Montreux Homes Wins Crystal Key Award for Remodeling

December 09, 2012

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Montreux Homes stated:

My clients resided at the current location for nine years with there five children and out grew the 3,100 square feet two-story home which was built in 1970.

My clients were not in a position to demolish the home and decided that a renovation of the current home would best suit there needs. My clients left the design and layouts to the Montreux Team but stressed that the home should be open and spacious for the kids to play and sufficient bedroom space for the there daughters and boys to have there own space.

Given the size of the family and there large immediate family the new design was based upon a large open kitchen which flowed into the family room. Limiting interior walls and creating an open space to entertain was critical for my clients and the final floor plan was beyond there expectations.

Since the two major moving design elements of the new home consisted of eliminating the original second floor and original roof line and expanding the depth of the second floor, we first needed to hire a structural engineer to see if the current foundation could structurally take on the new second and third floor. With this information in hand we then needed to add a new foundation to the rear of the home which spanned the entire width of the rear elevation.

The old and new foundation then needed to be tied in such a way that the old basement was not effected by the new foundation. Most importantly that the existing foundation while exposed was properly shored to eliminate the risk of collapse during the dig and pour of the new foundation. All these items were critical and successfully obtained in order to add the 3,500 square feet needed to obtain the design needed for my clients needs.

The original home could have easily been demolished and started from new but given the families history in this neighborhood and the years spent in the original home building their life together the decision to renovate and create from within was an easy choice. The final outcome is a creative blending of the old home to the new is a seamless transition. The mix of modern elements with old world charm and the attention to detail through out this home is evident from room to room.

For more information on Montreux Homes, please visit or call 630-850-7105.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago’s KEY and SAMMY Awards celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2012. The awards began in 1972 and have grown throughout the years to now feature more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. The KEY and SAMMY awards are the premier awards of Chicago’s residential building industry. To see more award winners, visit Chicago Real Estate Forum.

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