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  • Homes at Serosun Farms will be built in clusters around the property to maintain the rural character.

    These communities celebrate the great outdoorsMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Inspired by the beauty of nature, the joy of sustainable living or the tranquillity of water, these homes beckon you to unplug and head outdoors. It’s what’s on the outside that matters at these new home communities.

  • The Graham floor plan by Airhart Construction is available at College Station, a small development in downtown Wheaton near the College Avenue train station. It features a second-floor loft with a walkout, roof terrace.

    Modern floor plans maximize open spacesMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Today the open floor plan reigns with the kitchen integrated into the breakfast, dinette and family room for one large gathering space.

  • A dramatic, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace draws your attention in the family room of the Hudson, a model home for the Oaks at Churchill Club in Oswego.

    Interior designers, model homes showcase decor trendsMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Outfitted in current colors, furnishings and styles, model homes must look good, feel good and fit the buyer’s lifestyle. Local builders want visitors to be inspired when they walk through their Chicago-area models and to envision themselves living there.

  • Toll Brothers presents a memorable master suite in the Harvard, part of its Masters Collection of single-family estate homes at Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin.

    Master suites grow in stature and styleMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Today’s great master suite is all about luxury and comfort — a private sanctuary that pampers and pleases the eye. Do you want an elegant, romantic space or a casual, charming spot?

  • KLM Builders features a palette of warm earth tones in its Sonoma model, a popular ranch plan at Thousand Oaks in Spring Grove.

    Modern kitchen is multipurposeFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The recipe for today’s best kitchen is to create a space where family and friends will love to hang out — because today’s kitchens are for living. The kitchen is no longer just for cooking, but part of a larger kitchen/dining/living space.

  • A remote-controlled cover allows you to watch TV on your deck or patio.

    Advances in electronics make for 'smarter' houses Oct 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Once the stuff of science fiction, high-tech gadgetry has moved into the mainstream as more and more people turn their houses into “smart homes.” How would you like to be sitting in bed and press a button on your iPad to lock your doors, turn off the lights and set the alarm before you retire at night?

  •  Wood floors with wider planks and a worn, distressed look have grown in popularity.

    New flooring trends underfoot Sep 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    What’s underfoot makes a material difference in the ambience of your new home. Whether you choose cushy carpeting, rich hardwoods, or pretty tiles, you’ll be floored with the amazing selection of materials out there today.

  •  This game room and finished basement is found in the Braeden townhouse model at The Orchards in Lombard.

    No limit to how nice a basement can be Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Homebuyers often look down below to extend the living space of their homes. Builders can provide a finished basement with family room, entertainment area, office and exercise room — or all of the above.

  • The picture above this fireplace slides open to reveal a flat-screen TV.

    Contemporary fireplaces are popular choice for buyers Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    From ancient fire pits to today's linear styles, a fireplace has always held a bit of magic. Today that magic might take a very contemporary look, as a young couple cuddles up on their modern sofa in front of the fireplace in their new home.

  •  The Coventry, a decorated model home in Plainfield, displays some of the elaborate work done by King’s Court Builders.

    Area homebuilders see improving market Sep 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    The housing market is improving nationally and in Chicago submarkets, with new construction strong and improving at a quicker pace than other submarkets, said Lance Ramella, senior vice president at John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

  • Shades of gray are growing in appeal, creating chic, sophisticated spaces.

    Comforting colors put homeowners in a good mood Mar 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Today's "in" colors are happy colors. Emerald green steps into the spotlight as the color of the year while other jewel tones also reign. Today's colors reflect an attitude of "let's start feeling good about things," said Laura O'Connor of Laura O'Connor Design, Carpentersville.

  • Today’s larger, modern kitchens often feature a breakfast bar, a cooktop separate from ovens and furniture-quality cabinetry with lighting.

    Today’s larger kitchen has work zones, rather than a work space Mar 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    The work triangle, which determines placement of the refrigerator, stove and sink in relation to a primary work space, assumes the kitchen has one cook. It has been the traditional tool of kitchen design for decades. It worked — then.

  •  Sun rooms and morning rooms are cozy spaces off the kitchen where homeowners enjoy much natural light.

    Builders fulfill desires with specialty rooms Mar 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Have you ever dreamed of having a whole room dedicated to your favorite pastime, sport or other leisure activity? Custom homebuilders often receive requests from their clients for a specialty room where they can indulge in their passions.

  • The Napa model is offered at Andare, a 55 plus age-restricted resort-style community that is part of the larger Talamore development in Huntley.

    Homebuilders target specific market segments Feb 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Today with the most diverse group of homebuyers ever, one size does not fit all. A variety of buyers comprise today's market — active seniors, empty-nesters, young professionals, singles, young families with children and first-time buyers. And they desire different homes.

  •  Chuck and Mary Springob of Sycamore have a house, and barn, full of antiques.

    Shared love of antiques draws couple together Feb 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    When antiques dealers Chuck and Mary Springob met, they had a combined eight storage units between them. So it only made sense that when they decided to marry, they needed a large house. With a barn. "We loved the barn, but the house needed work," said Chuck Springob of the 19th century yellow farmhouse in Sycamore they bought in August 2011, just prior to their marriage in November.

  • Tips of the trade Feb 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tips of the trade: Antique dealers and collectors Chuck and Mary Springob offer their advice.

  • Construction of new homes picked up steam last year throughout the Chicago region. A recent study says housing starts were up nearly 32 percent.

    New housing starts expected to rise Feb 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Residential construction in the Chicago area is seeing "fairly healthy growth, especially when you consider that housing starts in 2012 were up 31.9 percent over 2011," said Chris Huecksteadt of Metrostudy, a leading provider of market information to the housing, retail and related industries. "This was the first year-over-year increase (in housing starts) we have seen here in five or six years," he said.

  •  The kitchen of the Madison model in Liberty Trails in McHenry opens to the living space.

    Open floor plans expand the kitchen Oct 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    Today’s kitchens are less kitcheny than ever. People live in their kitchens. They cook, watch TV, read, use the computer, eat and entertain family and friends. It’s the hub of the home — the family hangout. Builders talk about the latest trends in the kitchen.

  • Hanging pendant lights and chandeliers have moved outside the dining room and kitchen and into other areas of the home. This fixture lights up a desk in the den of the Edgar model at River Hills in Bolingbrook.

    Model homes reveal popular colors, decor trends and lighting choices Sep 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    The excitement of change comes with each new season. Is it time to make changes to your home? We asked designers whose work is seen in furnished model homes in the suburbs to dish on the latest trends in home decor. People should be aware of all the new products, colors and styles that might make life more comfortable or more exciting for them.

  •  At left, Luis Negron of Springsoft International Water Filtration in Bloomingdale talks with potential customers at a previous Old House New House show at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

    Get tips, learn techniques at Old House New House Home Show Sep 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    Tips from the experts. The latest products for home repair and remodeling. Ideas for increasing your home's value. You'll find them all this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30, at The Old House New House Home Show at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

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