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We have demolished the 1st porch on Western Ave. in Chicago »

July 20, 2017

The sidewalk has been prepared and is ready for concrete. »

July 17, 2017

We have laid down gravel and compacted it and are now ready to pour the concrete for the new sidewalk.

Porches before construction on Western Ave. in Chicago »

July 14, 2017

There are violations on these porches in Chicago and they need to be rebuilt to meet the current building codes.

We are starting a new project on Linden in Winnetka »

July 14, 2017

We are going to begin complete interior renovations on a house in Winnetka.

We have started excavating for the new side walk in the Village of Golf »

July 13, 2017

We have begun excavation and framing of the new sidewalk in the Village of Golf.

We will be starting a new project on Rollwind in Glenview. »

July 12, 2017

We will be installing new soffits, fascia and gutters in Glenview.

We have started construction of a new public sidewalk in the Village of Golf. »

July 3, 2017

We have cleared the brush and trees and the surveyor has been out to stake out the new sidewalk.

Front Arched Window Installed at our New Construction in Morton Grove. »

June 2, 2017

Kitchen cabinets have been installed in Chicago! »

June 28, 2017

We are now ready to install the quartz countertop.

Finish work continues in our custom home in Lincoln Park Chicago! »

June 22, 2017

We are installing the cabinets, doors and trim.

The stairs and trim work has begun at the new construction in Chicago! »

June 13, 2017

We have installed the stairs and the trim around the doors, windows and floor is being installed.

Brick and Limestone work continues in our custom home in Lincoln Park! »

June 12, 2017

The limestone has been delivered so that we can continue with the brick work in Chicago.

We have started the masonry work at our custom home in Lincoln Park! »

June 7, 2017

We have started to drywall at our spec home at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview! »

July 15, 2017

The insulation is done and we are ready to drywall our spec house at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview! »

July 7, 2017

We are ready to insulation the walls at our spec house in Glenview! »

July 6, 2017

We have passed all the rough inspections and can now start insulating the house.

The HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical work is done in Glenview! »

July 5, 2017

We have completed all the rough work and are now ready for inspection.

We have started to install the siding at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview! »

June 27, 2017

We are using white trim with the Deep Ocean color Hardie board siding to complement our stone color.

 

 

The stone work has is done and we have installed the rigid insulation in Glenview »

June 22, 2017

Now that the rigid insulation has been installed we can start installing the Hardie board siding.

The stone work on the garage is done on our custom home in Morton grove »

May 18, 2017

The Front Arch Window prior to installation »

June 2, 2017

The arched window has been put together and is now ready to install in the front.

The patio walls are being built at Mango in Morton Grove »

May 17, 2017

The roof is done at our new construction on Echo Lane in Glenview. »

June 17, 2017

Rough Framing has been completed at our Spec House »

June 5, 2017

With the rough framing done, we can now have the HVAC, plumbing and electrical work start.

 

Installing the windows at our Spec House at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview. »

June 1, 2017

The roof is being framed at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview. »

May 28, 2017

The tile work has started at our new construction in Lincoln Park. »

May 27, 2017

The stone work has started on our Spec Home on Echo in Glenview »

May 25, 2017

We have started the stone work on our Spec Home at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview.

The second floor has been framed at the Spec house in Glenview! »

May 18, 2017

The first floor walls have been framed at the New Construction in Glenview. »

May 17, 2017

We have finished framing the first floor of our spec home at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview.

The garage slab and patio slab have been poured at Mango. »

May 13, 2017

We had to use a bobcat with a concrete carrier to bring the concrete to the back yard patio and garage.

We are hanging the drywall at our Custom Home in Morton Grove »

May 11, 2017

The lumber has been delivered and we have started framing our spec home in Glenview! »

May 10, 2017

We are prepping the patio and garage slab at our new construction in Morton Grove! »

May 10, 2017

The gravel has been compacted and the wire mesh has been laid down and we can now pour the concrete.

We have installed the hardwood flooring at our new construction in Lincoln Park! »

May 9, 2017

The next step will be to prime the walls and start the finish work.

