Michael Buss Architects, Ltd. Home Plans

Designing and building your custom home plan is a fulfilling project. Over the years, Architect Michael Buss and staff have worked with clients and home builders in the Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan and Wisconsin communities. As an Architect we try our best to stay current with all the municipalities permitting requirements to make sure we offer you the best in your custom home plan design. Every municipality, like Homer Glen or Hinsdale, has a set of codes for residential architecture when creating home plans. This is an ever changing process to keep abreast on the requirements for custom residential architecture. For example, the same custom home plan designed for a lot in Hinsdale, Illinois would not necessarily work on the same lot size for Naperville, Homer Glen or Lemont Home plans. See FAQ’s.

Site engineering is also an important part to completing your project. We can work with any site engineer you select.

Will County, Frankfort, Lemont, Homer Glen

Some Communities Michael Buss Architects, Ltd. has worked in Will County include Aurora, Beecher, Bolingbrook, Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City, Crest Hill, Crete, Elwood, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet, Lemont, Lockport, Manhattan, Matteson, Minooka, Mokena, Monee, Naperville, New Lenox, Orland Park, Park Forest, Plainfield, Romeoville, Sauk Village, Shorewood, Steger, Tinley Park, Willowbrook, Wilmington, Woodridge.

Areas in Will County, such as Frankfort Homer Glen, and Lemont offer wider lots allowing you to build a manor style home or a traditional two story home with many tried and true details, soon to be the new classics. Wider lots allow for the possibility of side load garages or related living suites. Frankfort is a unique blend of old Farm Home style charm with newer homes. Lemont home builders can find a blend of the old and new and choose from a mix of infill lots in the historical downtown area or various new subdivisions.

Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, LaGrange, Western Springs, Western Suburbs

Hinsdale ia a historic town that boasts a vibrant mix of old and new construction. The Charm of yesteryear is combined with appropriate architecture and period details.

A Village of Hinsdale remodeling project designed by Michael Buss, Michael Buss Architects, Ltd. was honored with winning The Nineteenth Annual preservation Award in the category of Exterior Rehabilitation. The awards are co-sponsored by The Doings Newspaper, Hinsdale Historic preservation Commission, and the Village of Hinsdale.

The Hinsdale Historical Society collects and preserves the history of the village today. The historical society also offers assistance with researching the history of village homes, which range from farmhouses to elegant Victorians to Craftsman to Prairie-style homes. Newer homes blend traditional architecture with up-to-date conveniences. href="">

Towns in the western suburbs like Hinsdale, LaGrange, Clarendon Hills and Western Springs offer the hometown charm of yesteryear and a friendly community atmosphere. Michael Buss Architects, Ltd. works with clients or home builders to provide the appropriate style residential architecture and period details needed to maintain this hometown charm. Homes designed in these suburbs are typically on infill or tear down lots. The lots can be as small as 50’x125’ and the zoning requirements strict. Restrictions are put in place by the Villages to establish a set of standards and to help maintain architectural integrity.

LaGrange, located 14 miles outside Chicago, is a village of vintage homes and a vibrant downtown area. The streets are lined with Victorian and prairie-style homes. The residential architecture style of homes in Western Springs range from Victorian mansions to twentieth-century prairie style to ranches. Newer luxury homes have also been built in the older part of the village of Lagrange.

Also popular in the Hinsdale, LaGrange, Clarendon Hills and Western Springs area is the Cottage style or Chicago school bungalow style house plan. This style provides for an informal relaxed living. Most house plans feature steep roof lines, cedar siding blended with brick and stone or craftsman style detailing. Many custom home plans feature a walk-up attic – perfect for a home office away from the noise of every day living. Many of these custom house plans make efficient use of space for narrow lots. Row houses or Townhomes are also prevalent in this area. View Portfolio

The design challenge for Architect Michael Buss when working on a narrow lot is to create custom home plans that do not feel like a small home. Create grand spaces in small places by utilizing window placement, light, flow, taller ceiling heights (9’ or 10’), and wider hallways so a small home does not feel enclosed.

Space and light and order.
Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
- LeCorbusier, recalled on his death August 27, 1965

Downers Grove

Homes range from farmhouses and twentieth-century American Four-Squares near downtown to ranches in the southern part of the village. Redevelopment has brought contemporary luxury homes to more established parts of the Village of Downers Grove. In recent years Downers Grove has attracted attention from the number of Sears catalog homes still standing. These twentieth-century homes built from mail-order kits are the focus of tours conducted by the Downers Grove Historical Museum.

Oak Brook
Perhaps the Village of Oak Brook’s most distinct feature is its homes tucked away into leafy subdivisions. Mansions, estates and town-homes on tree-lined streets draw corporate executives and others who want to live in low profile luxury to the village.

Homes designed by Michael Buss Architects, Ltd. in Naperville range from French Country or Manor style homes on larger lots to cottages designed for small or narrow infill lots that blend with the old town charm of the downtown area.

“The same materials and expense thrown away on an ugly, ill proportioned building, if guided by good design, would produce an elegant building, and this is why the architect is brought into requisition, to treat the materials placed in the architect’s hands so as to give an expression of beauty to the simplest form.” ---George Palliser, 1878