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Housing Construction Hits Pre-Recession Pace

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee | Posted: May 25, 2015

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Home construction thawed in April as housing starts surged.
The U.S. housing sector was in full bloom in April, as construction during the month revved up to its fastest pace since before the Great Recession.

New privately owned housing starts – a category that includes single-family and multiunit housing – rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.14 million, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development. Up 20.2 percent month over month, it was the sector’s largest monthly gain since November 2007 and represented a 9.2 percent jump year over year.

Housing construction was sluggish during a particularly rough winter, especially in the Northeast and Midwest. And the numbers didn’t rebound markedly in March, making some analysts anxious for April’s numbers.

The uptick is good news for a housing sector that has largely lagged behind the rest of the economy. It’s also a good sign for domestic construction, which shed nearly 30 percent of its employees between April 2006 and January 2011 but has since gained steadily, according to the Labor Department.

Single-family housing starts in April were up 16.7 percent month over month, while construction of buildings with at least five units jumped nearly 32 percent.

“The share of multifamily apartment buildings, in simple terms, is a whole lot greater than normal,” David Blitzer, chairman and managing director of the S&P Dow Jones Index Committee, said in an interview last month with U.S. News. “A lot of the multifamily construction is going into rental buildings.”

Rental vacancy rates continue to hover near all-time lows as strong demand for temporary housing pushes prices through the roof. The homeownership rate in April, meanwhile, sunk to its lowest level since 1993 as consumers continue to shy away from buying a home.

“What I fear has set in is a negative dynamic where those rents are so high and income growth has been so tepid that people can’t accumulate the savings for the down payment and the closing cost in order to effect that transition from the rent line into the ownership line,” Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow, told U.S. News in a recent interview. “That has left more people in rental housing than has been the case, normally.”

But the sharp uptick in multiunit homes could alleviate some of the price pressures in particularly saturated markets. With more apartments available for rent, people will have more options, which could make pricing a more competitive game for rival building owners.

The number of rental buildings with at least five units that were completed in the month of April was up nearly 40 percent over March and a full 28 percent year over year.

Meanwhile, single-unit construction rebounded particularly well in two regions where construction was severely crippled by inclement winter weather, with the number of new single-unit houses started in April up 43.2 percent month over month in the Midwest and 24.4 percent in the Northeast.

The number of total completed houses was up 73.3 percent in the Northeast and 82.5 percent in the Midwest month over month.

Such marked April gains may not hold up long-term, considering an index released Monday by the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo saw builder confidence drop off in May.

The Housing Market Index in May was up 20 percent year over year but shed nearly 4 percent from April. The index surveys builders’ perception of current sales conditions and buyer traffic (both of which scored more negatively in May than in April), as well as sales expectations over the next six months (which ticked up slightly from April).

“Consumers are exhibiting caution, and want to be on more stable financial footing before purchasing a home,” David Crowe, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders, said in a statement accompanying the index. “On the bright side, the HMI component measuring future sales expectations has been tracking upward all year, mortgage rates remain low and house prices are affordable. These factors should spur the release of pent-up demand moving forward.”

By Andrew Soergel May 19, 2015: US NEWS

Saluting Our Military

Categories: New Homes Tampa | Posted: May 22, 2015

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While WRH has always supported our men and women in Public Service, as exhibited by our relationship with Building Homes for Heroes, it’s this time of year that reminds us of the ultimate commitment that these men and women make to protect our freedom.

We remember the commitments of Sargent Joel Tavera, who we have constructed a mortgage-free home for, as well as Army Corporal Jesse Murphree and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sargent Scott Nichols who are both anxiously awaiting the completion of their new homes in concert with Building Homes for Heroes.

It is with this in mind that we extend to all active duty and retired military personnel a special Selection Center Allowance of up to $2,000 for homes purchased in the month of June*.

“This is our way of thanking the many military families who make their home in Tampa, for their service to our country,” said Jeff Thorson, Division President. “Whether based in the area or supporting family members here while in service around the world, these people give so much for all of us. This is our way of giving back. We want to help these families in uniform live in a beautiful home.”

