8 Storage Tips to Help You Clean Better, Clean Faster

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix, New Homes Tampa | Posted: March 25, 2017

Organizing ideas to keep all your cleaning supplies handy.Though there may be a dozen other items on your to-do list, you can’t hide from the one you wrote in red at the top of the page in all caps and circled twice: “Clean the house.” It’s a drag, and the task always takes twice as long as you expect it to.

But it doesn’t have to be a drag. Not if you’re organized, that is.

When everything is accessible and ready to go, you’ll be motivated to get started — and you’ll finish faster, says Jan Dougherty, author of “The Lost Art of House Cleaning.”

Try these ideas for a bit of motivation to grab your cleaning gloves:

#1 A $3 Tension Bar for Spray Bottles
The rooms that require the most cleaning accoutrements are the bathroom and kitchen. Fortunately, they both typically contain the gold standard for supply storage: the cupboard under the sink.

But this blank box can be a lot more efficient. Add a cheap and easy-to-install tension bar to hold your spray bottles where you can easily see and grab them.

Alternatively to a tension rod, Dougherty suggests installing a sliding rack at the bottom of the sink cabinet so you can easily pull out what’s under there without breaking your back to get it.

#2 Use S-Hooks to Convert Any Closet to a Broom Closet
Have just one broom closet, but three stories and nine rooms to clean? Or no broom closet at all? Turn any closet into an efficient space for cleaning supplies by using inexpensive S-hooks to hang mops and brooms right where you need them. And, wow, look at all that floor space for storing your buckets and other supplies!

#3 Use a Cart to Move With You
No closets? No problem. Do what hotel maids do — use a cart to haul your cleaning supplies around. The one pictured comes from IKEA (about $30), and does the job without taking up a ton of space.

#4 Build (or Buy) Shelves to Fit That Odd Corner
Your home is a special snowflake. Whether it’s small and open or huge and labyrinthine, locating your home’s unique opportunities for shelf space can be a great way to make cleaning supply storage more convenient. It could be that open area in the corner by the stairway, or that dead space at the end of the hall.

After all, you don’t want to run around looking for things.

Inexpensive shelving can be tucked anywhere, and you can configure units to fit your supplies. If you’d rather not look at your storage, you can always use a decorative curtain or screen to keep it out of view.

Can’t find room in the main house? Garage space — especially close to the door of an attached garage — can be an efficient spot for a set of shelves to live.

#5 Hang a Hook for Gloves
Below the sink is the natural spot for gloves, but finding them crumpled up and stuck to the side of a grimy spray bottle makes for a gross cleaning delay. Hanging them up makes rubber gloves easy to find, and keeps them clean and dry. Add some grommets to your gloves, or use a chip clip with a looped top for the same effect.

#6 Pull Out a Closet
This is the Cadillac of cleaning storage solutions — making a closet-sized pull-out rack. If you’ve got a foot or two of blank space between the right walls, you can have a pull-out closet custom fit for all your supplies. From the outside it looks like one of your cabinets. Inside, everything is visible and easily accessible.

#7 Hold It All in a Shoe Caddy
It’s cheap. It’s easy — and all those pockets! The beauty of using a behind-the-door shoe caddy is you can hang it in or on any closet or door depending on where you want your supplies. Clear plastic sections make products easy to see for grab-and-go cleaning. Drips and spills wipe right off. And to keep the cleaning product clutter out of sight, simply close the door.

#8 Pegboard the Lot
Pegboards are the Swiss Army knife of the organization world; they can do everything. You can hang small shelves, baskets and, of course, hooks of every shape and size on this baby — just need wall space. Pegboards keep cleaning products up off the floor and make them easy to locate.

The secret, says Dougherty, is the discipline to put everything back the same way every time.


Take a tour – Enjoy some wine!

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: March 23, 2017

Wine and Design – Take a tour of our design center and enjoy some wine.

Wednesday April 5th 5:30 to 7:30 PM. 945 N Suite G, Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173

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Builder starts work on two new communities

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: March 16, 2017

Upon completion of his economics degree from Northwestern University, Chris Coleman accepted a job that determined the course of his professional life.

