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County Line Home Design Center Debuts In “Hidden Gem” downtown Hinsdale location

The County Line Home Design Center is located at 110 S. Washington Street in downtown Hinsdale and will grand open Saturday June 22. The Center also is planning “Wine and Design” on Saturdays this summer.

Hinsdale - Make no mistake this is not your garden variety home design center. John Bohnen’s collection of accomplished artisans at the new County Line Home Design Center in Hinsdale will appeal to homeowners who require distinctive and unique finishes.

It has been an idea of Penny and John Bohnen since they formed County Line Properties in 1991 to create a “Builders Boutique” that showcases talented craftsmanship. Last October that vision became a reality when John Bohnen reached out to resources he’s known and referred over the years to clients needing specialized services.

The nondescript entrance at 110 S. Washington; one door south of Bohnen’s County Line Properties, leads to an oasis. “The unique physical attributes of the structure lends itself to the talented artisans inside its walls,” said John Bohnen.
The nondescript entrance at the County Line Home Design Center at 110 S. Washington leads to an oasis. In the hidden garden (from left) Darin and Elizabeth Johnson of Amish Touch Custom Cabinetry and Countryside Woodworking; John Bohnen, County Line Properties; Gina Saran, Precision Stone Design and Stephanie Sarris, Bellehaven Designs.

The building, built in 1925, features a charming gallery entrance leading to one-of-a-kind spaces for tenant businesses, complete with unusual sky lighting in the rear structure that is separated by a quaint garden courtyard space. While each space is unique unto itself, Bohnen says it is the creativity and synergy of the group brings the concept to life.

“The space is a surprise to anyone walking in,” added Penny Bohnen. “There is a wow factor; no one expects to see the hidden garden.”

“We are excited to bring this unique concept to the area. Original, tailor-made work will be generated out of the Design Center. This is not an assemblage of a line of products or vendors,” said Bohnen, a Hinsdale resident since 1947.

Gina Saran, tenant and co-owner of Precision Stone Design agrees.

“The space is inspirational and provides a holistic approach to all aspects of custom home design. This; combined with the various businesses having skill and vision, allow us to meet with a prospective customer in a more relaxed environment unlike what they are used to.”

Precision Stone Design has provided consumers and trade professionals the latest in stone and solid surface countertops, fireplace surrounds and custom integrated sinks for the past 10 years from an Elk Grove Village factory showroom. Everything is made and installed locally by their own employees allowing complete control over timeline and results. Saran looks forward to adding the Hinsdale location, which is vastly different from their other location.

“We are reaching out to an audience we haven’t had a direct connect with using custom vignettes and showcasing innovative materials – beyond what an average homeowner would want.”

While Saran’s Precision Stone Design is located street side in the showroom gallery; custom furniture, cabinetry and flooring can also be seen there from tenants Elizabeth and Darin Johnson of Amish Touch Custom Cabinetry and Countryside Woodworking and Stockyards Brick and Timber.  

Amish Touch showcases unique finishes that include a kitchen vignette and a comfortable conference area in their skylighted space located in the rear structure in what Darin Johnson refers to as “a cottage on its own.” Unlike many custom cabinet companies, the Johnsons collaborate with their clients from the initial consultation through project completion.

“Our extensive background in drafting, cabinetmaking and installation coupled with our presence with homeowners during every step of the project streamlines communication and puts everyone at ease,” Darin Johnson explains. Amish Touch represents third generation cabinet makers and has conducted business in the Chicago area the past 13 years strictly from referrals. They also have a showroom in the Plainfield area.  

Both Saran and the Johnsons are also able to restore/reproduce any stone and millwork that historic work would require and with Matt Joyce of Stockyards Brick and Timber, everything they sell has a historic story to tell.

Stockyards Brick and Timber offers antique brick and granite, reclaimed wood and architectural salvage from old structures; materials in high demand for the custom luxury market. Joyce’s company has supplied old brick for a number of new homes in Hinsdale, sold brick pavers to the Village of Hinsdale for street repair on First Street and then sold the bricks that were removed to another customer. Stockyards Brick and Timber also supplied materials to Hinsdale’s Fuller House tavern. With a yard located in the heart of the Chicago’s famous Union Stockyards, Stockyards Brick and Timber has access to some of the city’s most desired salvageable materials.

“Chicago has an abundance of brick structures that were a result of a building mandate following the Great Chicago Fire of 1971,” explains Joyce. “These bricks were made with such a high standard and have stood the test of time. They are sustainable because they are reused and have a story to tell. We are excited to tell homeowners about the history of the materials they select.”

The Design Center would not be complete without the artistic visions of our three interior designers:  Amy Peckham Interiors, Stephanie Sarris of Bellehaven Designs and Kim Elia of Truffles. Collectively and individually these talented designers bring an energized vision of ‘what could be’ to each project be it a new home, remodeling project or simply as a consultant to homeowners contemplating putting their home on the market.

These designers are further complemented by the addition of Caprio Prisby Architects, known for its ability to translate vision to plans for all types of construction projects including major rehabs and additions.

Rounding out the team are landscape designer Kate Refine, hardscape specialist Jose Lopez of Excell Landscapes and affiliate craftsmen; custom framers, painters, contractors and construction management personnel.

“I consider this group creative problem solvers,” said Bohnen. “The County Line Home Design Center is an intellectual pursuit presenting an entirely different shopping experience.”

The County Line Home Design Center is located at 110 S. Washington Street in downtown Hinsdale and will grand open Saturday June 22. The Center also is planning “Wine and Design” on Saturdays this summer. While specific hours are to be determined, the Center expects to be open weekdays and Saturdays. Evenings and Sundays are by appointment.

The complete list of Design Center artisans follows (in alphabetical order)

Allied Construction Services – Construction Management 630-789-3030
Amish Touch Custom Cabinetry  815-530-4622
Amy Peckham Interiors – Interior Design 630-828-2183
Bellehaven Designs – Interior Design 312-620-8061
Caprio Prisby PC – Architects 630-323-7554
Countryside Woodworking 815-530-4623
Deep Creek Custom Framing 630-323-8847
European Master Painters 630-290-6458
Excell Hardscape Specialist 708-417- 5164
Kate Refine Landscape Design 630-712-4842
Precision Stone Design  312-427-8663
Stockyards Brick and Timber 872-444-5440
Truffles – Interior Design 630-983-9425
Willcraft Construction – Remodeling and renovation 815-919-4536

Source: Lynn Walsh