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.
Remodeling Awards by Year
HBAGC Gold Key Award for this basement
2020 Gold Key Award Winning Arlington Kitchen
Custom Wood Products Design Inspiration Award- Silver for this bath
Custom Wood Products Design Inspiration Award- Silver for this kitchen
2019 Gold Key Award Winning Kitchen
More Gold Key Award Winning Remodeling Projects
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.
Expanding the kitchen was never a part of the scope for this modern family, but the kitchen they lived in was never functional for them. Not only were the soffits an eyesore, but lots of glass cabinets left too much for show. Making this kitchen look worthy of a magazine, but also more functional required a few adjustments such as moving the fridge and microwave locations. With a two story home there’s always things hidden in the soffits, to get ceiling height cabinets some plumbing from the bathroom above had to be reworked. Updated, ceiling height cabinetry in the classic but modern shaker style gave this space a breath of new life. The perimeter white cabinets with dark quartz countertops were complimented with a warm walnut island and though the homeowner loved the look of marble, quartzite was a great alternative that doesn’t stain and like quartz, is antimicrobial. This modern white kitchen with warm accents of reclaimed wood can now be enjoyed by this young family and shown off to their friends and family.
The existing kitchen was small and removed from the living space. By removing the wall that divided the previous kitchen from and incorporating a breakfast nook the space became open and connected. Matching the habits of a modern family, a homework station for two was incorporated with cabinetry into an otherwise unused space. The large island includes storage access on two sides, artistic granite countertop, cookbook shelf and seating for four.
This mid-century kitchen was revamped into a timeless space that brings it back into this century. The modern inspired design was mixed with industrial finishes creating a timeless look that transformed the feel and function of this home.
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.