Country Charm



This is a wonderful example of a timeless era combining old country charm with all the modern conveniences of the 21st century. This beautiful 4,500 square foot residence boasts a beautiful wrap around front porch, large deck and two fire places. You enter the residence through a beautiful 2 story foyer that connects with the great room under a second level bridge which connects the 4 bedrooms on the second floor. The large kitchen is located just to the east of the large 2 story great room. Also located on the first floor is the dinning room, living room and a study that opens to an extra large deck on the north side of the house.

The residence consists of cement fiber lap board siding with a stone base.  The walls contain R-19 batt insulation with a 1" R-5 insulation board on the exterior and wrap in Tyvek building wrap.  There is a high energy efficient furnace with radiant heat in each bathroom. 


Modern Influence



This Lisle neighborhood consists of 1950's residences that are currently being either renovated or completely razed.  Unfortunately the neighborhood is turning into every other typical neighborhood, the same triangle on a box design that every typical builder builds - zero creativity.   

Luckily our latest benefactor wanted to shake things up and step out of the mundane. As architects, this is what we dream of - anything with a little pizzazz. 

The story begins with a 1950's ranch that includes a small addition and a one car detached garage. We are going to demolish the 1,200 sf residence down to its foundation and floor framing.  The new design will present a linear look reinforced with large over hangs flat roofs and clean lines.  Entry to the residence consists of a forced perspective as the walk begins to rise and the over hang begins to fall. After entering the residence, the process is reversed and the perspective is forced to expand thru the stepped ceiling from entry thru the foyer, pass the great room culminating in the veranda.  The open floor plan is accentuated by the continuous flooring material and large expanse of glass in the shape of a folding wall.

The basic floor plan consist of grouping of three structures; public, private and transportation with the vertical circulation acting as a pivot point for the structures.  Both the private and public spaces open up to a large court yard.  A small study and private room with a guest bedroom are located at the front of the residence with the kitchen and great room completing the existing footprint.  The private wing consists of a first floor master bed and bath room with his and her’s walk in closets. The second floor consists of two bedrooms, a Jack-n-Jill bathroom and a laundry room.  A large entertainment room with bar completes the second floor. The large second story decks help expand the second floor foot print with a smooth transition from the inside to the outside.


Rehabilitation of a Chicago Bungalow #2



Another beautiful renovation of a 1930's bungalow.  This project began by removing the all the existing plaster down to the studs.  All new plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling was installed through out the entire home. 

The home consists of 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths which, laundry room, dining, kitchen and family / entertaining room. 

The garden view level consists of a bedroom, laundry, play room / open area/  utility room.  The main level includes two bedrooms with a full bathroom, entertainment room, kitchen, dining rooms. The master bedroom and bathroom occupy the second floor along with a comfortable sitting room.  


cape cod expansion


glen ellyn

Cape Cod Architectural Style - the classic American form that was efficient and well thought out saw a Revival from the 1930 - 1950's.  The Glen Ellyn Residence sits on an acre of land and was constructed during the mid 1950's.  

The client's goal is to expand the foot print to include a Great Room, Master Bed / Bath, 2nd floor Laundry Room, Three car garage and large wood deck on the north side of the residence.

The expansion will add approximately 1,000 sf of living space wall the garage will consist of another 1,000 s.f. with work shop and car lift.


Arts and Craftsman Style



This project is interesting in that we are keeping half of the structure and rebuilding the other half.  This residence was built in 1903 in the  American Architectural Style  known as Craftsman.  Our  new design follows this tradition and pay homage to the original homes style.  

The project consists of removing the second story and reconstructing it with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The first floor also gets an upgrade and some rearrangement.   All new exterior siding, trim, roof, windows, doors, decks and front porches round out the complete remodel. 

The project is also going to feature solar panels and generator.


New Modern...


It started in the woods......

The first design of the modern net zero home.  It will consist of solar panels, radiant heat, triple pane glazing system, green roofs, geothermal and extra thick walls for high insulation value.

The walls are 12" thick with hybrid system of insulation that includes a closed cell and batt insulation in the cavity with an additional continuous 1" rigid insulation.  This particular system give the best of all three materials. The hybrid system will obtain an R-value of close to an R-60.




