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.

Homeowner Tips from Our MK Construction Manual

As a homeowner, there’s no denying that there are many different responsibilities and tasks that require your attention. After all, you want your home to be a clean, comfortable and relaxing environment to spend your time. Our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. has put together a comprehensive guide to help you take care of all aspects of your home. Here are some of our top tips to make your home owning experience as successful as possible.

Choosing Your Home’s Exterior

If you are building a custom home, know that brick is one of the most durable finishes that you can pick. Keep in mind that the materials that you choose are subject to both expansion and contraction due to changes in humidity and temperature.

Countertop Care

Your kitchen countertops play a major role in Chicago home remodeling, as they can enhance or take away from the overall look. If you spill on your countertops, make sure to wipe it up immediately so it does not soak into the stone. You can do so by using a sponge or a soft cloth. Using coasters and cutting boards is a best practice when it comes to taking care of your countertops. Also, keep in mind that most of the time, chips and scratches can be repaired.

Caring for Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are an extremely sought-after commodity in homes. Caring for them can help extend their life. Sweep as much as needed and make sure to invest in a humidifier so that too much moisture doesn’t get into the wood. Put down a protective mat in high-traffic areas of your home to preserve your floors.

This is only a snippet of the helpful facts that we have regarding homeowners! If you are in need or Chicago home remodeling or you want to read more information from our Homeowner Manual, contact our team today.

Our Top Kitchen Remodeling Tips

When you decide that it’s finally time to remodel your kitchen, make sure you find a team that approaches this project carefully and professionally. This is exactly why you can rely on our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. for all of your Chicago, Il kitchen remodeling needs. Not only will we help you create a space that is stunning to look at, but it will also be functional so that you and your family can enjoy every moment you spend in it.

Throughout our years of experience, we have learned a thing or two about kitchen remodeling. Here are some of our top tips to help get the most out of your experience.

Wide Walkways are Key

When you have guests over, it is no doubt that everyone gravitates toward the kitchen. Wide walkways are a great way to ensure that your kitchen never feels cramped or crowded. This is also ideal for when there are many different people cooking at one time. Ideally, walkways should be at least 36 inches wide, and paths for cooking areas should be 42 inches wide. Of course, this is only if space allows. We can help adjust your island or peninsula accordingly.

Countertop Space

There’s no such thing as too much counter space in your kitchen. One way to add more counter space is by having two different countertop heights that make it easy to both prepare your food and still have room to have decorative pieces. It is also ideal to pick a countertop material that will stand the test of time and doesn’t require a lot of upkeep, such as granite or quartz.

Include Enough Outlets

You don’t want to have to stress about finding an open outlet after going through the work of Chicago, Il kitchen remodeling. Your kitchen backsplash and throughout the island are great areas to add extra outlets.

Our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. has the experience you need to guide you throughout every step of your kitchen remodel. Contact us today to start planning your next remodel!

Myths About Winter Home Building

There is a misconception that home remodeling in Chicago cannot be successfully completed during the winter. At MK Construction & Builders, Inc. we know this could not be further from the truth. In fact, winter is a great time of year to embark on a home renovation or remodel. Here are some common myths that revolve around building a home during the coldest months of the year.

#1: Workmanship Decreases

There is an idea that construction workers cannot complete their tasks at a quality level because the conditions are so bad. While yes, it is nice to complete tasks while the weather is warmer and more tolerable, conditions when working aren’t typically ideal. Workers are accustomed to overcoming some sort of challenge to get tasks completed, whether it be rain, wind, heat, humidity or cold. Some workers even prefer to work in the cold weather, so they aren’t constantly sweating.

#2: Cold Weather Affects the Framing Stage

Some people think that the framing stage is impacted by the cold weather, especially because of the impact it has on lumber. However, it is ideal that the lumber that is used for framing has a lower humidity level, which is the case during the winter. Plus, snow does not have any effect on lumber as long as it is removed before it melts.

#3: Home Remodeling in Chicago is More Expensive in the Winter

The cost of completing a project in the winter is very similar to the cost it would be during any other time during the year. Plus, keep in mind that additional costs may occur during the spring due to the overwhelming number of projects that are taking place.

Don’t wait until the spring to complete your home remodeling project in Chicago! Contact MK Construction & Builders, Inc. today to get started!

Lighting Trends: What’s In?

Are you embarking on a home remodel in Chicago? If you answered yes, lighting is a facet of your remodel that you don’t want to ignore. Lighting is especially important if your space doesn’t have a lot of natural light to begin with. At MK Construction & Builders Inc., our team understands the importance of lighting and how much it can transform your space. Here are some lighting trends that you don’t want to miss!

Asymmetrical Arrangements

When it comes to lighting, think outside of the box. You don’t have to make your lighting arrangements perfectly symmetrical. We’ve been loving more unconventional lighting features, such as hanging pendant lights in an asymmetrical way or clustering lighting to help elongate a room.

Cords

Cord lights continue to be used in home remodeling in Chicago. Cords are a great way to show that you are willing to take a risk and you aren’t so concerned with a more eclectic look. It may sound simple, but a touch as simple as cord lights can have a big impact on your space!

Boho Chic

Bohemian accents continue to make their mark on the design and renovation world. Woven rope and bohemian light accents make the perfect addition to a white-based space. If you have a canopy bed, you can also consider hanging string lights above your bed for an extra unexpected touch.

Giant Globes

Be bold! Giant globes that resemble disco balls can help add a whimsical touch to your space. Try adding multiple globes throughout for an even bolder look.

What are your favorite lighting trends that you’ve incorporated throughout your home?

