Custom Home Builders in Lake Forest, IL – Design, Build & Remodeling

Incorporated in 1861, Lake Forest, Illinois has long been known as a shining example of the works of some of Chicago’s most talented architects in many of its residential, religious and public buildings.

Notable architects that have designed and built homes in Lake Forest include Howard Van Doren Shaw, David Adler, Henry Ives Cobb and Frank Lloyd Wright. Landscape Architects Jens Jenson and Fredrick Law Olmsted (Architect of Central Park NY NY ) have contributed to the landscape of Lake Forest.

Today, Lake Forest’s reputation for unparalleled architectural integrity holds true, thanks in large part to the designers and architects at Orren Pickell. Whether you want to create a home that makes the most of a majestic lake bluff view or you simply have a few ideas for your lakefront abode but need help pulling them together into a workable plan, our expert consultants will work with you to create a home that fits your lifestyle now and in the future.

Unparalleled Luxury in a Tranquil Setting
Known as one of the safest communities in the country, Lake Forest is host to one of the most beautiful coasts on the North Shore. From its 29-acre forest park beach that offers activities year round, to its vibrant arts and cultural scene and its nationally-ranked public school system, this community on the shores of Lake Michigan has something to offer all who call it home. A mere 60 miles south of Milwaukee and 30 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest offers residents a tranquil setting with quick, easy access to everything the big city has to offer.

The downtown area offers multiple options for shopping and dining. The Deer Path Inn has been a staple of hospitality for the Lake Forest community since 1929 but there are many other options, such as Le Colonial and Sophias Steak that are located within walking from the train station.

Lake Forest Home Prices
The median sale price for a home in Lake Forest is $1,000,000. The western portion of Lake Forest still has many buildable lots for custom homes starting around low $300,000. We have built homes in the Lake Forest area for almost 40 years and are happy to give you a tour of the city if you are interested in building here.

Your Lake Forest Home, Your Details
In Lake Forest, homes range from huge estates to small bungalows to everything in between. Ultimately, your home will depend on the style you like and your particular needs and desires. For example, one of our most recent Lake Forest clients wanted a home that was reminiscent of the homes seen in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Our design and build team worked hand-in-hand with the client to deliver a home that included a variety of shingle-style details, including a large wraparound porch, cedar siding and a stone chimney.

Are you ready to turn your Lake Forest dream home into a reality? Get in touch with us today!

Nantucket Style Custom Lake Forest Home
Nantucket-style cedar siding is stylish and long-lasting.
Nanutcket Style Custom Home - Wrap Around Porch
The home’s wraparound porch offers a great place to spend a nice family evening.
Nantucket Style Custom Home - Stone Chimney
The stone chimney fireplace creates visual interest and offers warmth on chilly evenings.

Inside the home, we worked with the homeowner to create the luxurious spaces that turn their house into a true home. The large master bathroom with a soaking tub and expansive shower create a spa-like experience, while the open-concept kitchen is a chef’s dream. The covered back porch area serves as an extension of the living space, allowing the family to dine and relax outdoors during nice weather and creating a perfect area for entertaining.

Nantucket Style Home - Spa Master Bathroom
The master bathroom boasts spa-like amenities.
Nantucket Style Home - Open Floor Plan Kitchen
The kitchen’s open floor plan offers tons of storage space as well as high-end appliances.
Nantucket Style Home - Covered Back Porch
The home’s covered back porch extends the living space, creating a lovely area for entertainment.

Since the 1970s, the design and build team at the Orren Pickell Building Group have provided Lake Forest residents with a variety of home services, including:

Want to talk to one of our design and build consultants about how we can help make your Lake Forest dream home a reality? Make the call. Get in touch with us today.

Lake Forest Custom Homes—Your Preferred Home Builder

The Orren Pickell Building Group has been in the business of designing and building luxury homes across the North Shore, including homes in Lake Forest, Illinois, for more than 40 years. We’ve earned a reputation as one of the area’s most trusted home contractors, and we look forward to earning your business.

The experience of building a home doesn’t have to be stressful—it can and should actually be exciting, interesting and even fun! Let Orren Pickell show you what building a home should feel like. We’ll guide you step-by-step through the design and build process, starting with a no-obligation consultation. Tell us your ideas and we’ll brainstorm with you, talking about how we can work together to bring your dream home into the real world.

Lake Forest Dream Homes

Your custom home should directly reflect your lifestyle, your needs and the way you entertain. That’s why our experienced design and construction team asks so many questions—so we can get to know you and the way your live—before we present our solutions. From a pool house that mirrors the luxurious look and feel of the main home to a set of south-facing windows that let in the light and natural beauty of Lake Forest, our designers and architects are ready to create the home of your dreams.

If you’re looking to build your dream home, consider the Preserve at Westleigh. We are building nine new homes there and each backs up to 20 acres of Open Lands.

Lake Forest, Illinois Home Remodeling, including Whole House Remodeling

Perhaps your existing Lake Forest home simply needs some revamping—your kitchen hasn’t been remodeled since the 1990s or an outdated guest suite could use an update? Or maybe your needs have changed since you originally built or bought your home and children (along with grandchildren) require more room? Whatever your reason for considering remodeling, it’s definitely a sound investment as it not only increases your home’s value but it also increases your personal satisfaction. But it’s no secret that the remodeling process can be tedious and even overwhelming.

Working with the Orren Pickell Building Group’s designers and architects can help take some of the hassle out of the remodeling process. Far more than a simple kitchen or bathroom remodeling contractor, our team has experience throughout the home. From full kitchen remodels to second story, room additions and even whole house remodeling we have the experience needed to ensure your remodel project moves ahead smoothly.

Get in touch with one of our design consultants today for more info on our remodeling services.

A Partnership with Each and Every Client

Certainly, other remodeling contractors in Lake Forest, IL might claim to partner with you on your remodeling project. But our past remodeling clients will line up to tell you that ONLY Orren Pickell offers true partnership. Unlike other remodeling contractors, we always put the client’s needs first. Our approach is both innovative and down-to-earth:

  • Innovative: We constantly search out the latest building and renovation solutions, meaning you benefit from the market’s most efficient, advanced technology
  • Down-to-earth: We listen more and speak less, learning about your needs, wants and preferences