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Middlefork takes a custom design approach to its spec homes.
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er) are often a challenge to achieve. All are features which many
would-be homeowners desire in their luxury homes. The difficulty
in obtaining these amenities has made it more difficult to build
luxury spec and custom homes, Bowyer says.
To stand out in those communities and meet building code and
requirements, Middlefork takes a custom design approach to its
spec homes. It's the only way, Bowyer says, to achieve the fine interiors, energy efficient technology and modern equipment that
luxury buyers demand.
"Everything is done unique for that site," Bowyer says. "We never repeat a floor plan, we never repeat a façade. We're trying to be
contextual for the micro-environment."
Middlefork's Chicago homes tend to be transitional in style,
with exteriors that mimic features and materials from the surrounding neighborhood, but featuring open interiors and features
such as high-efficiency variable speed furnaces that allow homes to
be heated in multiple zones. "We can make it all harmonious, we
can make it all fit together," Bowyer says, "but we can also respond
to the individual consumer."
Technology is an important selling point in every home Middlefork builds. Since starting the company a decade ago, Bowyer has
pre-wired every project for smart home compatibility. The setup is
flexible enough so that customers can configure their home using
specialized phone apps dedicated to features such as security and