Architect's Job More Than Merely Designing Plans
The stereotypical view of an architect sitting at a drafting board while designing plans for new homes is just one phase of the services luxury home buyers receive when contracting with builder/architect Charles Page.
The North Shore architect has designed and built more than 300 homes in Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Northfield, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff during the past 30 years. His Northfield-based construction company, in which his children, Russell, Steven and Catherine are also involved, is presently enjoying its most successful year. Page Builders anticipates a projected sales volume of more than $20 million for the homes presently planned.
"While the design process is central to the creation of a custom home, there are many other aspects in which we become involved," said Page. "By choosing a company that can provide both design and construction capabilities, buyers can achieve the greatest control, cost-effectiveness and accountability."
Even among buyers who can afford the $2 million to $3 million prices that are typical of elegant Page-built homes, cost is an important consideration.
Besides taking the ideas and word pictures of the clients and turning them into plans, Page and his staff provide advice and assistance in:
- Selecting materials and choice of design details, including exteriors, fireplaces surrounds, decorative moldings, flooring, ceilings and all other areas. …