Category Archives: Projects

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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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

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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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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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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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!

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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

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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!

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Kitchen Typology: A Home’s Central Node

Written on August 3, 2015 at 2:11 PM, by

  The kitchen in many family circles is the most important room in the house. It’s a room with many uses, ranging from food preparation to being the central node of socialization. We designed these kitchens with consideration to our client’s requirements for cooking and entertaining, ultimately giving them the kitchen of their dreams!

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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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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

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