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Lake Bluff-based Orren Pickell Designers & Builders Receives Top Honors at 39th Annual Key Awards
December 1, 2011, Lake Bluff, Illinois
On Wednesday, November 16th, The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicagoland (HBAGC), Northern Illinois Home Builders Association, and Home Builders Association of Greater Fox Valley honored Orren Pickell Designers & Builders with five Key Awards. Judged by a panel of respected industry professionals, the Key Awards recognizes exceptional work in the home building industry and draws hundreds of entries each year. Among the firm’s accolades were two of the highly coveted Crystal Key Awards; the highest honor in the industry.
“It is an honor to once again have our work recognized by the Home Builders Association and our peers,” says Orren Pickell, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of his namesake firm. “To have our work praised by the finest in the industry is an amazing accomplishment.”
Pickell’s extensive remodel in Kenilworth was one of the projects to receive the industry’s acclaim. Situated on a highly visible property in the heart of Kenilworth, the original home was long considered the “ugly duckling” of the neighborhood. With the homeowner’s vision and the skill of Pickell’s team, they remodeled the home – which had an exterior of peeling, white painted brick; an overgrown lawn; a run-down and unkempt indoor pool; oddly shaped roof domes; and an ill conceived layout – and transformed it into a dream home the owners always wanted. The builders were able to preserve the structure of home, but developed an entirely new floor plan, which is now open and inviting, revived all the rooms, and converted the indoor pool into an incredible great room. No detail was overlooked as they transformed the home from an “ugly duckling” to an award-winning residence.
A complete list of Pickell’s Key Awards follows:
- Crystal Key in Recognition of Outstanding Design in Remodeling – Residential Specialty/Specialty Projects
- Gold Key in Recognition of Whole House Renovation – $500,000 and over
- Crystal Key in Recognition of Innovation and Creativity in New Home Construction – Custom Home
- Gold Key in Recognition of Outstanding Design in New Construction – Custom Home – 3501-4200 sq ft
- Silver Key in Recognition of Outstanding Design in New Construction – Custom Home – 3501-4300 sq ft
The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Key Awards were created in 1972 to recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping. It has since evolved into one of the premier housing programs in the country.
For more than 35 years, Orren Pickell Designers & Builders has led the industry, winning countless awards for innovation, craftsmanship and exceptional service. Divisions include Architectural Design, Custom Home Building, Remodeling Vacation Homes, Home Maintenance, and CabinetWerks. For more information, please call 847/572-5200 or visit pickellbuilders.com.