How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Real Estate Market

Like many other industries throughout the world, COVID-19 has undoubtedly taken its toll on the real estate market. Many Americans who were considering selling their homes 8 months ago are now reconsidering as the future of the virus is unknown.

Currently, there aren’t a ton of homes on the market, meaning that sellers have the advantage when it comes to asking for a particular price. Homes are selling fast because inventory is so low.

Record-Low Interest Rates

As a result of an economic downswing, the Federal Reserve has drastically cut interest rates to breaking lows. Now, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is below 3 percent. Even a quarter or half percentage can make a huge difference in how much families pay for their home.

For example, if you purchase a home that is $200,000 and your interest rate is 6%, you would pay $1,199 monthly. With the market’s current rate, your monthly payment would be $832 each month, saving a total of $131,990 in interest over a 30-year period.

What if I Can’t Find a Home?

We know that life is stressful enough as it is right now, and finding a home is an additional stressor to add to your plate. Instead of opting for finding your existing home, we are happy to build your dream home for you. In addition to custom home builds, we also build spec houses that are move-in ready. We’re happy to show you around some of our available properties.

Our Chicago custom home builders know quality work from the inside-out. Please get in touch with us to learn more about bringing your dream home to life.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends We’re Loving

Despite a crazy and challenging year for all, we are sticking to the one thing we know best: luxury homes. At MK Construction, we can handle everything from your kitchen remodel to building you a completely custom home. 

If you’ve been considering a kitchen remodel in the upcoming months, here are some of the trends we are seeing a lot of:

All Black

Black kitchens are quickly becoming the new version of white kitchens, as we are seeing a surge in black countertops, finishes and even appliances. Black is an extremely strong color choice in your kitchen but it can pay off. 

Glass

 

Another emerging trend that we continue to implement into our designs in glass. Different types of glass, whether it be colored, clear or frosted, are implemented into both furniture and design elements. In kitchens, glass looks beautiful as part of prominent cabinets. 

Eco-Friendly Kitchens

More and more brands are implementing eco-friendly designs and practices into their business, and home remodels are no exception. Smart appliances can help save energy and lower environmental impact. 

Handmade Materials

Perfect, cookie-cutter kitchens are becoming a thing of the past as tactile surfaces begin to emerge in popularity. This is beginning to lead to kitchens that are designed with all senses in mind, including touch. Unique, authentic slabs that feature imperfections are actually more sought-after than you’d expect. 

Ready to Get Started?

Are you ready to improve your space and invest in a custom kitchen? Contact us at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. to see how we can help.

The Importance of Curb Appeal

The first impression of your home is extremely important to potential buyers. After all, the majority of real estate purchases begin by buyers looking up properties online, so your property can begin attracting eyes through its listing pictures. Having a strong curb appeal helps create a positive association with your home from the get-go, and our custom home builders in Chicago can help your home reach its fullest potential. Here are some simple tips to strengthen your home’s curb appeal.

Add Greenery

A little bit of exterior greenery goes a long way! If you haven’t taken the time to plant some shrubs and other plants around the exterior of your home, make sure you do this before you list your property. Flowers are also a great touch if you want to elevate the look of your home.

Make the Numbers Clear

Something as simple as having clear numbers on the outside of your home makes it pop that much more. If the numbers on your address are old or simply aren’t visible, run to a local hardware store for a fast, inexpensive upgrade.

Upgrade Your Mailbox

You likely don’t put much thought into your mailbox, but sprucing it up is a great way to show that you don’t overlook the small details. Mailboxes range anywhere from $20-$100 and will help pull together the exterior of your home.

Our custom home builders in Chicago know what it takes for a property to come together, and curb appeal plays a big part in this! If you’re interested in learning more about what we can do for you, please get in touch with our team today.

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. If you’ve never purchased your own home before, our custom home builders in Chicago want to help make your experience as smooth as possible. Here are a few tips that we’ve compiled to make your home-buying process a success. 

Don’t Settle

One thing that many first-time buyers do is rush into the buying process. This means they haven’t sat down and considered all of the non-negotiables that are on their lists to ensure that they’re happy and content for years (or a lifetime) to come. If you’ve always wanted a waterfall island or you’ve dreamed of having a double-vanity master bathroom, don’t settle for a home that doesn’t offer these details. Our team can help you build your dream home from the ground-up, ensuring that you have everything you’ve always dreamed of. 

