Where Luxury and Comfort Reside.

We make your vision for modern, contemporary or traditional style come to life.

Plan Development

Savane can locate a property for the development of your dream new single family home. From there we will develop full plans to construct your residence. Competitive bidding and final negotiation with subcontractors will be performed in conjunction with the plan development. Our building knowledge together with our construction cost expertise allows us to advise clients on projected total project cost during the plan development phase.

General Contracting

Savane has put together a team of professionals that manage the construction project from start to finish – ensuring your home is build to the highest standards and is build on schedule. Savane also has subcontractors, professionals, and suppliers that can deliver the highest quality product at a very competitive price. All our contractors are formally rated on four dimensions of Workmanship, Cost, Schedule, and Customer Service and must meet a high standard on all scores.

Interior Finish Selections

Savane can assist you with interior finish selections including carpentry trim detail, tile alternatives, carpet, paint colors, and other design details. Whether your taste is contemporary or more traditional, you can work with Savane’s interior designer to customize the materials for the finishes of your home.

Green Construction

Savane Properties has been building sustainably since before it was fashionable – for your health, and for our environment. In fact, to show our commitment to being green, Savane has on staff both a L.E.E.D. Accredited Professional and a Certified Green Professional (CGP).

Smart Design is energy efficient while using eco-friendly sustainable materials. We not only have experience with these methods but also demonstrate the true financial payback to our clients of using efficient products and materials.

THE FOUNDATION OF SAVANE PROPERTIES

Building your home is our privilege.
Savane is committed to quality in all that we do.

Philosophy

The highest quality is Savane's standard. We work to exceed your expectations and build to last a lifetime.

Collaboration

Hand in hand partnership on every detail to build a home that is uniquely yours.

Style & Creativity

Savane works with you in realizing your own unique vision. Your home will be an expression of who you are.

Process

We are with you every step of the way, wherever you are in the process.

  • COLLABORATE

  • Define your vision and dreams
  • Set goals and budgets
  • Estimate provided
  • DESIGN

  • Architect provides schematic design options based on vision and budget
  • Revised estimate provided
  • Finalize building envelope and floor plans
  • Submit for permit
  • Drawings competitively bid to subs
  • Final quote provided
  • BUILD

  • Interior designer assists with materials selections
  • Savane coordinates trades for quality and timelines
  • Savane begins construction and inspections
  • Final inspection
  • Prepare for move-in
  • Home owner's manual provided
  • MOVE IN!

  • Savane customer service is there for you after your move to help with any final adjustments
  • COLLABORATE

  • Define your vision and dreams
  • Set goals and budgets
  • Estimate provided
  • DESIGN

  • Architect provides schematic design options based on vision and budget
  • Revised estimate provided
  • Finalize building envelope and floor plans
  • Submit for permit
  • Drawings competitively bid to subs
  • Final quote provided
  • BUILD

  • Interior designer assists with materials selections
  • Savane coordinates trades for quality and timelines
  • Savane begins construction and inspections
  • Final inspection
  • Prepare for move-in
  • Home owner's manual provided
  • MOVE IN!

  • Savane customer service is there for you after your move to help with any final adjustments
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John Morgan President and Founder

Background:

Mr. Morgan began his real estate development career in 1992 for United Airlines as corporate-wide manager of capital investments and improvements. John started residential multi-unit building development and refurbishing single family homes in Chicago in 1997. After living in Paris, John returned to Chicago to start Savane Properties with the goal of designing and building superior homes. He is the son of an architect and brother to a carpenter and contractor.  John enjoys playing ice hockey on the weekends and has played in numerous jazz and blues bands over the years.

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Mike Greco Partner, Senior Manager, Construction

Background:

At Savane, Mike is highly engaged in assisting clients with their home design and well as working in the field to translate the ideal into reality. Prior to joining the Savane team, Mike was with Charles Vincent George Designs, Landrosh Development, and DeStefano and Partners in various project management design roles. His responsibilities included code/zoning research, planning/design, construction contracting, and client/consultant coordination for luxury single family homes, multiunit residential, commercial tenant build outs, and schools. Mike coaches tee ball and enjoys spending time with his family on the weekends.

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Kevin Klinger Partner, Senior Manager, Architecture

Background:

Kevin leads the architecture department and is highly engaged with clients and the skillful creativity needed to lead successful projects. His knowledge and experience in navigating Chicago’s building codes along with his ability to guide clients through Savane’s design process makes for an enjoyable and efficient experience. Kevin’s background is heavy in luxury urban residential design throughout Chicago, having worked with Landrosh Development, FitzGerald Associates, and Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Being from Wisconsin, Kevin is unfortunately a Packer fan.  He also enjoys coaching his children and spending time with his young family in his spare time.