Ladies and Gentlemen: THANK YOU ALL for your commitment to our country.

*This special allowance applies to any William Ryan Home, whether the home is already under construction, or a to-be-built home in one of our 13 communities across the Tampa Bay area.

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The number of first-time home buyers to rise because of the financial benefits of home ownership vs. renting.

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee | Posted: May 21, 2015

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Annual rent increases across the U.S. last month outpaced the rise in home prices for the first time in at least five years, a milestone that should spur the home-buying market.

The median U.S. rent climbed 4% in April from the year-ago period to $1,364, according to real estate database Zillow. That’s the biggest jump since March 2013.

Home sale prices, meanwhile, increased 3% to $178,400, rising less than 4% for the second month after 24 straight months of stronger gains. As a result, rents grew faster than home prices for the first time since Zillow began tracking the data in 2010.

“For those renters that can scrape together even a modest down payment, qualify for a loan and find an affordable home to buy, home ownership will look increasingly attractive,” says Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s head of economic research.

Multifamily construction fell off a cliff after the housing crash and financial crisis in the late 2000s, pushing up median rents by 15% since 2010, Zillow figures show. Building activity has picked up the past couple of years, but it hasn’t kept up with rising demand.

With job growth reaching a 15-year high of 3.1 million in 2014, many Millennials living with parents or roommates since the recession are finally moving out and into apartments. In the first quarter, the number of occupied housing units in the U.S. surged by 1.5 million over the previous 12 months after such household formation languished at less than half that level from 2007 to 2013, according to the Census Bureau. New renters accounted for all the gains.

The national rental vacancy rate sank to a 22-year low of 7.1% in the first quarter, Census data show. Cities such as San Francisco, San Jose and Denver have seen double-digit rent increases.

The home-buying market, meanwhile, has struggled since last year after recovering smartly in 2013. Tight credit standards continue to limit the entry of first-time home buyers who are critical to a healthy market but comprise just 30% of all purchasers compared to a normal 40%.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, expects the share of first-time home buyers to rise to 33% by year-end, in part because of the financial benefits of home ownership vs. renting.

One caveat: rising rents will limit the ability of many apartment dwellers to save up enough money for a down payment, especially with wages growing more slowly than rental costs, Gudell says. That, she says, will slow the shift to home ownership.

Source: Paul Davidson; USA Today, May 18th 2015

Come out to the 3rd Annual Kidfest this weekend in Barrington

Categories: New Homes Chicago, Uncategorized | Posted: April 28, 2015

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This Saturday, May 2nd 2015 – Kidfest offers toolbox of outdoor ideas Soaking up sun Kids of all ages can find fun activities at the Barrington Area Kidfest. Don’t expect kids to come home clean from Kidfest Exploring ponds, painting with mud, inflating giant soap bubbles — children may try these at the 4th annual Barrington Area Kidfest – and leave with muddy feet and big smiles. The chance for children and families to cavort outdoors runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Citizens Park in Barrington.
“It gets them excited about being outside, being part of nature, getting time to enjoy it with their families,” said Susan Lenz, Kidfest organizer and founder. “It gives them an opportunity to exercise outside and do different nature-related crafts and activities.” The event includes the 5th annual Family Nature Fest and the 14th annual Rotary Kite Fly. The fest encompasses 20 nature-related activities, including tree-climbing, pond-dipping, birdhouse-building and more. Families can pick up free comic books, too. The kite fly equips children with free kites to cast to the spring winds. Lunch, snack and beverages are available for purchase. Kidfest attracts local schools, organizations and businesses, including L.L. Bean, Home Depot and Lake County Forest Preserves, among others. “We want people to be able to experience these things,” Lenz said.

“Families get to see the different opportunities these organizations provide for them to be able to go out to enjoy with their families at another time as well.” Lenz described Citizens Park as “nature’s classroom” — a fitting title, since many of the natural elements will be re-purposed for Kidfest’s educational activities. The creek will become a research lab where children can collect and study critters. The muddy banks will provide art supplies for mud-painting. Trees will transform into climbing gyms and observation decks, and rocks will be lifted to reveal the bustling ecosystems beneath.

