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Project Kickoff: Belgian-Style Farmhouse in River Forest

It’s not hard to fall in love with River Forest's charming tree-lined streets, sprawling forested areas and gorgeous parks. It's also a fantastic town to consider when leaving the city, as you benefit from the ease of suburban living while keeping access to multiple transportation routes for a daily commute. With a growing family, our clients for this project looked to make the move to the suburbs and River Forest couldn’t have been a more perfect spot to land. They were fortunate to find a wide lot just a few blocks away from both downtown River Forest and Oak Park and set out to design their dream home with us.


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Our clients shared a few stunning exteriors for inspiration and we took elements they loved from each to carry out their home's vision. The result is a Belgian-style farmhouse with a modern twist. Traditional elements of a brick exterior, limestone accents, shed dormers and a gable roof combine with clean-line contemporary design. The warm off-white exterior contrasts with dark windows and a custom stained door. A hanging awning provides a welcoming entry into thoughtfully-designed interior spaces.

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His and hers offices flank the foyer of this home, providing each with their own private workspace tailored in their style. Just beyond the entry is a window-filled staircase which is cleverly open to the family room, drenching the first floor living spaces with natural light. A spacious kitchen features stained oak cabinetry throughout, making for a warm and inviting environment for entertaining family and friends. One of our favorite features of this home is the way in which living spaces extend to bring the outside in. A cozy sunroom and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows sit opposite a shaded bluestone covered patio. This home is complete with 5 bedrooms, including a guest suite in the basement. 

Does this home have you dreaming of your next move? We’d love the opportunity to share our distinctive approach to custom building with you and we’re happy to help you find the perfect lot. Contact us to learn more and take the next step towards making your vision a reality.


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