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  •  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.

  • The Harvard model home evokes the Federal style at Bowes Creek Country Club, a Toll Brothers community in Elgin.

    Bowes Creek Country Club presents Harvard model home Aug 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Bowes Creek Country Club presents the Harvard, a luxury model home in its Masters Collection of single-family estate homes with wonderful views of nature and green spaces. The Masters Collection of 159 homes is offered by Toll Brothers, developers of the Elgin community.

  • Residents of Hoffman Estates' Devonshire Woods Estates subdivision are unhappy with a developer's proposal to build smaller, less expensive homes on vacant lots in the neighborhood. The developer gave an informal presentation of the plan to village leaders this week.

    Upscale Hoffman Estates neighborhood plan draws laughs, objections Aug 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Residents of an upscale Hoffman Estates neighborhood are objecting to a developer's plans to builder smaller homes on vacant lots in their subdivision, saying the lesser properties would diminish their community's value and character. “If we go ahead with this plan, we'll lose the neighborhood's value,” Devonshire Woods resident Dennis Barot said.

  •  The Waterford model at the Prairie Park condominiums in Wheeling features a great room with plenty of space for entertaining.

    Waterford at Prairie Park featured in model profile Jul 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Prairie Park’s Waterford model won a gold key award and remains the Wheeling community’s most popular floor plan. The design shows many great features that appeal to a lot of people, said Jamie Smith, vice president of marketing for Smith Family Construction Inc., developer of the community.

  • Gerstad Builders has a ranch home like this one in McHenry ready for a quick move.

    Local builders see impact of housing rebound Jun 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Housing demand is up in recent months. Many real estate professionals say multiple offers and mini-bidding wars on houses are becoming almost commonplace again, resulting in rising sale prices. A low inventory of existing homes is prompting many buyers to look at new construction.

  •  The Orchards, a new townhouse development by M/I Homes in Lombard, features three, two-story floor plans in its Charlestown Series.

    New Lombard townhouse community opens model home Jun 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fresh designs, adaptable space and attractive pricing beckon buyers to The Orchards, a new townhouse community in Lombard. With wooded views and quiet cul-de-sacs, the development by M/I Homes showcases its Charlestown Series of three, two-story designs, including the Braeden model.

  • Mill Creek in Geneva has a number of houses ready for immediate occupancy.

    Builders see more business-related moves May 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Relocations, both long distance and within the area, are increasing as corporations begin to move their people again and individuals choose to return to the Chicago area or move for personal reasons. Many of those relocating, especially those moving for their job, do not have the luxury of time.

  • Storm blue walls with white trim reign in the Tuscan model, while arches and columns add character to the main level of this D.R. Horton home at Symphony Meadows in Volo.

    Vista and Tuscan model homes open at Symphony Meadows May 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Two new model homes wow visitors at Symphony Meadows, a master-planned community in Volo with scenic wetlands, conservation areas, lakes and nature trails. The new models, the Vista and the Tuscan, are receiving rave reviews, said Chris Naatz, vice president of sales and marketing for D.R. Horton.

  • Plote Homes’ Dan Shepard oversees things at Lakes at Boulder Ridge, a new community in Lake in the Hills.

    Plote Construction associated with homes, too Apr 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Plote name is well known for heavy road construction throughout the Northwest suburbs. But few realize the breadth of the family's interests and holdings, such as Plote Homes LLC, which was originally established as Par Development in 1989. The home-building company is run by Dan Shepard, executive vice president.

  •  First-time homebuyers DJ and Michelle O’Brien are happy with their new home at Highland Woods in Elgin.

    Many young buyers shy away from older houses, foreclosures Apr 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    First-time buyers are actively driving the housing market as they tire of high rents, waiting to own or their lack of building equity. The housing crash that took place about four years ago caused many potential buyers to delay their plans for a significant period of time, but now they are jumping into the market in increasing numbers.

  • In the family room, yellow and gray horizontal stripes add a splash of color in the contemporary space and adds a lot of personality.

    Campton model home opens at Ingham Park in Aurora Apr 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tucked away in a quiet corner of Aurora is a new home community, Ingham Park, that offers exciting kitchen designs and larger secondary bedrooms for children's active lifestyles. At Ingham Park, Ryland Homes is building seven floor plans that feature 9-foot first-floor ceilings, four bedrooms, 2˝ to four baths and a three-car garage.

  •  Roger Gerstad, president of Gerstad Builders, shows the Jefferson model in his Liberty Trails community in McHenry.

    Stronger energy efficiency rules kick in for builders Mar 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Homes built in 2013 will be 32 percent more energy efficient than those built under the energy codes that went into effect in 2006, thanks to new regulations put in place Jan. 1 by the state of Illinois, said Roger Gerstad, owner of Gerstad Builders of McHenry.

  • Western DuPage Landscaping has provided exterior design services for several new home builders.

    Buyers of new homes can’t wait to move outdoors Mar 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Many homebuilders incorporate outdoor living spaces into their overall home design. The yard and garden become part of the floor plan when sliding glass doors open to patios and decks and beautiful backyards.

  • John McLinden is the developer of the School Street Lofts, which features the conversion of the former Central School into 15 units.

    Central School loft conversion provides lesson in suburban living Mar 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Victoria Bisbikis doesn't consider herself impulsive but she broke character by plunking down a deposit immediately after seeing how the kindergarten room at the former Central School in Libertyville was shaping up. "I didn't want to take the chance of losing it," the soon-to-be single mom said of the three-bedroom loft.

  • 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.

  • $600,000 settlement planned over Grant’s rebate flap Feb 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grant's Appliance has agreed to a $600,000 settlement involving a 2010 lawsuit involving $500 rebates that customers never received if they spent $399 or more at their stores.

  •  Tenants have begun moving into Elgin ArtSpace lofts along Spring Street. Megan Lalleman is the first to move in.

    Kane, Elgin gear up for foreclosure makeovers Feb 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Kane-Elgin HOME consortium announces its 2013 funding levels to get local foreclosed homes rehabilitated and back on the market. The program has a higher budget than normal thanks to successful sales of nearly all its 2012 properties.

  • The decorated Cascade model recently opened at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove.

    Cambridge Lakes opens Cascade model home Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    DR Horton opens a new model, the Cascade, at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove. The community offers residents a 30,000-square-foot rec center along with 360 acres of open space including wooded park areas and natural conservation areas.

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