The free event is hosted by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, the Barrington Park District and Lenz’s organization, Leave No Child Inside.

“The goal of the event is to get families and children outside, enjoying nature, and then providing them with a toolbox of ideas they can take home,” Lenz said.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Barrington Park District has several upcoming family events scheduled for Citizens Park, including a tennis open-house, a family camp-out and a series of concerts throughout the summer. For more information on Kidfest and other events, call 847-381-0687.

Troy Kelleher is a freelance reporter.
April 27, 2015, 5:27 Lake County News-Sun

Easy tips to maintain energy efficiency in your home

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix, New Homes Tampa, Uncategorized, Why Buy New | Posted: April 22, 2015

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High energy use not only has environmental impacts but it can hit you personally in the pocketbook. Here is a list of helpful suggestions that can help you reduce energy consumption in your household. You’ll also find water conservation and recycling tips.
•Heating System
•Air Conditioning
•Smart Appliance Use
•Water Heater
•Fireplace
•Conserving Water
•Recycling

Heating System

•Clean or replace heater and air conditioner filters regularly. Keep outside vents free of leaves or debris that may clog vents.
•When the heat is on, set your thermostat at as low a level as you feel comfortable. You save for each degree you lower the average temperature of your home.
•Close doors to seldom used rooms and turn off heat or air conditioning in these areas.Lowering thermostat
•Keep windows near your thermostat tightly closed; otherwise it will keep your furnace working after the rest of the house is heated to the desired temperature.
•If you have oil heat, have the firing rate checked periodically.
•Dust and vacuum radiator surfaces frequently. Dust and grime impede the flow of heat.
•Keep draperies and shades open in sunny windows; close them at night.
•For comfort in cooler indoor temperatures, use the best insulation of all — warm clothing.
•Use kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans sparingly. These fans can blow away a house full of heated or cooled air in an hour.

Air Conditioning
•Keep your cooling system well-tuned by a professional service person.
•Clean or replace air conditioner filters regularly.
•Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as you still feel reasonably comfortable.
•Don’t set the thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. Your house will not cool any faster.
•If you have window air conditioners, turn them off when a room will be vacant for a few hours. You’ll use less energy cooling the room down later than if you had left the unit running.
•Use a fan in conjunction with your window air conditioner.
•Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. Heat from these items is sensed by the thermostat and could cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
•Keep out daytime sun with blinds or shades.
•Dress appropriately for the warmer indoor temperatures.
•Open the windows and use a fan on warmer days.

Smart Appliance Use
•Use large appliances in the early morning and late evening.
•Use cold water rather than hot when running the garbage disposal.Air-drying clothes in the sun saves energy
•Keep range top burners and reflectors clean so your stove operates at peak efficiency.
•When using an oven or an electric burner, turn it off a little while before the cooking is done. The oven or element will stay hot after you turn it off.
•When you have a choice, use the range top instead of the oven.
•Use your dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
•Scrape dishes before loading them into the dishwasher so you won’t have to rinse them.
•Let your dishes air dry.
•Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your dishwasher for just a few soiled dishes.
•Dry clothes in the sun (check your covenants, clotheslines are prohibited in some communities).

Water Heater
•Minimize hot water use by taking shorter showers and washing your clothes in cold water.
•Try setting your water heater at 120 degrees.

Fireplace
•Keep your fireplace damper closed unless you have a fire going. An open damper can let as much as 8% of your heat go out the chimney. The warmth from a fire on the hearth generally doesn’t radiate through the house; the heat gain is confined to the room with the fireplace. In fact, a considerable amount of heated air from other parts of the house can go wastefully up the chimney when a fire is going.
•To lessen heat loss when you use your fireplace and the furnace is on, lower the thermostat setting to 50 or 55 degrees. Some warmed air will still be lost, but the furnace won’t have to use as much fuel to keep the rest of the house at its usual temperature.
•Close all doors and warm air ducts to the room with the fireplace, and open a window near the fireplace half an inch to an inch. Air needed by the fire will be provided through the open window, and the amount of heated air drawn from the rest of the house will be reduced.

