The DJK Homes Blog

July 11th, 2017

DJK Welcoming New Model to Fieldstone in Grande Park

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Mark your Calenders for the Grand Opening of our New Model for this September! We are excited to announce the news of a Brand New Model Home coming to Plainfield this year! Construction is underway for the new Model Home in the Fieldstone section of Grande Park in north Plainfield. The new Model is set to open with a Grand Opening event this September during the Cavalcade Tour of Homes on September 7th – 10th, and continuing on September 14th – 17th.

The new model home is designed with a unique “Modern Farm House” style and will incorporate some of DJK’s signature Eco-Smart Home features including Zero-Energy Ready Add On with Solar Hook Up, Composting Station in backyard, decorative rain barrel, reclaimed materials, recycled content carpet, Native landscape design, drywall that cleans the air indoors, No-VOC Paints and Stains, and many more eco-friendly features! The home will also receive ENERGY STAR 3.0 and EPA Indoor Air Plus certifications once completed.

Along with the news of our new Model Home opening in Grande Park, we are excited to also share the news of an entire new series of homes called, “Signature DJK”, that will be launching this September with 5 entirely New Floor Plans designed to be built in the Fieldstone and Sage Knoll sections of Grande Park. These 5 New Floor Plans are designed to offer true Open Concept Living with structural options that new homebuyers will have the ability to select from to create a space that this personalized to their needs. They will also be available in three front elevation styles that will include a Traditional, Craftsman, and Modern Farm House styles. Pricing for this New “Signature DJK” series of homes in Fieldstone and Sage Knoll sections of Grande Park will start in the Low $400’s with Homesite included.

Grande Park is located in one of Plainfield’s prime, family-friendly master planned communities in North Plainfield offering an Aquatic Center and Clubhouse, 100-Acre Recreational Park, long distance walking paths, and on-site elementary and junior high schools that are apart of the Highly Acclaimed Oswego 308 school district. Between Fieldstone and Sage Knoll sections of Grande Park, DJK Custom Homes has 40+ new home sites available to build one’s very own Dream Home.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon for the scheduled events that will take part during the Cavalcade Tour of Homes this September!

We would also like to inform everyone that The Cavalcade Tour of Homes is a Paid Event provided by the NIHBA. You can purchase your tickets to view all of the homes that will be showcased during the Tour by visiting here.

June 21st, 2017

Go Green This Summer Following These Tips!

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We have come up with 5 Simple Ways That You Can Achieve An Even Greener and Sustainable Lifestyle this Summer!

1. Electricity– Unplug electric devices that you’re no longer using. If your cell phone has finished charging, unplug it. If you’re not using the lights in a room or your computer (etc.) then turn them off. Even devices not in use that remain plugged in, can still soak up unnecessary electricity. After a month or so, check your electric bill. You may be surprised about how much money you’re saving by doing these simple tasks.

2. Plastic Bags– If you haven’t already gotten one, pick up some fabric reusable grocery bags. Through the simple act of bringing your own bag, you’re saving however many hundreds of bags from being deposited in landfills. For your existing plastic grocery bags, consider using them as garbage bags around your home. At the very least, see if there’s any plastic bag drop-off recycling centers in your area.

3. Water– Cumulatively, our nation spends much more on water than we do on electricity. Don’t’ leave your sink running if you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, etc. If you have a leaky faucet, get it fixed. Instead of taking baths, take showers instead. In the same way with electricity, do this for a month or so and then check your water bill. You’ll be surprised how much money you’re saving. There are also many Manufacturer’s that are releasing Low Flow Faucets, Shower Heads, and Toilets, as well as Plumbing or Touch

4. Transportation – Try to carpool with a nearby co-worker to reduce emissions. If possible, take advantage of public transportation. Consider purchasing and using an electric or hybrid vehicle. Also, be mindful of how often you accelerate. Vehicles use more gas to speed up than they do to move at a consistent speed.

5. Grow Something – Consider growing some of those wonderful fruits, vegetables, and herbs you get from the grocery store. You may also consider planting more Plants that are more Native to your area. By planting Native Plants in your yard, you will see that it takes a lot less effort for the plant to thrive and become established. Even a small garden can provide you with a tasty, healthy, and creative source that will add an organic aesthetic to your home, as well as taking some money off your grocery (and possibly gas) bill.

