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.


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