Choose the Right Neighborhood

There are tons of incredible neighborhoods in the Chicago area and its suburbs, but that doesn’t mean every one is the right fit for what you need. Make sure you do your research and consider the location of your future home carefully. This is especially important if you are new to the Chicago area and may not have previous knowledge of different areas of the city. 

Set a Budget

Of course, setting a budget is one of the most important parts of finding the right home for you. Have a good idea of what types of homes you are able to afford within your certain budget before you become too attached to a particular property. 

If you’ve had a difficult time finding your dream house, why not leave the task to our team? At MK Construction & Builders, Inc., we provide high-quality new construction homes in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more!

The Best-Selling Neighborhoods in Chicago

Whether you’re a Chicago native or you’ve recently moved to the Windy City, the options are endless when it comes to finding the ideal neighborhood. Over the past decade, certain neighborhoods have emerged and remained popular in the Chicagoland area, and for good reason. Whether you’re renting or buying, consider adding these neighborhoods to your list of options if you haven’t already.

River North

Nothing screams Chicago like living in the heart of downtown! There are tons of amazing condos and single-family homes in the River North area, not to mention the fact that you are surrounded by some of the best views, food and entertainment that the city has to offer. River North residents can take advantage of shopping on the Magnificent Mile, dine at some of the city’s finest restaurants and soak in the culture and art that the city offers.

South Loop

Another increasingly popular neighborhood to consider is South Loop. Although it is smaller, it offers the convenience of the Loop without the hefty price tag. An increasing number of working professionals are settling down in the South Loop which offers incredible views of the lake, the river and easy access to the Museum Campus.

Edgewater

Head north of the Loop and you’ll be in Edgewater, with the entirety of its eastern border extending along Lake Michigan. This neighborhood gives off incredible charm while still being hip and desirable. As you move toward the interior portion of Edgewater, you’ll find high-quality single-family homes at a wide variety of prices.

Bucktown

If you’re looking for a neighborhood that always has something cool and fun going on, opt for Bucktown. There are plenty of bars and restaurants serving up local grub in addition to rooftop bars and access to the 606 Trail. Think record shops, art galleries, book stores and cool coffee shops.

Regardless of the neighborhood you end up in, our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. will make sure your home is uniquely yours. For more information on custom home building in Chicago, please reach out to us today!

Our Commitment to You

Even during the unprecedented times that we are experiencing, our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc., is committed to assisting you. Our custom home builders in Chicago know that having a place to call home is more important than ever, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to serve Chicago’s wonderful people. Whether you simply want to learn more information about our team and our services or if you’re ready to find a place to call home, rely on our expertise and commitment to excellence.

Some of our available properties are listed below. If any of the following properties catches your eye, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more.

4014 N Whipple
This new construction project features an open concept living and dining area in addition to two gas fireplaces, oak hardwood flooring, a butler pantry and a walk-in pantry. The upper level features a master suite with two large closets, a laundry room, two guest bedrooms with a guest bathroom equipped with a tub, a linen closet and heated flooring.

2448 & 2450 W Ohio
In addition to our new construction project on N Whipple, we also have two properties available from our Smith Park Collection. These new construction, single-family homes are ideal for growing families who want a great location and elevated finishes.

If you’re interested in any of the above properties or you’re ready to explore everything that the market has to offer, please reach out to our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. Our team is extremely knowledgeable about the Chicago market and we want to help you find your forever home.

Tips for Growing Your Best Garden

As we continue to adjust to a new normal, it’s important to channel your energy in a positive way. COVID-19 has undoubtedly left us feeling a bit shaken up, but there’s still a lot of positive things going on in the world! As the weather in Chicago finally begins to warm up, it’s time to start planning your outdoor garden for this year! Gardening is known to help reduce stress thanks to its relaxing, calming nature. Plus, you get to spend some much-needed time outside while still following guidelines to stay at home.

Here are some tips from our team at MK Construction on how to get your best and most luscious garden yet.

Location is Key

When determining the best spot to place your garden, it’s extremely important to consider the location. Ideally, the garden will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight on a daily basis in order to yield the best results. Within the garden itself, place the tallest plants on either the north or west side so they don’t shade any of the smaller plants.

Choose the Right Soil

If you’re aiming to grow a vegetable garden, we recommend incorporating a good amount of organic material (composted leaves or ground bark) to create a good mix for the seeds. The texture of the soil shouldn’t be sandy nor compacted, but rather a healthy mix of the two. The natural microorganisms found in the organic material will help feed the plants so they thrive.