If you’re looking for ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle we hope that these simple and quick tips inspire you to get started.

If you would like to learn more on how you can achieve and live an even more sustainable life by building a new home with DJK Custom Homes that will include Sustainable, Healthy, and Efficient features that will achieve savings up to 50% or more from what you are currently spending in utilities, please give us a call at 630-369-1953, or visit our Model Homes located in Plainfield, IL to speak to one of our staff members.

June 7th, 2017

6 Popular Garage Storage Solutions

Categories: Design and Details, New Homes in Naperville, Plainfield new homes | Tags: , ,

We may not think about it often, but our garages play a very big role in our everyday lives. Of course, they protect our vehicles from the elements. But more often than not, they also become a dumping grounds for tools, cleaning products, and seasonal gear. We have come up with a list of smart storage solutions can help you eliminate clutter and keep your garage organized.



1. Shoe Storage.
To enter your home 9 out of 10 times you are entering through the garage. If shoes are not allowed to be worn into your home, this is a great place for them to pile up. A shoe organizer that is built in can instantly clear the floor.


2. A multipurpose bench.
Offered as a standard feature in our homes in the mudroom next to the garage door keeps outdoor gear tidy. A Lower cozy bench seat and lower cubbies make it easy for kids to remember to take off their coats, caps, and gloves when they come inside.

3. A garage loft.

High garage ceilings are a great solution to free up storage space in tighter garages, as shown in this garage. The pictured loft almost acts s like an attic with a low-clearance ceiling height and retractable ladder.


4. A slat wall system

Working away from the traditional hung pegboards. The slat wall system may often be seen in retail stores to keep their merchandise off the floor but within reach. The type of system can be installed in your garage wth different hooks and shelves to fit into horizontal slats, making for a customized storage center with minimal effort. The hooks for this type of system can hold anything from skis to toys to lawn chairs to lawn care

5. Custom Built-In Cabinetry.
Custom built-in cabinets are totally worth the cost if you can swing it. The wall to wall and floor ceiling cabinetry make it easy to keep everything tidy. It is the most costly but Custom built-in cabinets, drawers, and shelves can help you clear clutter and stay organized.

6. Car Lift.
A car lift offers the ability to store an additional veicle, often a sports car or off road sport utility vehicle without sacrificing any floor space in the garage or having to add an additional garage bay area that may be limited to any given homesite.


March 30th, 2017

Architectural Elements To Create Your Very Own Modern Farmhouse

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Modern Farm House style homes have been receiving a lot of buzz lately. It’s a style that has been inspired by a classic vernacular style. Taking elements from the original period architecture, mixing them up and giving them a twist or two to turn them into something new and modern for this day and age. We had the opportunity to build a Modern Farm House style home in Naperville, IL that included solar and high level green designations including LEED Platinum level, NAHB Green Emerald, and EPA Indoor Air Plus.

1. The Front Porch.
The front porch is a key aesthetic to complementing the Farm House style. With any Modern Farm House designed home the front porch is taken and given a different spin to give it Whether it spans the entire front elevation, wraps around, or is small and enclosed on three sides, the front porch is a welcoming farmhouse touch. The overhangs on the front porch, depending on the front orientation of the home allows for keeping direct sunlight out.


2. Barn style lighting.
Gooseneck lamps and other barn-style lighting bring the look of the home together. The simplicity of barn-style lighting fits perfectly with the modern style that you are looking to accomplish.



3. Metal roof.
The metal roof is one of the most durable roofing materials that money can buy. The metal roof also brings the original farmhouse style through its streamlined design that is just right to give the home an updated farmhouse look.



4. Shaker-style cabinetry.
The shaker profile has a classic simplicity thtat fits right in with just about every design style, from traditional to contemporary and modern style with no exception. The clean simple lines and straightforward boxy profiles are just right for a modern farmhouse.


5. Barn doors.
Without a doubt one of the most popular trends for homes that shows no sign of slowing down. The barn sliding doors can be incorporated in almost any space.







6. Exposed beams.
In a room with vaulted ceilings, exposed beam details ties in the barn look. By adding reclaimed beams from a barn give the home a sense of age and history in the modern farmhouse mix.



