Building A Custom Home: Second Residences

Building second homes is an absolute passion of ours and we understand about the power of a change in scenery. Our experience with building a custom second home away from home reaches beyond the North Shore of Chicago, creating idyllic residences in our clients’ favorite second home spots like Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, downtown Chicago or wherever you dream.

Whatever and wherever you want to build, you can work with our local team to design the house, pick the finishes, manage the budget, etc. while we work as your representative, coordinating the build with local resources at the beach, lake, woods or the the city center. By designing locally and managing the out-of-state build or in-city build, we are able to make the process smooth, efficient, creative and thoughtful.

Woods, Beach and Lake House Architects | Building a Second Home

The design-build process is especially advantageous for a second home build whether you wish for a simple escape, an elaborate luxury retreat, want to connect with nature, or have a gathering place for extended family. No matter the site, our architects will help you embrace the surroundings and the views, think through the layouts and design and choose the materials and finishes that will create perfect spaces where new memories are waiting to be made.

If you have always wanted a city pied-à-terre to take advantage of living right here by Chicago, we have been doing some incredible remodels and we would be happy to walk you through for ideas. Or, if you want to drive up to meet our architects in Minocqua, we would love to show you what we are up to in the Northwoods!

Our collaborative, informed, and inspiring process includes regular design meetings, build briefings and photo updates from the site so you can rest easy knowing how everything is tracking to the schedule and budget as we go along.

Please contact us for a conversation on how to get started on building a second home you will enjoy for years to come.


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building a custom home
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Building a Second Home
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