The basement slab has been poured, framing is next at 937 Echo Lane. »

May 6, 2017

The basement slab has been poured.  They have put control joints uniformly across the basement floor and then they do the final smoothing concrete smoothing by hand.

The red oak hardwood flooring has been delivered to Lincoln Park! »

May 5, 2017

The flooring has been delivered and now needs to sit and acclimate for minimally 5 days before it can be installed.

Ready to pour Basement Slab in Glenview »

May 5, 2017

We have compacted and leveled gravel at the bottom of the basement.  We have installed a vapor barrier between the gravel and the concrete and then we have put down wire mesh.

 

The steel has been installed at Echo and we are ready to work on the basement slab. »

May 4, 2017

Exterior Fireplaces at Mango in Morton Grove »

April 26, 2017

We have completed the stone work, poured the concrete chimney caps and installed the chimney pots on our Custom Home project in Morton Grove.

Spraying the foundation with Rub-R-Wall at our Spec Home »

April 24, 2017

We have sprayed the walls with Rub-R-Wall, which has a warranty not to leak for the life of the foundation.  After the Rub-R-Wall product has dried, we installed insulation on the foundation walls.

We have insulated at Mango in Morton Grove! »

April 24, 2017

We have sprayed the closed cell insulation at our new construction in Morton Grove.

The forms have been removed at our New Construction at 937 Echo Lane Glenview »

April 20, 2017

We have removed the forms and while we let the concrete cure, we will install the steel beams.

The Foundation walls are being poured at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview »

April 18, 2017

The foundation walls are being poured at our new construction spec home in Glenview.

The stone work continues on our new construction in Morton Grove! »

April 13, 2017

We are installing the limestone around the windows, the chimneys and the stone on the back side of the house.  We are using buff colored Valders Stone from Eden Stone in Wisconsin.

We have begun to frame the foundation walls at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview! »

April 13, 2017

We are hanging the drywall at our new construction in Lincoln Park Chicago! »

April 13, 2017

The concrete has been poured for the footings at our New Construction in Glenview! »

April 11, 2017

Pre-Fab fireplace installed in Lincoln Park! »

April 8, 2017

The owner has selected a Cosmo 42″ gas fireplace made by Heat and Glo.

The footing framing is done and ready for inspection at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview! »

April 8, 2017

Footings are an important part of foundation construction. They are made of concrete with rebar reinforcement that has been poured into an excavated trench. The purpose of footings is to support the foundation and prevent settling.

We are insulating at our new construction in Lincoln Park Chicago! »

April 7, 2017

ThermoSeal 2000 closed cell insulation is applied as a liquid spray which expands approximately 15 times its initial mass and cures within seconds into a semi-rigid mass. Fills all building cavities completely sealing all cracks, crevices, and voids where air loss and infiltration are most common.  It is designed to make homes more energy efficient, stronger, healthier, quieter and more comfortable.

 

Excavation has started at our spec home on Echo Lane in Glenview »

April 6, 2017

We have started excavation of our new construction spec home at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview.

Demolition has begun in Glenview! »

March 29, 2017

We have demolished the existing home and will begin excavation for our new spec home at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview.

We are just about to start demolition on a spec home at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview »

March 16, 2017

We have the construction fence up and the permits are ready.  Once the water is shut off we can start demolition  next week.

These are the floor plans for the spec home at 937 Echo Lane in Glenview »

March 13, 2017

These are the color renderings of the spec house we are building in Glenview. »

March 10, 2017

Our new construction in Morton Grove is ready for the rough inspections. »

March 4, 2017

The HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical work has been completed at Mango. »

March 3, 2017

The framing, plumbing and HVAC rough work has been completed in Lincoln Park and we are ready for the inspections. »

March 3, 2017

Pella Windows have been installed in the New Construction in Lincoln Park »

February 28, 2017

We have started to install the stone on the garage in Morton Grove. »

February 28, 2017

Installing the freeze board, soffits and fascia on the garage in Morton Grove. »

February 28, 2017

Slab has been poured and we are ready to frame the basement at our new construction in Lincoln Park. »

February 25, 2017

The Valder Stone delivery from Eden Stone is being unloaded at Mango. »

February 24, 2017

Ready to pour slab in Lincoln Park »

February 23, 2017

The insulation and wire mesh has been installed on the slab floor.  The hydronic tubing has been installed for the radiant heat in the basement slab.  We are now ready to pour the slab at our new construction.

