Category Archives: Projects

Feature Friday – Virtual Walkthrough

Written on April 20, 2018 at 4:42 PM, by

Check out our walkthrough of the MAuN Residence!

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Rec Room Round Up

Written on April 18, 2018 at 4:06 PM, by

Got big plans this weekend? Having a space to entertain guests makes weekend plans come easily! Our basement rec rooms at The Laurel and the Ligan Residence are perfect for movie nights, game nights, or a round of pool.

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Millwork Monday Series – Sustainable Screening

Written on April 16, 2018 at 4:16 PM, by

We opted for less conventional walls to enclose our back of the house operations and kitchenette. Greenhouse panels fastened on both sides of the exposed metal studs conceal equipment but allow the space to be flooded with daylight.

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Feature Friday – Luminous Lanier Residence Walkthrough

Written on April 13, 2018 at 2:34 PM, by

Check out our walkthrough of the Luminous Lanier Residence!

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National Siblings Day – Bunks for Boys

Written on April 10, 2018 at 3:50 PM, by

The parents may be footing the bill, but the kids of the house are reaping the benefits. Check out this space we designed for three brothers. The entire third story attic of the house is dedicated to the boys’ lounge, bunk bed room, and bathroom. Hopefully they can celebrate National Siblings Day together in theirContinue Reading

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National Cherish an Antique Day

Written on April 9, 2018 at 4:01 PM, by

Occasionally we have a client with a cherished antique piece they want to display and use in their home. We have worked around fireplace mantles at the Marlowe Residence, antique bookcases at the Winnetka Residence, and original stained-glass windows at The Blue Lady to incorporate the old with the new. To celebrate National Cherish anContinue Reading

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Facade Friday

Written on April 6, 2018 at 3:36 PM, by

At Cook Architectural, we are façade fanatics. Whether you need to redo an entire entrance, or just give an existing storefront a fac(ad)elift, we are here to help! Browse through just a few of our commercial facades to get ideas on what your building could look like.

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Tile Tuesday

Written on April 3, 2018 at 3:32 PM, by

The tile floor patterns in the master bathrooms at our Villa Blanco and The Blue Lady residences are worth getting excited about. In-floor heating was placed below the tiles to keep bare feet nice and toasty. Not to mention the intricate tile pattern creates a subtle contrast from the crisp white surroundings.

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Millwork Monday – Residential Bars

Written on April 2, 2018 at 4:22 PM, by

Why go out when you could come home to your own bar? Wow your friends and family with a custom bar like these we designed.

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National Pencil Day – Hand Sketching

Written on March 30, 2018 at 5:12 PM, by

With technology dominating the profession, we think it’s important to step back to the basics. Check out some of these hand sketches done by our staff to convey design ideas to clients.

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Wine Cellar Wednesday

Written on March 28, 2018 at 4:51 PM, by

It’s only the middle of the week, does it feel like it’s dragging on? Bet it wouldn’t hurt to come home to your own in-home wine cellar like we have designed for these homes.

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Pool Houses

Written on March 27, 2018 at 3:07 PM, by

Get inspired for the warm weather to return with these pool houses just waiting to be opened up for the summer months. The retractable glass walls of the M.AuN Residence pool house were designed to maximize views to the pool area and lake beyond to allow seamless flow from inside to outside. The Ligan residence,Continue Reading

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Lalique Grand Opening

Written on March 23, 2018 at 9:08 PM, by

Cheers and congratulations to Lalique for their grand opening on Chicago’s Oak Street last night! The interior of this historic building has been transformed over the past nine months to elevate the space and create a boutique fitting the artistry and sophistication of the brand’s crystal. COOK ARCHITECTURAL was honored to complete our 5th projectContinue Reading

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National Puppy Day – Merrick Pet Care

Written on March 23, 2018 at 3:50 PM, by

Who doesn’t love a puppy? At Merrick Pet Care, we designed their renovated space to be both people and pooch friendly. The product display room was created to emulate a pet food store so Merrick can experiment with different display arrangements. The custom curved wood ceiling edge treatment in the lounge was stained to matchContinue Reading

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Kids Zone

Written on March 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM, by

Is Spring Break looming around the corner for your kids? Why not let us design a space just for them? It will give them hours of entertainment and you hours of peace and quiet.

