Founded in 1979, BGD&C is a full-service DESIGN/BUILD firm specializing in completely bespoke homes within the Lincoln Park and Gold Coast neighborhoods. With over three decades of architectural design and construction expertise in both new and renovated residential properties, BGD&C has earned a reputation for exceptional quality and unparalleled service. Headquartered in the iconic John Hancock Building, BGD&C is a distinctly Chicago company attuned to the desires and expectations of clients in this city. Each project offers the opportunity to create a special, elevated custom home that is as singular and remarkable as its client. As stewards of craftsmanship, BGD&C is proud to produce homes with precision and passion. BGD&C distinguishes itself from other homebuilders and developers by presenting a completely integrated experience—from initial concept to the last finished detail. BGD&C’s method of managing both the design and build phases allows complete coordination of the project and provides substantial benefits to clients. Budgets and timelines are adhered to; communication is always open. Clients are regarded as partners in this process, and the team of experts translates their unique wishes into beautiful spaces for living. To achieve a truly customized result, every detail is carefully weighed and every option vigilantly considered. BGD&C believes in timeless, elegant design. A home is much more than a layout and furnishings, and so the company’s commitment to executing the finest residences includes understanding client lifestyles, personal needs and finding the ideal union of function and enduring aesthetics. Known for their meticulous attention to detail and high standards for construction, BGD&C transforms ideas, plans and specifications into action. The complicated process of building custom homes is expertly managed at all stages, ensuring an exquisite finished product that surpasses expectations. Being local gives BGD&C a unique perspective on design and urban living. The company’s principals live in the same neighborhoods as their clients, and those roots lend insider insight especially when crafting homes for Chicago families. Parents with young children, couples seeking their own special place all look to the firm for a custom residence with that signature touch. Merging originality and exclusivity with superior craftsmanship, BGD&C creates homes for family tradition and lasting memories.
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5 Reviews for BGD&C Custom Homes
Mario Jr. Tricoci
Having been a developer of ultra-luxury, high-end, multi-unit condominiums and hotels, I have had a lot of experience in the design and the construction business. When I wanted to build my own home I knew that I needed to put together a team of highly talented professionals to be able to satisfy my particular desires and those of my family. BGD&C performed exceptionally and exceeded my expectations. They were able to manage the process with relative ease and to execute the design and construction phases of our home with precision. I would strongly recommend BGD&C if you want a truly personalized and unique home and, perhaps more important, a seamless experience throughout the design and construction process.
In 1999, BGD&C built our first house in Chicago. The process of designing and building our custom home was both easy and enjoyable. We found Rodger and Charles to have a great deal of integrity and skill. The craftsmanship was highly sophisticated and beautifully executed. We were so happy with the result we had them build our second home which we needed as our family grew. Rodger and Charles not only build spectacular custom homes but they continue a close working relationship with you in order to maintain the home. For example, over the years Rodger has come over to our house at all times of the day and night to assist with small problems. This was clearly above and beyond what we would expect him to do. Overall, we have been extremely happy with BGD&C.
Mary Jo and Tim Weis
Sixteen years ago, my husband and I decided to build our home with BGD&C. This came after speaking with other builders and touring a variety of homes. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. We were well cared from start to finish. Everything was carefully explained each step of the way. We relied upon BGD&C's expertise throughout the process and it was well worth it. We are still very proud of our beautiful custom home. We needed a home to fit our family's needs and BGD&C made it happen. Our home is perfect for us. The design and space plans were well thought out. Sixteen years later, it is still perfectly functional for us and we have no regrets! We love our house and use every inch of it.
BGD&C has done two vintage apartment renovations for me, and they have done sterling work in both cases. The co-op building where both apartments are located has strict rules for renovations, but the BGD&C team quickly developed good working relationships with the building staff and were able to find creative solutions to many of the challenges posed by an old structure. The quality was excellent, and the project management completely professional. I would recommend BGD&C without reservation to anyone who wants top-quality, custom work with special sensitivity for vintage renovations.
First and Foremost, let's be clear, BGD&C is not a spec builder; they are custom builders. Everything they do is 100% customer-oriented and client-driven. With this said, when you work with BGD&C, you get EXACTLY what you want and not a compromise or redo of something that already exists or is being rehashed. Due to the firm's small size (yet vast experience) working with them is a pleasure. You are ALWAYS able to reach the team and they take the time to listen to what you want. A great deal of effort is taken to understand the client's life and goals to ensure that the outcome is better than envisioned. When we built our dream home with BGD&C there are a few things that really stood out. They are: (1) they were on budget - yes, let me repeat that, they were on budget. (2) They were ahead of schedule (3) The firm's principles Rodger and Charlie were always reachable for any questions, concerns or ideas. (4) Communication and documentation on the whole design and build project was second to none and there was full accountability for every action and detail. (5) And most importantly we would do the whole process again ANY TIME but ONLY with BGD&C. Having move into our home seven months ago I can unequivocally state that building from the ground up is one of the best things we ever did. Yes, the process takes time and patience but it is worth it in the end. Also, BDG&C did everything humanly possible to make the process easy and simple, knowing that their clients have other responsibilities as well. BGD&C values and maintains the sterling reputation that they have established. Unlike most builders which are here-today, gone-tomorrow, BGD&C stands by its products and is there for its clients' well after the average builder has deemed his warrantee period as being over. Knowing that your builder is always around the corner and always reachable, should there be a problem, is a very reassuring. One other thing worth noting is that when the project was completed not only did we have a perfectly built home, but we also gained life-long friends in Rodger and Charlie. Their honestly, sincerity and genuine passion are things which set them far apart from the competition.