The Developer Isn’t the Big, Bad Wolf

 For seven years the gas station at Fairview and 2nd Street in Downers Grove has been vacant. Now, with overgrown landscape and a building covered with graffiti, it’s a general eyesore. Located just down the street from our office, it’s …

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Now is the Time

6 Ways to Move Forward with a Renovation or New Building Now that you have spent so much time sequestered in your home, you probably have a pretty good idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. Perhaps your …

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Top 12 Kitchen Design Tips

We all know the kitchen is the center of activity in the typical American home. It has become the place for family gatherings. Where does everyone migrate to during the holidays and parties? You know the answer, it’s the kitchen. …

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Ready Set Go

I’ve been involved in the construction industry for so long it’s hard for me to imagine how daunting it can be for someone ready to embark upon a construction project for the first time. If you haven’t experienced it before, …

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Ready Set Go

I’ve been involved in the construction industry for so long it’s hard for me to imagine how daunting it can be for someone ready to embark upon a construction project for the first time. If you haven’t experienced it before, …

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Why Good Photography of Design Projects Matter

Choosing the photos to put on the walls of our new office got me thinking about project photography and why good photography of the completed project matters. Usually, when a design project finishes up, the construction and any landscaping are …

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Visualization Drives the Design of Our New Office

Studio21 Architects recently designed, built, and moved into our new office space in Downers Grove. It resulted in an incredible change in our physical surroundings which has then had a positive effect on the way we feel at work. It …

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Plan Now for Options Later: Aging in Place

I’ve had a number of recent conversations with various friends about the cost required to move their parents into assisted living. It’s a phenomenal amount of money and there’s got to be a better way, one where you can remain …

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