7. Wide plank floors.
Wide plank floors set the modern farmhouse style apart by providing nice and wide floorboards that would be found in a barn. There are many ventures that salvage these types of floors from old building that are planned demolition.



8. Farmhouse Sink.
The farmhouse sink adds a feeling of nostalgia to a kitchen through it’s sense of character and rustic character. There are redesigned versions from the traditional farmhouse sink. Farmhouse sinks are great for washing big items, but it also means you will need a lot more water to fill it than your typical sink.


9. Tongue and Groove Paneling, shiplap, and butt boards.

A classic farmhouse would not have drywall. These types of wall treatments add a fun and unique homey texture to the walls. They also offer a more modern look when painted white.


If you are in the market to update your current home or incorporate the Modern Farm House style into your current, we would love for the opportunity to help you with the design!

February 16th, 2017

DJK Custom Homes Receives Best of Houzz 2017 for 3rd Year in a Row!

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DJK Custom Homes of Plainfield and Naperville, IL has won “Best of Client Satisfaction” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. DJK Custom Homes is a custom homebuilder that caters to the Plainfield, Naperville, and surrounding areas in Illinois. DJK Homes is also the leader in building new custom homes that provide high performance energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, and innovative designs and quality that is next to none.

DJK Homes was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional has received in 2016.

A “Best of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating look to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize DJK Custom Homes, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

December 9th, 2016

Available Move-In Ready Home Stewart Ridge

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Now available for immediate delivery in Plainfield’s most coveted Stewart Ridge Community, DJK is proud to introduce our Signature Move-In Ready Home featuring our Amelia III floor plan. The Amelia III offers our most open first floor living space to date offering 3,511 sq ft of living space including 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 3 car “L” shape garage! Located on a large corner lot in the highly coveted Stewart Ridge Community in North Plainfield. Students will be attending highly acclaimed Oswego 308 Schools including Grande Park Elementary, Murphy Junior High, and Oswego East High School.

This home is a HIGHLY UPGRADED new home with over $49,290 Worth of Savings!

Upgrades in this new Signature DJK home include:

  • Walnut custom hand scraped hardwood floors on main level
  • Luxurious jetted walk in master shower with subway tile walls and mosaic floor
  • Free standing master bath tub with Delta faucet
  • Wood look ceramic tile flooring throughout elegant master bath
  • Upgraded tile throughout including bath floors, walls, etc.
  • Full oak staircase with craftsman package newels and balusters stained to match floors
  • Open staircase to basement including matching oak rail, balusters, and carpeted stairs
  • DJK signature hidden walk in pantry in kitchen
  • Custom eco-friendly central recycling center in kitchen
  • Pullout racks in cabinet under stove for pot and pan storage
  • Decorative crown moulding on all kitchen cabinetry
  •  Pocket doors at master bathroom and laundry room
  • Recessed can lighting throughout kitchen, keeping room, and dinette
  • Chef’s special GE stainless steel double oven and cooktop package
  • Natural stone fireplace face to 9′ height with custom beam mantle and pediment
  • Custom wood look tiled shower walls in first floor bathroom with birch tile accent
  • Paving brick patio with Hollandstone decorative border and paving brick steps to home
  • Upgraded landscape plantings package with four parkway trees and full mulch
  • Concrete driveway with California finish
  • 9′ basement height with knee wall and 3 piece plumbing rough in for future finishing
  • Custom crown molding package with high gloss no-voc paint to match millwork
  • Custom designed boot bench and coat storage system painted to match millwork
  • Lawn irrigation system for entire yard with zone control, rain sensor, and central shut off


For additional information on this home, click here.



November 23rd, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from DJK Custom Homes

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happy-thanksgiving-background-1024x716-1Thanksgiving is a great time of the year to get together with the family to enjoy some great Thanksgiving dinner and enjoying some Thanksgiving football. From the entire team at DJK Custom Homes we would like to wish you and your family a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Each one of our team members at DJK Custom Homes shares what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Dan Kittilsen, President
Dan will be enjoying his Thanksgiving with his family at home. Dan’s favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with his family and enjoying a nice turkey dinner at home. Dan’s favorite Thanksgiving serving is stuffing with every other serving being second. This Thanksgiving Dan is most thankful for his family and friends having a very healthy and happy 2016.

