At Get Dwell, we’re always looking for excellent local craftsman who can help our clients reach their home repair and redesign goals. And when your needs change, one company clients in our area recommend is Change Design Group. Jeff Burch of Change Design Group explains what people are looking for today and what trends they are seeing.
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“As the seasons change and 2010 comes to a close, homeowners are excited about finishing up some projects before the holidays and looking forward to new projects for the new year. The current economy has shown many homeowners the value of making their home into a beautiful refuge for their families. Homeowners are looking a little more inward at just how to remodel their home and create as much value as they can.
“One of the current trends is the continued focus on green design. Using natural materials such as wood, bamboo and cork, as well as recycled and reclaimed materials can not only improve the atmosphere at home, but can also conserve natural resources. Homeowners are looking for appliances and faucets that conserve both electricity and water. Our clients depend upon us to recommend the products that will bring them the right balance of design, function and energy efficiency.
“Specialized work areas are a strong trend in kitchen design. Designated areas such as baking areas, a coffee area and organizational areas for charging devices and for messages work well for many families. As children grow, the design of a kitchen or living space must anticipate the changing needs of a family. Determining a particular family’s needs and creating a beautiful, custom solution for that family are Change Design Group’s greatest strengths.
“A strong design trend is a greater focus on lighting. The ability to create several different functional and aesthetic moods is very appealing to homeowners. Since the kitchen is the focus of so many living areas, Change Design Group is well-qualified to help their clients choose fixtures and locations to transition from bright, functional lighting to a softer lighting scheme more suitable for entertaining. Energy efficient lighting such as LED lamps bring warmth to a space without creating the heat like other types of lighting. The LED bulbs will also last for years without changing, bringing long-term value to the home.”
About Change Design Group
“Change Is Good” is the motto of Change Design Group based in Wilmette and co-founded by Mike O’Brien and Jeff Burch. They each bring a passion to the art of design and the attention to detail their clients deserve. The focus of Change Design Group is to provide design and space planning, custom cabinetry, millwork and installation for residential kitchens, libraries, offices, mudrooms and theaters. From concept to reality, Change Design Group will transform your current rooms into beautiful, functional spaces where family memories will be formed for years to come.
Mike O’Brien was classically trained as an architect at both the University of Illinois and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Before partnering with Jeff Burch, he spent 15 years with de Giulio Kitchen Design in Wilmette designing hundreds of projects of all styles. Mike’s extensive experience, phenomenal artistic abilities and relaxed approach to the design process make working with him a pleasure. He is an excellent listener and will seamlessly transform a space into something beautiful that also addresses the specific needs of the homeowner.
Jeff Burch earned a business degree from Bradley University, but soon discovered after college that his true talents were in finish carpentry and project management. Jeff is a talented craftsman, extremely detail-oriented, and strives to exceed the expectations of every client. He has been involved in hundreds of projects over the course of his career and spent 6 years at de Giulio kitchen design, where he and Mike met.