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First Day of Spring

Written on March 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM, by

It’s the first day of spring, is your home ready? Let us help get your home’s curb appeal ready for the warm weather.

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Feature Friday – St. Patrick’s Day

Written on March 16, 2018 at 4:03 PM, by

We are turning The Blue Lady green to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! With our design rendering technology, we can easily change the color of materials to see what looks best. Which way do you like The Blue Lady?

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Pie Day

Written on March 14, 2018 at 4:31 PM, by

3.141592653589793238462643383279502…We may not be able to name the infinite numbers following the famous 3.14, but we know this kitchen at our Paulina Residence is the perfect place to make an infinite number of pies to celebrate Pie Day.

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Men’s Book Project Feature

Written on March 13, 2018 at 3:54 PM, by

Our Indiana Autobarn project was featured in Modern Luxury’s Men’s Book in the article Vroom to Party! The article goes through our client’s journey of designing and building a luxury autobarn to house their vintage car collection. The barn was designed to complement the existing home on the property and uses reclaimed wood from treesContinue Reading

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Celebrate National Napping Day

Written on March 12, 2018 at 3:15 PM, by

Daylight Savings Time got you feeling down? Maybe a quick nap in one of these cozy spots would do the trick to celebrate National Napping Day.

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Spring Forward – Daylight Savings Time

Written on March 9, 2018 at 4:34 PM, by

It’s not fun having to wake up an hour earlier for daylight savings time, especially when you have to leave a cozy master bedroom with views to Lake Michigan like this one at our Winnetka Residence. Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend!

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Water Wednesday – Bathrooms

Written on March 7, 2018 at 4:34 PM, by

Whether you’re tight on space or are in need of a grand master bathroom, we have seen it all. Let us create the perfect bathroom for your space, big or small.

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Libraries & Dens

Written on March 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM, by

Were you dreading going into the office today after the weekend? Perhaps if your home had a great office, you wouldn’t have to make the commute! Check out just a few of our favorites that we have designed!

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Laundry Rooms

Written on March 1, 2018 at 10:29 PM, by

Laundry day doesn’t have to be a bore. Although it would go faster if you had double the machines! Let us design a spacious and functional laundry room in your home like we did at the Marlowe Residence, The Laurel, and The Blue Lady.

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Design Competition

Written on February 28, 2018 at 6:56 PM, by

A few months ago our studio team was hard at work on the Pinocchio Children’s Library Design Competition. Based in Collodi, Italy, where the original idea of Pinocchio was born, the competition called for redesigning an abandoned paper factory and surrounding site into a children’s library inspired by the fairytale. Browse through some of ourContinue Reading

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Houzz Project Feature

Written on February 27, 2018 at 5:07 PM, by

One of our most popular projects was featured again on Houzz, this time in the article 13 Ways to Dress Up Wide Windows! The article discusses ways to apply window treatments to a variety of window sizes. The featured project shows both the sunroom and the kitchen in our Minnesota residence showcasing long window treatmentContinue Reading

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Things are Looking Up

Written on February 26, 2018 at 7:32 PM, by

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…ceiling details! Check out some of the unique ceilings we have designed in our clients’ homes over the years. Whether a living room in a high-rise condo downtown, a basement hang out, or a luxurious master bedroom in the Chicago North Shore, the attention to detail on these ceilingsContinue Reading

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National Tile Day

Written on February 23, 2018 at 5:37 PM, by

Being a designer gives you an appreciation for the little things, including tile details. Browse through some of these tile layouts we have created in celebration of National Tile Day.

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Is it happy hour yet?

Written on February 21, 2018 at 6:02 PM, by

We have been designing quite a few bars lately for our commercial clients. Rustic and industrial seem to be the trend setting styles for these spaces. Both our BYBBQ and Indiana Autobarn bars use reclaimed wood while providing a stylish and cozy place to grab a drink.

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Millwork Monday Series – Pantry Party

Written on February 19, 2018 at 7:29 PM, by

Stocking up food for the rest of the winter? With pantries like these, you will have plenty of room to keep organized!

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