Let’s be honest. Design-to-construction is a real fear for homeowners. You’ve spent months, if not years, coming up with a list of features that you need or want in your new home or remodel. So, you’re at the point where all of your ducks are in a row and you now want to move forward. Where do you start? I’m a Geneva IL design-build contractor who understands more than anyone what that situation is like for you.
As a Geneva IL home remodeling design/build firm, we are happy to announce that we’ve won a Best of Houzz 2015 award in the “design” category. Our project photos include some of the most popular images on Houzz.com, which is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design.
Today I will be talking about a subject that is critical to all new construction and remodeling projects. This topic is 10 times more important than the cabinets, counters and other finishes that are typically the main concern of many homeowners remodeling or building. If you know me or follow my blog, you will quickly find that I am passionate about what I call “building for longevity.” When I build something, I want it to last — period! To accomplish this, it is vital to have an understanding of proper building techniques as well as the ability to be on site frequently to perform quality control inspections during every phase of construction.
When heading home to the western suburbs from downtown Chicago on any given day riding Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe line, you’re reminded how different each of the suburbs are from one another. Just 18 miles southwest of the city is Clarendon Hills, a great village that has managed to maintain its small-town character and appeal. Last year, West Suburban Living magazine named Clarendon Hills the second-best place to live in the Chicago area (neighboring Hinsdale topped the list). The beautiful homes and excellent schools in Clarendon Hills are the biggest reasons why.
The Chicagoland area has a lot of great suburban towns. One that stands out to me is Barrington. We’ve done many Barrington remodeling projects over the last few years, including an exterior facelift of another general contractor’s spec home, as well as various multi-room renovations. During this period, I really got to know the community. If you’re contemplating a move to the suburbs, I would recommend you consider home building in Barrington. And if you already live here, remodeling in Barrington is a great investment. Here are just a few reasons why I think so.
We all know that Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. At a certain point in our lives, we want that excitement of living in Lincoln Park, Lake View, Wrigleyville, Bucktown, The Loop and any number of other vibrant areas.