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Why I Do What I Do!

Posted on September 6th, by Michael Menn in Architecture, Business. No Comments

Why I Do What I Do!


Why did I choose design/build as our career?

I like to create and the creative process.. I love being challenged by a problem, and then coming up with a solution. I love seeing something I design come to reality. I love looking at a beautiful new kitchen or room addition or office space and thinking: “I did that.”
What we do makes the world a better place. I believe that, and you should too, that the work architects do actually makes our clients’ lives better. It might be that we make their lives easier merely from a functional standpoint (aging-in-place features, for example). It may be that what we create is so magnificent it is a source of pride for our clients.
Ego (now we have gotten to the bottom line!). What we do is very tangible. It is easy to see the results of our work…good or bad. While I am very self-motivated and take pride when I think I do excellent work, it is certainly nice to have our work applauded from clients, from the community at large, and from peers.

We all have different motivations. Indeed, there are many legitimate reasons, and I … Read More »

Dining Room Design

Posted on August 17th, by Michael Menn in Dining Rooms. Comments Off on Dining Room Design

Dining Room Design

Is it time to transition your old, outdated dining room into a modern, eclectic masterpiece?  Trying to decide how to decorate your very first dining room?  For whatever reason dining rooms are on your mind, here are a few tips to help you on your journey…

1. Pick Out The Perfect Table

First, you need to determine what type of table caters to your style, and to the function of the room. What kind of ambiance do you want your dining room to have?  Is it going to be a formal space, used only on special occasions or when you have company?  Or do you want it to feel more casual and lived in, since you’ll might be using it on a daily basis? Traditionally, dark wood finishes add more formality to a room, while lighter finishes and painted finishes create a more casual feel.

Next, you need to think about sizes.  You don’t want to overcrowd the room with the table.  How many people will be sitting at it regularly?  Do you have small children? Do you plan on having dinner guests frequently?  Ask yourself these kinds of questions in order to establish what size and shape of dining table … Read More »

Whole House Remodeling Projects

Posted on July 10th, by Michael Menn in Complete Home Projects. Comments Off on Whole House Remodeling Projects

Whole-house renovations often occur when you decide to remain in your neighborhood because of lot size, schools or when your home would easily adapt to expansion when families grow.

Whole house renovations generally involve every aspect of the home and include foundation changes, roofline changes, reconfiguring existing space as well as adding new space. Oftentimes doubling the size of the home is common. This type of project is a major financial investment as well as a time commitment. Our design and construction services combine to make whole house renovation a seamless process to bring you a new home.

Some of our whole house renovations have been completed in many of the in-town neighborhoods, such as Lincoln Park or Bucktown or in the suburbs – River Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield or Lincolnwood.




Give your house a new look with whole house remodeling. Sometimes in order to update an existing living space, other rooms must be remodeled in order to achieve the look you seek. There is no limit to whole house remodeling: from opening up floor plans, adding on rooms and living areas, to adding entire sections of a home, no project is too complex.

Floor plan adjustments
Room additions
Floor additions

Kitchen and master bathroom remodeling
Master bedroom
Outdoor … Read More »