If you’re in need of a company dedicated to home remodeling in Chicago, don’t hesitate to contact our team at MK Construction & Builders Inc.! Our design team will work with you directly to help curate products that reflect your style.

3 Timeless Home Design Trends You Don’t Want to Ignore

Your home is a space that you should absolutely love. As luxury home builders in Chicago, we make it our mission to ensure that the homes we create are not only functional but feel like a place our clients want to build a life.

In order to do this, we focus on design trends that you will not only enjoy in 2018, but for years to come! Here are three timeless home design trends that will always have you loving your home.

Black and White

You can’t go wrong with incorporating a lot of black and white throughout your home. Whether it be a white tile for the walls and a black ceiling or you simply decorate with black and white accents, you can’t go wrong. Color schemes may come and go, but with years of experience, our luxury home builders in Chicago know that black and white will always be in style.

Fireplaces

There’s nothing better than cuddling up by a fireplace in the heart of winter. Fireplaces used to be a necessity but now they are something that is simply nice to have, especially in a city that experiences such cold winters like Chicago. This extra home feature will be utilized and in demand for many years to come!

Storage Space

What’s a home without enough space to keep everything? Storage spaces such as pantries, crawl spaces, built-in shelves and drawers allow you to ensure that everything in your home belongs in a specific space.

At MK Construction & Builders, Inc., we understand the importance of building homes that feature timeless trends. Of course, we are happy to make any custom changes that you want. Contact our luxury home builders in Chicago to get started!

Ways to Incorporate More Storage into Your Home

There’s no such thing as too much storage space, especially in a city like Chicago. Whether you’re renovating your home or simply looking for creative ways to add more storage, our home contractors in Chicago can be of assistance.

Hang Things More Often

It’s important to take advantage of every square foot you have, and sometimes, this means hanging things like tv cabinets, towel racks, pot racks, coat racks, bookcases and other shelving units. This allows you to take advantage of the opened-up floor space, and it will make the room seem bigger.

Built-In Storage

Our home contractors in Chicago are experienced in thinking outside the box when it comes to storage space. This often includes incorporating hidden storage spaces in unexpected places. Benches, ottomans, beds and kitchen islands are a great way to add storage in a sleek way. You can also consider building a wine rack into your wall if space permits.

Nooks Are Your Friend

Many homes have nooks and crannies that you may be tempted to ignore. If you have a small corner of your home that goes unused, consider adding a chair and some shelving to create a reading corner.

Utilize Our Home Contractors in Chicago

Storage is always on our minds when we are building custom homes or home additions. If you feel like your house could benefit from a remodel or a renovation to add more storage space, contact MK Construction & Builders Inc. today!

Kitchen Renovation? Make Sure There’s an Island

If you’re in need of new construction in Chicago, MK Construction & Builders, Inc. is here to accommodate all of your needs. Kitchen renovations are especially exciting, as that seems to be the place where guests inevitably end up when you’re hosting an event or gathering. Kitchen islands are an essential part of both an aesthetically pleasing and functional kitchen. Here’s why we’re loving kitchen islands.

Extra Seating

Islands are perfect for extra seating during entertaining or everyday use. Small islands and big islands alike, they’re the perfect place to sit down as a family to eat breakfast before beginning your day or sit and have drinks and appetizers during happy hour.

Extra Storage

If you’re installing or upgrading your kitchen island, installing functional cabinetry in your island will make a huge difference when it comes to storage space. Think drawers, pull-out shelves, and cabinets. If you want to add an extra touch of character, you can make the cabinet doors clear for a decorative aspect.

Kitchen Center Point

Whether it be your intention or not, everyone will congregate around the island. It serves as the focal point of your kitchen. It’s the perfect place to prepare food, play family games, eat and mingle. It’s just as much of a social staple as it is a functional staple. Not to mention, it will make your kitchen look great as well.

New construction projects in Chicago can be exhausting but worth it in the long run. At MK Construction & Builders, Inc., we take pride in all of our projects and the joy it brings our clients. For more information and to see more examples of our work, contact us today!

Features of Today’s Luxury Homes

When it comes to luxury home builders in Chicago, MK Construction & Builders, Inc. is your one-stop shop. When you think of luxury homes, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s a pool to use during those warm Chicago summer days or maybe it’s an in-home sauna for a touch of warmth year-round. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top features that today’s luxury homes usually include. 

Open Floor Plans 

This is often at the top of the list when it comes to luxury (and non-luxury) homes in Chicago. Picture a grand entryway with a two-story staircase and open floor plan. It creates the illusion of even more space. 

Advanced Technology 

Home automation devices continue to be all the rage and homeowners want to stay with this trend in 2018. It’s empowering to know that you can control facets of your home such as your lights, HVAC system and alarm system all from your phone. Wireless is always a plus when it comes to technology as well.   

Outdoor Pools & Kitchens 

Built-in gas grills, sinks and stainless-steel appliances are all things that luxury home builders in Chicago are taking into consideration. Being able to host family and friends in your backyard, especially knowing there’s a fully functioning kitchen, is a huge plus. Although pools may not be utilized year-round, summers in Chicago get pretty sticky. 

Exercise Rooms 

Fitness and health is all the rage these days and having a gym in your house is a convenience many people want. Workout in the comfort of your own home and customize equipment, flooring and layout along the way.  

These are only a handful of features in luxury homes that are increasingly popular. Others include decked-out bedrooms, spa bathrooms, home theaters and more. If you or someone you know is in need of luxury home builders in Chicago, MK Construction & Builders has the experience you need. Call us today with questions or concerns. 

 

Courtesy of  https://freshome.com/2014/05/30/10-must-items-luxury-home-buyers-want/