Monday, November 6, 2017





In our most recent project we have installed a closed spray insulation in entire "building envelop" project ( approximately 5,200.0 sq.ft. area). Skokie, IL

The most popular question for all our clients was:
Cost Of Spray Foam Insulation. 

Spray foam is available in two different types: open-cell spray foam which is usually less expensive, however "R value" is lower compering to close cell,  and it is very from $0.70 to $0.80 per board foot and closed-cell spray foam which is about $1 to $1.50 per board foot. Closed-cell spray foam provides a higher R-value. The inverse of U-factor. per inch  is about 6.5 - 6.8
Ceiling joist cleaning after Close spray insulation application on sloped ceiling in laundry area 



There are two primary types of polyurethane spray foams, known as open cell and closed cell. They differ in densities and other aspects that can be beneficial or detrimental in a given application. Closed cell is the denser and more common of the two types of polyurethane spray foam.

Typical material used for closed spray  insulation is Polyethylene foam is a strong, resilient closed-cell foam. Ideally suited as the material or part of a material required in products requiring a shock absorbing, vibration dampening, insulation, barrier or buoyancy component







Attic slope ceiling area insulation
Generally speaking Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is better than any other type of insulation at reducing air leakage.
With foamed-in-place insulation, it is relatively easy to fill wall and ceiling cavities completely. In our recent project we have used closed-cell insulation with R-value 6.7. Closed-cell spray foam provides a higher R-value per inch (6.5) compering to other types of insulation is  less expensive insulation types like cellulose and fiberglass (3.5 to 3.7).
Most spray polyurethane foam is called "two-component" foam. Two ingredients—conventionally called "1" and "2" or A , B

components—are mixed on site using special equipment mounted in a trailer or truck or can be mixed on site delivered in original containers. 
A chemical reaction begins as soon as the chemicals are mixed. The liquid mixture foams, expands, and eventually hardens.





Friday, July 28, 2017

5300 Galitz Street Skokie< IL _Environmental Design





One of our recent project located in a down town of Skokie, IL 60077 was a traditional 

Tudor style house

Existing building was built 1932 in traditional Tudor style having a steeply pitched roof, brick and stone components including original slate roof tiles.  




     5300 Galitz Street, Skokie, IL 60077 (courtesy of CHLEBEK Architects, Ltd.) before renovation 2014


What is Tudor architecture, Tudor style




You probably hear many people identify this asymmetrical style of architecture by one word—Tudor—but Tudor Revival may be more accurate.
 However, in the United States, this style of home first became popular during the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century—then again in the late 20thcentury. These homes feature elements inspired by the medieval architecture of Tudor England in the early 16th century—thus, the term Tudor Revival characterizing steeply pitched roofs most of the time covered by stone slate including decorative half timbering, embellished doorways, windows typically have multiple panes and often clustered together, large chimney with decorative chimney pots,   







When referring to the architectural style in the U.S., the term "Tudor" is historically imprecise. It refers not to typical buildings of Tudor England (early 16th century) but instead to a style popularized in the United States during the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.







Furthermore, the style is more of a catchall term based loosely on a variety of elements from medieval English architecture, from humble cottages to stately manors.















It’s one of the most recognizable features of a Tudor home. Medieval homes in Europe featured walls in which the spaces between the supporting timbers were filled, leaving the structure exposed on the facade.

Modern-day houses typically conceal that structure with cladding. The decorative half-timbers on Tudor homes are an effort to mimic authentic medieval structures


All Tudor houses have steeply pitched roofs, usually with side gables, meaning the gables “open” on the sides of the house. The steep roofs are often punctuated by dormer windows, like those next. The facade usually features a portion of the house that juts out and is topped with a cross-gabled roof, also with a steep pitch.


A pitched roof means there’s more space underneath for storage or extra bedrooms. Adding dormers is a great way not only to boost curb appeal but to bring in natural light. In our project, these existing pitched roof areas have been used for future dormer construction by bringing more light and future use of existing space under roof. 



This existing attic space has been converted from unused storage area, into future office space including private elevator access. Adding roof windows and additional floor area, not only increased area of existing attic living space but boosted entire curb appeal by bringing in natural light, fresh air, and connection with the exterior environment.   




Although some Tudor homes feature include double-hung windows, they most of the time (I would say always) have at least one set of casement windows. The windows also are usually tall and narrow, typically have multiple panes and are often clustered together. Truly authentic in our project owner decided to use a triple pane glass casement windows around the house.



  Tudor houses usually feature at least one set of leaded glass windows, in which metal casings hold together the individual panes as in the window above. Stone or lead mullions, like the ones on the left side, often separate a different piece of glass.
decorative shower area window,






Tudor entries are celebrated. Everything about them says solid. The doors are often made of board and batten wood, generally arched (sometimes with a Tudor, or pointed, arch like this one) and typically boast some sort of medieval-looking hardware like strap hinges. Statement-making door surrounds, like this one surrounded by stone, call even more attention to the entryways.








Tudor houses are built with several siding materials. Although brick and stone are the most common types, stucco wall cladding plays a significant role in the Tudor style as well.



