“I took a marketing job with the Zale Group and quickly discovered that I loved homebuilding,” Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes, recalled recently. “I found homebuilding to be one of the most exciting industries out there because it touched on everything.”
The career involves manufacturing (building homes), design (of both communities and houses), land acquisition (acquiring the right property is the most important thing, Coleman said), marketing a product and then selling it, too.

“I also loved forming close partnerships with buyers during one of the most intimate experiences of their lives — building a home — and helping make their dreams come true. That was really the best part of it for me,” he said.

So Coleman was hooked on building homes. He stayed with Zale from 1988 through 1992.

Coleman then moved to Orlando, Florida, where he worked for Morrison Homes, then on to Atlanta to work for John Weiland Homes, before returning to Chicago in 1997.

That is when the Park Ridge native started his own homebuilding company, Buckingham Properties, based in Glenview. Over the next 18 years he constructed both single-family homes and townhouses on small infill properties around the North Shore.

In the fall of 2015, Coleman heard through his many contacts in the homebuilding business that William Ryan Homes was looking for a new Chicago Division president and felt it would be a good match. So he moved to the larger company, which is headquartered in Glenview and has divisions in Chicago, Milwaukee; Madison, Wisconsin; Phoenix and Tampa.

“William Ryan currently has eight active single-family projects in the Chicago area and plans to open models within the next few months at Stonebridge in Hawthorn Woods and Bartlett Ridge in Bartlett,” Coleman said. He expects to sell 120 homes in the Chicago area during 2017.

William Ryan’s homes, which are aimed primarily at first-time move-up buyers, Coleman said, range in price from the mid-$200,000s to the mid-$600,000s.

“The many things we include in our homes may make us a little more expensive than some other builders, but we feel we still offer the best value,” he said. “And we try to make the whole process of building a home as easy as possible for our clients in every way — even making it easy for them to customize anything from flooring materials to making structural changes.”

A longtime veteran of the business, Coleman said the way the industry has changed during his career has been amazing.

“People often talk about homes not being built the way they used to be, but I am happy about that. Homes are built much better today in terms of both design and building efficiencies. The use of roof trusses and even panelized wall construction is much more efficient than the way homes were built in the past. And there is much more of an emphasis on design today,” Coleman said.

“Unlike in years past when builders concentrated on providing shelter, today’s builders who are most successful are those who concentrate on creating environments that will become the focal point for people’s lives,” he continued.

“Today’s buyers are smarter, too. Instead of focusing on room count, the way buyers did in the past, they are focusing on square footage in the areas of a home where their families actually live. In particular, they are very concerned about the interaction between the kitchen and the family room,” Coleman said.

William Ryan Homes is building communities in Hampshire, Elgin, Romeoville, Algonquin, Island Lake and Plainfield. For more information, visit

No more stairs: Homebuyers opt for one-level living

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: March 9, 2017

The desire of many homebuyers to do away with stairs in major areas of their homes has led to the popularity of today’s ranch plans and other variations on the one-level living theme.

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“Today’s ranch plans are surging in popularity, not only with active adults but also with families, especially those with small children,” says Chris Naatz. “These homes are architecturally attractive, with luxurious features, open concept floor plans, higher ceilings, plentiful windows and flex spaces that can accommodate a variety of additional interests and needs.

“In addition, one-level living is being expanded in creative ways that include two-story plans with first-floor master suites and one-level plans that have available second floors to provide additional space for guests, live-in adult children and storage. The main levels of these homes are self-contained for everyday living, yet the homes allow for light, sunny extra spaces for additional needs,” he says.

The Freedom Series includes six floor plans ranging in size from 1,661 to 2,162 square feet, with two or three bedrooms and studies, two full baths, covered patios and two-car attached garages. The optional upstairs level can be finished to contain a bedroom, full bath and game room, conditioned storage space and a loft or just conditioned storage space.

