Who sets crossroads/blue sky apart?

John Richert is the founder of Crossroads/Blue Sky. John received both his undergraduate and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and is a Licensed Architect in both Illinois and Wisconsin. John has been passionate about residential design since his introduction into the workplace in 1989. John is the firm’s creative and emotional leader, as well as the lead designer for the firm’s projects. John’s designs have been highlighted in both national magazine publications and the Dream Homes of Chicago coffee table book.

The staff at CRBS consists of an in-house team of carpenters (to ensure project quality and to assist with timely warranty service) as well as qualified teams of subcontractors. These individuals bring together a variety of backgrounds and expertise to CRBS’s projects to ensure timely and consistent project delivery. Each team is specifically assembled to meet the individual needs of our projects. Our teams are made up of high-quality and value-driven individuals who work well with clients and fit in perfectly to our seamless design/build approach.

What sets crossroads/blue sky apart?

CRBS is committed to advancing the art and science of residential design and construction through the use of thoughtful, constructive dialogue at all points of the design/build processes. Realizing that great projects are the result of partnerships between clients, designers and craftsman, we engage our patrons in a process that synthesizes their dreams and the talents of our designers and craftsmen into beautiful and efficient spaces. CRBS is the culmination of many years of experience serving the design and construction process from a client-driven perspective.

CRBS is not your average design firm. Nor are we your average contractor. What sets us apart from other firms is our unique approach that seamlessly integrates the design and construction processes for the benefit of our clients. There are no external or internal handoffs between a design team and construction team. This unique process is pure design/build with true, single-source responsibility throughout the entire project from start to finish.

Customer testimonials

The work you completed at our home, to this day, is something we take great pride in every day. From the first time we met and began the project with your attention to detail and overall great design vision, we knew we made the right decision to work with you. The project was completed on time and within our budget. Joe Novicki

The Crossroads/Blue Sky team did an amazing job transforming our home — both inside and out! John’s innovative design created a home that has pleasing curb appeal and addressed our space needs inside. The unique design created a home that flows and does not appear to be a renovation, it looks and feels like a brand new home. The team of contractors were of high quality, finished on time and on budget. We could not be more pleased — we have and will continue to recommend CRBS to anyone looking to improve their home or build a new home. Beth Marsh

John is a pro’s pro … one with a rare combination of vision and an incredible attention to detail. We couldn’t be happier with our house … The process of working with John and his team was fun, creative and the results speak for themselves: the work is amazing. And it stands the test of time … we’re still uncovering (and appreciating) some very smart details and features. If the unltimate test is, “Would you work with CRBS again?” we can proudly and affirmatively say, “ABSOLUTELY!” Dave Kissel


Customer testimonials

My wife, Jane, and I engaged Crossroads/Blue Sky to undertake a substantial master bath and walk-in closet rehab project. The crews were punctual, reliable and professional in every sense, and flexible when minor changes to the original plans were at times requested. The work was completed on time, and results exceeded our expectations. Dan Barber

John takes great interest in his clients needs and desires. He works hard to deliver uncompromising results. Brad Jeffery

I am writing to thank you and your team for the fantastic job you did with our recent kitchen remodeling and addition. The project really turned out nicely and the project management made it as least “painful” as possible. Your creativity and knack for understanding our tastes has resulted in a kitchen that we just love. In particular, I would like to mention Jonathan Stuck whose attention to detail and being cognizant of our situation made the project a success. Kathy and I would recommend your firm to anyone! Richard Adler