Don’t Forget to Water

Vegetable plants typically thrive off of one inch of water per week, including natural rain. If you can, use an automatic timer to relieve yourself of the stress and pressure that watering may put on the plant.

We are looking forward to seeing photos of your luscious gardens that you bring to life in the coming months! What are your favorite gardening tips?

Deep Cleaning Your Home for Spring

With chaos erupting worldwide, now is the perfect chance to slow down and tend to what’s really important in life. Staying at home may seem daunting, but there’s a lot of positivity that can come from it. In order to ensure your home is a safe space for you and your family, consider giving it a deep spring cleaning that it deserves! The official start of spring is March 19th, so spring cleaning your home has never been more timely. Here are some tips from our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc, providers of new construction in Chicago.

Start with the Bathrooms

Your bathroom has the potential to be a breeding ground for dirt, bacteria and grime. This is a natural place to begin the process. Bathroom and toilet cleaners can go a long way in getting rid of the built-up grime, and now is the perfect time to switch your old shower curtain liner for a new one. Replace your toothbrush and clean out the toothbrush holder while you are doing so. Wipe down all accessible areas of the toilet as well as the sink, faucet handles, etc. Your bathroom(s) will be sparkling clean when you’re done!

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

There are many surfaces in your kitchen that you likely haven’t thought about in quite some time, too. Cabinets and drawers should all be wiped down (this includes the insides of drawers, too!) and don’t forget about wiping down your appliances, too!

Other Areas to Consider

Consider cleaning other high-traffic areas of your home that often get attention, such as:

  • Doors and doorknobs: Make sure that you are wiping down door frames, doors and doorknobs to eliminate any lingering germs that have developed.
  • Garbage cans: Wipe down garbage can holders, handles and other related surfaces, as this is where a lot of bacteria congregate.
  • Faucets: All faucets should be cleaned during this time as well.

You’ll be surprised how great you feel once the cleaning process is over! After a long winter, regardless if your home is a new construction project in Chicago or has long been part of your life, give it the TLC it deserves.

Solar Panels and Going Green in 2020

Sustainability is a huge topic that will continue to grow in popularity over the next decade and beyond. At MK Construction & Builders, Inc., we want to help Chicagoland residents help the environment through cutting-edge technologies, including solar panels. In fact, the state of California requires new houses to feature solar panels in an attempt to utilize Mother Nature as a way to power our homes and our lives, and we expect other states to follow suit. In fact, solar energy accounts for approximately 1.6 percent of the U.S.’ total electricity generation, a number that will only go up.

Solar Energy & Your New Home

Rely on our Chicago home builders to implement solar technology into your new construction build. While this doesn’t need to be the focal point of the project, it’s a simple way to ultimately cut back on energy costs while implementing solar installation best practices into the design of your home. South-facing solar panels typically do the best to capture a maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day. There are also solar roof tiles that can replace traditional roof panels to help capitalize on the sun’s energy.

The Benefits of Solar Energy

Installing solar panels has a wide variety of benefits that you may not have previously considered. It’s a renewable resource that will be at our disposal for at least 5 billion more years. It can reduce your electricity bill, plus, there is a chance that you’ll receive payments for the surplus energy that you export back to the grid! Solar energy can be used for a variety of applications, such as generating electricity, generating heat, and to distill water. They don’t require a lot of maintenance and they only require cleaning a couple of times per year.

Please reach out to our Chicago home builders to learn more about how we can implement solar energy into your new construction project!

A Brief Flooring Guide for Your Home Remodel

The number of flooring options that you have to consider when going through your home remodel is abundant. Every flooring option comes with pros and cons that you need to consider before making your final decision. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the most popular flooring options that we complete during our custom home remodels and renovations. 

Hardwood Flooring

Of course, you can’t go wrong with hardwood flooring. It is a timeless, classy flooring option that will immediately increase your home’s value. If you are looking for an inexpensive and low-maintenance flooring option, however, hardwood might not be the best option for you. Common hardwood flooring materials include cherry, walnut, maple, oak, birch and pine. Our team can present you with different options so you can see what best suits your style. 

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is a popular option for flooring in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and entryways. The process of making ceramic tile consists of combining clay with other materials that are heated and cooled to perfection. It comes in a wide variety of colors and designs and is resistant to a lot of everyday wear and tear.

