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Fire Elements of Your Outdoor Living Space: What, Where, How

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Mar 22, 2014 6:15:00 AM

Guest blog post written by Dan Wanzung, licensed landscape architect and partner, American Gardens, Inc.

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Topics: Collaboration, Outdoor Living Space, fire features, fire pit, fire pits, outdoor fire place, outdoor fire places, outdoor fire options

7 Big Outdoor Living Trends for Burr Ridge for 2014

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Mar 20, 2014 2:57:00 PM

 

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Topics: Collaboration, Outdoor Living Space, Trends in Outdoor Living

Tips for Designing a French Country Home in Barrington, IL

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Feb 20, 2014 12:28:00 PM

 

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Topics: Collaboration, French Country Design, Designing a French Country Home

What’s the Difference between Architects and Interior Designers?

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Feb 15, 2014 2:11:00 PM

I field several questions from clients about the difference between architects and interior designers. When I’m in a discussion about plans to build their new custom home or renovate their existing home, this topic tends to surface to the top – and for good reason. Homeowners want to make sure their project is built or remodeled as efficiently as possible, and that means assembling the right design/build team from the very beginning.

 

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Topics: Collaboration, Difference between Architects and Interior Designe

Construction 101 – 15 Interview Questions to Ask a General Contractor

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Feb 10, 2014 1:13:00 PM

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Topics: Construction 101, 15 Interview Questions to Ask a General Contractor, questions for a contractor, questions for a general contractor, interview questions for contractor, what to ask a general contractor

Construction 101 – How to Design Master Suites in Oakbrook, IL

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Jan 30, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Forbes magazine rates Chicago the third most-stressful city in America, second only to Los Angeles and New York. That’s not a list in which you want to be in the top three, right? We share the title of the worst traffic congestion in the country with Washington, D.C., because – on average, we spend 70 hours a year in bottlenecks and un-smooth sailing on the roads. Our unemployment rate is over 10 percent, and we’re the fourth most densely packed city in the United States. OK. Take a breather. So where and when do we get to relax in the Chicagoland area?

 

While none of the conditions I mentioned above will change overnight, there is something you can do to create a relaxing space within your own home each and every day: design a master suite that’s uniquely yours. In this blog, I want to address the basics of how to design a master suite in Oak Brook, IL or any other suburb in the Chicago area. I’m not going to talk about color palettes, fabrics, accessories or other selections; I’ll leave that to the interior designers. I’m approaching this topic from the perspective of what I’ve successfully built and renovated as part of a collaborative effort for clients in the suburban Chicagoland area.

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Topics: How to Design Master Suites in Oakbrook IL, designing master suites, designing master bedrooms, how to design a master bedroom, how to design a master bath, master suite layout, master bath layout, master suites design, master bath design

Remodeling Homes in Wheaton, IL? Ask about lead.

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Jan 22, 2014 9:31:00 AM

I love the charm, beauty and picturesque landscaping of towns like Wheaton, IL.  It has a small-town feel with top-rated amenities, schools, parks, businesses, shopping, recreation and more. If you’re not familiar with the City of Wheaton, read about just some of the reasons why this town is among my favorites in the Chicagoland area.

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Topics: Remodeling Homes in Wheaton IL, Home Remodeling Contractors in Wheaton, Wheaton Remodeling Companies, Remodeling firms in Wheaton, Wheaton Home Remodeling

Do Home Remodeling Contractors in Hinsdale, IL Need Staff Designers?

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Jan 21, 2014 3:35:00 PM

The short answer to this question is no, and the reason is that homeowners (clients) are always better served this way. Let me explain why home remodeling contractors in Hinsdale, IL or anywhere else in the Chicagoland area don’t need their own designers on staff.

 

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Topics: Home Remodeling Contractors in Hinsdale, Hinsdale Remodeling Companies, Remodeling firms in Hinsdale, Hinsdale Home Remodeling

How to Pass a Home Inspection in Barrington, IL 60010

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Jan 4, 2014 8:18:00 AM

 

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Topics: Pass a home inspection in Barrington IL 60010, how to pass a home inspection in Barrington IL 600, building department home inspection in Barrington, passing home inspections in Barrington IL 60010, Barrington IL home inspections

Can you stay in your home during a remodel? YES.

Posted by Chris Donatelli on Jan 3, 2014 2:39:00 PM

 

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Topics: Can you stay in your home during a remodel, staying in your home during a remodel, can I stay in my home during a remodel, stay in home during remodeling, living through a remodel