Kevin Kittilsen, Vice President
Kevin will be enjoying his Thanksgiving with his wife and daughter at his in-laws in Iowa. Kevin’s favorite part of Thanskgiving… You guessed it, all of the Thanksgiving food. His favorite Thanksgiving serving is turkey with lots of gravy, and his least favorite serving is potatoe salad. This Thanksgiving Kevin is most thankful for his family, wife, daughter, and dogs, Rocky and Riley.

Mark Papa, Field Superintendent
Mark will be enjoying his Thanksgiving with his family at his sister-in-laws home. This Thanksgiving Mark is looking forward to spending time with his family and eating a great Thanksgiving dinner (not necessarily in that order). His favorite Thanksgiving serving is Turkey with sweet potatoes being a close second, his least favorite is cranberry sauce. This Thanksgiving Mark is most thankful for a great family, great food, and playing poker.

Annie Gehrke, Selections Coordinator
Annie will be enjoying her Thanksgiving this year between her parent’s home and in-laws with her husband and kids. She is looking forward to being with her family- between everyone’s busy schedules and her nieces and nephews in college having them all home and being together is a blessing for her. Her favroite Thanksgiving serving is her father’s holiday cocktail served with a fruit garnish. Ironically her least favorite serving is the turkey.

Mat Borej, Marketing Manager
Mat will be enjoying his Thanksgiving dinner with his family at home and with his girlfriend’s family . This Thanksgiving Mat is looking forward to spending time with his family and having a great Thanksgiving dinner. His favorite Thanksgiving serving is Turkey with potato dumplings being a close second, his least favorite is cranberry sauce. This Thanksgiving Mat is most thankful for his family and friends.

Jorge Castillo, Jobsite Manager
Jorge will be enjoying his Thanksgiving dinner with his family at home. This Thanksgiving Jorge is looking forward to spending time with his family and eating a great Thanksgiving dinner. His favorite Thanksgiving serving is Turkey with stuffing being a close second. This Thanksgiving Jorge is most thankful for his family.

To meet and learn more about our Team Members at DJK Custom Homes, please click here.

November 18th, 2016

Introducing our New Distinctive Designs

Categories: DJK News, Naperville New Homes, New Design Trends | Tags: , , ,

the-addison-by-djk-homes-1We would like to introduce you to an entirely new collection of homes designed by DJK Custom Homes. This new series of new home designs are under our new Distinctive Designs collection. The motive behind this new series of homes plans is to cater the growing interest for new construction in In-Fill locations that require a garage with rear entry or new site development in the Downtown Naperville, Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Wheaton, Downers Grove, and more surrounding areas.

During the launch for this new collection of home plans there will be 3 new Two Story Plans available that all offer a very open living arrangement that is perfect for individuals that love to entertain during the holidays or special occasions. There will also be more newly designed floor plans for new homebuyers interested in building in our available In-Fill locations coming soon. An announcement for these new floor plans will be released once available via social and email.

Whether you are interested in traditional, craftsman, modern farmhouse, old world, or rustic lodge style we can take anyone of these new designs and design them to cater your specific style for your dream home.

For more information on the new Distinctive Design collection of custom homes please visit the Distinctive Design page or contact our team.

October 1st, 2016

Community of the Month: Fieldstone in Grande Park

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If you and your family are looking for the perfect community to raise a family in the Southwest Chicago suburbs then look no further. Fieldstone in Grande Park was our Community of the Month in September. Located in North Plainfield this community has it all! Enjoy the convenience of driving within a few minutes to your favorite shopping centers, coffee shops, and restaurants in either Plainfield or Naperville.


Professionally Manicured Entrance into Fieldstone in Grande Park

This community has you and your family in mind. Within its limits Residents in Fieldstone will enjoy Grande Park’s Aquatic Center, Sports Courts, and Sledding Hill to name just a few. Students living in Grande Park will attend highly acclaimed Oswego 308 Schools including Grande Park Elementary, Murphy Junior High, and Oswego East High School. Parents can be rest assured as to the proximity of the schools when it comes to their students walking to and from school with Grande Park Elementary and Murphy Junior High within mere minutes from the front doorstep.