Loop Pile Carpet

Don’t count out carpet, specifically loop-pile carpet that is ideal for high-traffic areas. This particular type of carpet is ideal for high-traffic areas because of the way in which it is made; the fibers are looped and secured to the backing, making it a durable enough design to withstand areas that are often walked on. 

Beyond these flooring options, other examples include cut pile carpet, travertine tile, porcelain tile, engineered hardwood and more. Our team will work with you to ensure you are happy with the style and functionality of your ultimate flooring choice.

Wrapping Up 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past year. There are tons of moving parts required in order to make each of our renovations a success, and we wouldn’t be able to complete our jobs without the help of everyone on our team. From our project managers, rental managers, builders, operations managers and finance managers, we can genuinely say that 2019 was one of our most rewarding years yet!

Most importantly, we want to thank all of our customers for trusting us with such an important task: building the home in which you make memories for years to come. We take pride in being part of your family’s journey and helping you feel like home, one brick at a time.

We Look Forward to Another Decade

As we reflect on our last 15 years in the industry, we feel honored to be working with and for such amazing people. We couldn’t do this without you, and we are looking forward to not only a great 2020, but a great decade. This upcoming year, we plan to continue to expand into the Chicago suburbs and continue to build sustainably.

Cheers!

French Doors vs. Pocket Doors

If you’re considering a home remodel or custom home build, there are many factors to consider. At the end of the project, you want your home to feel unique and special to your family’s wants and needs, which is why our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. is here to help you with every step of the process. If you’re hoping to add some character and charm into your living space, starting with your doors is ideal. Both French doors and pocket doors bring a unique feel to your space, so which option is best for you?

French Doors

French doors consist of doors that have glass panes extending for most of their length, so if you want a door option that allows in plenty of natural light, you won’t be disappointed by French doors. They are an ideal option to allow more sunlight into your home and can be installed between rooms to allow for separation in addition to providing more natural light. Both single and double French doors are the perfect addition to any home remodel. Don’t be afraid to use French doors for your bathroom as well, topping it with frosted glass for privacy.

Pocket Doors

Unlike French doors that swing open, pocket doors rest on sliding tracks and fold into themselves, hiding behind the wall. When you want to close the door, you pull the double doors from their convenient hiding spot in the wall. Because pocket doors are so discreet, they are ideal for small spaces that wouldn’t work with doors that took up more space.

Ultimately, the decision of French doors versus pocket doors is up to you! If you’re interested in exploring other door options, our team is only a phone call away!

3 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes You Can Avoid

Preparing for the renovation and remodel of your kitchen is an extremely exciting time! Our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. has the experience you need to make the process go as smoothly as possible, including warning you about any potential red flags. Throughout our experience, we have seen the following mistakes time and time again. Avoiding them is easy when you have our team by your side.

Emphasizing Form Over Function

Yes, you want the end result of your kitchen to look stunning. But not only should the process of kitchen remodeling focus on aesthetics, but it should also focus on functionality. One useful trick is walking through how you wish you could use your kitchen and making sure that all of those scenarios can come to fruition after the remodel. Leave it in the hands of our team to ensure you end up with an absolutely breathtaking end result as well!

Overlooking the Small Stuff

Kitchen remodels should, of course, revolve around bigger items like the refrigerator and stove, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be mindful of the smaller items as well. For example, don’t skimp on the contractor that you use or don’t overlook how important the right color scheme can be. Smaller details can make a huge difference in the final product.

Hiring the Wrong Team

A home remodel is something that you and your family should be able to enjoy for years to come. Don’t hire a team that you have hesitations about. Our team at MK Construction knows what it takes to achieve beautiful, functional kitchens and homes. We look forward to working with you!

The Importance of Customer Service During a Custom Home Build

Not all custom home builders in Chicago are created equally, but that doesn’t mean that you should settle for a builder that doesn’t meet your expectations. After all, your home is one of the largest investments that you will make, so you want to choose a team that you trust through and through. At MK Construction & Builders, Inc., we understand the stress that can accompany custom home build. From the beginning of the process to the day you get your keys, trust that we are doing everything we can to put you and your family’s needs first.

Your Budget is Our Priority

We’ve all heard those nightmare stories of custom home builds in Chicago that surpasses budgets by tens of thousands of dollars. In scenarios like these, it’s only natural for the customer to feel frustrated and blindsided by a team that they thought they could trust. In cases like these, customers sometimes feel like they are a nuisance to the building team by speaking up and voicing their opinions and concerns. Rest assured that this will not be the case with MK Construction.

