Mudrooms: Command Central

Mudrooms are much more than a bench with some hooks for jackets these days.
They’re the command center of the home.

“Often it’s the first spot where you can throw something when you enter the house,” says Chicago designer Steve Kadlec who worked with BGD&C on their award winning transitional home. “Mudrooms should be a legit concealed area—a workhorse of a space,” he says.

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House Tour: Award winning Lincoln Park family home

Q&A with BGD&C’s Rodger Owen for American Lifestyle Magazine:

To focus on the Lincoln Park Transitional project: how did this project first come about and what were the overall goals?

The clients were originally looking at another development project when we met. We happened to have a 60’ lot available in Lincoln Park at the time and presented them the option to build custom with us. They ultimately decided the location was perfect (they happened to live close by) and that building with us was their best opportunity for getting the quality of home they wanted.

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BGD&C Architect Gerald Bauer secures the 2020 Award for Emerging Excellence in Classical Tradition

Gerald Bauer has been named a winner of the 2020 Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition. The Award, which is now in its fourth year, is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The Prince’s Foundation, and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU).

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Pandemic shortages and supply-chain issues

The COVID pandemic presented plenty of challenges for people’s health and well being. Some industries came to a standstill. But demand for home-improvement supplies and building materials soared. It also caused some major supply-chain disruptions. Exhibit A: Lumber, which, for a time just a few months ago, was nearly impossible to get, and what was available was extremely pricey.

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Custom means lots of choices—and lots of decisions

Building a custom home means that everything in it, from the space configuration and size of rooms to the doorknobs, lights and landscaping, will be designed just for you. That also means a nearly infinite number of choices and lots of decisions. Does that excite you or cause you anxiety? That depends on your personality, but either way, BGD&C is here to help. We spoke with Taryn Lund, senior project manager at BGD&C, for some insight into the process.

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Outdoor Spaces: Must Haves

One of the most important aspects of designing outdoor spaces is creating different experiences – from intimate dining under the stars, to open yards for playing tag and catching fireflies, to lounge areas where the whole family can relax and reconnect. Which is why our list of Must Have’s when building custom includes a variety of features and outdoor rooms, like outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, water features, free play areas, al fresco dining spots, lounge areas, outdoor kitchens, and if you have the space, an outdoor pool is something the whole family will enjoy during the summer months.

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2020 Custom Home Trends

As we welcome a new year and a new decade, we are excited about the latest trends in luxury and custom homes. Technology and sustainability are always at the forefront of design and home building, but we are seeing an increase in various other trends as well. Here are the top four trends we expect to see more of in custom homes in the new year.

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MarketScale Interview: Helping Our Clients Realize Their Vision

Taryn Lund of BGD&C Custom Homes had a great time speaking with Taylor Bagley from MarketScale at this year’s Chicago Build Expo at McCormick. They discussed how BGD&C works to ensure each one of our homes is the true expression of the owner, what’s hot and what’s not in home trends, and more.

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Tech Tips: The Benefits of Adding Automation to Your Custom Home

Home automation is becoming standard in new homes these days, as everything from the refrigerator to your doorbell is getting smarter. As these technologies continue to expand, so will the possibilities for making your home life easier and more enjoyable.

We enlisted the expertise of Sound Specialists’ Leor Elfassy to learn more about home automation and its impact on our lives.

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