Conserving Water
•Take showers rather than baths. Showers use about a third as much water.
•Take shorter showers.
•Avoid leaving the water running while shaving and brushing teeth.
•Don’t use the toilet as a trash can.
•Use the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
•Don’t run water continuously for vegetable and dish washing.
•Water lawns in the morning to avoid evaporation.
•Keep grass at least two inches high to shade roots.
•Use mulch or ground covering plants to prevent excessive evaporation.
•Use waste water from the house to water your garden.
•Plant native or drought tolerant plants.
•Water trees slowly, deeply and infrequently to encourage deep rooting. A slow drip for an hour once a week should be sufficient for most trees.
•Use a broom rather than the hose to clean off walkways, patios and other outdoor areas.
•When washing your car, use a bucket of water or a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle instead of letting the hose run.

Recycling saves energy, natural resources and landfill spaceRecycling

Reduce the amount of garbage you generate by buying and using products wisely:
•”Precycle” by purchasing products in recyclable containers.
•Purchase foods in bulk or concentrate.
•Avoid products that are neither reusable nor easily recyclable.
•At work, make two-sided photocopies.
•Use cloth towels in the kitchen rather than paper towels.
•Stop unwanted junk mail by removing your name from mailing lists.

Reuse product whenever possible:
•Start a compost pile with your leaves and grass clippings.
•Leave a coffee mug or two at work and avoid using disposable cups.
•Use blank back sides of used paper for scratch work.
•Look into purchasing quality used items instead of new ones.
•Take your grocery bags back to the market and reuse them.
•Mend clothes and repair broken items.
•Take care of your belongings to help them last longer. In particular, try to keep your car on a regular maintenance schedule.
•Use products that are made to be reused, such as cloth towels, sponges, glass dishes and metal eating utensils (rather than paper and plastic), rechargeable batteries, etc.
•Drop off your used motor oil, antifreeze, and car batteries at places that recycle automotive wastes.
•Donate clothing, books, toys, appliances and furniture to charitable organizations.

