Construction Update: New Park Ridge Home

Conceptual Rendering


Construction is well underway on another fantastic new home in Park Ridge on Elmore! The foundation work was completed in the fall and the framing followed quickly after. Work is ongoing on the interior with the exterior waiting for some warmer days. We’re eager to see our team at O’Connor Brehm Design-Build bring our great exterior detailing to life!

Before & After Transformation

Our clients had purchased this Tudor style home that had a major addition done prior to their purchase.  The addition wasn't all that sensitive to the style and massing of the existing.  The homeowners approached Brehm Architects wanting to change the look and improve the curb appeal without altering the massing of the addition.  We proposed a new front porch, a few simple architectural changes, new materials and staining the existing brick.   We think these moves really transformed and dramatically improved the look of a house.  What do you think? Leave us a comment below!  

Vine Street Design

Our partner company, Vine Street Design has expanded into a beautiful new showroom in Uptown Park Ridge.  Vine Street Design was founded by Greg Brehm, who is also the founding principal of Brehm Architects and O'Connor Brehm Design-Build. Together his three firms offer a single source for comprehensive stress-free home design and construction.  Vine Street Design is your source for all your custom cabinetry needs.


Construction Update: Edgemont Project

Construction work on the new, custom, single family home we designed for clients in Park Ridge is proceeding well.  The masonry details and brick arches fabricated on site turned out great!  The windows are in, the roof is on and copper gutters/downspouts have been installed.  The custom carved limestone front porch components are currently being installed.  If it ever stops snowing, they'll be able to start the stucco work.  See if you can spot the flying piece of drywall in the photos!  

Elmore Project Complete

Work is nearly complete on our Elmore English Cottage Style Project in Park Ridge.  We always love to add another great project to our portfolio of custom homes.  Our clients are ecstatic with the result and can't wait to move in!  What do you think?  We'd love to hear your comments below.

Tudor Renovation Complete

Work was recently completed on the remodeling and addition to a tudor-style home in Park Ridge.  Check out the stunning blue kitchen! We'll have more pictures of the exterior in the spring so that you can see the seamless transition at the rear addition.

Click on the photo to see the project page on our site.   


 Our clients were thrilled with the result and love their new home.  Here's a portion of their review: 
"Greg Brehm, and Project Architect, Tim Hawkins, have an excellent design eye and even more important, they are great listeners. During our meetings Tim would always capture even the most mundane or minute details that we mentioned. When we met with him and Greg, we gave them a VERY rough idea of what we wanted and the two of them really brought our vision to life." 
Click here for the full review:

Another This Old House Photoshop Redo

We were recently asked again to contribute to This Old House Magazine's Photoshop Redo Segment.  Take a look here and be sure to click through all seven pages of the article.  You can also find it in the July/August 2017 issue.  Thanks again to Kate Wood and all the staff at This Old House Magazine for inviting us to contribute to their great publication!  


Glenview Porch Addition Complete

Our rear covered porch addition in Glenview recently wrapped up just in time for a family party.  Thanks for another great effort by our project team!  Most importantly, our greatest reward comes from our homeowners' satisfaction with the result: "We are loving our new space and thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you!  We hope to work together again soon."

Glencoe Facelift Complete!

Our Glencoe Facelift project is wrapped up and the homeowners are delighted with the transformation of their home.  Here's a portion of an email we received from them thanking us for the effort: "We are thrilled with the overall look, it looks like a totally different house. Your design work, without making major changes to the house, has made an exceptional difference. Thank you for your hard work. It is greatly appreciated."

New Website!

Welcome to our new website.  Our Blog will feature any news about our firm, developments on projects being designed and under construction.  We also plan on having all kinds of interesting information, thoughts and all things related to single family residential design.  

Construction Update: Glencoe Facelift

Work is proceeding nicely on our facelift project in Glencoe.  The new brick is completed and the new garage door is installed; both are awaiting a paint job!  New sconces were being installed and looked great.  We also made a trip up to Lake Bluff to check on progress of the custom steel canopy, which is looking great.  As it turns out, creating a compound curve out of steel is not that easy to do.  

This Old House Photoshop Redo

We were asked to contribute to This Old House Magazine's "Photoshop Redo" segment for a Park Ridge home in need of some help.  The article was featured in their January/February issue.  Click here for the link to the website: 

Thanks to Kate Wood and the rest of the editorial staff at This Old House Magazine for inviting us to participate in this fun design exercise