Winnetka Residence remodeling and addition July 1991
Our home is a 1920’s English Tudor style residence that needed the kitchen and master bedroom and bathroom updated, while maintaining the character and interior details we love about our home. Allan was very meticulous and respectful of our requirements. He made suggestions that transformed the layout of our dated kitchen into a beautiful and serviceable space for food preparation and entertaining. He created a wall specifically for one art piece that became a focal point in our kitchen.
Our master bedroom suite renovation included the addition of a second floor area over our first floor sun room to achieve a desperately needed and generous walk-in closet. Allan reversed the locations of the existing master bathroom and small dressing room , achieving the access needed to the new closet, as well as a much more generous and accommodating bathroom. It has now been over 25 years and we are still enjoying the improvements and design that Allan created for us. We are total fans and have recommended Allan to friends and family members who have also worked with him.
Chicago Combined Condominium remodeling projects between 1991 and 2015
Allan Grant is thorough and detailed. He produces intensely practical design ideas and pays a great deal of attention to power outlets, lighting, appliances, and traffic patterns.
An added bonus with Allan is that he actually seems to ENJOY color selection, furniture layouts and selection of textures. It’s a bit like having a back up to an interior designer, but one who actually understands structure too!
His plans are sufficiently detailed so that actual costs have never, in my experience, overrun because of unexpected costs.
He takes feedback well and holds constructive discussion with clients on potential changes to plans. He works extremely well with contractors.
Chicago Gold Coast residents
Chicago North Shore new construction residence December 1995
Allan, As we are coming to the end of 1995 and our construction contract, my wife and I wanted to take this opportunity of thanking you most sincerely for your help and guidance through this complicated and detailed project. We have come to recognize your professionalism and respect your talent and particularly the detailed and methodical way in which you have tackled every aspect of this project. I think you can be well proud of the quality and detail in our new home. We have also immensely enjoyed our personal association, which we obviously look forward to continuing. I sincerely hope that our home project helps you obtain other substantial residential development opportunities. I can assure you that we will be very happy to recommend you at every opportunity.Finally, my wife and I would like to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous year.
One Mag Mile March 2004
Allan and I worked together with my interior designer to create my new city home after I sold my suburban home years ago. It was a huge change in my life and one in which Allan helped smooth the transition. His insightful questions and attention to detail throughout the design and construction phases of the project resulted in not only an elegant and comfortable residence for me but also a deep friendship that continues to this day.
Highland Park Exterior façade transformation March 2014
Our builder/developer provided us with a new house that has a wonderful plan and interior finishes. However, we were disappointed with the exterior appearance, which was a white box that had no character, charm, or street appeal. We retained Allan Grant to design a welcoming and appealing façade that would fit in with the other homes in our neighborhood. Allan presented several front exterior studies, which we discussed together and refined until we achieved the aesthetic and function we wanted. Not only are we now proud of the exterior of our home, with its front columned entry porch, shuttered window, and French door railings, but our neighbors have not stopped complimenting us on the dramatic improvement. Allan is a creative architect who is easy to work with and who enjoys sharing his talents for the benefit of his clients.
Chicago Condominium Kitchen Remodeling June, 2014
Allan and I explored new kitchen layouts for my city condominium apartment. I found him to be a patient and careful listener who then presented different approaches and design ideas for my consideration. We discussed pros and cons for various solutions concerning storage, appliance locations, functionality and aesthetics that were specific to my personal preferences. While I ultimately decided not to proceed with the kitchen improvements, electing to sell my home and move to another, I found Allan’s assistance and insights to be helpful in coming to my decision to move. I would work with Allan again when the need may arise and would recommend him to anyone considering remodeling or otherwise improving their home.
Naples Florida Builder/Developer November 2015
As a builder in Naples, Florida, we recommend Allan and his team at Allan J. Grant and Associates Architects to anyone living in the Greater Chicago Metro Area, as well as anyone who owns in Naples, Bonita Beach, or Marco Island, who want to either design and build a custom home or wants to remodel a luxury home or condo. Allan understands that you want your own special place, with your own style and taste. It is imperative that you trust the team you have chosen to build your dream. Allan J. Grant and Associates Architects is a team you can trust and we highly recommend them.
Chicago Townhome remodeling June 2009 through October 2016
Allan has been a pleasure to work with on all our projects, which include a full kitchen remodeling, several bathroom remodelings, converting one bedroom into a paneled office and another into an exercise room with the occasional guest accommodations, the master bedroom suite remodeling, and the most recent powder room remodeling. Our kitchen had been a completely enclosed space that we wanted opened to the adjacent dining room for a view of the park across from our home. Allan’s suggestion to convert our formal dining room space into a highly functional and versatile “family center” that incorporated our new kitchen, a sitting area, built-in storage with panel TV and display, and an expandable dining table, created a new way for us to live in our home that we thoroughly enjoy. The unusual challenge which we presented to Allan was that all our projects had to be started and completed, including finish painting, while we were traveling away from home. Allan was able to organize and coordinate our projects with the contractors he recommended so that each project was completed within our established time frames. Allan is a highly detailed, organized, and talented architect, who listens carefully to us, has great insights and suggestions for our consideration, and whose expertise in the field of interior design, as well as architecture, has benefitted us not only with architectural details but also with furniture and art placement, color and material selections, and great lighting. I cannot imagine working with any other architect for planning any remodeling work in my home.
Chicago John Hancock Center combined condominium apartments April 2002
My interior design firm, ASI Interiors, Inc, collaborated with residential architecture firm Allan J Grant and Associates for a project that combined two condominium apartments in Chicago’s John Hancock Center, resulting in a spacious and accommodating three-bedroom residence with expansive entertaining spaces. Allan Grant’s understanding and sensitivities to furniture layout and coordination of architectural design elements with interior design concepts allowed our firm to achieve the level of comfort, aesthetics, and sophistication that our client required. Unlike many architects who take an adversarial approach to interior design professionals, Allan understands and appreciates the value of an architect/interior designer partnership in achieving extraordinary results for our mutual clients. It was a pleasure working with Allan and I look forward to our next collaboration.
Gray & Walter, Ltd. Interior Design December 2013
Allan J Grant, A.I.A. is a phenomenal architect who really cares about his clients and their projects. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and dedicated in his approach. I highly recommend him should you need an architect.