“The Freedom Series ranches are designed for the way people live today. They are open and free-flowing, and in many plans, the kitchen, great room and dining area are one large space, making it more conducive to family time, entertaining and everyday living. Typically, one-level living floor plans separate the master suite in the rear of the home from the secondary bedroom(s), in the front. The plans maximize living space while balancing privacy and livability. With their exciting optional second-story spaces, they are ideal for those buyers who want one-level living with space for guests.

The Freedom Series homes are offered at Carillon at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove, a pool and clubhouse community for active adults 55 and more, and at Wentworth, a Gurnee community that is open to all age groups and offers low maintenance living.

Most new home communities today offer at least one ranch plan as well as a popular variation, the two-story home with a first-floor master suite. William Ryan Homes, a company that has just unveiled new floor plans for 2017, offers two ranch plans, a Cape Cod and a two-story with a first-floor master bedroom.

“Some families who may have frequent out-of-town visitors or a live-in parent like the clear division of spaces that a two-story home provides, yet may want to have a master bedroom on the first floor, either for a live-in parent or for the owners to enjoy one-level living,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president. “Buyers have the choice to eliminate stairs with our two ranch plans, our Cape Cod plan that offers one-level living with added space upstairs and our two-story home with a first-floor master bedroom.”

The ranch plans offered by William Ryan Homes include the 1,616-square-foot Camden, and the 2,244-square-foot Coventry II. Both offer open concept living areas, large mud rooms, a master bedroom to the rear of the home and a guest bedroom and study or third bedroom to the front. All of the new floor plans are available in six different exterior elevations.

The Cape May, a 2,424-square-foot Cape Cod, offers up to four bedrooms and three baths, with the master bedroom and a second bedroom on the main floor. In addition, buyers may add two large bedrooms, a third bath and a loft on the optional second floor.

The Jensen, a 3,927-square-foot two-story home, offers yet another possibility for one-level living plus. The Jensen offers up to six bedrooms and 3.5 baths, with a first-floor master suite and another master suite upstairs.

“Homebuilders are responding to the needs and preferences of buyers with a creative approach to plans that offer one-level living,” Coleman says. “These homes can be as compact or as expansive as buyers desire, while incorporating the popular trend of no more stairs.

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William Ryan Homes celebrates 25th Anniversary

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: March 9, 2017

For 25 years, national homebuilder, William Ryan Homes, has been a leader in single-family home design, quality construction and customer service.

Founded in 1992 in Chicago by William J. Ryan, the company celebrates its anniversary with the same passion, dedication and vision it had 25 years ago.

“When I started this company 25 years ago the vision was to build a successful Top-10 national homebuilder,” says Ryan, founder and CEO for William Ryan Homes. “While the 2007 recession set the clock back a bit for the real estate market as a whole, our hard work and dedication to quality, customer satisfaction and a close-knit company infrastructure have remained the cornerstones of our growth and success and our vision remains the same.”

Ryan, a native of Pittsburgh and family homebuilding, grew up in Cincinnati and attended Marquette University.

“My grandfather built his first home in Pittsburgh in 1925,” says Ryan. “My dad and uncles eventually became part of that business, with my dad taking on the role of opening up new cities for the company. That’s how we ended up in Cincinnati. Having gone to school at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I spent some time in Chicago and fell in love with it. By 1990, I had an overwhelming urge to start my own homebuilding company and, at that time, Chicago was picked to be the country’s leading home building market. So that made the decision pretty easy and I packed up my family and headed to Chicago.”

Ryan’s move paid off as the still privately-held company has built-more than 10,000 single-family homes and branched beyond Chicago to markets in Wisconsin, Florida and Arizona.

“While we are definitely a production builder, it is imperative that we give each of our homebuyers a higher level of customer service throughout the building process. That’s what sets us apart.” Ryan says.

In addition to the company motto “We Make it Easy,” referring to building, personalizing and living in a William Ryan Home with ease, Ryan takes pride in the company’s industry-leading My 24/7 Home program.

My Home 24/7 is a private, personal website that gives each William Ryan Homes customer access to their home throughout the building process. Real-time scheduling and photos allow them to watch their home’s progress from the ground up and anticipate construction milestones and delivery dates. Buyers can also make selections and manage A Wiwarranty requests through the website.

