When former Lake Forest resident Amy Erb left her career in advertising to start her design firm, she had the vision of connecting her knowledge of design and architecture, which she gathered from studying at Harrington School of Design, and her extensive experience in managing blue chip clients in the corporate world.
Over the past 20 years, the Divvy House has done just that. With projects completed in the Chicagoland area, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Michigan, Erb credits their success to their client advocate approach: “My top priority when creating the Divvy House was to remain completely client driven. To do this, I priced us competitively and by the hour, leaving the client in control of time spent on our services. I also chose to pass along our trade discount, allowing for significant cost savings. Lastly, I implemented a design approach that prioritizes the taste and needs of the client, instead of adhering to a specific design taste or style.”
The most recent project completed by the Divvy House was for a long-time client who relocated from Chicago to Ross, California. “When our Gold Coast clients asked us to design their new home in Ross, California, I was hesitant at first given the distance—but everything is virtual these days and once we paired ourselves with an amazing architecture firm the process became, even more, turn-key. Especially since we had already successfully designed a home for them in Lake Geneva. We were all so happy with the end product. We were able to bring the sophistication they loved from their Gold Coast home and combine it with the ease we designed for their Lake Geneva home, but also give it the California vibe with all new materials. Because of this, we were able to reuse furniture and fabrics and bring a lot of heritage and memories to their new home. We have been so fortunate to work with these clients over the last 20 years on original homes and then second and third homes—this is a testament to the strong, productive, trusting partnerships we have built with our clients to deliver dream homes since 2002,” Erb says.
Another priority when creating the Divvy House was to enlist a team with diverse styles and skillsets. The designer’s styles range from modern to traditional, enabling the firm to provide the best client/designer pairings.
With current projects underway in Lake Forest, Glencoe, and a fully custom design/build in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Divvy House is also expanding to bring on architect Robert Shemiot, who is returning to Chicago from the Bay area with over 20 years of residential and commercial experience. Shemiot will be joining Erb and the rest of her team including Brie Klaus, Brindy Hamstra, Alex Bishop, and Kathy Kroening.
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