About Us

OUR MISSION:

It is imperative that our clients enjoy their architectural experience throughout the entire project.  To accomplish this, we will strive to:

  • Promote good communications and develop a personal relationship with our clients so that we can create a design and environment that they will be proud of for years to come.
  • Create eye catching designs that are energy efficient yet budget conscious and do it in a timely manner.
  • Guide and educate our clients through the multitude of design decisions they will need to make throughout the entire project.
  • Produce high quality detailed drawings that convey the design intent to all involved in such a way that reduces the number of questions and avoids the need for field changes.

OUR FOUNDATION (History):

My name is Mike Buhr, I am the president and founder of Craftstone Architects, Inc. and I want to personally thank you for taking time out of your day to find out a little bit about us.

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an Architect.  I can remember sketching home plans back when I was a young boy long before I even knew what an Architect was.  When I entered high school, I sat down with my school counselor and figured out what college I wanted to go to for Architecture and then drafted a planning for what I needed to accomplish to get there and in 1988, I graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign‐Urbana.  For the next 12 years I worked under the guidance of several award winning architects in the commercial, governmental, school, and municipal sectors of architecture soaking in knowledge and developing my craft.

In 1998, my wife and I decided to build a new home for our growing family.  We designed a home that was unique for the area. It received numerous compliments and it led to me to design several other homes for people in my spare time. I enjoyed this close relationship I developed with these clients.  The passion they had for the design process because it was their home was so much more rewarding to me than I previously encountered in other sectors of architecture.  I enjoyed it so much that I continued to take on more and more clientele until I knew it was time to make residential architecture my full time passion.  In March of 2000, Craftstone Architects officially opened its doors for business out of my home office in Plainfield, Illinois.

From the very beginning, Craftstone Architects was planned and designed to be a small firm so that I could be involved with every project and maintain that close personal relationship with my clientele.  I developed some relationships with a few builders and homeowners in those early years of business that I still maintain to this day.  I attribute that to our personal touch, the great designs of our homes and the accuracy and detail of our drawings.  As the economy grew and fell, so did my work load and staff.  Unlike many firms, my firm survived the economic storm of 2008 and continued to do business throughout this economic crisis.  From 2010 to present time, Craftstone Architects has seen steady growth in work and staff.  In 2014, I decided to move my office out of my home so that my wife, my 4 kids, a dog and a cat could have a little more privacy and not have staff, clients, and builders walking in and out of my home.  We moved to a small office on Route 59 in Plainfield, which served us well for 3 years. Then in 2017 we moved to our current and much larger space to help serve our growing needs.

2017 is already showing the signs of another great year and we attribute that to almost 80% of our work is from referrals or repeat clients and the name, Craftstone Architects, has become synonymous with great design and quality drawings at a reasonable fee. As we enter our seventeenth year of business, we will continue our tration of creating great designs and producing quality drawings, so come talk to us and see why hundreds of clients have allowed us to "help make their dream homes a reality since 2000."

Thank you again for your time and I hope to hear from you soon!

Mike

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Craftstone Architects, Inc.
14150 S. Route 30, Suite 201 Plainfield, Illinois 60544
P: (815) 609-1997 - F: (815) 327-8827
mike.buhr@craftstonearchitects.com

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