Chicago’s residential design-build firms are setting a high standard with two trends in elegant, family-friendly dwellings. The firms are buying up oversized lots in upscale neighborhoods, like the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park, and offering ready-to-build custom designs perfect for the area. In downtown highrises, as well as in neighboring North Shore suburbs, design-build firms are winning awards for their historically sensitive renovations. Whether it’s expanding or renovating an existing home or starting from scratch, these design firms are offering first rate services from the design phase through the finished product. Ranked below are Chicago-based firms receiving attention in local and national publications, winning awards for their exemplary customer service and designs, and designing award-winning homes.
Here are the best green architects in Chicago. The firms included here are design and architecture studios that are led and operated by licensed architects. These firms are either based in the city or have taken on design and architecture commissions for residential and multiresidential projects in the area. The article looked at each of the firm’s contributions to the industry’s sustainable movement through projects conceptualized based on the emerging green design and building practices that its advocates have championed for years.
Condominiums are increasingly becoming the housing of choice of the future for many major cities. With increasing population and a shrinking land supply, developers and homeowners alike opt to build multiple ownable residences in a single lot, and usually upwards through mid- and high-rise towers.
Chicago is a lively, urban city characterized by skyscrapers and bold architecture. The city is home to more than 2.7 million people living in various neighborhoods, each with a personality of its own. West Loop is Chicago’s culinary capital. Lincoln Park has lines of high-end boutiques, homes, and restaurants. River North and Gold Coast, on the other hand, have impressive skylines due to the sheer number of high-rise buildings.
Well-crafted homes and commercial spaces will only remain functional and aesthetically pleasing if they are regularly maintained. The work involved in waterproofing and remediation is detailed, careful, and requires total mastery of the craft. Remediation involves keeping hazardous materials from seeping into a living space. This is especially important for Chicago residents, as the city was once a major site of industrialization and thus may still harbor harmful chemicals.
In 1885, Chicago became home to one of America’s first ‘skyscrapers’; the 10-story Home Insurance Building, at the corner of LaSalle and Adams Streets. Since then, a multitude of skyscrapers had been built across the country, most often born for need of office space, as well as prestige.
Chicago is the center of restaurant innovation in the Midwest. Its diverse offerings mean that every restaurant must have a defining facade – because a restaurant’s wall, finishes, and the intricate details of its decors tell diners what kind of experience they will have.
According to World Atlas, Chicago is currently the second most visited city in the United States, only behind New York City. Chicago’s 54 million visitors in 2017 is testament to the great history and culture of the city. From its significant contributions to such performing arts as improv and jazz and its innovative skyscrapers and historic landmarks, to its booming economy, the Windy City boasts a multitude of interest points to explore and experience.
Chicago, known as the Windy City, is the birthplace of skyscrapers, and continues to be a leader in innovations in tall construction. These tall buildings bring solutions to Chicago’s increasing population; where it sits as the third largest metropolitan area in the USA, and fourth in North America. Constructing multifamily buildings, especially tall ones, answers the increasing housing demands within the area, while also creating opportunities to build better and more beautiful edifices and communities in Chicago.
The bathroom is one of the most important and intimate rooms in the house, and when it is given the proper design attention, the results can be extraordinary. A jet tub to relax in after a long day, a TV to watch your favorite shows, a shower that falls like rain, or heated floors in wintery weather. The luxuries of modern bathroom designs can transform the bathroom from a small, cramped space into a room that can both function well and make the often arduous task of getting ready for the day enjoyable.