BrightLeaf Academy
Chicago Home Builder

Introducing: BrightLeaf Academy

BrightLeaf Academy is a collection of media, interactive tools, and digital sessions to help educate, inform, and empower you with the knowledge on everything homes, all things construction, real estate, and design.

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your knowledge on the current real estate market or housing industry, understand what the latest interior or exterior design trends are, or need to know the right questions to ask when you’re thinking about building a home or that next remodeling project, our expert insights at BrightLeaf have you covered.

BrightLeaf’s mission is to change the way people live – through innovation. We fulfill this mission by providing a better way to get families in the home of their dreams through award-winning custom home building, remodeling, and expert real estate services.

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Designing and Building a Downers Grove Custom Home with a View20210401222147

Designing and Building a Downers Grove Custom Home with a View

A home with a view, room to grow, and beautiful curated interiors are just a few highlights from our most recent custom build...
15 Questions to Answer Before Hiring an Architect20210323145511

15 Questions to Answer Before Hiring an Architect

If you’re considering designing a custom home but need some guidance on where to start, read these 15 questions to answer fo...
What effect does the latest interest rate have on custom home building?20210315220616

What effect does the latest interest rate have on custom home building?

Despite the recent slight incline in interest rates, money is still historically cheap and provides homebuyers with ample pur...
What is ice damming and how can I prevent it in my home?20210226160941

What is ice damming and how can I prevent it in my home?

One of the most common pain points of winter weather Chicago homes are prone to is ice damming. Learn about what causes ice d...
The Tale of The Zero Energy Ready Home That Survived Sub-Zero Temps Without Heat20210215190435

The Tale of The Zero Energy Ready Home That Survived Sub-Zero Temps Without Heat

In January 2019 we experienced the unforgettable polar vortex. Instead of cranking the heat, we turned ours off at our Wester...
15 Most Important Questions to Ask a Builder Before You Hire Them20210201143528

15 Most Important Questions to Ask a Builder Before You Hire Them

Finding the right builder to work with can feel as daunting as building the home itself. These top 15 questions to ask a buil...
The Benefits Of Designing Your Home With BrightLeaf20210110203208

The Benefits Of Designing Your Home With BrightLeaf

BrightLeaf's integrated design-build approach for custom home building makes the process smoother, easier, and actually enjoy...
There’s An App for That: How BrightLeaf Delivers Project Management & Peace of Mind20210105180517

There’s An App for That: How BrightLeaf Delivers Project Management & Peace of Mind

At BrightLeaf, we use our own project management app to track and monitor the progress and budget of your custom built home. ...
How a New Construction Home Can Improve Your Family’s Health20201218002043

How a New Construction Home Can Improve Your Family’s Health

Beyond simply beautiful design, your home needs to be healthy for your family to live in, as well....
What is the process of building a custom home?20201215235426

What is the process of building a custom home?

Building a custom home can be intimidating but we break down each step so you feel confident in your builder research. ...
7 Elements of a Modern Farmhouse Home Build20201214171415

7 Elements of a Modern Farmhouse Home Build

Looking for a modern farmhouse home build? Here are seven elements you need to know before you build!...
How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home?20200910203806

How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home?

The timeline from start to finish to build a custom home has many variables, but we'll walk you through each phase and durati...
What Are My Options If I Want To Build A Home?20200910201303

What Are My Options If I Want To Build A Home?

There are four high-level options to consider if you want to build a home from large-scale remodeling to build a custom home....
Interior Design Hacks To Create More Space In Your Home20200728193216

Interior Design Hacks To Create More Space In Your Home

There are creative ways to make the best out of a small space. Using different design tactics can transform any tight room in...
Creating More Open Space With Natural Lighting & Intentional Design20200723193641

Creating More Open Space With Natural Lighting & Intentional Design

Here are some images showcasing a welcoming feeling of an inviting open space concept that can be created with natural lighti...
What Is A Typical Budget For Remodeling A Home?20200720042317

What Is A Typical Budget For Remodeling A Home?

How much does a large-scale home remodeling and renovation project cost? A home remodel is a more cost-effective option than ...
Zero Energy Ready Homes Are The Future Of Home Building20200715030027

Zero Energy Ready Homes Are The Future Of Home Building

BrightLeaf, a ZERH Certified Home Builder, shares everything you need to know about Zero Energy Ready Homes and why their hom...
All-Electric Custom Homes: The Next Generation Of Homebuyers In Illinois20200714202159

All-Electric Custom Homes: The Next Generation Of Homebuyers In Illinois

Homebuyers want to save energy & money. Electric homes are the new trend of residential living and custom home builders like ...
Why Building Green Custom Homes Is Better?20200713101535

Why Building Green Custom Homes Is Better?

As a Green Custom Home Builder, BrightLeaf Homes has a more innovative way of doing things. Discover how building a green hom...
Financial Impact On The Housing Market Is Getting Better20200621100024

Financial Impact On The Housing Market Is Getting Better

The housing market in 2020 is still steady, at least in terms of pricing. Historically low mortgage rates and real estate act...