Classic Shingle-Style

Arlington Heights, IL

Exterior

Kitchen

Living Spaces

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Laundry Room

Classic Shingle Style

Tradition was the watchword with this teardown and new construction design and build project. The homeowners wanted to create a home that fit seamlessly into their traditional neighborhood in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and they came to South Shore Custom Homes looking for a builder who could design a home that provided room for their active, growing family that would provide the best modern comforts and gracious living while looking as though it had always been there. What we created together is an extraordinary home: lifelong residents thought we'd renovated an existing home at first glance. The Arlington Heights Historic Society even invited us to feature in their 2016 Historic Home Walk!

Kitchen and Dining Room

With young children and active family and social calendars, the kitchen needed to be open, neat, and efficient. We designed an open space with a casual dining area nearby, a Wolf induction cooktop and dual ovens, a flexible, oversized Kohler sink, SubZero refrigeration, and a functional, furniture-like island. For more formal occasions, a separate formal dining room at the front of the house offers a refined experience that still calls back to parlor dining rooms of a bygone era.

Living Spaces

Homes of the era from which this South Shore Custom Homes draws its inspiration often included several seating areas scattered throughout the house for people to read, converse, play games, and so on. We were able to design several such spaces in the home: game areas, a built-in bookcase/entertainment center, a study center, conversation nooks, and more. Liveable, intimate spaces that encourage the sorts of interactions that build bonds between family and friends and encourage thought and exploration.

Bedrooms

Comfortable and individualized-these were adjectives used to describe the homeowner's vision of the bedrooms in this design. As a young family, the design needed to be able to grow with the children and their shifting needs.

Bathrooms

South Shore Custom Homes was asked to deliver four very different types of bath and powder rooms in one home: the master bath had to be traditional and intimate, including a free-standing tub and dedicated make-up area. The main floor powder room had to be traditional, but with some unique design panache elements. The bathrooms for the kids, including a lovely jack-and-jill for their daughters and a more masculine space for their son, are bright and incorporate plenty of natural light.

Laundry Room

Laundry is always a chore, but the homeowner claims that the upper-floor laundry room is one of the favorite spaces in the house. Large windows, bright colors, tall white wainscoting, innovative faucet, stone folding shelving—all of these work together to create a space that is at once functional and inviting.