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.
We’ve got some big news! One of our recent builds in the Cooper Woods neighborhood will be one of five homes on the 2018 Geneva Holiday House Tour! Our fantastic clients at 1309 Cooper Lane, Geneva will be working with Heinz Brothers Landscaping to add some holiday charm to their already beautiful home and we can’t wait to see it!
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.
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.
A Saturday spent in the western suburbs of Chicago with Sandy Hagen, the on-staff design consultant for Havlicek Builders. Sandy traveled to Wasco Nursery, Geneva Park District’s Wheeler Park, and Graham’s Chocolates in this month’s Saturdays with Sandy.
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.