Source: National Association of Home Builders, April 2015

SPRING VALUES HEAT UPTHE HOUSING MARKET

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: March 31, 2015

William Ryan brings the Perri family to Kainer Court in Barrington
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Illinois natives, Amy and Rob Perri, moved quite a bit in the past few years due to Rob’s job, most recently living in Connecticut. When the time came to come back to Illinois, however, Rob, who grew up in Hanover Park, and Amy, in Rockford, knew exactly where they wanted their children to put down roots. “We targeted the Barrington schools when we knew we were coming back to Illinois,” Amy Perri said. “They’ve always been some of the best in the country and wanted our children to benefit from them.” Of the 19,400 public high schools in the United States, U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Barrington High School #539 nationally and #22 in the state with District 220 ranked #49 of the 747 school districts in Illinois. Both Arnett C. Lines Elementary School and Barrington Middle School are within walking distance of Kainer Court. “Family life is very important to us and the lifestyle we have at Kainer Court, well, it just doesn’t get any better than this,” Amy continued. “We can ride our bikes to Starbucks, the Farmer’s Market, to get ice cream, to the library and parks. My children love being so close to everything. When Rob was commuting downtown he was less than a ten minute walk to the train station which meant more time for us to spend as a family and less commute time for him.” Kainer Court is a William Ryan Homes’ neighborhood just east of Route 59 and north of Main Street in Barrington, offering
executive-style two-story homes ranging from 2,658 to 4,200 square feet in size and priced from $599,000 to $799,900. “We spent a lot of time looking at existing homes in Barrington and South Barrington but there was no comparison to the new homes at Kainer Court,” Amy said. “The older homes have short ceilings, dated interiors and are very compartmentalized. The homes at Kainer Court have tall ceilings, open floor plans and are extremely energy-efficient. We spend 90% of our time as a family in our family room and open kitchen. Our home is cozy and comfortable not like the drafty older homes.” The Perri’s purchased the Jefferson floor plan at Kainer Court offering over 3,500 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, full basement and three-car garage. Highlights include a spacious two-story family room open to the gourmet kitchen with large island and walk-in pantry, formal living and dining room, study, owner’s suite with private luxury bath and abundant walk-in closet space, three generously-sized secondary bedrooms and convenient second-floor laundry. “We moved in two days before Thanksgiving and hosted 18 people,” Amy said. “The openness made entertaining easy we look forward to many more gatherings in the future.” William Ryan Homes’ distinctive architecture, caring craftsmanship, deluxe inclusions and extensive options have earned the national company a highly respected reputation for quality throughout the Chicagoland area as well as in other markets. William Ryan Homes was established in 1992 in suburban Chicago, and has since expanded to markets in Arizona, Florida and Wisconsin. The company is presently the #1 privately owned builder of single-family homes in the Chicago area. As a national company, William Ryan Homes offers quality on every level with science-based building systems, national purchasing power and operational efficiencies that enhance the value received. Every home is Green-built to exceed Energy Star guidelines and with an outstanding 1-2-10 Transferable Warranty. A state-of-the-art waterproofing process guarantees dry basements for 10 years. Other company innovations include a “My Home 24-7”personal customer website, a thorough customer orientation program and partnership with Wintrust Mortgage Company for financing needs. The sales center and model home are open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are also available after hours or on Tuesday and Wednesday by calling (888) 351-7186 or contacting ChicagoOnline@wmryan.com. Please visit www.WilliamRyanHomes.com for more information on Kainer Court or any other William Ryan Homes’ community in
Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida or Arizona. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Source: Chicago Tribune Special Advertising Section, March 27, 2015

Design trends revealed in local model homes

Categories: New Homes Chicago, Uncategorized | Posted: March 21, 2015

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When purchasing a new home, one of the most important decisions buyers make is choosing a good floor plan.

Today’s best floor plans reflect how buyers have moved to interactive lifestyles with open designs and the kitchen being the center of the action. This has led to fewer or no hallways in the house, as the larger rooms themselves become passageways.

Buyers can see how well a design fits their lifestyle by walking through local model homes to experience the feel of the home before they make a purchase. The arrangement of rooms, the flow from one room to another and the use of space helps them see how the floor plan will live.

Buyers might envision their family living in the house — cooking and eating in the kitchen, relaxing in the living space and entertaining family and friends. Will your family live comfortably in the home?

Builders weigh in on what they see happening with floor plans today.

William Ryan Homes recently redesigned all its floor plans after doing research and receiving feedback from customers and prospects, said Debbie Beaver, vice president of operations for the Chicago division.

“We wanted to make sure our homes reflect how people live in their homes today,” she said.

As a result, the builder introduced the “ergonomic kitchen” that fits a person’s body well, which means the refrigerator is not too far from the landing space or the stove.

“We worked with national kitchen and bath guidelines as far as the work triangle and the right depth between the stove and the counter behind it. We also put more room around appliances that need to be opened,” Beaver said.

Because people are expanding their living space into the basement more today, the builder also started offering finished basements. This has also been a popular feature with buyers at Shodeen Homes, said Nate Amidon, director of sales and marketing.

For William Ryan Homes, larger mudrooms were on buyers’ wish lists. For kids coming in with backpacks and sports bags, the builder created mudrooms as a drop zone with space for lockers, built-ins, cubbies or coat racks.

D.R. Horton Homes too offers an owner’s entry that often features a key drop or electronics charging station, large storage closets and/or cabinets. This area may include locker-like spaces and more storage space, said Christopher Naatz, vice president of sales and marketing.

Brian Hoffman, vice president of finance for Red Seal Homes, sees three floor plan trends right now.

“Open is in,” Hoffman said. “Floor plans with the kitchen, dining and great room open to each other are definitely attracting buyers. In all our products — single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses — we have some substantial open dimension, and they’re outselling everything else by a lot.”

