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COVER FEATURE | Cheryl Lee of Yorkville, Home Design Enthusiast

by Kristen Kucharski

It is said that The Home should be the treasure chest of living and tell a story of who you are and what you love. “Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well-being.” – Albert Hadley


YORKVILLE–Cheryl has been designing and building residential projects for 32 years. She is President and Chief Architect of CL Design-Build, Inc. and loves that architecture allows her to solve problems and conquer challenges creatively while considering all her client’s needs, design elements, structural elements, aesthetics, budget, and more. Her three grown children live in three different time zones, so she gains inspiration from across the country and takes her knowledge and experiences to create striking exteriors and enrich spaces with detailed ceilings, built-ins, unique window patterns, and indoor/outdoor connectivity.

Although large islands with quartz countertops and decorative hoods are still trending in the Kitchen, and storage and technology are still very important, she says she is seeing an increase in size and focus of the Walk-in Pantry as a second kitchen with cabinets and countertops to hold bulky countertop appliances; as well as, the elimination of formal spaces such as Dining and Living Rooms, and oversized Master Bedrooms for more flexible and functional spaces.

“I also believe that health and wellness features such as air purifiers, automated ventilation systems, touchless faucets, or Low VOC products are on the top of mind for many,” Cheryl says. “Biophilic design, connecting with nature to improve health, is definitely the trend for 2021 and beyond. This concept suggests that natural light, fresh air, exposure to the outdoor environment, plants and natural landscaping are better for our overall mental and physical health.”

She adds that the colors of 2021 will nourish us with earth-based hues and warm neutrals creating a harmonious and relaxing setting.

“We will see deep hue accent colors that complement the neutrals like Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, the color of the year for 2021.”

Cheryl prides herself on being on trend and on budget and she attributes those ideals to her success. Over the years, she has served as President of the local chapter of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) and created the Yorkville Chamber Green Committee as well as hosted the annual Yorkville Environmental Fair for several years. She is also a member of the Oswego and Yorkville Chambers and currently serves on the executive board of the NIHBA (Northern Illinois Home Builders Association).

Busy as she may be, it’s not all work and no play for Cheryl, she and her husband of 34 years always make time for adventure vacations like hiking, water and snow skiing, scuba diving, boating, rafting, and kayaking while visiting their kids! -Photos by Mike Catuara, Interior Shots Submitted


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