Category Archives: Media

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


Houzz Project Feature

Written on June 21, 2017 at 9:35 PM, by

One of our most popular projects was featured again on Houzz, this time in the article, 10 Ways to Make Your Home Pet Ready! The article discusses creative millwork solutions for your friendly furry companion’s bed as well as organization of accessories and food. The featured project is the breakfast area in our Minnesota ResidenceContinue Reading


Houzz Project Feature

Written on June 8, 2017 at 1:17 PM, by

One of our most popular projects was just featured in the Houzz article, Hello, Gorgeous: How to Make Your Dresser Work for You! The article discusses different techniques to create the optimal setting for your daily make up routine. The featured project is the master bath and makeup vanity in Minnesota Residence (more imagery canContinue Reading


Summer Hours – Start June 9th

Written on May 30, 2017 at 6:10 PM, by

CA/ds office will close at 1:00 pm starting on Friday, June 9th through Friday, September 1st to enjoy some summertime fun. We hope you enjoy the many activities that Chicago and its neighboring areas have to offer. We recommend taking in a concert at Ravinia, a day at the ballpark (North or South Side eitherContinue 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


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


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


US Builders Review Article

Written on March 29, 2017 at 9:17 PM, by

Our Principal, Charles Cook, was interviewed by the US Builders Review magazine to speak about our team, our sustainable and economical approach to design and satisfying our clients’ needs.   “To me, the most important thing is that the perception in the market is that we’re producing high-quality products for our clients and doing soContinue Reading


Best of Houzz 2017

Written on March 27, 2017 at 7:56 PM, by

The Houzz community voted CA/ds as a winner of the Best of Houzz award for the 6th straight year! We’ve always taken great pride in providing in-depth, personal designs for our clients and this award is a reflection of the hard work we put in. Whether you’re on Houzz or not, click on over toContinue Reading


Holiday Office Closure: Thanksgiving

Written on November 22, 2016 at 7:29 PM, by

CA/ds will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for holiday observation. We will return on Monday, November 28, 2016. We here at CA/ds would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


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


Best Architects in Chicago 2016

Written on October 17, 2016 at 4:05 PM, by

We are excited and honored to have been selected as one of Chicago’s top 20 architects! Follow this link to learn what we are doing to make this esteemed list.


CA/ds Outing 2016!

Written on October 4, 2016 at 6:25 PM, by

CA/ds felt there was no better way to show off its hometown pride then by taking in a ball game. We brought along our summer intern Amanda who is from Indiana. Amanda not only enjoyed the game but the food at the local Wrigleyville restaurant we went to after. It was a great day forContinue Reading


100,000 Image Saves!

Written on August 26, 2016 at 3:59 PM, by

The Houzz community have really taken to our work as we received a new badge for 100,000 image saves! This is a great achievement as it shows our attention to detail throughout our projects does not go unnoticed! Peruse our website and then click here to view our Houzz page and see why our workContinue Reading


2016 Bookitecture

Written on June 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM, by

  CA/ds was honored to partner with KPMG Family of Literacy on its 2016 campaign. CA/ds designed a tugboat constructed using new donated books. This year’s event was the single largest donation of new books; 50,000 books will be distributed to underprivileged young readers; enrolled in the Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge Program. We areContinue Reading


Happy Easter!

Written on March 28, 2016 at 4:09 PM, by

We here at CA/ds hope everyone had a happy Easter holiday and hopefully your Easter egg baskets are full of candy! In the spirit of the holiday, can you find all of the eggs in the photo above?


Houzz Project Feature

Written on February 11, 2016 at 9:40 PM, by

One of our projects was just featured in the Houzz article, Must-Try Color Combo: White With Warm Off-White ! The article discusses a technique to get past “painter’s block” without going too traditional and clean. The featured project is our previously completed Minnesota Residence (more imagery can be found here ), and in particular, theContinue Reading


CA/ds Best of Houzz 2016

Written on January 22, 2016 at 9:12 PM, by

The Houzz community voted CA/ds as a winner of the Best of Houzz award for the 5th straight year! We’ve always taken great pride in providing in-depth, personal designs for our clients and this award is a reflection of the hard work we put in. Whether you’re on Houzz or not, click on over toContinue 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 .


Holiday Office Closure

Written on December 21, 2015 at 8:15 PM, by

CA/ds will be closed Thursday, December 24th – Friday, January 1st for the holidays. We will return on Monday, January 4, 2016. Just like our gingerbread house, we hope all of you have award winning holidays!


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


Thanksgiving Office Closure

Written on November 25, 2015 at 7:35 PM, by

CA/ds will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for holiday observation. We will return on Monday, November 30, 2015. We here at CA/ds would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Houzz – New Projects!

Written on November 12, 2015 at 9:49 PM, by

New project alert! We recently uploaded two new projects onto our Houzz page. Not on Houzz? We highly recommend it for design inspiration. Click here to check out our new and previously uploaded projects. Enjoy!


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


CA/ds Picked Up a New Badge on Houzz!

Written on September 11, 2015 at 8:03 PM, by

Are you a member on the website Houzz? We at CA/ds were just awarded the “Influencer” badge which is given for advice and knowledgeable posts appreciated by the Houzz community. We take our work seriously and are equally glad to see that our work aids and inspires other people. If you’re on Houzz take aContinue Reading


CA/ds on YouTube

Written on August 24, 2015 at 4:07 PM, by

Did you know we have our very own channel on YouTube? Click here or search our username, CookArch, to view 3D walkthroughs of projects that we have uploaded. Stay tuned, because, we will be adding a fresh batch very soon!


A Past Project and the Pesky Designers Block

Written on July 24, 2015 at 5:39 PM, by

Freshhome magazine recently posted an article titled, 10 Ways to Conquer Your Home Design Creative Block , featuring one of our past projects! The article discusses ways to get past designers block, so be sure to check it out along with our project which is located under the “Paint Swatches” tip!


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