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.
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.
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.
On September 17th, over 40 real estate brokers joined us for a private event, “Prolific Inspiration in Custom Home Building,” hosted at Montauk Sofa’s beautiful showroom. Speakers included Steve Kadlec, Summer Thornton, Taryn Lund, Kara Mann, Frank Mariani, and Donna Mondi.
On Friday, September 20th, Taryn Lund, Senior Project Manager at BGD&C Custom Homes led a presentation at the Chicago Build Expo at McCormick Place on the topic of ‘Building Custom: When Satisfying the Client is Your Only Goal.’
We had a great day exploring the expo and sharing Taryn’s wisdom and experience with everyone who attended.
In April of this year, BGD&C Custom Homes teamed up with children’s clothing company Monica + Andy for a DIY Dollhouse Event in Lincoln Park. Over 20 children and their families came by to create custom dollhouses with the help of interior designer Amy Kartheiser of Amy Kartheiser Design.
A well-designed swimming pool can transform your outdoor space into a tropical escape, or in the case of an indoor pool, provide you with a serene retreat you can use 365 days out of the year.
Whether you prefer to lounge poolside in the sun or swim laps for exercise, BGD&C Custom Homes has created many custom pools for our clients over the years – right here in the city. Here are some of our favorite pools we have built to date
It seems everything in our homes, from refrigerators to doorbells, is getting smarter these days. Which is precisely why we decided to pick the brain of Sound Specialists’ Leor Elfassy to learn more about home automation and its impact on our lives. Sound Specialists is a full-service, lifestyle technology firm that offers consultation, design, installation, and programming services for both residential and commercial projects. For over two decades they have specialized in integrating innovative technologies into elegant, coherent solutions based on each client’s needs.
In honor of Spring’s arrival, we’re giving you a revealing peek into some of our favorite garden spaces from past projects.