Top Functional Trends of 2019: Convection Steam Ovens

Top Functional Trends of 2019: Convection Steam Ovens

When it comes to the kitchen, Sandy suggests clients to incorporate a convection steam oven into their design.  While the convection steam oven isn’t necessarily new, the versatility of the appliance continues to expand.  Steam, roast, bake, slow cook, and more in a convection steam oven.  The combination of convection AND steam means that dishes cook faster and have the option to be both moist and crispy.  Translation: No more soggy leftovers!  “A stale baguette is rejuvenated to just-baked freshness… Crisp, hot phyllo pastry is baked around firmly frozen ice cream. Miraculous? It’s all in a day’s work for the convection steam oven,” sites the Wolf website.

George Havlicek on NBC 5 Chicago News

George Havlicek on NBC 5 Chicago News

The City of Geneva, like other Chicago suburbs, is considering mandatory fire sprinkler installations in new residential builds.  If approved, the sprinkler requirement would not take effect until December 30, 2019, but as a home builder we feel passionate about this potential change.  Depending on the square footage of a home, and the layout, fire sprinklers can add tens of thousands of dollars to a new home.  While we believe in safety always, we also feel that it should be the homeowners choice on how they choose to spend their money.  

Backyard Style: Trends We Love

Backyard Style: Trends We Love

We’re convinced that there isn’t much better than spending time with friends and family in a charming backyard setting. And today’s design trends are giving homeowners the chance to extend their personal style and space outside. Whether you’re dreaming of hosting big backyard parties or creating a private and peaceful escape, here are a few backyard trends that we can’t stop thinking about.

Design Trend: The Revival of Wallpaper

Design Trend: The Revival of Wallpaper

Wallpaper is back and has never been better! Well, to be honest, wallpaper never left it just wasn’t as widely used. Today, even your favorite home furniture retailers carry their own lines of wallpaper.  In one of our recent builds in Geneva, our client chose a texturized wallpaper in a beautiful blue/gray color that runs all the way up to the second floor foyer. The soft grasscloth-like surface is the perfect contrast to the white, wood trim. While the wallpaper makes a statement, it is neutral enough to layer with pictures and artwork.