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  • Housing demand sparks new construction in suburban Chicago Sep 5, 2014 1:42 PM
    Ready buyers, strong demand for new homes and restored consumer confidence add up to good news for area homebuilders as they begin to develop land and open new communities. “We have a strong demand in the market and a very limited supply of good homes in good locations,” said Lance Ramella, senior vice president with John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

  • Art meets history in Elgin’s annual House Tour Sep 4, 2014 6:01 PM
    Now in its 33rd year, the annual Historic Elgin House Tour is an opportunity to experience firsthand just a few of the reasons why Elgin was named “Best Place to Buy an Old House” in 2009 by This Old House magazine. The tour is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and features six homes located along Elgin’s prestigious Douglas Avenue.

  • These communities celebrate the great outdoors Mar 28, 2014 12:01 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.

  • Modern floor plans maximize open spaces Mar 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Today the open floor plan reigns with the kitchen integrated into the breakfast, dinette and family room for one large gathering space.

  • Interior designers, model homes showcase decor trends Mar 14, 2014 12:01 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.

  • Master suites grow in stature and style Mar 7, 2014 12:01 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?

  • Modern kitchen is multipurpose Feb 28, 2014 12:01 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.

  • Advances in electronics make for 'smarter' houses Oct 4, 2013 4:20 PM
    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?

  • New flooring trends underfoot Sep 27, 2013 12:51 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.

  • No limit to how nice a basement can be Sep 20, 2013 12:11 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.

  • Contemporary fireplaces are popular choice for buyers Sep 13, 2013 11:02 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.

  • Area homebuilders see improving market Sep 6, 2013 12:12 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.

  • Comforting colors put homeowners in a good mood Mar 21, 2013 9:08 PM
    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 kitchen has work zones, rather than a work space Mar 8, 2013 4:00 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.

  • Builders fulfill desires with specialty rooms Mar 1, 2013 5:17 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.

  • Homebuilders target specific market segments Feb 22, 2013 6:00 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.

  • Tips of the trade Feb 14, 2013 1:05 PM
    Tips of the trade: Antique dealers and collectors Chuck and Mary Springob offer their advice.

  • Shared love of antiques draws couple together Feb 14, 2013 12:53 PM
    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.

  • New housing starts expected to rise Feb 9, 2013 5:00 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.

  • Open floor plans expand the kitchen Oct 5, 2012 5:06 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.

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