Insights

Designing and Building Outdoor Spaces: Getting the Most Out of Summer

Summer is ever fleeting in Chicago. Which is why outdoor living space have always been at the top of our clients’ wish lists. We all want to soak up every last drop of the warm Summer nights before they are gone. 

At BGD&C we love to provide beautiful and relaxing outdoor hardscapes, dining areas, fireplaces, and covered porches for our clients whenever possible. Living in the city where space is at a premium, sometimes means getting creative and utilizing rooftops for decks, loggias and pools. We then collaborate with the city’s top landscape designers to execute each client’s unique vision.

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Take a Dip: Custom Pools

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

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Tech Tips: Home Automation

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.

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Design Inspiration: Ceiling Details

Just as the perfect hat completes an outfit, tying it all together head-to-toe (imagine a 3-piece suit with matching fedora), a ceiling is the accessory that finishes a room.  Yes, the suit would look fine without the fedora, but with the hat and a pocket square, it’s a whole new level of sophistication. It’s the same with ceiling details – sure you can paint the ceiling flat white and call it a day, but if you really want to make an impact, adding detail to the ceiling is a must. 

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Building Custom and Resale Value

If you’ve ever wondered how a custom home built to your family’s unique specifications would perform on the market, should if ever come time to sell, consider this: our Lincoln Park Mediterranean project and our Lincoln Park Venetian residence are the highest resales in single family homes in Lincoln Park in MLS history, demonstrating the lasting quality and value of a custom BGD&C property. 

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A Party in the Garden Hosted by BGD&C Custom Homes

On Wednesday, September 12th, BGD&C hosted a garden party and panel discussion at one of our recently completed properties in Lincoln Park with a group of Chicago’s top Real Estate Agents. Panelists included Rodger Owen, President of BGD&C, Landscape Architect Scott Byron of Scott Byron & Co., and Interior Designer Melissa Benham of Studio Gild. We were fortunate to have the very gracious Jan Parr, of Crain’s Chicago Business moderate the panel for us.

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