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Boomgaarden Architects, located in Wilmette, IL, has been serving clients' residential needs for over fourteen years here on the North Shore. Take a look at some of our projects in Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Evanston or Chicago and note the items you may want to incorporate into the design of your own new home, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or basement remodel or historic rehab.

What's Happening !

August 2013

Renovating my 1873 House - Again...

Just a quick peek into my own renovation...


May 2012

Houzz's 2012 'Best of "Remodeling" Award

goes to... Boomgaarden Architects of Wilmette, IL

First-Ever Survey & Analysis of More than 1.2 Million Members Reveals Top-Rated Professionals and Current Design Trends from Across the Country

[Wilmette, IL]  --  May 1, 2012 – Boomgaarden Architects of Wilmette, IL has been awarded  “Best Of Remodeling” 2012 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The 14-year old residential design firm was chosen by the more than 1.2 million registered members of the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Remodeling” award for 2012 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsBoomgaarden Architects work was the most popular among the 1.2 million members, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 16.5 million professional images to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site and iPad/iPhone app.

“With 3.5 million monthly unique users and 80 million monthly page views, Houzz has rapidly become the largest community of active remodelers, providing homeowners and design enthusiasts with first-hand advice from Houzzers who have been through the renovating and decorating process,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of marketing for Houzz. “This is a real stamp of approval for Chad Boomgaarden, principal of Boomgaarden Architects from the Houzz community and we’re thrilled to welcome him to this elite group of ‘Best Of’ winners.”

About the firm:
Boomgaarden Architects has been involved in many areas of architectural design, with a particular emphasis in renovations of existing housing, historic architecture, custom residential and interior design. Boomgaarden Architects is led by its Principal, Chad Boomgaarden. Most of the firm's work has been in the Chicago metropolitan area and Villages along the North Shore of Chicago and can be seen in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Renovation Style, Chicago Home + Garden, Better Homes and Gardens, and Chicago Home Improvement.

March 2012

Dear Friends: 
You are invited to a free, fun and interesting event for the whole family: 
“Going Green Matters” - Go Green Wilmette's Environmental Fair
Sunday, March 11, 2012, 1 – 5pm
Woman’s Club of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Avenue

Be inspired by new and fun features like the Interactive Eco-Zone for all ages, Carol Freeman’s nature photography exhibit, free refreshments in the Go Green Cafe, a display of plug-in electric cars and commuter bikes, the Energy Bike, the Plastic Bag Monster, eco-friendly fashions and updated information at all exhibitor booths. Learn about green car choices, planting a rain garden, growing your own vegetables, making your home more energy efficient and how to incorporate earth-friendly “raw food” into your family meals. You can also learn about the best composting method for your family, using natural lawn care methods, harnessing the sun, saving water, eating for the health of your family and the planet, protecting the North Shore and Lake Michigan, helping to restore local habitat, and much, much more. 

Free admission.
You can drop off electronics, batteries and Styrofoam for recycling at 600 9th Street between 1 and 5pm on March 11th. Visit our event web site www.goinggreenmatters.org for a list of items accepted. 

Going Green Matters is presented by Go Green Wilmette and the Village of Wilmette. Sponsors include SolarReserve, Make It Better, Natural Awakenings, Woman's Club of Wilmette, Artisanal Wilmette, North Shore Community Bank, Earth Friendly Products, Frothingham Communications, Higher Gear, Horigan Urban Forest Products, F. J. Kerrigan Plumbing, Northbrook Toyota, Renewal By Anderson and Solar ServiceFor more information, visit www.goinggreenmatters.org.

If you want to be part of the team and volunteer for an hour or two, please contact Trudy Gibbs at tgibbs@speakeasy.net.We really hope you will join us. Could you help grow a greener community by forwarding this email to your friends and neighbors?Thanks so much. Hope to see you there! 


January 2012

Renovation Style magazine recently blessed us on their cover! They published another project of ours and we're just getting the photos up for you to see. We'll follow up soon with the whole 10 page spread for this extrodinary project in Winnetka.

December 15th, 2010

Chicago Home Improvement Magazine bestowed the honor of "Makeover of the Month" to one of my favorite projects to date. The contributors to this fine project were Architect Chad Boomgaarden, Wilmette (www.boomarch.com); Designer Rebekah Zaveloff of KitchenLab, Chicago (www.kitchenlab-chicago.com); and built by the Grimsley Group, Chicago (www.grimsleygroup.com)

The article was compiled by Kathy Kidwell and can be seen here.

