chicago Architect magazine. The segment can be found in the November/December issue for the completion of the Lalique boutique located in The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas! As mentioned in our previous post here , the art-deco inspired showroom withContinue Reading


Spanish Style meets Today’s Lifestyle

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:36 PM, by

  We are making great progress on this new home we previously introduced on the North Shore steeped in Spanish style architectural features. We’ve been modeling, detailing and meeting with the project team to refine the design to make it the perfect home for our clients. This has been a very exciting project to workContinue Reading


Is your dining room ready to handle the holidays?

Written on November 25, 2014 at 5:24 PM, by

    The dining room on the left was designed to comfortably seat 10-12 people with room to expand into the adjacent foyer. Built-in corner cabinets provide beautiful display space for crystal and china while conveniently having it close at hand. A niche for the furniture buffet makes it a focal point without taking floorContinue Reading


High Rise Condominium Reaching for the Finish Line

Written on November 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM, by

  The finish line is near for our renovated condominium project located right here in downtown Chicago! This project was particularly interesting because our clients each have their own design aesthetic requiring great thought and sensitivity to their requests. An affinity for millwork was a shared bond that we capitalized on and individualized through rich,Continue Reading


Project Visualization Tool

Written on November 5, 2014 at 8:18 PM, by

  We want to share another Revit visualization for our newly completed project on the shores of Lake Michigan. We think you would agree the chimney for this project came out exactly as we envisioned. We utilize Revit to help us convey design intent to our client as well as the contractors. We believe ourContinue Reading


New Project on the North Shore

Written on October 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM, by

We were recently selected to design a new 10,000 sq. ft. single family home on the North Shore. Our client strongly resonates with Spanish style architecture and our past experience with the style, both locally and in California, helped assure them that the goals for their dream house would be achieved. Follow along as theContinue Reading


Renovation Project Update!

Written on October 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM, by

  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 roomContinue Reading


River Corridor Construction!

Written on October 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM, by

  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,Continue Reading


Finish Selections Brought to Life

Written on September 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM, by




Written on September 19, 2014 at 1:54 PM, by

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 theContinue Reading


3D Visualization to a Finished Product

Written on September 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM, by

  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 pointsContinue Reading


High-Rise Construction Update

Written on August 5, 2014 at 9:52 PM, by

    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 ofContinue Reading


Southern Charm in Chicagoland

Written on July 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM, by


Versa Lift Attic Lift

Written on July 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM, by

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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