Staying on Track

Opting for a custom home build is great for many reasons; you get to eventually live in a home that is uniquely yours! However, the process can seem long and daunting, especially when things aren’t happening as quickly as you imagined. While we can’t control everything, we can control how we communicate with you. Being transparent is one of the core values by which we abide, always keeping clients in the loop.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions or Voice Concerns

At the end of the day, our one and only job is to create a home that you and your family will cherish for years to come. We will work with you and ensure that we are available to answer your questions as they arise.

If you are ready to build the home of your dreams, contact us at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. today!

Keeping Bathroom Mold & Mildew at Bay

Having mold anywhere in your home can be a startling sight to see, but there are measures that you can take to keep mold and mildew growth to a minimum. Thanks to Chicago’s humid summers and long winters of barricaded windows, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the development of mold and mildew altogether. The following tips are useful to minimize the effect of mold and mildew in your new, amazing home!

Prevention

Ventilation plays a huge role in keeping mold growth to a minimum. Your bathroom, especially if it has recently been remodeled, should be strategically designed to promote ventilation. This means having the right exhaust fan that stays running for at least 30 minutes after showering. This helps prevent moisture from developing. Make sure to wipe down surfaces in your bathroom that have and water droplets on them after the shower to minimize moisture.

In terms of design, pick a dark wall or tile color that matches with grout and caulk. This doesn’t prevent mold growth but can help make it more discreet.

Management

If you notice your bathroom is starting to become a breeding ground for mold or mildew, don’t panic! Know that there are steps that you can take to break down the mildew or mold. Start by using bleach, hydrogen peroxide or a different cleaning solution of your choice to clean your bathroom surfaces on a weekly basis. In some cases, you also may need to re-caulk your bathroom to refresh it.

If you’re hoping to renovate your bathroom sooner than later, look no further than our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc.! We look forward to helping you design the bathroom of your dreams!

Going On Vacation? Here’s How To Protect Your Home While You’re Gone

When you leave for a trip, you may be so focused on packing and remembering everything you need to bring with you that you forget about what you’re leaving behind. Protecting your home is just as important as keeping yourself safe on your trip. Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep your home safe while you’re away.

Invest In A Home Monitoring System

Whether you are going on vacation or not, home security should be a must-have for your residence. When you are choosing a security system, opt for the one that best fits your home. There are options that allow you to see live video remotely from your phone so you can check in on your home in real-time.

Install Sensor Lights

There are some sensor lights that can be purchased for less than $20 on Amazon and are more useful than you think. They are equipped with technology to have them turn off and on at certain times of the day. Additionally, you can set up indoor timer lights that turn on when you see fit to give the impression that someone is home during the night.

Make Sure Your Home Is Not Wasting Energy

When no one is home, you don’t need to keep the heater or central air running, so either keep the thermostat at a reasonably set temperature (weather dependent) or turn it off. Additionally, keep all your windows closed and locked. It’s beneficial to do a walkthrough of your house with a checklist to make sure you are saving power in all the necessary places.

Keep Your Home Maintenance Schedule

If you normally have people come to your home like gardeners or landscapers, they should still come even while you’re away. It makes it seem like there is someone still home and fends off any potential burglar threats.

Leave A Key With A Family Member

From packages to unexpected home emergencies, giving a family member—or even a close friend—an extra set of keys can help avoid things like deliveries being left outside. They can also help with everyday chores like watering your plants and bringing your trash to the curb.

MK Construction & Builders, Inc. hopes you have a great vacation and if you have any home safety questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

First Ohio Smith Park Collection Home is on the Market

Our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. is happy to announce that one of our new construction projects is finally on the market! Our team has been working long and hard on four single family homes in the West Town area, each featuring 4,200 square feet of spacious living space. The first of these homes is complete and on the market. 

Read about some of the amazing features of this new construction project below, or see the listing photos here.

An Open-Concept Floor Plan

It can be tricky to find enough living space in Chicago, especially for single-families who are growing. Our Smith Park Collection homes are all designed so that the residents can maximize the amount of living space that they have. The living areas are open and feature a lot of natural light so you can enjoy the views that West Town has to offer. 

