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Home Addition Checklist: Set Your Project Up Like An Expert

When planning a home addition project, there are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration. After…

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What Makes Open Floor Plans So Popular?

People enjoy being in spacious, open surroundings. When there’s room to spread out and the home has a sense of…

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How to Build an Energy Efficient Home Using BrightLeaf’s Building Science

New construction means a better-built home, right? That's the assumption when it comes home building - and anything else "new"…

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Five Things To Know When Building A Luxury Custom Home

There is no place like home. This statement could not be truer when it comes to luxury custom homes. A…

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Why A Custom Built Home Offers More Value than Buying a Resale Property

Finding a new home is a daunting process. You search endlessly online, squeeze as many showings into your schedule as…

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Why You Need to Incorporate Flex Space Into Your Home

We can all relate to the need for flexible and adaptable spaces in our homes, even after the 2020 pandemic…

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Community Spotlight: The Chicago Suburb of Western Springs

Tree-lined streets, neighborhood parks, an active downtown, convenient location, great schools - these are just the highlights of the Chicago…

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Luxury Design Trends You Should Try in 2021

After the past year of remote-everything living, we’re sure you’re feeling a little uninspired by the current interiors of your…

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Why It Makes Sense to Fully Insulate Your Basement

We’ve fielded quite a few questions on why would it make sense to insulate foundation walls and basement slabs since…

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How to Maximize Your Design Using Your Lot

Just like any other custom home project, there are various aspects to consider before we recommend any concrete planning begins.…

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Why Is Now the Time to Build a Custom Home?

Upon meeting clients who are considering building, many of them ask “Is now a good time to build?”. Long story…

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6 Amazing Tips to Design Energy-Efficient Homes

From sustainable techniques to conscientious sourcing, homeowners are embracing the green homes trend more and more. Nowadays, it’s all about…

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Designing and Building a Downers Grove Custom Home with a View

Say hello to our latest custom built home in Downers Grove! This five bedroom, four and a half bathroom home…

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15 Questions to Answer Before Hiring an Architect

You’re considering building a custom home. You feel inspired by the idea of crafting a space that perfectly reflects your…

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What effect do the latest interest rates have on custom home building?

Home shoppers were thrilled last year when interest rates dropped to unprecedented levels below 3%. The Fed dropped rates to…

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

The snow, wind, and freezing temps of a Chicago winter are brutal enough, but when you add the stress and…

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

In January 2019, energy usage, uncomfortable homes, high heating bills, and broken pipes became top of mind in the wake…

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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. You want to trust…

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The Benefits Of Designing Your Home With BrightLeaf

One of the most exciting parts of custom home building is developing the design for it. Good design isn’t just…

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

How BrightLeaf Delivers Project Management and Peace of Mind You’ve heard plenty of negative experiences – whether it’s from friends,…

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

You’re planning to build a custom home in the future. You know how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, the…

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What is the process of building a custom home?

Building a custom home can seem intimidating at first and you might not be sure where to start. This is…

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7 Elements of a Modern Farmhouse Home Build

Farmhouses are a picturesque and iconic design style in American culture that bring about feelings of wholesome comfort. However, the…

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How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home?

  Timeline is often a very important piece of planning your custom home build and is a question that we…

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

The time has come for a major upgrade to your living situation. Maybe you want to move due to a…

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Interior Design Hacks To Create More Space In Your Home

Creative Ways To Maximize Small Space With Design There are plenty of creative ways to make the best out of…

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Creating More Open Space With Natural Lighting & Intentional Design

The images below highlighting a home in La Grange, IL showcases the welcoming feeling of an inviting open space concept…

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What Is A Typical Budget For Remodeling A Home?

You love where you live - from the location, to the neighborhood, to the nearby downtown, your current living situation…

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Zero Energy Ready Homes Are The Future Of Home Building

What Exactly Is A Zero Energy Ready Home? The U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) created the Zero Energy Ready Home program in…

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

Electric homes offer a world of benefits for both builders (in the way homes are built) and home buyers (in…

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Why Building Green Custom Homes Is Better

Building Green Is About Building A Home Better In Every Single Way Building green is about building a home better…

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Financial Impact On The Housing Market Is Getting Better

The Wheels Haven't Fallen Off Just Yet “Americans are spending money and time upgrading their homes so they can maximize…

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