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Building Your Home With An Eye Toward The Future

October 2, 2017
Custom Home Plans and Model

Designing Your Home

No two clients are the same and so every home should be unique.

Our mission is to build a home that fits each family's immediate wants and needs, while taking into account future lifestyle considerations. We work alongside architects and designers to carefully consider a client's specific situation; the number of people in the household, the gender and age of every family member, and their particular preferences and interests.

Our goal is to capture the essence of a client's current lifestyle and make an educated guess about how they'll live in their new home as time passes.

This "lifestyle profile" helps determine everything about a client's new home, from the simplest and most obvious, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, to less common features such as personal and public entertainment areas, specialized storage space and architectural style. We encourage our clients’ to spend some time thinking about their current lifestyle, paying particular attention to how it might change in the future.

Creating your own Lifestyle Profile:

Plan with an eye to the future. In addition to a simple count (Don't forget the pets!) of those living under your roof, consider how each person in the family uses the house now and is likely to use it in the near future.

A couple without children, for instance, might consider at least two secondary bedrooms (in addition to the master suite) that can serve as a home office, guest room, or a hobby space -- or, eventually, children's bedrooms.

A young family might look for a home in which the secondary bedrooms are located on the opposite side of the house or on a different level. This plan will not only accommodate aging kids but can also serve different uses, such as a guest or game room, once the children leave the nest.

If regular visitors are a part of your lifestyle, you might consider a separate suite above the garage that could double as a hobby space or home office.

Mobility and Special Needs. Regardless of your age or current physical condition, remember that a temporary or chronic impairment might limit your ability to get around your house in the future.

If bedrooms are on the second floor, even a pulled muscle can keep a family member from climbing the stairs. A main-level "flex" space (especially one with semi-private access to a bathroom) offers a comfortable alternative to a couch or a cot in times of a temporary disability. This setup easily converts to a permanent bedroom on the lower level when stairs are best left to younger members of the household.

Floor coverings, cabinet and counter heights can be tastefully altered to promote ease of use regardless of one's physical state. Consider, too, ease of access to and around the house from the outside. You might consider at-grade entrances and solid, hard surfaces such as continuous walkways instead of paving stones.

And don't forget the outdoors. For clients who relish the opportunity to spend the evening at the grill, we'll factor that into the design and layout of a new home.  However, for those who prefer to lounge by the pool we'll focus on fabulous pool and spa designs.

As a builder dedicated to making housing dreams a reality, we are committed to providing homes that are best suited to the people who buy and live in them. Armed with a solid understanding of our clients' particular wants and needs, we can pinpoint the right house and features, delivering homes that suit their circumstances now and in the future.


If you just cannot decide what your style is exactly and you need some inspiration, we invite you to view our gallery images on or We showcase every style from Farmhouse to French Country. You will surely find something to get the creative juices flowing. If you still need some direction our talented team of architects and designers can help you through the process. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today at or 630.882.8822 to get started on your new dream home!

While Bob and I have worked with CL Design Build, the experience has been positive, professional, and one we would pursue again. Our dream home was creatively designed balancing practicality and cost. Cheryl’s attention to detail will make our home a focal point of the neighborhood. Thanks to all at CL Design Build!

~ Bob and Ann Elwood

We met with 5 different local builders when we started this custom build adventure. Cheryl Lee, hands down, left the best impression. She was knowledgeable, open to and interested in our ideas. They were always timely and attentive to any and all questions that we had and patient and informative when we were chewing over a decision. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience than working with the CL Design-Build team! Danielle Brown

~ Danielle Brown

We enjoyed working with CL Design Build to build our 100% custom dream home. Starting with a blank piece of paper, we were able to build our home from bottom to top using our own ideas and concepts. We are really enjoying our home today.

~ Doug and Cinda Coyne

That teamwork between Brad and Cheryl ensured that we received the best that is available. There is a trust and bond between CL Design-Build and their clients that gave us peace of mind. The numerous compliments that we receive on our beautiful home are tremendous!

~ Richard and Kristine Christie