In Tudor Style house, not only are the chimneys large, often with multiple shafts but they also commonly feature decorative chimney pots (the top part of the chimney), usually either round or octagonal. There’s something about the chimneys, like the squatty doorways, that conveys a sense of permanence.


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(courtesy of CHLEBEK Architects, Ltd.)

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 Design and elevations including floor plans reflecting rear addition with private elevator (above 6,000 sq.ft. of a total construction area.










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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How and Why You Should Find Home design experts by calling Design & Build Architect



Are you a homeowner who wishes that there were something different about your kitchen? Although most homeowners love their homes, including their kitchens, it is relatively easy to get bored of something, especially a room that you visit multiple times a day.  If you are looking for a change, particularly with your kitchen, you may want to think about remodeling your kitchen.  A kitchen remodeling project may be just what you and your kitchen needs.


Kitchen remodeling; sounds fun doesn’t it?  If the idea of remodeling your kitchen sounds exciting, there is a chance that you may want to get started right away.  Of course, you can start remodeling your kitchen whenever you want, but first you must develop a plan. That plan should not only include what particular parts of your kitchen you would like changed, but also how you want them changed.  For instance, if you are making the decision to replace your old kitchen cabinets and countertops with new ones, you need to choose a new set.  In fact, you must choose a new set before you start your project; otherwise, you could be left with a mess.  The only problem is that many homeowners, just like you, have a difficult time determining exactly what they want.

If you have decided that you would like to have your kitchen remodeled, but you don’t exactly know to the full extent how yet, you may want to seek assistance.  If you are looking for professional assistance, you may want to think about acquiring the services of a professional decorator.  Professional decorators are individuals who have not only had training, but they also have experience in the art of decorating.  A professional decorator could not only advise you to replace your kitchen floor, but they could also offer you suggestions on what your flooring replacement should be.  The only problem with this is that professional decorators charge money for their services; therefore, if you are looking to remodel your kitchen on a budget, you may find hiring the services of a professional decorator difficult or even impossible; however, there is an alternative.

If you are looking for kitchen remodeling ideas, such as the latest trends in kitchen countertops and so on, you are advised to use the internet. Perhaps, what is best about the internet is that it is free and the information is about the same as the information that a professional decorator would have provided with you.  In addition to being free, the internet is quick and easy to use.  This means that you don’t have to wait until you get paid or wait until an appointment becomes available; you could easily familiarize yourself with the latest trends is kitchen remodeling, whenever you want.  

Perhaps, the best way to use the internet is to perform a standard internet search.  The internet search used should depend on what you are looking for.  For instance, if you are looking for kitchen countertop ideas, performing a search with the words kitchen countertops may be best.  You may be diverted to a website that offers free kitchen decorating or remodeling ideas, but you will likely be directed to an online website that sells kitchen countertops.  These types of online websites are most commonly the websites of online home improvement stores.  Professional home improvement stores will not just show you their products, but they will likely have online picture displays, just like the displays that you can find in most stores.  These picture displays may help to give you remodeling ideas, such as which kitchen countertops would look good in your kitchen and which ones would not. 




 

If you do not want to shop or examine kitchen remodeling products and designs ideas online, you could also visit one or more of your local home improvement stores.  Most large home improvement stores sell the products, supplies, and materials that are the most popular; therefore, even if you are looking to have a trendy kitchen, you could get remodeling and decorating ideas by visiting your local home improvement store, but as previously mentioned, the internet is a lot easier and a lot quicker way.


Friday, December 23, 2016

C H + Architect & Builders offers construction bidding services to all of our clients. This is an additional service that helps you to find the best-priced contractor when it comes time to begin the actual construction phase of your project.

5300 Galitz Street Skokie, IL  Gut Rehabilitation


There are obvious advantages to having your architect manage the bidding and construction process on

 your construction project. First of all, while any individual person or company may deal with contractors from time to time, it is part of our day to day job. Because of this, we know exactly what to expect
from contractors during a bidding process, and exactly what we want from them. 
Secondly, we have pre-established relationships with many of contractors, and because of long working relationships, we can often get a better price than you could on your own. Finally, we manage the entire bidding process, from start to finish. We start by creating detailed technical documents that guarantee all bidding contractors are working from the same starting point. The contractors will know exactly what is required for the project, which means that the bids will be an apples-to-apples comparison.

Often when contractors are bidding on a project without detailed plans, they will formulate bids based on how they think the project should be completed, and different contractors will have different ideas and therefore different prices. When they are working from your architect's plan, they are all bidding on the same thing.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Why You Should Remodel Your House


