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PHS Hard-Hat Tours + Happy Hour Networking - North Shore, Illinois

PHS Hard-Hat Tours

2019 PHS Builder/Architect Hard-Hat Tours + Happy Hour Networking

North Shore Illinois Area

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Facilitated by Wendy Cohen & Johnny O'Brien
(Date/Location subject to change)
NOTE: All tours start promptly at times below.
Catherine Schager Designs

First Stop – Home Renovation, Lake Forest, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Catherine Schager began this project as a gut of the powder room plus a re-fresh and furnish the living room, dining room, family room, laundry room and office. Client added remodel of master bath, bedroom and hall bath plus entryway.

  • David Callahan & Michelle Chircop & Dave Peters, Callahan & Peters
  • Leslie Smith, Tithof Tile & Marble
  • Kimberly Colarossi, Circa Lighting
  • Sue Trainor, Closet Works
  • Joe Poklop, Lewis Floor and Home
  • Steven Gertz, Crawford Supply
  • Dina Michaels, Ferguson
  • Karla Krengel, Greenfield Cabinetry
  • Rachel Sotoloff, Idlewood Electric
  • Mo & Afshin, Shabahang Rugs
  • Sue Hermann, Chicago Design Source

Catherin Schager bathroom remodel
Catherine Schager Designs
Catherine Schager powder room remodel
Catherine Schager family room
Tina Dann-Fenwick Interiors

Second Stop – Church Remodel, Lake Forest, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Renovation and remodel to create a new multipurpose, open plan gathering space for the Church, adjacent to the Sanctuary by Tina Dann Fenwick. Our scope was to create a flexible floor plan suitable for the new fellowship space designed by the architect.  Design and select all furnishings, lighting, finishes for the new space, connecting rooms; kitchen, formal South Parlor, Deerpath room (excluding kitchen cabinetry and bookcase design). We also had input into the design of the columns in the new space. Project time frame was September 2018 to Easter 2019.

  • Diana Melichar, Melichar Architects
  • Chris Horton, Altounian Construction, Project Manager
TDF Interiors church remodel
TDF Interiors example
TDF Interiors
TDF Interiors kitchen
Kipnis Architecture + Planning

Third Stop –1950’s Ranch Renovation, Lake Bluff, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Total gut renovation by Nathan Kipnis, FAIA, Kipnis Architecture + Planning of a non-descript 1950's ranch into a home highlighting a mid-century design aspect. Currently in the rough framing stage.
John Tiedmann, Tiedmann Enterprises, Inc., Builder
Kipnis Rendering
Kipnis Remodel Project Rendering
Kipnis Addition
Kipnis Framing Stage

Fourth Stop –Break, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Take a break, catch up on some calls, grab a bite to eat. More tours up next.

Davis Audio

Fifth Stop – 2 New Construction Homes, Deerfield, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

David Davis and Dave Mandel's stop covers two new homes on a cul-du-sac that are wired for technology. One home is occupied and the other is ready for drywall.


Sixth Stop –Highland Park, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Garth Sager, Chalet presents this sleek, contemporary style single-family home was a total rebuild on a challenging site that includes steep grades towards the home and a ravine in the rear yard. The homeowner wanted the home and landscape to complement each other using a modern and minimalistic style and approach. Entertainment spaces, clean lines, a simple material palate and capturing views inside and out of the home were all goals for the project. In conjunction with the construction of the home, the exterior was completely redesigned and developed including new stone walkways and patios with Ipe accents, custom-designed front entry water feature, landscape lighting, irrigation, heated driveway, extensive landscape plantings with a highly selected plant palate, etc. The prominent custom water feature that welcomes you at the front entrance of the home integrates elegant raised bluestone steppers leading to the front door. These steppers are surrounded by a heated living pond designed to house fish and aquatic plants. Landscape lighting highlights key plant material and accents the hardscape and water feature to handle both nighttime visual interest and safety. Careful design consideration needed to be taken due to the site’s delicate environmental condition with the site being steeply sloped in front and located adjacent to a steep and protected ravine in the backyard. Necessary setbacks, grading and drainage systems were key factors in the project’s implementation. A restrained but highly selected plant and color palate was chosen to emphasis visual texture and year-round interest. The planting design features extensive groundcover sedges, evergreens and ornamental trees. The result is an exterior landscape that acts as an extension of the interior by mimicking the home and its distinct architectural style and aesthetic. As with any project of this nature and complexity, collaboration was key. An ever-changing combination of contractors and specialists were on site daily. Constant communication and collaboration was required to achieve the desired outcome of the project and by working closely together the project resulted in a visually striking home and landscape that is enjoyed by the homeowners and guests.
  • Larry Carnes, Reflections Water Gardens, water features
  • Hirsch Brick and Stone, stonework
Chalet landscape
Chalet landscape design
Culliton Quinn

Seventh Stop –Private Garden Design, Winnetka, 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Tour this private garden design including pool house and screen porch incorporated into lush landscaping by Tony Quinn , Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture. Situated on a one-acre property overlooking a golf course in Winnetka, Illinois, this Georgian home celebrates formality.  The design language is echoed throughout the landscape in the form of hedges, painted walls with limestone copings, Chippendale style gates and railings, and formal paving patterns.   Along the drive court, a boxwood hedge atop a low wall hides an interior garden with diamond-patterned parterres and layered boxwood globes.  Valders limestone and gravel walks create a strolling experience to other garden spaces.  Sweeping views to the golf course are preserved with an expansive front lawn and Sesleria grass borders.  Colorful perennials pop in a strong visual garden, seen from the kitchen windows.  Entering the rear yard, a fountain with a custom lead spout and twin Pear espaliers, doubles as a spa.  18’ arborvitae flank the long, elegant pool maintaining privacy year-round.  White benches and planter boxes pop against a tall boxwood hedge, defining the formal lawn space from the pool area; it remains partially hidden when closed for the winter.  Bluestone herringbone inlays with corresponding furniture arrangements adorn the grand back terrace overlooking the great lawn.  The garden design strikes a balance between functionality for an active family and the client’s formal aesthetic.


  • Paul Konstant, Konstant Architecture and Planning - Architect
  • Kim Eriksen, Eriksen Armstrong Corporation - Builder
  • Dan Kjeldbjerg, Pouls Landscaping & Nursery, Inc. - Landscape Contractor
  • Daniel Wood, Lurvey Landscape Supply - Stone Supplier
  • Paul Zuzinec, Pouls – Maintenance Manager
  • Anthony Fontana, G. Fontana and Sons - Masonry
  • John Egan, A1 Contractors, Inc. - Masonry
  • Michael Boilini, Boilini Company - Pool
  • Luc Halupka, HL Stairs, Inc. - Fence & Railing
  • Nick Miller, Lightscapes, Inc. - Site Lighting
  • Marty Shrero, Advanced Irrigation - Site Irrigation
Culliton Quinn Winnetka
Culliton Quinn garden design
Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture
Chalet Nursery

Final Stop: Networking, Cocktails & Lite Bites, Wilmette, 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Hosted by Garth Sager,  Chalet Nursery & Landscaping to mingle with PowerHouse SMART® members, guests and project collaborators.

PHS Happy Hour Networking
PHS Happy Hour Networking
PHS Happy Hour Networking
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Various stops, North Shore Chicago, IL area
Janet Janowiak
PHS Hard-Hat Tours
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