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Project Kickoff: Modern Arts & Crafts Design in Downers Grove

It's project kickoff time! We're diving into another Downers Grove custom build and are excited to share the details with you today. 


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Bringing this particular client's wish list to life sure has been fun so far. This family already lived in Downers Grove when they approached us to help them personalize their next home. Through a series of discussions, tours of existing homes, reviewing inspiration photos and pulling together the rendering images that you see above, we worked with our client to get inside their head and on the same page for what they wanted their new home to look like. Throughout this process we talked a lot about function as well; how they'd use formal dining rooms vs. breakfast nooks, how entryways and foyers would present - and, importantly, how their kids could have plenty of room to be kids. This led to incorporating a long driveway leading to a detached garage for bike riding and taking advantage of the deep lot this house would be built on. 

The result of all of these upfront discussions is this Modern English Arts and Crafts style home that our architect has designed. This home's design marries board and batten with metal and limestone accents on the front facade in a soft color palette complete with gray windows and warm white siding. The all-glass front vestibule makes for a stylish entrance, and the rear covered porch with masonry fireplace offers another distinctive exterior feature.

downers grove home builderThe aesthetic continues inside with plenty of airy, crisp whites mixed with organic materials like wood beams and accents throughout. Natural light is also an important design element of this home as it was consciously pulled in with transom windows in the master bedroom, the all glass entryway and a sunny breakfast nook overlooking the expansive backyard. We even took advantage of this deep lot and set the house back a bit in order to preserve a mature tree in the front yard. 

This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home uses space wisely so it feels efficient for the family and roomy enough to entertain family and friends. And, the basement is prepped for a golf simulator, so between that and the fabulous rear covered patio with fireplace, we have a hunch there will be plenty of people that want to hang on on Lee Ave! 

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426 Washington Street in Elmhurst. This 50x150 property is ideally located blocks from downtown, the Prairie Path and Pioneer Park. Feeds into Hawthorne Elementary, Sandburg Middle School and York High School. Contact us if interested in learning about this property today! We'll be sharing the plans for this spec home soon.

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Interested in talking about your own custom home, renovation or finished basement project? Give us a shout! 

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