Orren Pickell wins Silver Key Award for Mettawa Home

November 16, 2011

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Orren Pickell Designers and Builders for winning a Silver Key Award in the category of “Excellence in New Construction: Custom Home 3,501 – 4,200 sq. ft.” for a home at 25300 Nektosha Way, Mettawa.

After purchasing the property of their dreams, the homeowners of this majestic location began the enviable task of designing and building a home that would do justice to the surroundings.

They envisioned a contemporary farmhouse that would not only suite their taste and lifestyle but also take fullest advantage of the sweeping 37-acre prairie-like location in an ecologically friendly environment.

The dramatic architectural lines of the home were intentionally designed to be the focal point of the property, with minimalist exterior color contrasting beautifully with the natural splendor of the landscape.

The homeowners selected concrete floors, a metal roof and an ‘ultra-fine’ stucco exterior to further demonstrate their desire for an understated impact. The home utilizes a geothermal heating system, high-efficiency foam insulation and windows to lessen the impact on the environment, and several acres of protected wetlands have been preserved on the property.

Inside, oversize sliding glass doors invite magnificent views throughout the home, with glass railings at the staircases that enhance the unobstructed floor plan.

This residence is an exquisite example of contemporary design and construction, inspired by the conscientious and gracious family who truly appreciates their role as caretakers of the property.

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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