About the Key Awards

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Key Awards were created in 1972 to recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping.

Today, the Key Awards are one of the premier housing awards in the country.

Keep reading to see a few of the accolades received by our design, construction, and remodeling teams.

Our Gold Key Awards

Excellence in Remodeling for a Whole House, Arlington Heights

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The size constraints of the original 3-bedroom ranch home were more than the family of 6 could manage. A second floor addition and the remodeling of more than 75% of the main floor living area created a much more functional and enjoyable home.

In order to create the much needed space without over sizing the house for its surroundings, the addition creates a story and a half look with much of the second floor built into a steep pitched roof with integrated shed dormers. The second floor has a master bedroom with a walk in closet and a master bath with a large custom tiled shower, two additional bedrooms and a hall bath for the kids.

One of the bedrooms was for three boys, so it was important the room was built large enough for each one to have their own space. The colors used for the kids’ bedrooms and bath are all tied together and give a fun, kid-friendly feel to the space, especially the custom tile shower with blue penny round tiles that seem to resemble bubbles.

The first floor was remodeled to accommodate the new stair to the second floor and to open up the floor plan by making use of the existing bedroom space. By tearing out one of the bedrooms, we were able to make a much larger eat in kitchen, which was a huge addition, as a designated eating area was lacking in the original house.

The kitchen maximizes space with tall upper cabinets and a working island while still maintaining all the original windows for ample natural light. The wall between the living room and previous master bedroom was opened up to create a den for the kids to play in and watch TV off the formal living room area.

Excellence in Remodeling for a Kitchen, Arlington Heights

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For this homeowner, the small eat-in kitchen just did not offer enough space.

By building a 10-foot addition off the kitchen and dining area, the kitchen now flows with the rest of the house and offers multiple functions for the once small kitchen. The new space, not only functions as a kitchen, but has a built in bar area, a large island with breakfast bar and ample space for informal dining.

Black and white was the driving force in the selections for this kitchen. Custom white shaker cabinets contrasted against Absolute Black honed granite around the perimeter are flip flopped on the island which has a dark espresso stain and a Calcutta Quartzite counter.

The contrast on the island creates a focal point for the room. With several industrial inspired stainless stools around one end, the kitchen becomes an ideal gathering place.

The black and white theme is carried through to the backsplash, which is predominantly white subway tiles set flush to the counters with 1” accents of glass, metal or granite set throughout.

A combination of drawers and doors and a few extras, such as the hidden utility storage behind the fridge, maximize the storage for this kitchen. A custom built-in banquette creates both seating and storage for the informal dining area and creates a cozy and efficient area for the family to gather for meals.

Finally, the hardwood floors that were refinished a dark walnut stain to contrast the white cabinets, continue through the main floor of the house making the kitchen addition seem like it had always been there.

Excellence in Remodeling for a Kitchen, Arlington Heights

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This kitchen had great potential but lacked efficiency of space and an outdated look. By taking out the soffits, rearranging several of the appliances and maximizing the cabinet space, we were able to update this kitchen and make it everything the owner desired.

Custom cabinetry was utilized to maximize every inch of the small kitchen. An efficient pantry, tall upper cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling and ease of access to all of the blind corner cabinets created added storage without adding square footage.

An integrated hutch was also designed with seeded glass cabinet fronts to display decorative china and glassware and elevate the formality of the kitchen and dining area. A custom tile backsplash with a granite accent over the cooktop tied the whole look together.

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Our Silver Key Awards

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This custom home was designed to be the owner’s dream house. Being located in the historic neighborhood of downtown Arlington Heights and having a mixture of historic styles as neighbors, it was important to make this new home fit with the historic character of the neighborhood.

A full front porch, detached garage and exterior details helped to integrate the house into its surroundings. The level of detail is not limited to the exterior, but flows inside where care was taken to create each room with custom details.

The main floor has a formal entry with a 2-story stairway, an office and a dining room that create a more historic feel to the layout of the front of the home. However, floor plan opens up as you move towards the back of the house where the kitchen and informal dining area flow into the great room with a sunroom and deck off the back of the house.

Custom cabinetry, built-ins and crown molding continue the level of detail displayed throughout the entire home. It was very important to the owner that a bit of the original house that was torn down be preserved, so the leaded glass transoms were reused as a framed decorative element separating the kitchen from the informal dining area.

A mudroom with built in cubbies, storage and a half bath create an informal entry for the family from the detached garage. With dark wide plank hardwood floors throughout the house, the first floor flows right into the second floor as you ascend the custom staircase.

The second floor houses three bedrooms, 2 full baths, a laundry room and a master suite with walk in closets, large master bath with custom tiled shower and claw foot tub, and a small private balcony.

The basement was finished to create a playroom for the kids, a second entertaining area with built in bar and a guest bedroom and bath. The level of finish and detail was continuous throughout the house with 2 carpenter built mantles, 5 built-ins, custom cabinetry, and decorative trim details.