Grande Park Aquatic Center

Residents will also enjoy the perks of small town living by visiting Downtown Plainfield located less than 10 minutes from Fieldstone Grande Park. Shopping is close by along along Route 59, and families can easily spend the day wandering historic Downtown Plainfield, taking in the sights and grabbing a quick bite to eat at one of the newly opened restaurants.  You can do and have it all in Plainfield: own a business, make a living, or take the quick commute via one of the several adjacent highways and interstates into Chicago if you want to get away, too.


One of many ponds located throughout Grande Park


While the current availability of resale homes in the Plainfield market may not all be ideal, this actually works to your advantage by building new. You have every opportunity to build your dream home in one of the finest growing Chicago suburbs. Homes in Fieldstone of Grande Park begin in the mid $400’s and there are many floor plans to choose from including our latest featuring open concept floor plans. Each home in Fieldstone will range from 2,700 to 4,500 square feet in size. Every single one of our designs can be tweaked to further accommodate your family’s needs and personal lifestyle preferences.


We invite you to tour through this sprawling new home community at your leisure! If you’re planning on stopping by, we’d recommend that you take Route 59 toward 127th street, and then turn onto 127th as if you’re heading toward Oswego. Continue down until you see Grande Park Fieldstone entrance on your left.



September 29th, 2016

Keeping Your Bathroom Simple and Stylish

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Contributing Author:  Craig Middleton

master bathWhen it comes to resale, the two most important rooms in your home are the kitchen and bathroom. You receive your biggest return on investment from either a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and they are the two key factors that a buyer will consider when deciding if they will purchase your home. Your bathroom should be your oasis, your getaway, your place to rest and relax. Creating a chic and timeless look for your space is easily achievable, but you should keep a few guiding principles in mind.

Overall Color Scheme
Color scheme is an extremely important factor when it comes to a remodel, and we aren’t just referring to paint color. Choosing neutrals for every aspect of your bathroom will ensure that future paint and restyling choices are plentiful. Gray, brown, beige, and white tones are great choices for tile, flooring, trim, and vanities. Potential, future home buyers can envision updating these neutral spaces with their own style and color preferences. You can always bring in a pop of color with an accent wall, which can be easily changed in the event that you decide to sell your home. Keeping the walls neutral and cohesive with a monochromatic palette will promote a stylish and calming energy.

Fixture and Hardware Choices
There are more options for fixture finishes than ever before, but using a consistent finish throughout your space is important for maintaining a simple and stylish look. Polished chrome, brushed bronze, brushed nickel, and satin black are just a few of the choices that are available for hardware and fixture finishes. Polished chrome is one of the most traditional and timeless finishes available, while satin black will match well with almost any design style and color palette you can imagine. Aged or antiqued brass has made a recent comeback in the design world. While it isn’t the first choice for many, it is timeless look that has been used for centuries. The most important tip to remember is consistency. Choose a fixture finish, and use it throughout the space. Don’t choose one finish for your sink faucet and another for your shower head and fixtures. The uniformity of a single finish ensures beautiful simplicity.

From flooring to shower tiles, surface choices can make or break a bathroom design. Choosing your color scheme before considering surface choices is a good place to start. For example, Carrara marble goes well with a gray and/or white color scheme. Carrara is also one of the most traditional and timeless choices when it comes to bathroom surfaces. This versatile stone can be utilized for your vanity top, shower tiles, and even flooring. It’s also one of the most luxurious and chic surfaces you can choose. You’ll never need to replace Carrara, which will stand the test of design time! Another surface that is important is your shower glass. Shower curtains are no longer in vogue, and who wants to cover up that beautiful Carrara marble? Glass shower panels can also be utilized to create a steam shower.

If you’ve ever been to a spa, you know that the perfect amount of lighting is required for a serene environment. Too much light, and it’s impossible to relax. Too little light, and there is no way to do your makeup or hair at the vanity. One solution is to install separate lighting over the vanity and the rest of the bathroom. When you want to relax, you can leave the vanity lighting off. Installing a light dimming system is also a great way to set your lighting according to your mood.

Creating a beautiful bathroom can feel like a complicated chore; however, anyone can achieve a timeless look. Just remember to combine a neutral color pallet with a single fixture choice, beautiful surfaces, and perfect mood lighting, and you will have a bathroom that is both polished and sleek.

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