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MaryKate McLaughlin

Client manager

Passion for cultivating memorable experiences.

The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion."  - Paulo Coelho

Mary Kate came across BrightLeaf Homes while participating in the USGBC’s Greenbuilt House Tour. Observing the team in action and their connection with the home owners was a breath of fresh air that she knew she wanted to be a part of. After spending her career in 4 different industries: psychology, graphic design, interior design, and travel, she was interested in working for a company where she felt like she could make a difference in people’s lives and contribute to promoting sustainable initiatives. BrightLeaf Homes was the perfect blend of not only her background, but also her interests and eco-friendly approach to life.

Mary Kate grew up in the southwest Chicago suburb of Orland Park and has lived in Chicago for over a decade. She is the 2nd of 4 kids, and is easily fitting into the role of Aunt to her 4 vibrant nephews. She adores her family and is preparing to give up the city life to spend more quality time with everyone.

Mary Kate’s love for traveling, photography, and exploring different cultures has taken her to 12 countries and numerous cities over the years. The dearest to her heart is Italy, where she lived for a year in Rome just outside of the Vatican walls. She never imagined all that she would gain personally and even professionally by picking up and heading to a country that she had not previously visited. The list of new locations to travel to is ever growing and the goal is to check off one new country and one new city in the US each year. In the spirit of exploring new things, she has been learning to sail on Lake Michigan, and when she is at home, cultivates her succulent garden or can be found at her sewing machine working on a new project.

 Most things in her life have centered around “giving and living the experience”. She believes that at the end of the day, experiences define the moments that become our lives. Her role as the Client Manager encompasses this philosophy and allows her to guide families through the pre-construction phase of building their forever home.


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I have been most impressed by BrightLeaf’s people who have displayed integrity, creativity, a partnership attitude and an open communication process. Little did I know when I was looking for homes in LaGrange, I would end up building my own home with BrightLea… CONTINUE READING

– Kristen G., La Grange

Surviving the recent Chicago record-breaking cold temperatures, snow, and ice made us realize just how happy we are with our BrightLeaf home. While friends, neighbors, and family worried about frozen pipes and exorbitant utility bills, we were warm and snug in our BrightLeaf home. In our almost 50 years of marriage, we have built three houses, (1971 in Talla… CONTINUE READING

– Linda M., La Grange

What was a very scary process for us initially turned into our dream home build. BrightLeaf adapted their home building model to our detailed requests and plans, resulting in a home that substantially met our goals. Further, the space operates exactly as Scott told us it would; even temperatures throughout, premium comfort, and lower utility bills for … CONTINUE READING

– Drew G., La Grange Park

My family and I spent a little time renting a BrightLeaf home recently. We found the quality of the house to be top notch. Our interactions with Jarrett and other members of the BrightLeaf staff met and often exceeded our expectations. Overall a great experience!


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