A Chef-Quality Kitchen

For the kitchen, we went with a grey and black theme, with stunning black marble countertops that feature white veining throughout. The lighting fixtures are industrial and they look great paired with both marble and wood finishes. You’ll see stainless steel appliances and a thoughtfully designed kitchen that is equipped to host just your family or your friends and other guests as well. 

An Incredible Master Bathroom

If you’re looking for a new construction home in West Town that has an amazing master bathroom, we have the single-family home for you. The master bathroom features double sinks, huge mirrors, frameless shower, a soaking tub and marble and wood finishes throughout. We promise you will not be disappointed!

Other amazing features of this property include a third-floor penthouse, two additional guest bedrooms in the basement, an outdoor fireplace, and so much more. 

Remember that this is only one of four single-family homes on this particular block. We will continue to keep you updated as the other homes become available. 

If you’re interested in touring 2448 W. Ohio, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a showing.

MK Construction homes featured in Urban Lifestyle Homes, LLC and Urb & Burb Realty developments in Evanston

PRESS RELEASE: A “No-Commute” Live-Work Development in Evanston Meets the Housing Needs of Tomorrow.

EVANSTON, IL – Urban Lifestyle Homes, LLC and Urb & Burb Realty announced today their newest Live/Work development located at 1513 + 1515 Greenleaf in the artsy Florence/Crain neighborhood of Evanston.

Seeking to reverse the trend of Chicago having the longest weekly commute times in the country, the new homes will feature modern, two-story single-family homes above a potential Live/Work space below.

Developers Karla Thomas and Lina Zoraikat, are Evanston residents committed to maintaining the livability and flow of a traditional single-family home while providing a commercially-zoned, ADA- accessible flex space that is perfect for home-based businesses.

“According to Forbes , by 2020, 50% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.” says Thomas, “We are building toward that work-from-home culture.”

The space is ideally suited for a family in which one or more of the homeowners works from home or runs a small business such as a therapist, accountant, attorney, tech start up, architect or consultant.

Using smart and efficient design elements, these sleek homes offer modern sophistication while supporting the work/life balance so many of us strive to achieve. The addition of separate office and creative space is ideal for the work-from-home culture of our busy metropolitan region.

Developer Karla Thomas knows live/work properties have many benefits to the owner. “It’s hard not to love the zero commute of working one floor below your home. You save on the rental and utility costs of office space and you’re more likely to eat lunch at home! For tax purposes, up to 1/3 of the square footage of your Live/ Work home can be deducted.”

The Greenleaf Single Family Homes took advantage of the B1 zoning of the area and were designed in a contemporary style tailored to the Evanston market. The main floor features a living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, 1⁄2 bath and family room. The 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a laundry room. The lower level offers access via an ADA-accessible ramp, a private office, ADA-accessible

Located steps from downtown Evanston, the development features single-family homes built for today’s integrated lifestyles. The homes feature 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and boast over 3100 square feet, including flexible Live/Work space and additional out door space. Presales are expected to begin soon at prices in the mid $800,ooos for a fall 2017 delivery.

bathroom and a large, flexible workspace. The homes are being built by the acclaimed Chicago builder MK Construction.

“Consumer demand is shifting toward a more efficient and economical urban lifestyle, and the Greenleaf residences will accommodate this lifestyle in the dynamic community of Evanston,” said Lina Zoraikat, Co-owner at Urban Lifestyle Homes. “We really strive for balance: a work- friendly and client-appropriate environment, nestled in a modern single-family home, fully enveloped in a vibrant, coveted community with excellent schools, a thriving downtown and the lake access.”

This Just In: Our Expansion Into the Suburbs

We have an exciting announcement to make! Our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. is now taking on projects in the southwest suburbs in addition to our Chicago projects. Our team will continue to be dedicated to crafting a space that is uniquely yours. Whether you are focusing on revamping a particular part of your home such as your bathroom or your kitchen or if you want to find a new space altogether, our team is here to help!

We now offer remodeling contractors in Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, LaGrange, Willowbrook, Western Springs and surrounding areas! Here’s what our team can do for you.

What We Can Do

Rest assured that your home remodel or renovation is in good hands with our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. We have over a decade of experience building in the Chicagoland area, and we stay on top of best practices when crafting our projects, including our new projects in the suburbs. When it comes to craftsmanship, our standards are extremely high and we have crafted an appreciation for intelligent and modern designs.

