For those of you following our #lugbilllanding remodel on instagram, I wanted to provide you with a little backstory.
I have built my career and life around creating beautiful spaces through remodeling. I’ve loved a good construction project since buying a fixer upper and rehabbing it as a college student.
I’m addicted to the process and love watching my vision come to life. One of my favorite parts of this process (and my job) is seeing peoples’ faces when they start to see the vision that I have had in my head materialize. It is so very rewarding.
Since moving to Chicago 12 years ago, Justin and I have lived at North Beach Lofts – an amazing condo building with around 45 units, a few blocks away from Lake Michigan. After 5 years of renting, we purchased an amazing space that had the perfect bones for what we wanted. The day after purchasing, we had the place, minus the kitchen, completely gutted. Over time, we slowly made it into the perfect condo and have lived there for about 6 years.
Two years ago we had our first son, Tucker. Our second son, Remi, joined us 8 months ago, which led to us being a bit cramped in the 2 bed/2 bath space. While we adored where we lived, it simply did not have enough space for the bountiful toys that friends and family sent our way. So, with a sad heart, we decided to start passively looking for a new place.
We had been stalking a greystone around the corner from our current condo for over a year (close proximity to our condo was non-negotiable). We fell in love, which was no small feat given a must have list that included:
- Be located within a few blocks of Lake Michigan and our current condo
- 3-4 bedrooms
- Indoor/outdoor flow
- A decent yard
- An open floor plan (or the potential for one)
- The potential for an amazing master suite
- A pleasing exterior facade
- The right price point
- Ample ceiling height
- Great natural light
After seeing the greystone once, we put in a full ask offer that was verbally accepted. We were ecstatic until the owner got cold feet and ended up holding onto the property (and putting it on the market a few more times only to remove it). Naturally, I was so, so disappointed, as I wasted no time in sketching out my floor plan and designing this property from top to bottom in my head.
Fast forwarding, we were in the thralls of parenthood which led us to enrolling our two year old in swim classes, where we met an amazing realtor who later became our friend. He casually sent us listings, but nothing ever compared to the greystone we were attached to.
That changed when he sent Justin an off-market listing at the end of 2019. I’ll never forget Justin sending me a link to #lugbilllanding over gchat. I think my exact response was “Let’s get in that property, I want to buy it!”. The rest is history!
I’ve put countless hours into every detail of the home, and am so very excited to continue showing it to you over the coming weeks. Be sure to follow @lugbilldesigns and/or follow #lugbilllanding on Instagram or Facebook to stay up to date.
I hope you fall in love with this property and the construction journey as much as we have!