In the Chicago area, William Ryan Homes is currently building single-family homes at The Coves in Algonquin, Bartlett Ridge in Bartlett, Stonebridge in Hawthorn Woods, Hampshire Highlands in Hampshire, Walnut Glen in Island Lake, White Ash Farm in Plainfield and Renwick Place in Romeoville. The company also offers single-family homes at communities in Phoenix, Arizona; Tampa, Florida; and Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ryan emphasizes the core principals and business processes remain the same company-wide. “Whether it’s a new plan or improving a process, we always start with ‘what would the customer want?’ If you get that part right, you’re half way home. The other part is work hard toward the goal of building employee and vendor teams that will follow that thinking, and like to win.”

Ryan says what really makes the company unique is it people. “Each of our markets is treated as an individual profit center and entrepreneurial entity. While I’m involved in every community purchase, it’s the local team of employees that drive home plan designs, growth and customer service. I try to know every employee, and I love seeing employees reach levels of responsibility and compensation they’ve never seen before. The success of these teams are the building blocks for the success of the company overall.”

And what does the future hold for William Ryan Homes?

“I am very excited about William Ryan’s future and the new construction market in general as we begin 2017,” Ryan says. “Sales and buyer interest are increasing across the board. The Phoenix and Tampa markets are really starting to pop and Chicago and Wisconsin are definitely seeing an uptick. 2017 is the year to buy a new home.”

In celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary, new homebuyers can enjoy 25 percent off up to $100,000 in option purchases for a limited time at new home communities in the Chicagoland market.

For more information on building a home with William Ryan Homes, visit

Specialty rooms can fill your heart’s desire

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: March 7, 2017

Remember when people prepared food in the kitchen, sat in the dining room for family meals, then retreated to the living room to read the newspaper or watch TV?

Main rooms in the home had a designated purpose. William Ryan Homes

With today’s more casual lifestyles, flex space, bonus rooms or multipurpose rooms — whatever you want to call them — make an appearance in new homes. This flexible space is offered outside of the great room, a large gathering area that has often replaced the formal, walled-off dining and living rooms.

Today, kids might grab a snack at the kitchen island, run on the treadmill in the exercise room on the lower level, and then dive into their homework at a tech niche in the loft.

Today, home builders feature the flex space concept because it’s — well, flexible — allowing buyers to determine how they will use the space. Homes reflect flex space in different areas of the home, depending on the floor plan and size of the house.

Many buyers expect flex space in their new homes, and builders strive to meet their needs. They also offer buyers the option of customizing homes to their specifications.

Every community offers a floor plan with flex space, but every floor plan doesn’t offer it, said Anna Harmon, director of marketing. “We work with all our buyers to determine what their needs are and offer customization to make a home exactly what they want.

“People have taken a fourth or fifth bedroom and repurposed it. It’s so individual; we’ve seen it all. A room can do double duty, for example, morph from a hobby room to a guest bedroom.”

“If we don’t have exactly what the buyer wants, we will go to work and make it happen,” said Trisha Houser, sales manager for the builder. “People want space outside the main living area to escape and focus on what is important to them.”

While location of flex space depends on the floor plan, Toll Brothers has seen homebuyers use it from top to bottom — outfitting an upstairs bonus room as a family room, using space on the main level for an office, and turning basement space into a custom hockey rink.

Kid space

Often homebuyers set up flex rooms as a place for kids or teenagers to have their own space. It might function as a playroom — a happy place with colorful decor where kids can get out the Play Doh or set up the train set. Or it might be a private space for teenagers to call their own where they can hang out with friends, order pizza and watch sports.

Homes offers a bonus room in all its floor plans that homebuyers often designate as space for kids or teenagers to hang out, said Cheryl Bonk, vice president of sales and marketing. “This is a popular feature for us.”

In its Fairways collection at Bowes Creek Country Club, two of the plans offer a finished attic option. “In our model, it’s furnished as a playroom, and we explain to buyers that it could morph for sleepovers in middle school, then be transformed for teenagers to hang out in high school,” Houser said. “The room can change with the family’s needs through life’s stages.”