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Rich Hoagland Senior Project Manager, Field

Background:

Rich has been in construction for over 15 years. Before joining Savane he was a construction manager for Impressionist Homes and Radic Construction. His experience spans from luxury custom single family homes to commercial construction.

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Forest Bahruth Senior Architect

Background:

Prior to joining Savane, Forest worked as a Project Architect for several well-known Chicago architecture firms such as Destefano + Partners, Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Lucien Lagrange Architects.  He has worked on projects ranging in scale from small retail to high-rise residential both domestically and internationally. Forest enjoys playing his guitar, riding his bike and spending time with his wife and daughter on the weekends.

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Cynthia Pedersen Licensed Architect
Background:

Cynthia knew she wanted to be an Architect since the age of nine. From that point on, design has been an all-consuming addiction for her. She loves the challenge of blending beauty and function to suit each unique project. Cynthia offers both a practical and aesthetic perspective derived from a diverse background of employment with Architects, Developers and Builders on a multitude of project types. Prior to joining the Savane team, Cynthia was a Project Architect at Environs Development for almost a decade. Cynthia also loves to read, bake and is infatuated with all things Italian. When not designing, she enjoys time with her husband and growing family.

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Jean Louis Gonzales Senior Architect

Background:

At Savane, Jean is highly involved with helping families realize their dream homes, working with them from initial design concept to permit plans to final construction. Prior joining the Savane team, Jean worked for almost a decade with Orren Pickell Builders as a Project Designer for high-end custom residential homes in the North Shore area. Jean also spent more than a few days in the U.S. Marine Corps. Last but not least: Bear Down, Chicago Bears!!!

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Silvia Neyman Controller

Background:

Silvia has worked in corporate accounting with TransUnion Credit Corp and Blackman Kallick LLP as a public accountant. In 2005 Silvia started her own practice offering accounting consulting to small business in Chicago before starting at Savane in 2010.

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Matthew Najder Senior Project Manager

Background:

Prior to joining Savane, Matthew worked extensively developing luxury, high-end single family residences in the North Shore area of Chicago with Heritage Builders and Architech Contractors. His European education coupled with his American experience equips him with a unique mixture in understanding the construction and planning of modern houses. Matthew is thrilled to see that his older son shares his passion for architecture and is currently studying at the University of Illinois. During his free time, Matthew loves to ski, play tennis, and follow Formula One racing.

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Ed Fritsch Senior Project Manager, Field

Background:

Before joining Savane Properties, Ed previously operated F & K Construction for 15 years. His experience includes customer service, project management, estimating, framing, finish carpentry, plumbing, painting and electrical.

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Brian Gutzmer Senior Project Manager, Field

Background:

Brian comes to Savane with over 10 years of construction experience.  Brian started his career as a residential and commercial carpenter.  His primary focus for the last 7 years has been in the high-end home market in both Lincoln Park and Bucktown.  He has worked on over 35 multi-million dollar homes, focusing on the high level of detail and precision it takes to complete such a house.  Brian prides himself on the great customer care he offers to clients and his general knowledge and understanding of all facets of construction.  Brian enjoys the outdoors including white water rafting.

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Kumayel Mojiz Contracting Manager

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Dean Matthopoulos Contracting Manager

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Ruthie Stebbins Interior Design

Background:

Ruthie moved home to Chicago after receiving her BA where local fashion designer Jane Hamill introduced her to the world of design. Fashion design became interior design when Jane asked Ruthie to

project manage the build-out of the new space for the Jane Hamill boutique in Lincoln Park. After receiving her
BFA in Interior Design she worked for JP Interiors, working on high-end residential interior design and decorating. Those projects were located through-out the city, as well as across the country. Ruthie has been working with Savane since 2010.

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Sandy Wettig Customer Service Manager – Office

Background:

Prior to joining the Savane Team, Sandy worked for American Management Systems as a Project Manager. She has also been an independent consulting providing process improvement services. Sandy enjoys painting and photography.

John Morgan
President and Founder

Mr. Morgan began his real estate development career in 1992 for United Airlines as corporate-wide manager of capital investments and improvements. John started residential multi-unit building development and refurbishing single family homes in Chicago in 1997. After living in Paris, John returned to Chicago to start Savane Properties with the goal of designing and building superior homes. He is the son of an architect and brother to a carpenter and contractor.  John enjoys playing ice hockey on the weekends and has played in numerous jazz and blues bands over the years.

Mike Greco
Partner, Senior Manager, Construction

At Savane, Mike is highly engaged in assisting clients with their home design and well as working in the field to translate the ideal into reality. Prior to joining the Savane team, Mike was with Charles Vincent George Designs, Landrosh Development, and DeStefano and Partners in various project management design roles. His responsibilities included code/zoning research, planning/design, construction contracting, and client/consultant coordination for luxury single family homes, multiunit residential, commercial tenant build outs, and schools. Mike coaches tee ball and enjoys spending time with his family on the weekends.