House on the River



This remarkable example of the modernist movement in architecture was constructed in 1941. Located in Rockford, IL and situated on the Rock River, the house sits partially in a 100 year flood zone area of the river. This location presented some unique opportunities for the design of the foundation for the new additional square footage that was being added on the west side of the residence.

The foundation was designed to take in account the possible flooding of the Rock River and the flow of the river. We designed it as a post and beam foundation in lieu of the traditional poured foundation walls and footing. We used concrete circular piers and concrete grade beams to support the above structure. This solution created flow areas under the house so not to create addition pressure from the river.

The first floor was completely reconfigured to allow for an open floor plan and large kitchen. A new staircase was installed to allow access to the new enlarged second story. The second level included a new bathroom, 2 bedrooms, 1 master bed and bath, home office, laundry and a large storage area. There are two fireplaces – one on the main living area and the other in the master bedroom flanked by two windows.

With large overhangs, a new balcony, new windows and a new second story this home stayed true to its roots and is now an enjoyable home for the homeowners.


Rehabilitation of a Classic Chicago Bungalow


This is a beautiful example of the classic 1940 Chicago bungalow.s   We needed to transformed this classic look into a modern residence that appeals the modern lifestyle. By opening up walls, and removing a few, we were able to get a circular flow around the central architecture feature - the fire place. 

By renovating in lieu of tearing the structure down we were able to keep a large amount of construction debris out of the landfill.  Another key to the upgrade is the insulation - the walls consist of R-19 and the ceiling is now R-49.   The residence is also located close to a bus stop which is another bonus.

This small footprint comprises of:  First Floor;  Open Kitchen and Dinette area, entertainment/gathering room, 2 bedrooms and a full bath. The second floor, that consists of the Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom, was added and increase the square footage of the house by 600 square feet.

Victorian Modern 

downers grove

New and old at the same time.  This 2,900 sf house sports three floors with a total of 5 bedrooms, entertainment area, study and large all purpose basement.  An oversized deck sits on the back of this beautiful home.  Completing the residence is a generous 2 car detached garage.

This beautiful home features a beautiful wrap around front porch with standing seam roof.  A large brick fireplace anchors the home on the north side of the house.

This home consists of high efficient energy star appliances, high R-value insulation; a combination of spray foam closed cell insulation and batt insulation for at total R value of 25. The roof consists of R-50 closed cell spray foam insulation.  Each bath room contains radiant heat. 

Country Style at its Finest



This beautiful country estate  sits on a large lush wooded lot at the end of a cul-de-sac.

The residence consists of 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, a study, grand dining room, great room, bonus room and a three car garage with a workshop.

Out back Consists of a stone fire place, coy pond deck and patio.




It all started when…

This is a beautiful architectural gem located in Hamilton, Ohio.  Built in the late 19th century, this shows the craftsmanship that was prevail ant at the turn of the 20th century.




It all started when…

Another example of the wonderful architecture located in Hamilton, Ohio.  These homes are made of such high quality that they have stood the test of time.


Marco Island, Florida:  Re-roofing Project #1

marco island, florida

This beautiful home is located on Marco Island and was built in 1987.  As much as we would like to take credit for this beautiful design, we can't - it was built before our time on the island.  I can say that we were able to assist the owner in helping with her roof repair due to the damage of Hurricane Irma. The damaged to the roof was extensive.  Numerous tiles were either missing or damaged on the ridge and the field tiles were shatter and also missing. The other issue is that the existing tiles are no longer available nor are they unable to interlock with the existing tiles translating into an entire new roof.


Marco Island, Fl Re-roofing Project #2


It all started when…

Once again this is another example of the damage Hurricane Irma caused on Marco Island, Fl.  This home was built in 2005 and again TES Architects was not the designer. But we are helping with fixing the roofing system.  One of the problems with the roof damage is that with out climbing on the roof  and inspecting the tiles, it would be easy to miss the fact that the tiles can be lifted between 1 and 4 inches.  


Marco Island, FL Re-roofing #3


It all started when…

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It all started when…

This beautiful home built was built in 1892 in the small town of Hamilton Ohio.  This was a booming town at the turn of the 20th century and the residences show that success.