Insights

Kid’s Spaces

For our clients, making the decision to build a custom home with BGD&C isn’t just about building a house. It’s about realizing their dreams, making memories, enjoying the present, and planning for the future.

Spaces that are especially fun for us to turn from dream to reality are children’s spaces. Not only do they need to have the right touch of playfulness and whimsy, but kids’ spaces also need to change and grow with the child. And because every family is different, each space provides a unique challenge that requires a unique solution.

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Lincoln Park Greek Revival

The entry of our Lincoln Park Greek Revival home is custom fabricated with solid cherry wood, glass sidelights and a transom. Finished with a product similar to what is used on boats, it guards against the toughest Chicago winters. Its thickness and traditional paneling gives the door a very substantial old-world feel, reflecting the classic nature of the home.

The portico columns are custom, hand-carved, Indiana Oolitic limestone designed in the Composite Order. They incorporate Corinthian leaves with Ionic volutes. The front façade features limestone detailing which was hand-carved and cut specifically for this home.

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2018 Trends in Luxury Living

At BGD&C Custom Homes, commitment to understanding client lifestyles and personal needs and wants is foremost. If our client desires a unique design element or specialty space, our team works together with the best artisans and craftsmen to engineer and produce the perfect solution. 

This is the BGD&C difference: The ability to incorporate truly unique luxury elements into our clients’ urban homes in Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast is what sets us apart from other custom home builders. 

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Lincoln Park Mediterranean

Featured in Chicago Magazine, this 8500SF new construction, Lincoln Park Mediterranean home resides on two wide lots and was designed for a young family. BGD&C designed a modest home emphasizing an expansive side yard and terrace. The front of the home was kept simple, infused with a traditional Italianate design.

The entry door is a custom fabricated walnut door with a glass transom. The lack of sidelights maintains privacy from the street while the stained walnut compliments the exterior palette of red clay roof tiles, brick, and creamy limestone. Opening onto the terrace, the French doors allow light to drench the interior family room.

The clients did not want to walk into their foyer and have the stair be the first thing one sees. As an alternative, the stair is central to the floor plan, not visible from the foyer, allowing for a more fluid layout.

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BGD&C Honored With National Awards

BGD&C was excited to attend the 2017 BALA Awards ceremony last week, where they were honored with two prestigious awards for their Lincoln Park Transitional Home project. This 12,000-square-foot, single-family custom home boasts classical, French-style architecture, with a limestone façade, and lavish gardens that fit perfectly into the vernacular of Lincoln Park. BGD&C was proud to receive the Platinum Award for One-of-a-Kind Custom Home over 8,000 sft as well as Best in Region – Midwest for One-of-a-Kind Custom Home over 8,000 sft

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The Fireplace

Being both a beautiful piece of ornamentation, and a place to warm your feet on a cold winter’s night, the fireplace is a true union of function and aesthetic. Not only must it work properly (nobody wants a room full of smoke!) but the end product also needs to fulfill the client’s design vision. At BGD&C Custom Homes, it is our strong commitment to the highest levels of quality and engineering that allow for a successful custom fireplace.

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The Grand Stair

At BGD&C we are known for our meticulous attention to detail and high standards for construction; principles that are certainly showcased with a grand stair. So when a client requests that the main stair be a focal point of the home, we are more than happy to oblige by designing an architectural centerpiece with perfect details and striking forms.

Whether the design is traditional or modern, these stately staircases always bring visual interest to the home and are so much more than just a means to get from one floor to the next.

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Gorgeous Gardens

Summer is an amazing time in Chicago. We emerge from months of hibernation to enjoy our beautiful city – bike rides along the lakefront, brunch at our favorite roof top gardens, and backyard BBQs with friends and neighbors.

Unfortunately, summer is all too short here, so at BGD&C we do our best to help our clients milk every last drop of those precious sunny days and magical warm nights with expansive hardscapes, outdoor fireplaces, and covered porches. We also understand outdoor space is at a premium in the Lincoln Park and Gold Coast areas, which is why we are always looking to incorporate roof decks, loggias, and balconies into our custom home designs.

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