Design Expertise

The Orren Pickell Building Group brings proven design expertise to every custom dream home and remodeling project we complete. In fact, over the past 40 years, we’ve been recognized throughout the Chicago area with more than 350 awards for our excellence in design and building innovation, including numerous Crystal Key Awards, the highest honor bestowed by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago.

We’re also proud to note that our client’s custom built homes have graced the pages of Dream Kitchens & Baths, The North Shore Weekend, Design & Architecture and the Chicago Tribune’s home section, among a number of other publications.

Working with a Design/Build Firm Means Your Vision Isn’t Muddled

If you’re looking for the best custom home builders in Chicago, look no further than Orren Pickell. Because our architects work side-by-side with you from the start of the project, we can ensure our collaborative vision during the design phase is fully realized when the build is complete, without important details getting lost in translation; we take the two-dimensional plans and blueprints and literally bring them to life. Additionally:


  • Our architects design with real-world codes and processes in mind: Orren Pickell’s licensed architects have the education, training and real-world experience to create designs that consider regulations and building codes that can throw a wrench in less-experienced designer’s plans.
  • A dedicated project manager will handle all your needs: Your project manager will keep you up to date on what’s happening with your remodeling or new home construction project. If you have questions, want to make a last-minute design change or are concerned about anything, your PM will work with you and the Orren Pickell team to take care of everything. Our full-service approach keeps the project running smoothly and minimizes interruptions on your time.
  • We focus on design in remodeling: Some firms hand over a sketch and a budget and consider their remodeling “design” work complete. Orren Pickell realizes that a remodeling project deserves the same design consideration as a new construction in order to be worth the investment.

An Amazing Team of In-House Designers, Architects and Custom Home Builders

Rather than contracting with an outside architectural firm to create blueprints, the Orren Pickell Building Group handles all aspects of your luxury custom home design or remodeling project in-house with our team of experienced and licensed designers and architects.

Orren Pickell, founder and CEO of the Orren Pickell Building Group, also has an impact on the firm’s design today. Not only did he set the bar for the company’s custom homes with his early designs, but he still personally reviews every project—both new home construction and remodeling—that the firm completes, ensuring that each project that bears his name meets his standards.

Designing Custom Homes and Creating Remodeling Plans for Your Lifestyle

Ask your friends and neighbors for their recommendations on the best local Chicago-area house builder, and they’ll likely tell you Orren Pickell. Why? Because we focus on creating luxurious custom homes intended to suit you and your family for years to come. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help design a custom built home that your children will grow up in, or get in touch to learn more about how our remodeling services can transform your underutilized basement space into an area the entire family can enjoy.