Contemporary renovations and beautiful, modern residential architecture

Contemporary renovations and beautiful, modern residential architecture

Why choose makeArchitecture over the competition?

Invitation for the AIA Small Projects Awards party on May 9th in Chicago. Link here

Invitation for the AIA Small Projects Awards party on May 9th in Chicago. Link here

First, Vitruvius–portrayed in the Lego movie–thought that Architecture shared a conceptual framework with Rhetoric. There's a speaker who needs to persuade or move an audience. But the audience should have something in common with speaker to start with. Let's begin there...

You, dear reader, like or LOVE design and think Chicago is a fascinating place for Architecture. Think of all the history here. First, the building technology invented here: balloon frame construction, the caisson foundation and the skyscraper. Second, think of what FL Wright accomplished. He designed houses conceptually around the experience of moving through space rather than how the house looked in a static elevation, a drawing convention divorced from reality. He introduced effects from Japanese landscape into buildings and created volume from Sullivan's figures on a field, aka ornament. They were radical innovations, all of them. While we are neither Wright, nor geniuses, we at makeArchitecture, like a good chef, can help you engage your life in an Architectural manner by asking the question, "How do I want to live?" Architecture should be a relevant, rewarding and affordable part of your life.

There are ways to make Architecture within a budget. That's important. Yes, design costs money but it need not break the bank and we can offer advice that can save tens of thousands of dollars. For instance, the cabinets in the LightBox (pictured above) came in at $50,000. This was almost a third of the project's budget. We figured out a way to do it for less than a third of that. We even specified formaldehyde-free core boxes.

The indirect lighting creates dramatic effect with inexpensive fluorescent fixtures connected to sophisticated dimmers. The integration of lighting into the Architecture is an approach we think  is worthy of the Chicago way. 

Integrated Architecture can save material and expense

Integrated Architecture can save material and expense

We also do our own structural engineering on our residential work. We can integrate structure, envelope and material to save money and create breathtaking effects like the light shelf pictured above. It has four functions: reflector of light deep into the interior, gusset that braces the structural frame of the building. the top of the terrace door frame and creates the clerestory window that can be kept open to naturally ventilate the building. Thus we can find solutions that others cannot because they are not comfortable with integration of form and function.

We can do structures, materials and colors. We understand how things are built and can help find the expert craftsman to realize our vision AND be transparent about how much things cost. Running a construction management program showed us how the sausage is made and we can share this knowledge with you. Yes, you Those are a few of the advantages of working with makeArchitecture.