Insights

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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Design Solution: Lincoln Park Venetian Gardens

Struck by the beauty of the Palazzos on the Grand Canal in Venice, the original client of our Lincoln Park Venetian Home requested BGD&C design a true Italian Villa on Chicago’s Gold Coast. When the subsequent owner purchased the home and adjoining properties, BGD&C was called upon to design and build a main plaza, indoor swimming pool and a guest house.

With the indoor swimming pool being on the lower level of the home, providing natural light into the space presented a design challenge. Together with the interior and landscape design teams, BGD&C Custom Homes crafted a solution that served a dual purpose.

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Summertime Dining Al Fresco

As more people are choosing to move to the city when they become empty-nesters, and more and more young families are choosing to stay in the city, outdoor living and dining spaces are now a “must have” and seem to be on everyone’s wish list. From the smallest balcony to the most expansive lawn, these al fresco spaces are being lovingly transformed into charming and idyllic areas for living.

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