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A Backyard Bluestone Patio

This patio is designed to: Create an outdoor space that is open, but retains a sense of coziness Allow for adjustable degrees of privacy Create more pleasant shaded areas in the hot summer sun Beautify the rear facade of the house Integrate with the color schemes and proportions of the house Reduce mowing area in the back yard […]

An Artsy Window

One of our clients purchased a beautiful pane of stained glass that he discovered while visiting the West Coast.  From a bulding in Vancouver to a home in Champaign, he entrusted us to find a way to safely and securely install it into an opening where an old bay window used to be.  We designed […]

An Elliptic Ceiling

This curved ceiling is an exhibit of the “Greek theme” that guides the remodeling of this bedroom to stylistically match adjoining areas of the house (see “A Remodel With a Greek Theme – Stage One”).  Our client handed us a basic sketch that indicated a vision for the design – a 9′ recessed ceiling, an 8′ soffit around […]

A River of Mosaic Tile

I will describe how I work with tiles and stones of varying thickness and sizes. Tile thicknesses vary from 3/8” to 1/8”. Face dimensions range from large, 1’x2’ to tip-of-the-finger! Most of the tiles will be laid on flat surfaces. Some will be installed on curved walls and the dual pitched shower floor. A good […]

A Remodel With a Greek Theme

I am extremely pleased to offer you a view of how four people, an interior designer, the owner, an artist and I collaborated to birth an extraordinary project. The details are too many to recall, and the work progressed slowly, over a period of 6 months. I trust the result speaks for itself. It is […]

A Fiber Cement Board Makeover

This project takes place for a relative all the way in Texas.  Can you tell from the photos that we are outside of central Illinois?  Structural repairs are necessary before any siding work can commence. Working in the summer heat day-in day-out is exhausting and we quickly learn the reasons behind the invention of the […]