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Project Kickoff: Modern English Tudor in Pierce Downer

It’s a new season and just the time to introduce you to a few upcoming projects we have in the works! The first is just a stone’s throw away from downtown Downers Grove in Pierce Downer. This highly-coveted neighborhood is known for its quintessential tree-lined streets, close-knit community, idyllic parks, and ideal walkability to elementary, middle and high schools. Our clients had their hearts set on staying in Downers Grove and were dreaming of a Pierce Downer location. They began working with our team on a lot search and when we found a beautiful oversized property on Wallbank Avenue, they were quick to take advantage of the opportunity to make it their own.


We are thrilled to partner with the talented architectural team at Schwarz Lewis Design Group for the design of this home. Our clients had gathered a bunch of remarkable inspiration and the Schwarz Lewis team went to work designing an exterior that celebrates traditional English Tudor architecture while integrating modern elements and materials. We will admit that we fell for the timeless charm and character of this home from the very first sketch and truly can’t wait to see it come to life for these clients.

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Our clients envisioned this build as their forever home, and endeavored to design spaces that would grow with them as their needs change over time. They looked forward to hosting family gatherings, so the floor plan has been crafted to encourage ease of entertaining while also incorporating a seamless transition to outdoor living spaces. A warm, welcoming interior aesthetic will be created by embracing a neutral color palette and weaving in charming touches such as arched doorways and organic wood accents.

Thoughtful details greet you from the moment you step into this home. Just beside the foyer sits a sun-drenched den with soaring oversized windows and custom built-ins. Our favorite element of this flex space is that it leads out to a private front terrace, making it  for an outdoor retreat for the workday or a quiet spot to sit for a morning coffee. An elegantly appointed kitchen anchors the main living space in this home, opening to an expansive family room and light-filled formal dining space. Arched doorways flank the kitchen’s range wall, each leading to a mudroom and a dirty pantry. A chef’s office with a separate sink and wine storage was tucked in just beside the dining area for convenient entertaining. Next to the family room sits a screened in porch, allowing for life to naturally flow outside.

The second floor boasts three bedrooms with their own ensuite baths, a laundry room and a secluded master suite with luxurious amenities. The primary bedroom opens to a private hallway with spacious his and hers closets. At the end of the hallway sits a spa bathroom with a glass shower, soaking tub, double vanities and a separate makeup counter. A finished basement with an additional bedroom, bar, rec room and exercise room completes the lower level of this home.

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With indoor-outdoor living being a priority in this build on a sprawling 200 ft deep property, we can promise you the outdoor spaces we have imagined put it in a class of its own. A gorgeous screened in porch allows for multi-season living, with a fireplace making it a comfortable space to spend evenings well into the fall. Two additional patio spaces create both a dining and a casual conversation area. Significant thought is being given to landscape design to ensure these spaces are surrounded by lush greenery and florals.

Get ready for more inspiration coming your way, as this is just the first of several project kickoffs we are working on. We look forward to introducing new projects in Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst and Downers Grove and home tours of finished builds in Downers Grove and Hinsdale. If these warmer days have you wishing for a larger backyard or the potential for more indoor-outdoor living space, our team is ready to partner with you on a lot search to find your ideal property. Our unique design-build process is designed to make the journey to your custom build an efficient and enjoyable one. Contact us today to take the first step in bringing your dream build to life.

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