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Meet Steve Meyer of Meyer Design in Naperville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steve Meyer.

Steve, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started working in carpentry as a teenager. Later on, in my career I began framing remodels, which added to my love of construction and more pointedly, homes. The way a space could change and feel with a few well thought out adjustments captured my interest and led me down the road to design.

I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. As a Kentucky native, I felt drawn to the University of Kentucky. I graduated with a degree in architectural design as well as architectural technology. After school, my family and I decided it would be best to move to a big city; or with kids, close to a big city. Chicagoland seemed to be the perfect mix between suburban and urban.

My first job out of college was at a mid-sized architecture firm in a small Chicago suburb I had never heard of, much less visited. After a short stay, there I jumped ship to help build a new architecture firm from the ground up. We grew fast and became a major component in residential architecture for the western suburbs. Four good years flew by, yet I felt compelled to open my own business. The next step was to open Meyer Design in 2004.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In building a business from nothing, not once but twice, I learned a great deal about what to do and what not to do. I made many mistakes yet realized that what I really loved about architecture were the people you meet, not just the design. This is somewhat counterproductive to your bottom line at times and was challenging in the beginning.

Don’t get me wrong; we are creative and great at what we do. The difference is that Meyer Design focused on people from day one. We spend an enormous amount of time getting to know our clients. The better we know them the better we can be prepared to design the perfect home for their life and their future.

2008 was a tough time for anyone in the housing industry, as well as for home owners themselves.

Luckily one of the previous lessons I learned was starting small and building slowly, which helped us weather the downturn in 2008. As the housing market crashed we changed our focus. We started concentrating on smaller more detail driven homes.

Our clients today are more cost conscious and willing to pay for quality construction more than just a larger footprint.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Meyer Design – what should we know?
Meyer Design is known for providing unsurpassed residential design services to Naperville and the surrounding Chicago suburbs. Our team focuses on the client, their needs, wild ideas & dreams of their new home. Before we put pencil to paper we listen to you; putting your desires before our sometimes crazy yet always creative ideas for your home.

Our team is most proud of our diversity in architectural style. We design for our client and do not concentrate purely on what “we do best.” Design is subjective which is what makes architecture difficult. What one client loves another will hate. From century old historical style to something that has never been done before, we design for you.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I certainly did not do this alone. Even the people who have hurt us in the past have helped us be who we are today. Our team as a whole deserves the most credit yet anyone who has worked with us knows that none of this happens without Jessica Otte. We work with many builders and contractors in the Chicago area yet there are a few that have been instrumental in our success. And our clients, as I will not name any specifically either, they have at times been our greatest supporters and means to our continued success.

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