A bonus room on the main level could also allow room for a family as it grows. For example, it could be a home office, or work hub while younger kids are in school and then turn into a college pad when kids are home from college and want their own space.

The space can be used as a first-floor bedroom for an in-law suite or a long-term visitor, which is a common request, said Brian Murphy, area vice president for the builder.

“Buyers like the bedroom and bath on the first floor. That’s been in demand,” Murphy said. And the formal living room people used to use a few times a year has evolved into more informal family rooms, great rooms or spaces buyers want. “Buyers like to have their kids in a room adjacent to where they’re working,” Murphy said.

Family space

William Ryan Homes features the loft as flex space in many of its two-story floor plans. Similar to use of the lower level, many buyers use the space as a family room, game room or they can add a bedroom, said Jennifer Mencias, director of sales for the builder. Toll Brothers’ customers often choose to have loft space on the upper level in lieu of the two-story, open family room to make the most of the home’s square footage.

…Planning centers are big in its single-family homes. “It’s a nice area near the main living area of the home where mom can do all the things that come with running a home,” Bonk said. William Ryan Homes also integrates a planning center into its floor plans conveniently situated off the back entry.

Also, William Ryan Homes features its signature 16-by-12-foot morning room in its floor plans, which has been well received by homebuyers. People have used the space to extend the kitchen, create a playroom, a TV room or office space.

Mud rooms have long been a signature feature for William Ryan Homes, and many buyers appreciate having the space off the garage entry. A mud room can be more than a utilitarian space. It can be a kid-friendly, cheery space with fun wallpaper and flooring.

“We offer a true mud room that’s not combined with a laundry room as all our laundry rooms are on the second level,” Mencias said.

With an uptick in multigenerational living, buyers are asking for in-law suites for a parent coming in either temporarily or permanently, Harmon said. “Our Donovan sales model at Mill Creek works well with that even though we don’t specifically market it for that purpose. With a first-floor master, buyers can turn the den into a full bath.”

William Ryan Homes celebrates 25th Anniversary with new home designs and spectacular incentive

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: March 3, 2017

2017 promises to be a banner year for home buyers at William Ryan Homes’ communities throughout the suburban Chicago-land area.

The company is commemorating its 25th year of success in the home building business with exciting benefits for buyers. Having just launched 13 new floor plans, the company is also offering a spectacular incentive that allows buyers to take 30 percent off the options they add to their homes up to $100,000. The incentive applies in all William Ryan Homes communities.

“We are very excited about the new floor plans because they give home buyers fresh choices that really complement today’s lifestyles,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president. “The new designs provide great variety in size, style and pricing, yet they have common elements such as open concept informal living areas, flex spaces and mud rooms that are ‘must haves’ with many buyers.

“In addition, we are offering an unusually generous incentive of 30 percent off up to $100,000 in options, so buyers can select the optional features that will enable them to personalize their homes extensively. We believe that this is a great way to share our success and show our appreciation for the support that home buyers have shown us,” he says.

The new home designs include two ranch plans, multiple new two-story plans, including a plan with a first-floor master suite and a 1.5 story Cape Cod. Each home will have six exterior choices that will ensure an exceptionally varied and attractive street-cape. Several new features include chef’s kitchens, popular farmhouse sinks, sliding barn doors suitable for master baths and freestanding tubs.

“In addition to new floor plans, we are continually improving the quality of our construction,” Coleman says. “With this in mind, we are introducing 2 by 6 exterior wall construction to enhance sturdiness and energy-efficiency. This is an important ‘behind the walls’ advantage for buyers.”

One of the new plans is the Cape May, a 2,424-square-foot Cape Cod with up to four bedrooms and three baths.

The main level includes two bedrooms and two full baths, with one bedroom set off a hall for privacy in the front of the home and served by a full bath. The master bedroom is in the rear of the home, and includes a large walk-in closet and private bath with an available sliding barn door.

The hub of the Cape May is a spacious kitchen with island/breakfast bar and walk-in pantry, an adjacent dining area and large family room. The first floor also includes a separate formal dining room with an available coffered ceiling, or buyers can opt to use this space for a study. A centrally located staircase and large mud room/laundry room complete the main level.

