Category Archives: Construction

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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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 .

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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

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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

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