Are you a homeowner? If so, have you ever thought about remodeling your kitchen before? While a fairly large number of homeowners think about remodeling their kitchen, not everyone makes the decision to do so. There are a number of reasons why a homeowner wishes to remodel their kitchen, but later decides not to. One of those reasons is the uncertainty. It is not uncommon for you and other homeowners to be wondering whether or not you really need to have your kitchen remodeled. While there is always a chance that you may not, there is also a chance that a kitchen remodeling project is just what you, your home, and your kitchen needs.Blueprint
One of the most obvious reasons why you should remodel your kitchen is if you want to. While a large number of individuals wonder whether or not they should, the uncertainty most commonly has to do with spending the extra money. If you have the extra money and you want to remodel your kitchen, you should. If you are interested in remodeling your kitchen, there is a good chance that you may be unhappy with your current kitchen. Since your home, particularly your kitchen, is something that you spend the majority of your time in, you will want to make sure that it is warm, welcoming, and inviting. If your current kitchen scheme makes you feel uncomfortable or if you just want to change it, go right ahead, you could benefit from doing so, a number of different ways.
In addition to knowing for sure that a kitchen remodeling project is what is needed, there are other homeowners who want a change, but don’t necessarily know what that change should be. When this feeling is present, many homeowners automatically assume that they should purchase a new home, because they are no longer satisfied with the one that they live in. If you want to purchase a new home, go right ahead, the decision is yours to make. However, before you start searching for a new home, one that actually peaks your interest, you may want to think about changing your home around a little bit. By remodeling your home, you could easily spice up your home or even make it feel like something new. As an experiment to see how to goes, you may want to first try remodeling your kitchen.
Another fairly oblivious reason, why it may be a good idea to remodel your kitchen, is if your kitchen needs repairs. Although it is possible to fix a broken cupboard or replace a few kitchen floor tiles, you may want to do more than that. The perfect time to remodel your kitchen is when you have work in your kitchen that you need to do anyways. Even if you do not decide to remodel your whole kitchen, you can focus on a particular part of it, such as your countertops or floor, if you wish. If your kitchen has missing floor tiles or broken cupboards, you are still advised to do those repairs, especially if they may be putting you or your family in danger, safety wise.
     
CH +Architect & Builder apply advanced Design and Construction practices and progressive management techniques to meet the current and future demands of our customers. 
Our Customers are who are seeking Passive Home Design, Construction, Renovation, Rebuild and Project Management as an integral part of their overall success. In essence, we provide quality results in Green Design and Commercial Development for our Customers. All services in design, and construction documentation with full project execution are provided. The firm is committed to maintaining an inspired and creative people that meets our clients’ needs. We continued growth and balance of small and large projects provides them with an expending portfolio of work. Call us today or visit www.charchitect.com for more information 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

If you are taking the next step in life and purchasing a home, chances are that you are feeling the pressure and the anxiety that goes along with this difficult decision. Those who buy homes are very anxious, eager to get any information they can about real estate. Before you buy a home, it always helps to learn all that you can.
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The first thing you’ll need to do when buying a home is to find out just how much you can qualify for or afford to borrow. You should also make it a point to check your credit and know where you stand. If you have any problems, you should strive to correct them for you attempt to borrow money for a home. The higher credit rating you have, the lower your interest rates will be.
If you can, you should always attempt to get pre approved by a mortgage broker or lender, as this will show your commitment to the mortgage. Also make sure to look for any payment or prepayment options that can help you take a few years away from your mortgage. Once you have been pre approved for a mortgage and know where you stand with your monthly payments, you can start shopping for property.
The second  thing you’ll need to do when buying a home is to hire a professional . The best choice is an experienced architect or Home Inspection specialist
When you shop for a home, you should only buy real estate that is perfect for you. Before you start looking, you should always make a list of everything you want your home to have, based on what you want and what you actually need. You should also make sure that you mark out any areas that you are willing to come to a compromise on, just in case you have to.
To assist you with finding the perfect home, you should enlist the services of a reputable real estate agent. When you meet with your agent, you will go over how much you are willing to spend, and what type of home you are looking for. You’re agent will know where ideal properties are, and help you find the home that is best for you.
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Your agent will supply you with a list of potential properties that meet your budget and your features. Once you get the list, you should drive by the homes and check out both the home and the neighborhood. You should consider the appearance and location of the home, safety, access to the freeway, schools nearby, commute time to work, local shopping, and even recreational activities.
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If you don’t find something that interests you the first time, you should keep looking until you find the home that is best for you. Your agent can help with tours of homes and such, even tell you information about neighborhoods that you aren’t familiar with. If you have chosen a good real estate agent, he will care about helping you find a home and go out of his way to ensure that you get exactly what you want.
To get the most from buying a home, you should always hire a real estate agent that you can trust. Your agent will go a long way in helping you buy a home, from finding properties to giving you pointers and tips along the way. Good real estate agents will care about your satisfaction, and will do all that they can to help you find the home of your dreams. You can always buy a home without a real estate agent, although it will take you longer and you won’t get the help and other amenities that a real estate agent will bring to the table.
cropped-logo2-redused.jpgCH +Architect & Builder apply advanced Design and Construction practices and progressive management techniques to meet the current and future demands of our customers. Our Customers are who are seeking Passive Home Design, Construction, Renovation, Rebuild and Project Management as an integral part of their overall success. In essence, we provide quality results in Green Design and Commercial Development for our Customers. All services in design, and construction documentation with full project execution are provided. The firm is committed to maintaining an inspired and creative people that meets our clients’ needs. We continued growth and balance of small and large projects provides them with an expending portfolio of work. Call us today or visit www.charchitect.com for more information