A house is a purchase unlike any other. Not only is it likely to be your biggest financial investment, it’s also the place where a family will spend time and grow together. From the neighborhood to the floor plan, every detail needs to be carefully considered—no one wants to compromise when it comes to their home. Since 2008, Michael Lauren Development (MLD) has helped homeowners in St. Louis create beautiful properties that blend timeless elegance with modern amenities. From land acquisition to design to construction, the development firm is with its clients every step of the way in creating their dream homes.

The success of MLD’s all-inclusive process is evident. In 14 years, the firm has completed more than 15 custom home projects, totalling around $50 million in construction. “Our clientele is primarily in Clayton, and many of our projects begin through referral,” president Michael Rechan says. “We work with people to create homes that fit the life they want, and we coordinate all of the professionals needed to make their dream design a reality. An MLD home fits like a custom suit, instead of something off the rack.” Along with customizing to clients’ individual needs, MLD builds are constructed to meet today’s exacting standards for sustainability and energy efficiency.

Currently, the development firm is working with architect Paul Doerner to create an exciting property at 140 N. Brentwood Blvd. Located in the Old Town West subdivision, Rechan notes that MLD constructed a home across the street and three others two blocks up, so the team is excited to bring another property to the neighborhood. “The home will offer compelling architecture on one of the most beautiful corners in Clayton,” he says. “You’re only a block away from the great restaurants and shops of downtown. In terms of walkability, it’s everything you could want. An urban residential location like this offers a more active and compelling lifestyle.”

When completed, the house will offer four levels of living space that will each feature unique design details, such as a lookout study on the third floor. The property also will feature a private backyard with a patio and pool. While the design has been proposed, the future homeowners will still have the opportunity to customize the home to their taste and needs. “They will have input in every design selection throughout the home and can even re-work the floor plans to suit their needs if desired,” Rechan explains. “With this property, you won’t have to make any compromises with an existing style. You can tailor things to what works best for you.”

The last two years have shown all of us just how important the spaces we inhabit are, and whether its location, design or floor plan, many people have realized how much they’ve compromised with their homes. Now is the perfect time to consider a custom property, according to Rechan. “Your living environment is foundational to your overall happiness,” he says. “The design-build process allows you to put yourself in the location you want without having to make any accommodations on style
and amenities.”

Located in Clayton, Michael Lauren Development creates upscale custom properties for St. Louis’ most discerning homeowners. Pictured on the cover: A rendering of 140 N. Brentwood Blvd. For more information, call 314.374.3846 or visit michaellauren.com. 

Cover design by Julie Streiler
Cover image by Paul Doerner

Pictured at top: 140 N. Brentwood Blvd.
Image: Paul Doerner