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Beam Me Up, Scotty

Rustic touches define Pickell’s Bannockburn offering

When Orren Pickell Designers & Builders set out to build an enclave of ten estate-size houses on nearly 28 acres in north suburban Bannockburn, picking a Scottish name for the development was a no-brainer: Bannockburn is named after a historic town in Scotland, and Pickell hails from the McLean clan on his mother’s side. Thus, the place was named Tarns of the Moor (or, in the King’s English, “little lakes of the bog"). Kent DeRuse, the lead architect at Pickell’s firm, designed the 9,000-square-foot model home for the project; priced at $4.825 million, it was meant to feel “like parts of it were collected all over Scotland and reassembled here,” says Lisa Pickell, Orren’s daughter and a marketing executive for the company. The residence (a show house undertaken with the publisher of Chicago and Chicago Home + Garden) has rugged fieldstone walls, hefty handwrought wood beams, and, in the basement, a fully equipped Scottish pub. To top it off, Pickell is using the McLeans’ traditional green-and-white plaid tartan on the advertising and promotional materials for Tarns of the Moor.

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