Full Circle Architects Wins Gold for Architectural Gem

November 17, 2010

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Full Circle Architects, LLC for winning a Gold Key Award in the category of “Architectural Design Custom Home; 6,501 and over” for the Burgess residence in Bannockburn.

Active, involved, dynamic and uber-social. There is no better way to describe the family that commissioned Full Circle Architects to design their dream home in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Always at the center of a whirl of activity, they requested a home that could accommodate all their social events and still feel like a warm, cozy retreat for the couple to share alone. Furthermore, the family loved the idea of an English country house but also wanted the clean lines and every modern amenity of a well-appointed contemporary home, including an indoor pool and spa, four-car garage, fitness room and media room.

While requesting so many larger spaces, the client also asked that the house not appear too massive on the five-acre site but instead maintain a comfortable scale for the property. Full Circle’s response was to create a classic, symmetrical structure with a central, two-story mass flanked by single-story masonry wings, which gently curve and reach out to welcome those approaching the home.

Inspired by the British architect Edwin Lutyens, the house’s graceful proportions warmly hug the site, reflecting a house that truly mirrors the sociable nature of its owners.

The interior, also designed by Full Circle, provides a consistent vision of how the home would be used. Room placement, adjacencies, circulation, acoustics and even material selection consider the subtle qualities that help to define comfort for such an active family.

With three children and two dogs, the selected finishes had to be very durable while still displaying the level of sophistication the parents desired. Full Circle responded with elegant details and materials and even took it a step further. They incorporated features such as built-ins and multi-functional window seats with storage that create “perching points” for the family to stop and enjoy the home, as well as the property’s beautiful views from many different vantage points.

The wood property had originally contained a house with a much smaller footprint. The architects sited the new home, which has a much larger footprint, in a way that they could save as many trees as possible, however, several trees were unavoidably removed to accommodate the new house. In the interest of sustainability (and a little bit of sentimentality), new kitchen furniture was custom built from the wood of the felled trees, and the family continues to enjoy those trees albeit in another form.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Key Awards were created in 1972 to recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping. It has since evolved into one of the premier housing programs in the country.

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