the cross's "just right" design+Build home
DESIGNS THAT STOOD THE TEST OF TIME
A RUSTIC & REFINED NORTHWOODS HOME
reflect one’s personality, and can make daily life more comfortable and more joyous. When I was younger, anytime I saw a design that I loved or a home feature that piqued my interest, I mentally filed it away for that time in the future when I could build a dream home of my own.
fairview station flats
you may remember what used to be in the new building’s spot. The site originally housed a gas station and auto repair shop which had long fallen out-of-use. Craig Ross of Ross Builders came to Studio21 Architects with the idea of an apartment development with condominium quality, and due to the site’s proximity to the train station, it turned out to be the ideal spot to work with. With its location, the tenants at the Fairview Station Flats can enjoy easy city access with the METRA station just footsteps away.
In contrast to many of the apartment complexes that have popped up in recent years, Ross wanted smaller-scale, boutique living, with more focus on the amenities within the units themselves. Instead of communal pools or workout spaces, they opted for higher-end units with spacious rooms and high-end finishes. Open concept kitchens with islands large enough to accommodate seating, in-unit laundry rooms, and patios/balconies with privacy lent by sleek aluminum fences are just some of the features that make this apartment building appealing. One amenity in particular that proves itself very useful are the twelve indoor garages. With a mixture of one-car and two-car garages, and some units having direct access to them from their units, Chicago renters would immensely enjoy this feature, especially in the wintertime!
while also designing with the developer’s ideas in mind. Storage space also involved creative design solutions. Most of us can agree that apartments generally lack in the storage department, but in the spirit of condominium quality, Stahr worked to incorporate enough storage in each unit that would make any tenant feel organized.
designs that stood the test of time
the murray's modern farmhouse
Trendy versus timeless is a debate that seems to bring everyone to their own, unique conclusion. We think that there is no better person to ask than the clients who have actually gotten to live it. The Murray's home was completed seven years ago. Read more about their home, and if it's still as timeless as they originally hoped.
being your own architect: the stahr renovation
In 2015, after many years of renting various homes in various locations, resident Studio21 architect, Gregg Stahr, and his wife, Tiffany, decided to take the proverbial leap into homeownership. They chose a small Cape Cod-style home in Wheaton, for two reasons in particular: First off, Tiffany had lived in Wheaton before, and from her experience there, she knew that the town was a perfect place to raise their children; Second, the home itself—albeit small—provided everything they needed at
the time for their family. It was also a nice upside that the original home was set up well for an eventual remodel and add-on.