Chicago Custom Home Builder Environs Development Wins Six Best in American Living Awards

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Chicago custom home builder in Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods recognized for excellence by the National Association of Home Builders Design Committee

Chicago custom home builder Environs Development

1120 W. Montana, Chicago, by Environs Development

The BALA awards are an affirmation of Environs’ design-driven custom building philosophy.

Chicago custom home builder Environs Development was honored with six Best in American Living Awards (BALA) at the 2012 International Builders Show, held last month in Orlando, Fla.

The awards recognized five luxury homes Environs recently completed on Chicago’s Near North Side and included:

  •     Best in Region – Midwest: 1120 W. Montana in Lincoln Park
  •     Platinum Award – Detached Single-family Over 4,000 Square Feet: 1120 W. Montana
  •     Gold Award – Interior Design Kitchen: 1056 W. Altgeld in Lincoln Park
  •     Gold Award – One-of-a-Kind Single-family 4,000 to 6,500 Square Feet: 1058 W. Altgeld in Lincoln Park
  •     Silver Award – One-of-a-Kind Single-family Over 6,500 Square Feet: 1735 N. Honore in Bucktown
  •     Silver Award – Detached Single-family 3,000 to 4,000 Square Feet: 1727 N. Honore in Bucktown

For more than 20 years, Environs Development has offered clients a vertically integrated approach to Chicago custom home building that includes in-house architecture, development services, sales, construction and interior design. Founded by architect Ken Brinkman in 1991, the company has completed more than 150 custom home projects in the city of Chicago.

“The BALA awards are an affirmation of Environs’ design-driven custom building philosophy,” said Brinkman. “We are very proud of the artistry and craftsmanship on display in these homes, as well as the precision with which each of these programs was executed.”

“Environs’ recent success, as well as its staying power over the past two decades, demonstrates that great design and a focus on client service and smart business practices can survive any market,” added Kevin Wood, broker-associate with @properties and exclusive representative for Environs Development.

About Environs Development
Environs Development is a full-service Chicago custom home building firm combining the disciplines of architecture, design, construction management and residential development to build distinctive custom homes in Chicago’s premier locations. Since 1991, Environs has created more than 150 exceptional custom homes, delivered on time and within budget. For more information, visit

About @properties
Established in 2000, @properties is the No. 1 residential brokerage firm in the city of Chicago by market share and the third largest brokerage firm in Northern Illinois. @properties is also Chicago’s leading firm for the sales and marketing of condominium developments and conversions. The company has offices in River North, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Lakeview, Evanston, Winnetka, Lake Forest, and, opening soon, Highland Park. For more information, visit

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