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Life in this modern Victorian home, set on an acre and a half in Hawthorn Woods’ Estates of Indian Creek subdivision, couldn’t be better. There is plenty of space, both inside and outside, for family fun and the entertaining of guests.
Dream home on display for holidaysUpdated Nov 26, 2013 10:58 PM See how a Geneva couple has made a Craftsman house the place they intend to nurture their family for years to come, on the annual Christmas House Walk Dec. 6 and 7.
Prospect Park homes, history featured in holiday housewalk Posted Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM
One of Mount Prospect’s “toniest” neighborhoods will be on display Dec. 6 when the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds its 26th annual Holiday Housewalk. When Axel Lonnquist planned his Prospect Park Country Club subdivision , he promised large, improved lots, a community center, golf course, tennis courts, bowling greens and a bridge path.
Which rules govern single-family home associations? Posted Dec 7, 2013 1:00 AM
Q. I live in an association of single-family homes. Our governing documents (declaration, bylaws, rules) refer to the Illinois Condominium Property Act. Is it necessary for our board to amend the instruments to reflect that we are now governed by the Common Interest Community Association Act, and not the Illinois Condominium Property Act?
Letters often scream ‘Go see an attorney, now’ Posted Dec 7, 2013 12:30 AM
I try to say “see a lawyer” not more than once per column. But recent mail is full of questions from people who need just that advice, so to start clearing out a backlog, here’s a sample of what came in this week:
Simple tips for covering your windows Posted Dec 6, 2013 12:59 AM
We all have windows, and they are designed to let in air and sunshine. But we also need to cover those windows sometimes to keep the air and sunshine out — not to mention for privacy. There are some simple solutions, and we have some super tips for measuring and installing window coverings.
More on insulation and R-values Posted Dec 7, 2013 2:00 AM
Q. I recently read your story about insulating an attic room and you mentioned using materials with a high R-value. Can you tell me what the various R-values are for the different materials available?
Simple steps to a home both cozy, cost-efficient Posted Dec 7, 2013 1:00 AM
As temperatures drop and daylight is in shorter supply, we fight back: We crank up the heat in our homes and turn on lights earlier and earlier. And yet we also want to keep our heating and electric bills as low as we can. Can you keep your home warm and inviting all winter while still conserving energy?
Ask a designer: Change it up for the holidays Posted Dec 6, 2013 6:00 AM
The holiday season is synonymous with tradition. But that doesn’t mean you have to fill your home with the same holiday decorations in the same color scheme every year.
Where to turn for holiday decor help
Posted Nov 30, 2013 12:57 AM
Laurie and Joe Kane have a passion for starting and running businesses — all types of businesses. Both are engineers. So, the fact they now own Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington is quite a departure from what they have done in the past.
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full story »Where to turn for holiday decor helpLaurie and Joe Kane have a passion for starting and running businesses — all types of businesses. Both are engineers. So, the fact they now own Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington is quite a departure from what they have done in the past.
full story »Quickly breathe new life into any roomWith a dash of creativity, you can enliven, brighten and breathe new life into every room of your home. We sought the expert advice of retailers at Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park, asking them for ways to add pop and pizzazz to spaces spanning the living room to the kitchen and beyond.
full story »Build your style around a couch you likeWhen a homeowner is furnishing an entire house, Anne Hildreth recommends they start with the room they use the most — the family room — and proceed from there. “Most people know what they want in the family room, in terms of comfort,” said Hildreth, a designer at Steinhafel’s furniture store in the Vernon Hills.