"Everything delivered as promised"
-Tom Kreuser, Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler


J. Hershey Architecture specializes in home additions and renovations. Projects include new master suites, kitchen renovations, finished basements, room additions, and overall renovations including changing the exterior appearance of your home. It is the collaboration with our clients and the ability to provide a desirable solution to meet their needs that excites us. Our service includes all aspects from site analysis through design and ultimately assistance during construction. Our focus with renovation projects is to provide a design that seamlessly blends with the existing home. This can be accomplished very simply or when necessary with a complete facelift to transform the overall appearance to create your dream home.

  • Custom Homes
  • Additions/Renovations
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Basements
  • Screened Porches/ Pergolas
  • Universal / Accessible Design
  • Green / Energy Efficient Design
  • Contractor Bid Analysis
  • Construction Administration

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“The phrase “you get what you pay for” has significant meaning when selecting an architect. My wife and I have dealt with three different architects on two different projects. John Hershey’s performance stands out clearly as the best of the three. On our last project we had been working for about a year with two different architects to remodel our 1000sqft ranch house, into a two story, four bedroom home that would better fit our family of 6. The major problems were lot size, and having a plan that did not necessitate a complete tear down. None of the plans we were getting were solving all our problems. We brought John in on the project and things changed for the better immediately. The very first draft of John’s plan not only solved all of our current problems but also had some innovative ideas that gave us MORE floor space than we had hoped for. By the final draft John had given us a house plan that anticipated and exceeded all our needs. We were very happy! His service to us did not end here. He helped us select a builder. Then, and most importantly, John was available to us during all phases of construction. On the few occasions when changes had to be made, John would show up on-site to give his recommendations. No detail was too small for his attention. Thanks to John we ended up with a house we really love, in a great neighborhood and for a price that stayed within our budget! If ever I need architectural services again John will be my first choice.”

– Robert Herberger, Libertyville IL

“I am writing this letter in recognition of the fine work performed by John Hershey and representatives of J. Hershey Architecture as it relates to the design work and variance approvals which were subsequently approved for our new home in Libertyville. John and his staff have done an excellent job during the design phase to understand our needs and vision for our new home. John has also done an excellent job to help us understand options and implications with various choices so that we would be assured a new home that we could grow into and which we would not have second thoughts on in the future. When I approached the village they would not support a variance. Originally we felt we would seek the variance on our own but the more we thought about it we just did not have the time, experience or comfort to attend to such an issue properly. John presented our case in a very easy to understand format with excellent coverage to any objections that could come up. The village actually made specific favorable comments to how our case was presented. The variance was granted on the first try with four of four positive votes. In summary we have been very satisfied with J. Hershey Architecture.”

– Brian and Loraine Levins

Concrete use in home construction
Habitat for Humanity and 2010 Legacy
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J. Hershey Architecture specializes in unique restaurant types for individual restaurateurs. Our focus is on full-service casual dining, fine dining and café type spaces. Mr. Hershey has provided designs for multiple restaurant owners with projects including new stand alone buildings, shopping mall space renovations, existing restaurant upgrades, strip center build-outs, new infill construction and as part of mixed-use developments. J. Hershey Architecture provides services from programmatic design through permit drawings and construction administration. Our design work covers all aspects including back of house kitchen design, front of house design with table layout, and selection of fixtures, furnishings and equipment.

J. Hershey Architecture provides design services for a variety of small commercial projects from 2,500 – 10,000 square feet in size.

J. Hershey Architecture provides design services to assist tenants, developers and property managers with commercial build-outs and renovations of existing spaces.

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Office
  • Transit Oriented Mixed-Use Developments
  • Additions/Renovations
  • Interior Renovations and Build-outs
  • ADA / Accessible Design
  • Green / Energy Efficient Design
  • Commercial Repair Bid Documents
  • Contractor Bid Analysis
  • Construction Administration

“The Exercise Coach enthusiastically recommends John Hershey of J. Hershey Architecture for your architectural needs! John has exceeded our expectations. Having John’s years of experience to draw on (pun intended!) was invaluable to us. We are very pleased with John’s work, and highly recommend him for anyone needing architectural services.”

– Kevin & Carol Coleman, Owners The Exercise Coach, Libertyville & Palatine


“John Hershey helped us translate our vision into a functional retail space. John was an invaluable asset and guided us through the design and layout specifications provided by RMCF. We never knew there would be so many challenges when converting a 100 year old space into an attractive space that passed a plethora of inspections with ease! John was a wonderful business partner who I would highly recommend.”

– Pam Lockowitz, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory | Libertyville, IL