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Online Exclusive: Pinnacle Turns Existing Plan into Custom Showpiece

Craig Ciaglia, principal of Lake Barrington, IL-based Homes by Pinnacle, spoke with about this stunning custom home in Barrington, IL. Completed in the summer of 2012, the home began as an existing plan, but was modified to fit the homeowner's tastes and lifestyle, including creating a more open floor plan for the family room.

"The clients were great; very hands-on throughout the process, but really relied on us to use our expertise," says Ciaglia.

Constructed on a vacant lot, Pinnacle had only 3' of play to work with between the left and right setbacks. Because it was built on the high point of the lot, this showpiece house features a walk-out luxe basement design which incorporates a theater, bar, family room, wine cellar, exercise room and secondary kitchen.

The 23-room home includes seven bathrooms, and two powder rooms. A sprawling kitchen on the main level, which plays detailed plaster work on the trim against rich wood cabinetry, features elegant curving details on the cabinetry and island façade. Viking appliances were selected by the clients. A central foyer is cited by Ciaglia as the home's signature focal point: a sweeping, elegant spiral staircase winds around all three floors, lit by chandeliers.

Ciaglia describes the overall feel of the space as "eclectic, with the warmth of a French Country, but with a modern feel."