For more than 28 years, Environs Development has been designing, developing and building Chicago’s finest luxury homes in the city’s best locations. We focus on creating inspiring residential environments through a meticulous, client-centric process that is unrivalled among custom builders in Chicago.


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Integrated Approach

Environs Development is a full-service firm with an exceptional mix of disciplines vertically integrated under one roof. Our distinctive approach includes in-house architecture, interior design, professional construction management and continuing home maintenance services. Ken Brinkman, a licensed Architect and the founder of Environs, and his partner, Chris McKinnis, are both University of Chicago MBAs. Together the two bring a wealth of professional and design experience, sound business planning and an obsessive attention to detail to the building process, offering an unparalleled expertise in the creation of beautiful luxury residences with enduring value.


Finely-Tuned Process

Environs is a design-driven company. Building homes that not only look better but live better guides each phase of our development process, from site selection and initial concept, to final layout and finish selection. As a result, Environs homes aren’t known for a specific style but rather for a distinctive feel – an eminent livability, natural elegance and timeless quality that has come to define the height of luxury living in the City of Chicago. Our process is carefully directed by an experienced team of project managers, architects, interior designers and construction managers. This approach ensures the highest level of client satisfaction, as well as on-time and on-budget delivery – both Environs hallmarks.


Personal Attention

For 28 years Environs Development has been motivated by the notion that great relationships make great homes. In fact, many of the lenders, subcontractors, suppliers – and even clients – we work with today are the same people who helped us build our first homes back in the early 1990s. Environs is also proud to have an exclusive brokerage relationship with Kevin Wood of @properties, one of Chicago’s top luxury brokers, who has worked alongside the Environs team since day one. 

Environs Development is meticulously focused on quality design and workmanship and 100% committed to creating the best custom homes in Chicago.