"Todd Carlson exceeded our expectations with his ability to translate our vision onto paper. He was able to capture the beauty of the lake from every room, while maintaining the cozy home feel we were seeking. His idea to use exposed natural materials really compliments our surroundings. Working with Todd was an excellent experience from beginning to end."

“... we hired CA to redesign our kitchen addition. The creativity and ease of communication with CA has made the whole process enjoyable. ”

“Carlson Architecture designed our custom home and worked with us through to its completion. We could not be more pleased with the service we received and the home in which we now live. We especially liked the way Carlson Architecture worked with us; listening to our needs/desires and then implementing them into a creative design. It was a seamless and enjoyable process. ”

"My husband and I loved our experience with Carlson Architecture. Todd Carlson designed a beautiful home which we continue to enjoy every day since it was completed. Todd was a dream to work with."


"Todd Carlson designed a kitchen addition for our 40 year old house. His creative design causes people to say, "I love your kitchen." They cannot even tell it is an addition because it connects seamlessly with the existing structure, but at the same time it looks completely modern, like something in Architectural Digest."

"Todd did a fantastic job working with us in creating plans for our addition project. He was responsive, creative and worked through the questions we had with class and professionalism."

"Todd help our family design an addition to our house. We had a wonderful time of sitting down at the kitchen table with Todd and the builder, and he was exceptional at listening to us and discerning our needs and turning it in to something absolutely perfect for us."

"Carlson Architecture designed a sun room addition to our home using many pictures that were collected over several years. Todd was innovative in incorporating the ideas to a room that has become the focal point of our living spaces."


"Todd helped me rework a very out dated lay out to my kitchen, dining, and front hall way. Loved his suggestions, and very nice to work with. When work begin he was there to answer any questions my carpenter had. Would recommend, and would use again."

"Todd listened to our needs and provided us with some unique options to finish the space. We've received lots of complements about both the completed interior and exterior."

"Todd was flexible in adopting our suggestions and required changes. We are very happy with his work and his accommodation of our desires. His treatment of our building activities was very professional and exceptionally creative."

"Todd Carlson was awesome!! He was extremely professional and always very polite. We absolutely loved the work he did for our home in Deer Park."

"Todd Carlson did a wonderful job of listening to what we envisioned for our porch project and even included some thoughts of his own that we ended up incorprating. Best of all - his projects are often reviewed by Palatine's inspectors and they are familiar with his work."

"Todd Carlson was wonderful to work with over the course of the project. We wanted to a lot w/ a relatively small space, and he was able to make it all happen. There were multiple design options and we provided feedback and changes throughout the design phase. Ultimately the design was perfect. Todd Carlson over saw the project and ensured it was completed to our satisfaction. Great job and would highly recommend the firm!"


"Todd Carlson provided personal service and design concepts that were second to none. He was able to verbally and illustrate through his architectural renderings, design concepts that would and would not work."

"We hired Carlson Architecture in 2005 to design our (his) Work Shop at our property in Kildeer, IL. The attention to detail was great. Years have past and many people think we have a second home on our property."

"Carlson Architecture did a fantastic job listening to our needs and wants to add a second story to our house. Todd took our desires and made it into a fully functional and useable house that we love to call HOME!"

"We were very pleased with our renovation and working with Todd Carlson. He made it less stressful and exciting. We now have the home we always wanted."


"The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams". - Robert A. M. Stern