Second Home Architects and Builders
Building second homes is an absolute passion of ours and we understand, more than ever, about the power of a change in scenery. Our 25+ years of custom home architecture and building reaches beyond the North Shore of Chicago, creating idyllic home-away-from-home residences in our clients’ favorite second home spots like Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, downtown Chicago or even Colorado.
Our unified team of architects and builders specialize in new home construction, large-scale remodels, historic renovations and eco-conscious green building projects. 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 lake or the woods, the city center or the mountains. By designing on the North Shore in Illinois and managing the in the city or out-of-state build, we are able to make the process smooth, efficient, creative and thoughtful.
Woods, Mountains and Lake House Architects
The design-build process, where you work with a unified team of architects and builders collaborating on a single vision under a single contract, is especially advantageous for a second home build where design can be more carefree but decisions need to be even more focused. Second home architecture is often as complex as that of primary homes – especially now that work can be done anywhere – and we offer design and build services for everything from luxury second homes to weekend retreat cottages. 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 family gathering 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.
“We planned on talking to three or four different builders and we met with Simpson and then we didn’t meet with anybody else.”
~ Glenview Custom Home Design and Build
“SSDB is part of an echelon other builders are not – so much quality, so much devotion, such a distinct style and the ability to deliver. I feel exactly the way I wanted to feel in my new home. Our door is open 24/7 whenever you want to show anyone your wonderful work!”
~ Northbrook New Home Design and Build
“We greatly appreciate all of you – your talent, and the work you are doing on our house. The people make the project and you are all amazing. Next year happy hour on the porch at this time!”
~ Northbrook Eco-Conscious Design and Build
“Thank you for the thoughtful education all the way through the design and build. I daresay your standards were even higher than ours. We are so glad you were there to keep us on track, simplify everything and even bring joy into it all! This is probably unusual to say about a contractor – but we are thrilled to have taken this journey with you and to have made new friends as well as a new house.”
~ Wilmette New Home Design and Build
“I know I wrote you something after our final walk-through but seeing you here just now – offering your assistance a year and a half later – I just want to say thanks for making us feel like a priority even after our project was done. It’s the best “in” having picked you guys.”
~ Winnetka Home Renovation and Addition