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Icon also helped the owners when it came to the schooling for
their children. Because the local district did not allow students
to be enrolled without living in the area for a specific amount of
time, "We found a place to rent that would give them a short-term
lease," Murphy says.
"Along the way, we developed a very close friendship, which we
do with a lot of our customers," he says. "It's a feel-good story."
AT THE FOREFRONT
After a decade, Murphy still finds Icon's work satisfying. "I just love
what I do," he says. "I feel grateful to have the opportunity to work
with people to build a space they call home."
Some homes, he notes, will be summerhouses or used for raising a family. "Others are downsizing in the last 10 years of their
life and that's where they're going to finish out their time here," he
says. "I feel happy to be a part of that."
Icon sees more opportunities ahead for innovation in the homebuilding process, and in the parts and pieces that go into the home.
"We're about to see a lot of change in the way in which people live
in their homes and we are positioning ourselves to be at the forefront of this movement," he says. )
Icon sees more opportunities ahead for innovation in the homebuilding process, and
in the parts and pieces that go into the home.
The project managers also participate in the process so they can apply their expertise in form, functionality and flow. "All the while,
we're making sure the design and budget are aligned," Murphy says.
Once the clients sign the contract, "We're off to the races," he
says, noting that it is open to client changes. "There's not a place
where you say, 'No more changes because we don't want to deal
"The idea is to get the customer exactly what they want," he
says. "If you get to a place where they want to make a change in
something, we make the change."
BUILDING A DREAM
Icon recently finished a custom luxury home in Kildeer. "That was
an example of what we do and the extent that we go to serve our
customers," Murphy says.
The home's owners were moving from Dallas and wanted a
custom home. "What we did essentially was help them design the
home they had in their minds and hearts, in order to bring it to life,
so they could start the next chapter of their lives," he recalls.
The finished project, Murphy notes, is a farmhouse-style home
with lots of space connecting its kitchen, casual eating and family
areas. "There's also a wraparound porch on two sides and a wraparound deck on the other two sides," he says.
The company's design team worked closely with the family on
the finishes on the inside and outside of the house. "Everything
came together beautifully," he says.
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