Richter Builders Expands on Tradition of Crafting Custom Homes in Lake County and Beyond

February 13, 2010

Some things are just made to stand the test of time. Like a stout, tall oak tree. A stirring poem by Longfellow or a symphony by Mozart. And a custom home crafted by Richter Builders.

Richter BuildersNot to mention Richter Builders itself, which has endured and prospered for 27 years in Libertyville while countless local competitors have come and gone.

“We’ve built quite a few homes in Libertyville over the years, especially many of the higher-end properties in town,” said Pat, 57, whose son Scott, 37, became a principal in the firm four years ago. “We’re very well known in and around this village, as evidenced by our continued high word-of-mouth referral rate in this area.”

But the firm’s vast portfolio of projects isn’t limited to Libertyville, where Pat’s company has been based since 1983. Buyers throughout the northern suburbs who desire a made-to-order custom home or pre-built spec continually choose Richter Builders. As evidence, consider the many exquisite residences he’s fashioned over the years in North Shore and Lake County locations like Lake Bluff, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Glencoe.

Richter’s latest creation is soon to break ground: a New England style home to be built in the Sherborne subdivision off Winchester Road in Libertyville within highly acclaimed school district #70. The forthcoming home, slated for completion in 2011, is set on one of three homesites that Pat has reserved within this newly developed wooded community.

“What sets us apart from other builders is the amount of research I perform on what I think buyers desire in a custom home. I’m always cataloguing architecture I notice in magazines, homes I see while traveling, and new products and trends that impress me,” said Pat.

“I try to think outside of the box and ask important questions. For instance, how would you build your home if you could build it yourself? What are the newest green technologies and energy efficient and sustainable materials to consider? What is the best way to demolish a teardown and recycle or reuse some of the components? And what reclaimed materials can be used in your home?”

Richter Builders is “proud of the fact that we’ve been environmentally conscious long before ‘building green’ became trendy,” Pat said.

When you choose a Richter home, he added, “you can count on more than an exquisite residence that is completely custom. You can also expect a home that doesn’t compromise on luxury, comfort, craftsmanship or preferred amenities. Every home we create boasts a high caliber of upscale standard features and is built to last.”

A few years ago, Pat’s own Libertyville home suffered a lighting strike, causing a fire in the attic. While his house was saved and no one was hurt, it prompted Pat to think harder about implementing better fireproofing measures and products in the homes he builds.

“While Libertyville already had a requirement in place mandating fire sprinkler systems in new construction, it caused me to ask the question, why allow a home to catch fire at all?” Pat said. “There are products that can fireproof homes in the rough construction stage. And that begs the question, why use a builder who doesn’t incorporate these methods and materials?”

Richter Builders employs an array of smart practices and innovative materials to safeguard its homes, increase efficiencies and add lasting value, Scott said. “For example, the balanced use of closed cell foam and 2 x 6 wall construction adds extra insulation for greater thermal efficiency without dramatically increasing the budget. We also use a more permanent damp proofing system that protects our foundations against water penetration.”

“Our goal,” added Pat, “is to combine these innovative and sustainable materials and create a home that still going to be standing strong 200 years from now.”

Pat began building in the early seventies, when he bought and refurbished a single-family home as an 18-year-old. He earned a masters degree in business and even attended law school for a time prior to landing a position with a bank as a commercial lending specialist. He decided to strike off on his own and pursue his homebuilder dreams in 1978 when he founded Richter Builders and completed his first custom residence.

“Gradually, business grew from two to three homes a year to as many as a dozen custom homes annually. Eventually, I expanded our work outside of Illinois, building log cabin-style lodge residences in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and multi-million dollar homes in Ft. Lauderdale and Naples, Florida,” said Pat, whose family-owned business today includes brother-in-law Brian Roberts, construction manager, and Brian’s wife Lisa, chief financial officer. Additionally, Pat’s Realtor/broker wife Maggie runs Richter Realty in Libertyville.

“You know you’re doing something right when you can point to many repeat customers, including multiple generations of the same families,” Pat noted.

Richter Builders has been busier than ever in recent years crafting completely custom homes built from the ground up. Additionally, father and son have established a strong niche in the area’s remodeling and home improvement market.

“A significant portion of our business is renovation, especially now that more homeowners are choosing to remain in their homes and upgrade them as opposed to trying to sell them in a tight real estate market,” said Scott.

Pat and Scott also run a full-service kitchen and bath design firm they launched in 2003. Richter Cabinets of Distinction serves as a dealership for top-of-the-line custom Wood-Mode and semi-custom Brookhaven cabinetry, which the Richters install regularly in kitchens, baths, home offices, dens, lower levels, mudrooms and other living areas within homes across the northern suburbs.

“Today’s homeowners value fine finishes and a highly custom furniture look in their cabinetry, which Wood-Mode specializes in,” said Scott, who is excited about new Wood-Mode and Brookhaven displays that will be added to their showroom in the coming months. “They insist on an uncompromising level of quality and sophistication. And while functionality, practical design and efficiency are important to them, customers want to make a strong visual and esthetic statement with their cabinetry.”

Whether they’re wearing the hat of builder, remodeler or cabinetry expert, Pat and Scott distinguish themselves from the competition in the close attention they personally give to each and every customer.

“With other companies, you deal with several middle-men, including the sales manager, the construction manager and so on. But when you give us your business, you can count on dealing with Scott and myself, the owners of the company,” said Pat. “The buck stops with us. We will personally and promptly answer any questions you have and guarantee your complete satisfaction.”

Richter Builders and Richter Cabinets of Distinction are located at 410 E. Park Ave., Suite 101, in Libertyville. The showroom is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, phone (847) 812-3115 or visit RichterBuilders.com.

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Lynn Walsh is the President at Walsh Communications, LLC. Walsh Communications is a full-service public relations, marketing and advertising agency for home builders and real estate-related industries.



Great Article.. Thanks for the information..


I can definitely respect this:

Richter Builders is “proud of the fact that we’ve been environmentally conscious long before ‘building green’ became trendy,” Pat said.

Illinois is a really nice state, only been there once and had a blast. Some really pretty countryside & neighborhoods.

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