Project Spotlight: East Village Apartments

The first building of the East Village Apartments is nearing completion. Designed by Studio21 Architects, this three story, 10 unit building, just blocks from downtown Downers Grove has 9 two-bedroom, two-bath units and 1 one-bedroom, one-bath accessible first floor unit. …

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Fond Memories Last: A Luxury Home for My Family

What can be more exciting than designing your own dream home? It can be a lifelong dream for many, including myself. Soon after starting our Design+Build process many years ago, the opportunity finally came along. I had sold a speculative …

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Storm Water Management

Given the recent heavy flooding in Lake County Illinois, it’s a good opportunity to address the storm water management policies in Downers Grove and other Chicago-land areas. Anyone who has built a new home or major addition recently may have …

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Downers Grove Kitchen Renovation

Recently, a team member of the Studio21 Architects completed a kitchen renovation for of his own home. The dated 1960’s kitchen was in need of a major renovation to make it more suitable to today’s lifestyle. Kitchens are increasingly becoming …

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How Racing Made Me a Better Architect

At a recent marketing conference, I confirmed something I always knew about myself. My number one personality trait is the need for competition, the second most dominate trait is the need for knowledge. That explains everything. I love competition. For …

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