Upstairs, buyers may add two large bedrooms with big walk-in closets and a loft as well as a third bath.

Among the many options available are the company’s very popular Morning Room which can be added off the kitchen with its three window walls.

For more information on the new plans, visit

Builders predict an early spring moving season

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: February 24, 2017

By Sherry Giewald (Daily Herald Correspondent)

Suburban home builders look for an exciting spring housing market. They’re opening new communities, the economy is good and homebuyers are confident about home ownership.

The housing market is improving, said Lance Ramella, president of Housing Trends LLC in Geneva. “The new year started well. In mid-December, sales picked up and continued through January and into February for a better start this year than last year.

“Overall, in the eight-county area (including Lake County, Indiana), the forecast for this year is an increase of about 8.5 percent in single-family home building permits.

“DuPage and Kane counties are on pace for a 4 percent increase in single-family home permits, and Cook County outside the city is at 3 percent.

“Kendall County, a more affordable area, and Lake County, Indiana, show the strongest increase. Kendall has a lot of (property) inventory with development. DuPage has exhausted its lot supply, so builders would need to develop (smaller, infill) lots there.”

Here’s what builders have in the pipeline.

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As William Ryan Homes celebrates its 25-year anniversary in 2017, the company is offering its biggest incentives ever, said Jennifer Mencias, director of sales for the builder. “This is a good time for us to give back to the customer.

“We’re creating 13 brand new plans that reflect what buyers want based on feedback from the market, and all our new homes now feature 2-by-6 construction.”

With a positive outlook for the home market, the company offers Stonebridge in Hawthorn Woods, a luxury community on 59 rolling acres with winding streets and natural surroundings. And coming soon is Bartlett Ridge with a great location across from Villa Olivia golf course and ski hill.

“We’re seeing an increase in traffic and a lot of interest in new construction,” Mencias said. “People are looking for energy efficiency, and we’re going a little greener.”


Today’s homes offer fresh features, finishes and conveniences.

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: February 23, 2017

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The thrill of building a new home is all about enjoying the newest trends in design along with the conveniences that reflect today’s lifestyles.

Architects and home builders conduct extensive research and survey buyers and other industry experts to determine new styles and features. The resulting trends energize the new home marketplace.

Trends that being incorporated into virtually every new home include the open concept floor plan that, true to the name, combine the kitchen, dining area and great room into one expansive living space where family and friends can relax together.

“We have just introduced new floor plans at all of our new home communities throughout Chicagoland to celebrate our 25th Anniversary year,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes. “These plans all have open concept living areas, although our largest plans still include formal dining rooms and living rooms or flex space. With today’s casual living and entertaining, many buyers do not need formal spaces and would rather have the square footage devoted to the areas they live in.”

Flex space is another priority for today’s buyers, says Chris Naatz, vice president of Sales for D.R. Horton’s Chicago Division.

“We have just introduced an innovative series of ranch designs that literally take flexible space to a whole new level,” Naatz said. “These plans are more open and spacious, providing inviting living spaces featuring the kitchen with an extra-large island/breakfast bar that seats four people, the dining area and a very large great room. The master bedroom is located to the rear of the home and two bedrooms or a flex room that can be used as a study or formal dining room is located toward the front.

“But what really sets these homes apart is the optional second floor that can be finished with conditioned storage and a loft, or a bedroom, bath and loft. Buyers are selecting this option to accommodate children and grandchildren or other guests, and the well-lit environment with windows for natural light is considered preferable to converting basement space into a living area,” he says.

Leading the list of practical additions to today’s homes is the mudroom, the transition space between garage and living area that is the receptacle for school books, sports equipment, muddy shoes and wet dogs and cats.

“Mudrooms are very popular with people that we work with in our interior design business,” says Mary Ward, director of Design for Laura O’Connor Design, a national interior design firm. “These rooms can be finished with built-in cabinets, lockers and cubby holes to organize the items that are stored there. Some buyers equip these rooms with similar items that can be purchased online or in retail stores.”