A-List Movie to Shoot in Wilmette

October 10th, 2010

Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne will shoot scenes for a Soderbergh film in Wilmette on the 600 block of Greenleaf in a residence we designed in 2006, in conjunction with Sterling Wilson Architectural Design & P2 Properties, LLC

This is one of those surreal things that happens from time to time in a persons life that gives a bit a levity to the daily work schedule. It should be an interesting Thanksgiving in Wilmette. The best part of this news is that our house was chosen in part because it was a new residence, with a modern open floor plan, yet the exterior retains the character and context of the neighborhood and looks as if it were designed in the 1920's. Despite explaining this to my wife, she just keeps asking when she gets to meet Matt Damon.

Project can be seen here, and an article describing the movie at North Shore Views.

cast of contagion- damon, law, winslet, paltrow

Thanks, Chicago Home+Garden Magazine!

July 8th, 2010

Wanted to give a big thanks to Chicago Home+Garden for publishing a wonderful layout on one of our favorite KitchenLab projects in conjunction with Boomgaarden Architects on Chicago’s North Shore, in the issue hitting stands now. . The photography Eric Hausman and styling by Diane Ewing is amazing as is the writing by Strange Closet’s Tate Gunnerson. (Speaking of which…you can peer inside all the rooms of this house, if interested, on Strange Closets).  Big thanks to Editor Jan Parr (who mentioned Design in a Bag in her editor’s note) and the whole team at Chicago Home–subscribe today if you don’t already!

Wilmette Sidewalk Fair - July 9-10th

Informational Booth - Sponsored by Boomgaarden Architects and Building Vision
Web site: www.wilmettechamber.org

Wilmette Ave., Central Ave., Greenleaf Ave.
Event Time :

Fri. & Sat. July 9 - 10, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you've been contemplating adding that mudroom for all your childrens sports equipment, or if your kitchen is in need of a facelift, or if your front porch is in need of a rehab to bring your century old home back into it's original glory, we will be offering an informational booth for our neighbors of Wilmette. Come with your questions and leave with detailed answers as to the process of working with an architect, the local building department, variance submittals, timelines and discussing your potential project with the people who actually swing a hammer. We hope you can make it.

The Wilmette Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its Annual Sidewalk Sale & Family Fun Fest on Friday and Saturday, July 9 -10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Fest features two days of great entertainment, delicious food, crafts, children’s activities, petting zoo, and “the best bargains on the North Shore” on merchandise from Wilmette’s finest stores, specialty vendors, artisans, crafters and antique dealers.

Shoppers are also invited to enjoy great family entertainment both days beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Everybody’s favorite disc jockey Bizar Entertainment will perform this year and a popular magician will give two performances on Saturday. Kids will also enjoy free face painting, free balloon animals, moon-bounce tent, sidewalk decorating, treats, exciting giveaways and other fun activities.

In addition, Wilmette Pet Center will host a petting zoo and other activities at its location on Green Bay Road.

For more information, contact Chad Boomgaarden at 847-226-3230 or visit www.wilmettechamber.org.

Thank You - Open House

Open House Tour Completed... June 6th - 1469 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park

Intended For: Home owners, neighbors, construction professionals, friends of Building Vision and Boomgaarden Architects, trade partners and vendors, real estate professionals
Organization: Building Vision & Boomgaarden Architects- Residential Design, Renovation and Repair

This Completion Party is celebrated the conclusion of a 16 month ordeal that started with a frozen water pipe while the owners were away for the holidays. The journey took the owners through some false starts and then a connection with Boomgaarden Architects of Wilmette and Building Vision of Evanston. These two, along with a team of more than 25 subcontractors and vendors, transformed a gutted 1905 Craftsman style home into the showpiece on display at this event. What started as a crowded and inefficient layout with structural and mechanical systems that fell way short of current code minimums, became a spacious, modern and efficient new home inside the same masonry shell.

Thanks for joining us to hear more about this transformation and learning some invaluable tips about your homeowner's insurance, and "code upgrade" coverage for your older home. Everyone who attended was entered to win fabulous door prizes such as Cubs/Sox tickets, Eli Cheesecakes, Prairie Grass Cafe gift certificates and an Apple iPad. Thank you to all who attended.

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