We work in the following areas:

  • Home additions: Sometimes, we outgrow the space in which we live, but that doesn’t mean we want to pick up and move altogether. Our remodeling contractor in Burr Ridge and the surrounding Chicagoland suburbs is happy to assist you with expanding your current space.
  • Home remodels: Our team is also proficient in high-end remodels. Regardless if you want to upgrade a particular area of your home like your kitchen or your master bathroom or if you want to start from scratch, our team will be there every step of the way.
  • Bathroom & kitchen remodels: An updated kitchen or bathroom can transform your home. Let us provide your home with a refresh!

If you are interested in learning more about what we can do and our new expansion into the suburbs, don’t hesitate to contact our team today!

Bathroom Remodel Must-Haves

The bathroom is the place where we start and finish our days. In the morning, we prepare to go to work and carry out our duties. At the end of the day, we relax and calm ourselves down before bedtime. Because bathrooms are such an integral part of our daily lives, a bathroom remodel should be one of our first choices when it comes to home improvement. When going through the process of bathroom remodeling, make sure to incorporate the following.

Two Sinks

If your bathroom is big enough, opting for two sinks instead of one can help ensure that there is less stress in the bathroom while multiple people are getting ready. You’ll no longer have to wait for your partner or for your kids to finish using the sink before you can use it yourself. Plus, if you are planning on selling your home in the future, installing two sinks can increase the resale value.

Sufficient Counter Space

There’s no such thing as having too much counter space, especially in places like your kitchen or your bathroom. During your bathroom remodel in Hinsdale, make sure to factor in plenty of counter space that is beneficial to storage space. A lot of counter space is also an ideal place to add decorative accessories.

Heated Floors

Especially in a city like Chicago where it is cold more times than not, opting for heated floors in your bathroom will be a luxury that you can enjoy whenever you please!

MK Construction & Builders, Inc. is dedicated to making all aspects of your remodel as stress-free as possible. If you are interested in a bathroom remodel, a kitchen remodel or if you want a new property altogether, call our team today to get started.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Whether your home is 50 years old or it is part of the new construction in Chicago, spring is the perfect time to ensure everything in your home is as it should be. Both the outside and inside of your home have likely experienced a lot of wear and tear throughout the winter months, so spring is a chance to evaluate your home and prepare it for the upcoming months! Here are some tips from our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc.

Check Your Roof

The combination of snow, rain, ice and wind can take a toll on your roof. It is important to look at your roof and check for signs of damage such as missing or cracked shingles or sagging gutters. Addressing roof problems is crucial to ensure your home’s structure is sound.

Perform Home Safety Checks

Your home should always be your safe space, but this doesn’t happen automatically. Make sure to change your home’s smoke alarms regularly and perform monthly tests to make sure that the batteries are working. You should also make sure that you have carbon monoxide alarms that are installed and working properly.

Inspect the Basement and Attic

The basement and attic of your home are typically the first areas to show structural damage or developing mold. If you notice that damage is beginning to occur, call a professional as soon as possible.

Consider a Remodel or Addition

Not happy with your current home? Our team is happy to help you with your new construction project in Chicago! Whether you want to remodel your bathroom, your kitchen, or add a completely new area to your home, contact us today!

3 Home Remodeling Myths

There’s no denying that going through home remodeling in Chicago is a large task. Our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. is always ready and willing to help you achieve the home of your dreams. However, throughout our experience, we have learned that many of our clients come to us believing certain home remodeling myths that simply aren’t true. Here are some myths with explanations on why they aren’t true.

#1: It’s Necessary to Follow Design Trends

Trendier isn’t always better in terms of designing your home remodel. Although it is tempting to indulge in home trends in the moment, it might not pay off in the long-run. For example, design trends in the 80s and 90s consisted of popcorn ceilings, wallpaper and many different wooden surfaces. Make sure that you plan ahead and choose styles that will appeal to not only yourself in the future, but future potential buyers as well.

#2: All Remodels are Created Equally

Don’t complete a remodel just for the sake of doing it. You’ll want to pick high-traffic areas of your home to remodel first, such as your kitchen, so you are able to attract to future buyers in the future. You’ll also want to make sure to understand what styles are optimal for your home so you are making the best possible decisions.

#3: Doing It On Your Own Will Save Money

It can be tempting to take on home remodeling in Chicago on your own, but doing so may result in a more expensive project than if you were to hire a contractor in the first place. Plus, attempting the project yourself will likely take longer as well.

Rely on our team to take care of any home remodeling project in Chicago. Contact us today and we will bring your vision to life.