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  • A tuned-up fridge will help you keep your coolMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    The modern refrigerator has come a long way since the original ice box! But if you take yours for granted, it might not work any better than theydid back then. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your appliance super cool.

     
  • Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg reach deal on subdivisionMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    News for digestsHoffman Estates trustees this week approved the use of their village’s right-of-way on Thacker Street for the placement of utilities serving a new 7-home Schaumburg subdivision. The subdivision, to be called Shannon Estates, will be located between Pleasant Street and Roselle Road near the Schaumburg Golf Club.

     
  • Ronald Pierzowski

    Fake landlord charged with scamming Polish immigrantsMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    A 29-year-old man is in custody, charged with taking deposits from Polish immigrants for fake rental agreements, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today. Police say Ronald Pierzowski, of Renton, Wash., posed as the property owner, landlord or as the agent of the property owner for a condominium in the 9900 block of Holly Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines.

     
  • A builder works on the the roof of a new home under construction in Wilmette.

    Homebuilder confidence edges higher in MarchMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market edged higher this month, reflecting improved demand for new homes as the traditional spring home-selling season ramps up. But the outlook for sales of single-family homes over the next six months dimmed slightly as builders continue to grapple with a shortage of skilled workers, ready-to-build land and rising building materials costs.

     
  • Lake Zurich’s long-unfinished Somerset townhouse subdivision in the downtown area is drawing interest from a developer.

    Beleaguered Lake Zurich subdivision closer to completion?Mar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Preliminary plans to finish a downtown townhouse development were pitched to the Lake Zurich village board Monday night. Icon Building Group wants to complete the final 19 units for the Somerset townhouse subdivision near the village’s namesake lake. “We could build a townhome building in less than four months,” the developer said.

     
  • Bleached maple and walnut flooring have been installed in a graceful shape that helps to define two spaces in an open floor plan.

    Reduce urge to clutter an open floor planMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    How can you make an open floor plan feel sophisticated? The problem is that when you have a kitchen, dining and living room open to each other, you can easily end up with visual chaos.

     
  • While you are checking your roof, inspect the gutters and downspouts as well. Heavy ice may have loosened them and clogged gutters can cause water damage to the home.

    How to inspect for roof damageMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Many homeowners do not think twice about their roofs. But when leaks develop, roof repairs and the subsequent costs of such work shed light on how important it is for homeowners to pay closer attention to the roofs over their heads.

     
  • Outdoor lighting can play up the more decorative features of a yard, including flower beds.

    Exterior lighting sets the stage for more outdoor funMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tis the season for making changes in and around the home. The arrival of warmer weather renews homeowners’ vigor for various home improvement projects. Adding outdoor lighting to a home can help increase its value and make the home safer and more attractive in the evening hours.

     
  • A home is for sale in Glenview. Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose last week but remained close to historically low levels.

    Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.37 pct.Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose last week but remained close to historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan increased to 4.37 percent from 4.28 percent last week.

     
  • Schaumburg approves 7-home subdivisionMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg trustees this week approved a plan to replace two larger houses on Thacker Road between Roselle Road and Pleasant Drive with seven new, and smaller, single-family homes. But things aren’t quite that simple. Because Thacker forms part of the Hoffman Estates border, the proposed Shannon Estates subdivision now needs the permission of Hoffman Estates officials for the use of their right of way so that Schaumburg can provide utilities to the site.

     
  • This artist's rendering shows what a new senior living center in the former Hotel Bollero building in Palatine would look like.

    Former Palatine hotel to become senior apartmentsMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The building that once housed Hotel Bollero in Palatine will be turned into a senior living center with rental units for those 55 and older. David Friedman, the president of F&F Realty, said that the new facility would be for independent seniors and would have 118 units available for rent. The facility would provide residents, who must be older than 55 to apply for a unit, two meals a day.

     
  • After years of delays, a plan to build 54 single-family homes at Arlington Market in the area of Dryden Place and Kensington Road in Arlington Heights is back on track. Developers met last week with Arlington Heights plan commissioners and now are awaiting village board approval.

    Arlington Market homes plan back on trackMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A plan to build 54 single-family homes in Arlington Heights is back on track, almost eight years after it won village approval. Arlington Market, a development near the intersection of Dryden Place and Kensington Road, first was proposed as a multiuse development including condos, homes and retail space.

     
  • A Casbah chair in weather resistant rattan that comes in a variety of bright hues like orange, yellow and purple. Outdoor spaces are a good place to play with more vibrant colors than we might use indoors.

    Patio furniture goes bolder, brighterMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate, neutral elements. But outdoor spaces offer the chance to be more adventurous than we are inclined to be indoors. Are bolder balconies and peppier patios on your redecorating radar?

     
  • Lake County officials on Tuesday are expected to approve a contract to widen Peterson Road from Franklin Boulevard to west of Route 83. Property, such as this on the northeast corner of Peterson and Midlothian roads, remains available, but county officials regard the area as a future growth corridor.

    Peterson Road corridor viewed as key to growth in central Lake CountyMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lake County officials are expected to approve a $10.8 million contract to widen a segment of Peterson Road as part of a bigger plan in the central part of the county. "This is an area the county really has been targeting for economic development in the future," said Lake County board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.

     
  • Housing study suggests more rental inspections in North Aurora, BataviaMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has returned with suggestions for North Aurora, Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles about what to plan for housing in the next 20 years.

     
  • Proposed Wheeling senior housing would share garden with synagogueMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    A senior residence being proposed for Dundee Road across from the Wheeling village hall would feature new concepts in programming and in cooperation with the synagogue next door.

     
  • Lead can have long-lasting health effects when it is inhaled or ingested in large quantities. Removing the toxin from homes requires respirators, protective clothing and numerous safety precautions to ensure no ill effects occur for removers.

    35 years later, suburban homes still have lead paint Mar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Federal law banned lead in paint 35 years ago, but the toxin still threatens children today.Illinois has one of the highest rates of lead poisoning in the nation. And the Kane County Health Department lists childhood lead poisoning among its six biggest health threats to residents. “Over the years, a lot of property owners have just simply painted over the lead,” said Sarosh Saher, a senior planner with Elgin.

     
  • First things first — get a sturdy toolbox.

    Upgrade your toolboxMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    When you’ve moved beyond assembling cheap furniture for your first home, that second-rate toolkit won’t cut it anymore. A proper renovation, DIY project or home maintenance task requires heavy-duty equipment.

     
  • Wheaton officials consider requiring sprinkler systems in new homesFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wheaton officials are weighing the pros and cons of requiring sprinkler systems in new single-family homes as part of an update to the city’s building code. But while several city council members say sprinklers would be worthwhile additions, there's little support to mandate them.

     
  • Buffalo Grove annexes most of Hoffman Farm for 38 homesFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Buffalo Grove trustees have approved the annexation of the Hoffmann property at 22140 N. Prairie Road, and then gave the go-ahead to develop the property into 38 houses, while also allowing the Hoffmann family to continue to use two lots for the family farm.

     
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