Preparing Basement Slab in Lincoln Park »

February 22, 2017

Adding gravel and leveling out the basement slab at our new construction.

The rough framing has been completed in Lincoln Park. »

February 16, 2017

The rough framing has been completed in Lincoln Park.  The rough HVAC, plumbing and electrical work can begin along with the roofing.

Drying in the roof of our new construction in Morton Grove »

December 23, 2016

Drying in the roof means making it so that water falling on the roof does not penetrate and enter the house.  Since we are going to install Davinci synthetic slate on the roof, a special self adhering membrane underlayment is installed on the roof.

Installing the Pella Windows with the blinds in the glass at Mango »

December 16, 2016

Getting prepared for backfill at the new construction in Lincoln Park »

December 14, 2016

In preparation of backfilling the foundation walls, we are cutting the steel shoring down and are protecting the foundation wall with straw and the ground with blankets so that nothing freezes.

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Foundation Walls poured and the forms are being removed in Lincoln Park »

December 13, 2016

After we poured the concrete, blankets were put over the foundation walls to keep the warmth in and to allow the concrete to cure in the cold weather.  Once the concrete had cured, the blankets and forms were removed and straw was put around the exterior foundation and blankets were put on the interior ground next to the foundation.  This was done so that the ground doesn’t freeze and we will be able to do the underground and slab plumbing work.

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Setting up the forms for the foundation walls in Lincoln Park »

December 9, 2016

We have set up the forms that frame out the foundation walls at the new construction in Lincoln Park.  We are ready to pour the concrete. setting-up-the-wall-forms-in-lincoln-park-chicago-1ready-to-pour-the-foundation-walls-in-lincoln-park-chicago-1

 

Setting up and pouring the footings in Lincoln Park Chicago »

December 8, 2016

The purpose of the footings is to support the foundation and prevent settling.  They are first framed with wood and then the concrete is poured and smoothed out.  The foundation walls will be built on top of the footings.

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Excavating so that we can start building the custom home in Lincoln Park Chicago. »

December 7, 2016

Since the houses are so close in Chicago, we had a settlement surveyor come out to set up control points on the neighbors house.  These control points will be measured again after the foundation has been back filled to show that there was no settlement of the buildings next to the construction site.  We then we used steel beams to shore the banks.  The shoring (steel beams) supports the dirt so that it doesn’t collapse into the newly excavated foundation.  Once the shoring has been installed, the excavation can be done without having to worry about the banks collapsing.

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Building the Oval Ceiling in the foyer to showcase the chandelier »

December 6, 2016

Building the roof at Mango in Morton Grove »

December 4, 2016

After the framing of the 2nd floor ceiling joists the roof rafters and plywood are installed.

Pouring the basement slab in Morton Grove »

November 29, 2016

We have installed the radiant tubing over the wire mesh in the basement and are now pouring the concrete for the slab.

Knocking down the walls and removing the debris in Lincoln Park »

November 26, 2016

 

All of the building materials have been donated.  Now it is time to knock down the walls and remove the construction debris so that we can start excavation.

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Raising the second floor walls at Mango »

November 22, 2016

Materials are being set aside for donating at the Lincoln Park Chicago Project »

November 22, 2016

The roof and 2nd floor have been deconstructed and broken down in the materials that will be donated.  The next step is to deconstruct the first floor and the basement.

 

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Building second floor walls at the new construction in Morton Grove. »

November 21, 2016

The second floor deck has been built in Morton Grove. »

November 18, 2016

The second floor deck is has been built at Mango in Morton Grove.

Deconstruction in Lincoln Park Chicago »

November 18, 2016

The owners have decided to have their home deconstructed instead of demolished.  Deconstruction is the process of taking down the house in the reverse order of how it was built and then donating the building materials to charities like Habitat for Humanity.  Deconstruction is done by hand instead of using heavy equipment to preserve the materials.  The cost is a higher than having the house demolished, but there are tax deductions for the donations that help offset the higher costs.