Kevin Klinger
Partner, Senior Manager, Architecture

Kevin leads the architecture department and is highly engaged with clients and the skillful creativity needed to lead successful projects. His knowledge and experience in navigating Chicago’s building codes along with his ability to guide clients through Savane’s design process makes for an enjoyable and efficient experience. Kevin’s background is heavy in luxury urban residential design throughout Chicago, having worked with Landrosh Development, FitzGerald Associates, and Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Being from Wisconsin, Kevin is unfortunately a Packer fan.  He also enjoys coaching his children and spending time with his young family in his spare time.


Rich Hoagland
Senior Project Manager, Field

Rich has been in construction for over 15 years. Before joining Savane he was a construction manager for Impressionist Homes and Radic Construction. His experience spans from luxury custom single family homes to commercial construction.

Forest Bahruth
Senior Architect

Prior to joining Savane, Forest worked as a Project Architect for several well-known Chicago architecture firms such as Destefano + Partners, Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Lucien Lagrange Architects.  He has worked on projects ranging in scale from small retail to high-rise residential both domestically and internationally. Forest enjoys playing his guitar, riding his bike and spending time with his wife and daughter on the weekends.

Cynthia Pedersen
Licensed Architect

Cynthia knew she wanted to be an Architect since the age of nine. From that point on, design has been an all-consuming addiction for her. She loves the challenge of blending beauty and function to suit each unique project. Cynthia offers both a practical and aesthetic perspective derived from a diverse background of employment with Architects, Developers and Builders on a multitude of project types. Prior to joining the Savane team, Cynthia was a Project Architect at Environs Development for almost a decade. Cynthia also loves to read, bake and is infatuated with all things Italian. When not designing, she enjoys time with her husband and growing family.

Jean Louis Gonzales
Senior Architect

At Savane, Jean is highly involved with helping families realize their dream homes, working with them from initial design concept to permit plans to final construction. Prior joining the Savane team, Jean worked for almost a decade with Orren Pickell Builders as a Project Designer for high-end custom residential homes in the North Shore area. Jean also spent more than a few days in the U.S. Marine Corps. Last but not least: Bear Down, Chicago Bears!!!

Silvia Neyman
Controller

Silvia has worked in corporate accounting with TransUnion Credit Corp and Blackman Kallick LLP as a public accountant. In 2005 Silvia started her own practice offering accounting consulting to small business in Chicago before starting at Savane in 2010.

Matthew Najder
Senior Project Manager

Prior to joining Savane, Matthew worked extensively developing luxury, high-end single family residences in the North Shore area of Chicago with Heritage Builders and Architech Contractors. His European education coupled with his American experience equips him with a unique mixture in understanding the construction and planning of modern houses. Matthew is thrilled to see that his older son shares his passion for architecture and is currently studying at the University of Illinois. During his free time, Matthew loves to ski, play tennis, and follow Formula One racing.

Ed Fritsch
Senior Project Manager, Field

Before joining Savane Properties, Ed previously operated F & K Construction for 15 years. His experience includes customer service, project management, estimating, framing, finish carpentry, plumbing, painting and electrical.

Brian Gutzmer
Senior Project Manager, Field

Brian comes to Savane with over 10 years of construction experience.  Brian started his career as a residential and commercial carpenter.  His primary focus for the last 7 years has been in the high-end home market in both Lincoln Park and Bucktown.  He has worked on over 35 multi-million dollar homes, focusing on the high level of detail and precision it takes to complete such a house.  Brian prides himself on the great customer care he offers to clients and his general knowledge and understanding of all facets of construction.  Brian enjoys the outdoors including white water rafting.

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Contracting Manager

Dean Matthopoulos
Contracting Manager

Ruthie Stebbins
Interior Design

Ruthie moved home to Chicago after receiving her BA where local fashion designer Jane Hamill introduced her to the world of design. Fashion design became interior design when Jane asked Ruthie to

project manage the build-out of the new space for the Jane Hamill boutique in Lincoln Park. After receiving her
BFA in Interior Design she worked for JP Interiors, working on high-end residential interior design and decorating. Those projects were located through-out the city, as well as across the country. Ruthie has been working with Savane since 2010.

Sandy Wettig
Customer Service Manager – Office

Prior to joining the Savane Team, Sandy worked for American Management Systems as a Project Manager. She has also been an independent consulting providing process improvement services. Sandy enjoys painting and photography.

Our Team

Bringing together the right team at Savane is the single most important factor in delivering quality homes. We’ve brought together experienced, talented, customer service focused team members. With this diverse talent, I know Savane can deliver the best quality and process to build homes at the highest finish levels. As you read these bios you will see our team brings exactly the skills that allow us to meet this high-bar.

John Morgan
President