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Architectural and Construction Excellence in Chicago Area

Michael Menn – Architect, AIA, CGR, CAPS, CGP

If you strive for excellence in your life, you have found the people who have turned residential and commercial architectural and construction dreams into reality for more than 30 years.

Michael Menn Ltd. is your premier source for both design (architecture) excellence and build (construction) excellence. We strive to exceed the goals of our clients, be it for renovation, remodeling, additions or new construction. Get started on your new project today! See why having a single source for design and construction is important. On the residential side, we design and build kitchens, bath suites, and complete home projects, including exteriors. We provide these services for single family homes, townhouses, multi-family dwellings and high rise living units. On the commercial side, we design and build everything from restaurants and retail spaces to office buildings to healthcare facilities and more. I encourage you to take your time as you navigate through this site. Read about our services, look at our work. But make sure you read about our values. Those are what truly set us apart. Then, when you are ready, call us or drop us an e-mail. We can’t wait to hear from you. Sincerely, Michael Menn Michael A. Menn AIA, NCARB, NKBA, CGR, CAPS, CGP

Recently on Blueprints Blog by Michael Menn

Oh, the shower experience!

Various luxury showers, steam showers and shower enclosures are as unique as they are popular.

Everybody has their own individual preferences and needs, but everybody wants to have a quality shower experience each and every time they wash.

Double showerheads can maximize space whilst giving you a totally luxurious shower experience that won’t create half of your body to freeze when you enter the shower. Two-person showers and separate shower and bath installations are also becoming increasingly popular with the larger bathrooms.

Like any water fixture, there are a million different designs and materials: plastic, brass, metallic, traditional, or contemporary; the options are limitless. So even if you’re replacing your old head with one of these dual faucets, there shouldn’t be a problem matching the new product to your bathroom’s pre-existing decor. Also, there are a few different types of models out there to choose from:

Handheld: Instead of keeping it stationary, re-define the idea of a dual showerhead. Maybe you simply need an additional, movable spout that can be handheld for more customized versatility and more control of the water source.
Vertical: Instead of the spouts being bifurcated above your head, why not have they installed vertically along the wall of the shower. It’s … Read More »


Good Looks With Good Safety

It’s a common misconception that safety features can’t be luxurious. Yet if you think that walk-in showers and counter-height shelves are things only “old people” need, you can miss out on many of today’s most safe, functional and aesthetically-pleasing bathroom and kitchen innovations.


As more of us embrace “aging-in-place,” the architectural principles of Universal Design — championed by architects Ed Steinfeld and the late Ron Mace who jointly published the initial standards in 1980 — are more vital than ever. The end goal of Universal Design is to create spaces that are comfortable, attractive and less hazardous for everyone, regardless of age, size and ability.


That’s why I try to adhere to Universal Design principles when designing bathrooms and kitchens — because it’s not simply adapting for disabilities, it’s assuring that the room will serve you well for many years even if your needs change. There are seven key objectives that I follow:

 1. Flexibility In Use

Good design should cater to everyone in the household, unless the assignment is to meet one individual’s specific needs. This means accommodating users whether they are standing or sitting, and whether they are right-handed or left-handed.


 2. Ease Of Use

Even gym instructors, dancers and other highly-limber individuals appreciate features that … Read More »