New interior features and construction enhancements are providing buyers with more quality and convenience in their homes.

“William Ryan Homes is implementing the use of 2-by-6-inch framing for the exterior walls of our homes for a sturdier, more energy-efficient building,” Mencias says. “Other new features include free-standing tubs in master bathrooms, sliding ‘barn doors’ that conserve space. Chef’s kitchens and big farmhouse sinks are also popular.”

Trends in interior decorating are influenced by the many new materials that inspire creativity.

“Whether flooring or wall coverings, it has never been easier to create a mood,” Ward says. “For example, extra-large tiles that measure 10-by-20-inches are very popular, as are tiles that come in various shapes and sizes. Another new type of tile looks like sleek, luxurious but practical wood. Texture on walls includes exposed brick, bead board, stone, decals and wallpapers. These materials are much easier to apply and remove than in the past, enabling even renters to decorate with them. They are also helpful in decorating children’s rooms where themes change frequently. Rustic painted wood for a farmhouse look and mixed metals for an industrial look provide even more options. Mixing of metals is popular, and gold is back, but looking nothing like the gold fixtures of the past. Neutrals are in, either neutral gray or greige, a combination of beige and gray. Rich, vibrant colors that ‘pop’ are very popular as accents,” she says.

Energy savings and industry-leading warranty bring value-driven buyers to Hampshire Highlands

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: February 23, 2017

Hampshire Highlands

The Coventry ranch is one of William Ryan Homes’ value-driven designs offering energy savings and a state-of-the-art warranty.
In a competitive Chicago area new home marketplace, William Ryan Homes stands out from the rest with its energy-saving ranch and two-story designs accompanied by an industry leading warranty.

“The energy saving features that we include in each William Ryan Home save homeowners, on average, $1,500 a year,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes. “In addition, we offer a warranty unlike any of our competitors. Our 1-2-10 transferable warranty gives buyers peace-of-mind knowing we stand behind the quality construction and service of our homes. We include a 10-year dry basement guarantee as well, which goes above and beyond that of our competitors. And knowing that we’ve been building homes for 25 years in Chicago gives buyers confidence that the William Ryan home they build today will be a solid investment in their future.”

Located on Route 72 just two miles west of Route 47 in Hampshire, Hampshire Highlands is just one of eight suburban William Ryan neighborhoods and features 42 single-family ranch and two-story homes. Homes are priced from $257,990 to $319,990 and offer 1,798 to 3,300 square feet of living space with three or four bedrooms, 2 to 3.5 baths, basements and attached two and three-car garage as standard. Extra wide 100-foot home sites; brick exteriors and concrete driveways are also included. Homeowners save with no SSA (Special Service Assessment) taxes or HOA (Home Owners Association) fees in the community.

“Today’s homebuyers have done their homework before stepping into the sales office,” Coleman says. “The buyers at Hampshire Highlands are no exception. Our homes are 30-percent more energy efficient than a standard new home and that’s extremely important to value-oriented buyers. As is building a home with a builder who has been in the market for 25 years and stands behind its homes with warranties that ensure quality and comfort long after closing.”

One of the most popular plans at Hampshire Highlands is the Coventry ranch plan with 2,200 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, basement and attached two-car garage.

A charming covered front porch welcomes guests to the Coventry. To the front of the home, two secondary bedrooms are served by a full hall bath while the master suite with large walk-in closet and private bath are to the rear of the home for optimum privacy.

The spacious kitchen with walk-in pantry, peninsula island and dining area is open to the great room. A powder room and mudroom with access to the two-car garage complete the Coventry plan.

Buyers may choose to personalize their home by extending the family room 4-feet, adding a gourmet kitchen, finished basement, a 3 or 4-car garage, luxury master bath and more.

“While Hampshire offers a quiet, country setting it is within minutes of every imaginable convenience the I-90 Corridor has to offer,” Coleman says.

Highly rated District 300 Hampshire schools are located close to the community and the Hampshire Park District offers programs for children of all ages.

The sales center and professionally-decorated model home at 442 Zachary Drive in Hampshire are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment. For more information, call 847-305-1229

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