Winnetka, IL Custom Home Builders – Remodeling, Design & Build

A village of just over 4,100 households, Winnetka, Illinois is often thought of as the pinnacle of North Shore living. Within 16 miles of downtown Chicago, Winnetka offers a relaxed, beautiful environment for its citizens, and the area offers a wide range of recreational, educational and artistic offerings which makes it a great place for both young families and retirees.

And whether you’re thinking of moving to Winnetka to build your luxury dream home, or you already live in Winnetka and you need ideas on transforming your current residence into something that better suits your current lifestyle, the experienced architects and designers at the Orren Pickell Building Group can help. Let us work side-by-side with you to create a Winnetka home that delights you every time you walk into it and that will serve you and your family for years to come.

Winnetka and Orren Pickell Welcome You Home

Although the village is less than four miles square, it still has an extremely impressive park system including an indoor ice arena, 27-hole golf course, tennis courts and a half dozen ball fields and paddle ball courts in addition to three swimming beaches, a dog beach and an area for boat launching and sailing. Clearly, Winnetka is a beautiful and welcoming place where families are happy to come home and friends are pleased to visit—and your home in Winnetka should be similarly attractive and comfortable.

The design team at Orren Pickell will work with you to make certain that your custom home works for the way that you live and reflects your particular tastes. We’ll capture the nuances of your specific style, regardless of whether you prefer the rustic color palette and ironwork associated with Tuscan-style homes or you lean more toward the clean lines and neutral materials found in traditional American styling.

Stucco Home with Arched Doorways and Windows
The stucco home’s arched doorways and windows reflect its Tuscan styling.
Tuscan Themed Stone Fireplace within the Living Room
The stone fireplace mantle and unadorned windows continue the Tuscan theme in the living room.
Custom Tuscan Themed Kitchen
The earthy color palette and clean lines of the cabinet design keep the Tuscan theme going in the kitchen.

Orren Pickell is proud that to have served Winnetka’s residents since the 1970s. Our services include:

Get in touch with us today. We’re here to help you turn your dream home into a reality.

Building Every Woman’s Dream Closet in Winnetka, IL

As luxury home builders and remodelers, we’re in the business of providing homeowners with homes where each and every room fully serves their needs. And in many cases, the main living areas are still fully functioning, but storage areas are falling behind the curve. Perhaps the original his-and-hers walk-in closet no longer works for her; she wants a place to be able to see, store and try on all of her shoes, clothing and accessories, while taking her time getting ready for an evening out on the town.

If you find yourself longing to add a bit of lounging space and luxury to your closet space, get inspired by this recent couture closet build out we completed for a client in Winnetka. On this project, the client wanted an area where she could easily store her extensive shoe collection, as well as all of her clothing and accessories. She wanted it to have the feel of one of her favorite high-end boutiques so that she felt as pampered in her own closet as she did when she was shopping. And she also insisted that the area have plenty of natural light so that it didn’t feel dark and cavernous like her previous closet.

Working with the client, Orren Pickell’s design team created a plan that incorporated several exterior windows to allow for ample natural lighting. Additionally, we installed glass front doors for many of the cabinets along with interior lighting to create a window-like effect and provide additional ambient light to the space. The designer’s light color palette for the cabinetry, walls and ceiling also augmented the natural light while creating a stark contrast with the dark hardwood floors, providing a clean look.

The closet is filled with natural light, making it a beautiful, bright place to spend time.
Closets with Built in Shoe Shelving
The closet has ample space for storing clothing, accessories and shoes.
Glass Front Cabinets with Cabinet Lighting
Glass-front cabinets mimic the windows, while the cabinet lights add more ambient lighting.

Architects and designers considered the practical as well as the beautiful, providing a bench to allow for easily slipping shoes off and on, and a small wet bar area for fixing a beverage while preparing for a night out. And ample room in the closet means that it will be easy for girlfriends to give their opinion on which dress is the best choice for the upcoming soiree.

Orren Pickell understands that the finishing touches can make or break the project, and we work with the client to get them right. On this Winnetka project, jeweled drawer pulls and a bejeweled chandelier added just the right touch of sparkle to the room, while rich fabrics in the window coverings and window seat kept the area from feeling sterile or cold. Bold gold stenciling added interest and attention to a doorway while mirroring the more subtle gold stenciling highlighting the decorative ceiling.

Jeweled Drawer Pulls
Jeweled drawer pulls add a touch of luxury to the clean lines of the drawers.
Rich Fabrics add Space Warmth & Texture
Rich fabrics add texture and warmth to the space.
Gold Ceiling Stenciling
The gold stenciling on the decorative ceiling is a subtle yet beautiful addition.

Is a couture closet calling your name? Our architects are ready to make it happen. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation today and tell us more about what you have in mind; we’ll work with you to create a design plan that goes beyond what you ever imagined your closet could be.

Winnetka Custom Home? Make Orren Pickell Your Preferred Home Builder

We’re willing to bet that if you’ve looked at or been in a luxury home anywhere along the North Shore—here in Winnetka, in Lake Forest, Wilmette or anywhere else—that you’ve experienced an Orren Pickell home. How do we know? We’re one of the most well known, most trusted luxury home contractors in the area, and we’ve been building homes in this area for more than four decades.

People choose us because of the quality of our homes, the level of our service and the way we pay attention to detail. We hope you’ll give us a chance to show you how the home building experience should be.

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation; we’ll learn about what your ideas are for your new home and will tell you what we’ve seen work for other clients. If you like what you hear, our team will pull together a plan to transform all of those ideas and experiences into a home that serves you and your family for a lifetime.

Winnetka Dream Homes

The experience design and construction professionals at Orren Pickell listen to you, asking insightful questions about your needs and wants so that we can help create the home that truly works for your family. Do you work from home? How do you like to entertain? How will your life and your needs change in ten years—when your teenagers are grown and your parents are ten years older? By asking you what works now and what may work in the future, we can create a home that is truly a wise investment for years to come.

For an example of a true dream home, consider this incredible Nantucket-style lakefront estate in Winnetka that Orren Pickell recently completed. For this project, the clients wanted a large home that took advantage of the beautiful land and allowed for the best possible views of the lake. Working with the clients, Orren Pickell designed a shingle style home filled with architectural details that evoke the romantic seaside lifestyle.

Unlike other architectural styles that prize symmetry, the clients embraced the unique, eclectic beauty of their home with its complex roof line including dormers and hip roofs. The rounded tower adds interest not only to the home’s exterior but provides a visually striking room inside especially with its wooden beams on the ceiling that accent the room’s shape. The back side of the home, which faces the lake, is filled with windows which allows the homeowners exquisite views from nearly every room as well as providing for ample natural light throughout the home. A balcony provides a quiet space for a morning cup of coffee, with the expansive stone porch provides an excellent spot for a catered affair with friends, family and guests.

Lakefront Custom Estate - Nantucket Style
The magnificent lakefront estate showcases the complex roof form typical of Nantucket or “shingle style” homes.
Custom Home Balcony, Large Porch and Stone Patio
The home’s balcony and large porch are perfect for entertaining as well as relaxing and enjoying the water.
Study with Beamed Ceiling and Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
The home’s tower, used as a study, features a beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows offering unfettered views of the lake.

Does your dream home look like the New England seaside, a Tuscan villa or something different altogether? Orren Pickell can make it happen. Get in touch with us today.