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The basement slab is ready for radiant heat tubing to be installed at Mango »

November 15, 2016

The underground plumbing has been completed and inspected.  Then crushed gravel was spread evenly over the whole basement floor and the insulation/vapor barrier has been laid over the gravel and taped.  Then we installed a concrete reinforcement mesh on the top.  Now we are ready for the radiant heat tubing to be installed.

Building the first floor interior walls at new construction in Morton Grove »

November 14, 2016

We are raising the interior first floor walls at Mango.  The walls are built on the ground and then lifted into place and nailed.

Building the first floor walls in Morton Grove »

November 10, 2016

We are framing the first floor walls at the new construction at Mango.

 

Framing the first floor decking at Mango »

November 7, 2016

The framing has started and the framers are working on the first floor decking.  Once the first floor decking has been completed they can start to build the walls.

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Installing Steel Beams and Columns in Morton Grove »

November 5, 2016

We are installing the steel beams and columns at Mango so that we can start framing the new construction.

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Waterpoofing the foundation at Mango in Morton Grove »

November 4, 2016

We are applying the Rub-R wall product to waterproof the foundation walls.  When the Rub-R wall product is used, the company warrants all the areas covered by the Rub-R wall product not to leak for the life of the foundation.   For more information about this product, you can go to http://www.westsiderubrwall.com/

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Pouring the foundation walls at Mango in Morton Grove. »

November 3, 2016

We have installed horizontal and vertical rebar inside the form walls before we pour the concrete to make the walls stronger and are pouring 4000 PSI concrete.

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Building the foundation walls before pouring the concrete at Mango in Morton Grove »

November 1, 2016

The forms were lowered into the basement and now they are being installed so that the concrete foundation walls can be poured.

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Coming Soon – New Construction in New Trier Township Glenview! »

October 30, 2016

We will be starting construction on a home in the New Trier school district. It is not too late to make some changes during construction.  More information coming in the next few weeks.

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Installing the Drain Tile at Mango in Morton Grove »

October 29, 2016

Drain tile is a corrugated pipe with small slits covered with a fabric sleeve.  The drain tile is then covered with gravel.  The slits let water enter the pipe and the fabric sleeve prevents larger soil objects to enter the pipe.  The purpose of the drain tile is to collect the water around the basement foundation and divert it to the sump pump pit and then it is pumped out of the house and away from the foundation.

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We have framed and poured the footings at Mango in Morton Grove »

October 28, 2016

We had the inspection from the Village of Glenview on the footings prior to pouring the concrete and got the green light so we poured the concrete.  The next step will be to frame the foundation walls and schedule a pre-pour inspection.

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The Park Ridge Pergola is done! »

October 27, 2016

We have completed the Pergola and all the patio furniture has been moved back.  The trim on the columns is a great touch to dress up what would have been plain wood columns and add some dimensions to the pergola.

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We are starting Construction on a New Custom Home in Lincoln Park, Chicago »

October 26, 2016

We are waiting for the water to be disconnected at the street and the City of Chicago permits, once we have that done we will be at full speed ahead to get the foundation poured before the winter sets in.

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Work Continues on New Construction in Swainwood subdivision Glenview »

October 16, 2016

The plumber, electrician and HVAC contractors have started to do the rough in work.  This means that the lines for plumbing, electrical and HVAC are brought into the house and into each room but the final connections are not made.  After all the rough in work has been completed, the Village of Glenview will come out to inspect the work.

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Excavation on Mango in Morton Grove »

October 12, 2016

Demolition has been completed and excavation has started on our new construction in Morton Grove.  During excavation, the banks need to be protected so they don’t collapse so plywood and steel is used to shore the banks.  The shoring is covered with heavy plastic to protect the banks from any erosion by heavy rains.
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Pergola in Park Ridge has been Framed »

October 11, 2016

The framing has been completed on the pergola.  The last step will be to trim the columns and do the paint touch ups and caulking.  Then schedule the final inspection with the City of Park Ridge.

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In Park Ridge, the pergola is ready to be framed »

October 9, 2016

The masons have rebuilt the walls after the posts/columns have been anchored to the footing. The next step will be to frame the Pergola and then add the finishing trim.

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