In Progress - Golf Course Home
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Sep 17, 2019
Our new luxury residence adjacent to a golf course on the north shore of Chicago, Illinois is coming along nicely. The Eriksen Armstrong Corporation has done a quick job of erecting the frame, installing the Loewen windows, and beginning the exterior stone & traditional stucco installation. The exterior will continue to take on a more finished appearance as winter approaches, and the detailed interior carpentry work begins.
The clients’ appreciation for French country architecture, with elements of stone, stucco, brick and slate became the basis of the design. Their goals were to achieve and understated elegance with a warm feeling, lots of large windows to give natural light, and to take full advantage of golf course views, lot width and slope. The home will truly bring the outside in.
Principal and design Leader, Gary Beyerl, shaped the traditional home to include several terraced patios that expand the living space to the outdoors, and give varying views of the landscape. The gentle slopes are also beneficial for the family’s aging dogs. The main floor features two masonry fireplaces, each with a unique fire-brick coursing. The primary feature of this home however, will be the grand stair hall, which anchors the circulation path. The stair features 18’ tall windows flooding the house with light. The stair windows will also illuminate ornate Japanese screens that serve as a focal point on the 2nd floor landing. Even with the current temporary construction stair in place, the drama of this room is beginning to reveal itself after the window installation.
Our design also harmonizes elegant looks with the latest in building technology. As the exterior shell is now in place, the thermal and moisture protection elements are front and center. The foundation system is being kept dry with a DELTA®-MS dimpled membrane that wicks away ground-water.
Above ground, the exterior wall & roof sheathing is provided by Zip-Wall, an integrated water and air-resistive barrier that delivers moisture and air protection in an integrated system. The roof and exterior walls will later be filled with the latest in foam insulation, providing superior thermal performance while keeping moisture and vapor out of the assemblies. The above mentioned Loewen windows, manufactured in Winnipeg, are among the top industry performers, and beyond looking great, should do well to minimize the heat gain in the south views of the golf course, and protect the home in the next polar vortex.