Where Luxury and Comfort Reside.

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

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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Ricardo Acosta Client Services Rep
Background:

Ricardo has been with Savane Properties for five years providing excellent customer service. Ricardo enjoys repairing his own house on the weekends as well as spending time with his family.

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Nora Diaz Office Manager

Background:

Nora worked as a staff accountant/tax professional for five years, processing payroll for multiple clients, preparing individual and corporate tax returns, and translating documents from Spanish to English. In 2012 Nora left public accounting to become the office manager and bookkeeper of the third largest union in the Midwest. Nora delightfully joined our team in 2017.

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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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Honnie Leinartas Architect

Background:

Honnie’s experience and involvement with the built environment goes back over a decade. She started her career in high-end residential design 11 years ago at Environs Development. In the years since, Honnie has expanded her experience to include building information modeling and building energy modeling for companies within the electrical, interior design, and energy auditing fields and her background in engineering affords her a unique approach to design. In her free time, Honnie loves to sew, read, spend time with her family, and if weather permits, ride her motorcycle.

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Dean Matthopoulos Contracting Manager

Background:

Dean comes to Savane with almost a decade of experience in the construction and engineering field. Prior to joining, Dean worked throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin restoring and remodeling single family homes. Dean enjoys spending his time with family during the weekends and is an avid Chicago Sports fan and history buff.

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Kumayel Mojiz Contracting Manager

Background:

Kumayel has been with Savane Properties for three years and he is the manager of our customer service department. Kumayel is a passionate Chicago sports fan.

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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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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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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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Steve Poole Senior Project Manager, Field
Background:

Steve has over 30 years of experience in the Chicagoland residential custom home building industry. Steve joined Savane Properties as a Senior Project Manager conveying passion and commitment to quality, integrity, and customer service to all his projects.

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Bill Youngs Senior Project Manager, Field
Background:

Bill has over 20 years of construction experience ranging from building vintage homes, remodeling, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and all facets of back up generators. Bill has been involved with general contracting and development since 2005. When he joined Savane Properties, Bill chose project management so that his main focus could be construction. Bill is passionate about building, as it is his primary motivator.

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

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.

Ricardo Acosta
Client Services Rep

Ricardo has been with Savane Properties for five years providing excellent customer service. Ricardo enjoys repairing his own house on the weekends as well as spending time with his family.

Nora Diaz
Office Manager

Nora worked as a staff accountant/tax professional for five years, processing payroll for multiple clients, preparing individual and corporate tax returns, and translating documents from Spanish to English. In 2012 Nora left public accounting to become the office manager and bookkeeper of the third largest union in the Midwest. Nora delightfully joined our team in 2017.

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.

Honnie Leinartas
Architect

Honnie’s experience and involvement with the built environment goes back over a decade. She started her career in high-end residential design 11 years ago at Environs Development. In the years since, Honnie has expanded her experience to include building information modeling and building energy modeling for companies within the electrical, interior design, and energy auditing fields and her background in engineering affords her a unique approach to design. In her free time, Honnie loves to sew, read, spend time with her family, and if weather permits, ride her motorcycle.

Dean Matthopoulos
Contracting Manager

Dean comes to Savane with almost a decade of experience in the construction and engineering field. Prior to joining, Dean worked throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin restoring and remodeling single family homes. Dean enjoys spending his time with family during the weekends and is an avid Chicago Sports fan and history buff.

Kumayel Mojiz
Contracting Manager

Kumayel has been with Savane Properties for three years and he is the manager of our customer service department. Kumayel is a passionate Chicago sports fan.

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.

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.

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.

Steve Poole
Senior Project Manager, Field

Steve has over 30 years of experience in the Chicagoland residential custom home building industry. Steve joined Savane Properties as a Senior Project Manager conveying passion and commitment to quality, integrity, and customer service to all his projects.

Bill Youngs
Senior Project Manager, Field

Bill has over 20 years of construction experience ranging from building vintage homes, remodeling, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and all facets of back up generators. Bill has been involved with general contracting and development since 2005. When he joined Savane Properties, Bill chose project management so that his main focus could be construction. Bill is passionate about building, as it is his primary motivator.

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