A Custom Home Design that Embraces Family Living

When this family of five was looking for a new home, they decided to build a custom home that was tailor made for their family and their lifestyle. They worked with the team at BGD&C Custom Homes to handle the architecture and design/build of the home and then brought in the talented Kadlec Architecture + Design (KA+D) firm for the interior design. The final result is a stunning home that embraces family living with a multitude of details that make it a true example of strict quality control.

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This 13,000 square foot home is located in Lincoln Park and boasts classical French style architecture with limestone façade, lavish exterior gardens, and roof deck. BGD&C and KA+D worked hand in hand to bridge the classic French Provincial style of the exterior with relaxed, informal finishes and furnishings.

“Architectural elegance was paramount and was created with clean lines, beautiful rich limestone detailing and a traditional mansard roof.” Rodger Owen – President, BGD&C


In an effort to accommodate family time, as well as provide a highly functional, world-class kitchen they designed an integrated family room and kitchen with enough space for a sizeable breakfast table, a large island with stool seating, and a significant amount of storage and counter space.  Special touches included a painted tongue and groove ceiling, O’Brien Harris hand-painted cabinetry with pewter hood, walnut countertop inset and quartzite countertops.

“We designed the space to be both formal and relaxed for intimate get-togethers as well as casual family time.” –  Steve Kadlec, Founder + Principal, KA+D


One of the most important rooms in the house, the Mudroom had to accommodate everyone’s needs coming and going.  As such, this nerve center of the home has ample storage, space to pull off your boots, and a house desk to drop keys, school books or briefcase. Kadlec Architecture + Design combined clever details using O’Brien Harris stained oak millwork, foundation brick subway tile, and a custom-designed “chalkboard” mural.


A playroom, loft, craft room, and lower level pool provide ample space for the children and for spending time together as a family. The lower level spaces, including a pool, provide a contemporary departure from the rest of the home.

“The client dreamed of a fun family space so we designed an underground pool with adjoining yoga/exercise room (visible through the operable ipe custom shutters!) complete with locker rooms and spa.”  – Rodger Owen


See more photos of this beautiful, custom home on BGD&C or Kadlec Architecture + Design‘s websites.

Architecture, Design & Construction by BGD&C
Interior Design by Kadlec Architecture + Design
Kitchen & Mudroom Cabinetry by O’Brien Harris
Exterior Photography: Tony Soluri
Interior Photography: Nathan Kirkman

About BGD&C Custom Homes: Founded in 1986, BGD&C is a full-service design/build firm specializing in well-crafted homes within Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Gold Coast neighborhoods. With over three decades of architectural design and construction expertise in both new and renovated residential properties, BGD&C has earned a reputation for its exceptional quality and unparalleled service. Headquartered in the iconic John Hancock Building, BGD&C’s focus is ‘distinctly Chicago’ and its historical love of architecture. Each project offers the opportunity to create a unique home that is as singular and remarkable as its clientele. As stewards of quality and craftsmanship, BGD&C produces homes with passion and precision. www.bgdchomes.com

About Kadlec Architecture + Design: We are disciplined in pursuit of the personal. Our design philosophy is reflected in who we are. Quietly confident, enduringly accessible, casual, yet thoughtfully considered. Our studio was founded in 2004 to convene a tightly knit team of designers with exceptional experience. At ten people we remain deliberately small, working closely to give each project our full and focused attention. With every project, we work to build a lasting relationship with our client. It’s through this relationship that we develop meaningful perspective into our client’s needs and aspirations. This clarity of perspective informs the simple and direct design solutions we believe in. We’ve worked with growing families and empty-nesters, young professionals and established executives, shopkeepers and developers. While each client relationship is its own, every project is connected by our thoughtful, disciplined, and detailed approach. www.kadlecdesign.com

About O’Brien Harris: O’Brien Harris are manufacturers of luxury fitted furniture for every room in the house, with a special focus on kitchens, butler’s pantries, master baths, dressing rooms, and paneled libraries. Melding the rich furniture heritage of Great Britain and America, O’Brien Harris creates hand-made cabinetry with the pure lines and precise proportions synonymous with interiors of tailored sophistication. www.obrienharris.com

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