Hoffman also sees that square footage is back. “Gracious open plans need some size. And with this, there is a need for an office on the first floor where work can be done in a quiet space.”

Another trend is the death of the bathtub, Hoffman said. In most of its product lines, the builder is doing larger stand up or walk-in showers with a tile base and surround rather than a tub.

Luxury showers in the owners’ suite are also big for D.R. Horton, Naatz said.

“People are choosing large, walk-in tile showers in lieu of a smaller shower and separate tub.”

For Shodeen Homes, Amidon sees floor plans focused around “maximizing space.” For example, bonus rooms instead of two-story family rooms have become popular, as well as second-level laundry rooms. People also want planning rooms on the main level of the home where children can do their homework and engage in other activities, he said.

“We’re also seeing gourmet kitchens with double wall ovens and cook tops,” Amidon said. “The vent hood in place of a space-saver microwave has become popular in our custom lineup.”

Naatz sees several kitchen trends in new homes for D.R. Horton. Islands have flush tops where lower stools can be used, making the island more conducive to conversation. The flush-height tops also add to the feeling of open space because they don’t create a visual barrier. Buyers prefer the flush tops rather than the stepped-up tops and overhangs that require higher bar stools, he said.

Islands are large and often uniquely shaped. They are larger to create a generous workspace as well as a secondary dining space. Multifunctional islands are integral to daily living; they may be the breakfast bar, party gathering space, cooking area and so much more, Naatz said.

Buyers like walk-in pantries as they allow for ample storage of food and small kitchen appliances that are not used regularly.

Also at D.R. Horton, flex spaces are still popular with buyers because they are easily adaptable to how people live in their homes. It’s a space that can serve many purposes; it could be used as a formal dining room, home office, music room or whatever fits the needs of the buyer.

Is there a perfect floor plan? Kim Meier, president of KLM Builders, says his company has built a ranch home that he believes is the perfect size, perfect layout and perfect price for the average buyer.

“It’s a very efficient plan from a design standpoint, which helps keep the cost down, and it’s a plan that everyone likes to live in,” Meier said.

The Harrison, the new model at Sunset Ridge in Richmond, features about 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage.

In this design, the kitchen is open to the breakfast nook and great room with the sink overlooking the great room and the outdoors.

“Buyers want informal dining spaces, which we offer with the angled island and breakfast nook. Those who still want a formal dining room have that option with the flex room in the front of the home,” Meier said.

Buyers like that the home offers split bedrooms with the master suite and guest room on opposite sides of the house. The layout well accommodates buyers with school-age children or empty nesters who have overnight guests.

The design offers a swing, or flex, room that people can use as a formal dining room, den or home office. And the home includes amenities such as hardwood floors, granite countertops, furniture-quality cabinetry and high ceilings.

In the full basement, which is as big as the entire house, the builder keeps the mechanicals to one end. That makes it a more livable space as many people finish the basement either when they purchase the home or in the future.

3/22/15 By Sherry Giewald
Daily Herald Correspondent

Hampshire Park District receives OSLAD Grant to re-develop Bruce Ream Park

Categories: New Homes Chicago, Uncategorized | Posted: March 19, 2015

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We are excited to announce that we are the recipient of an OSLAD (Open Space Land Acquisition & Development) Grant from IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) for the Bruce Ream Park re-development!!! IDNR has awarded the Park District $375,400 towards the development of the new playground, splash pad, shared-use path with fitness stations, sand volleyball court, sled/exercise hill, basketball/bankshot/pickelball court, soccer turf improvements, parking lot improvements, and ADA repairs to the existing restrooms.

We will begin to work on this project by designing a playground (also funded in part through a Kane County Riverboat Grant) and hosting a community build early this summer where we install the playground in just ONE day. Please contact Laura at 847-683-2690 or laura@hampshireparkdistrict.org if you are interested in participating or donating to the build day. Sponsorship opportunities will also be available. Come be a part of history as we make this community park an exciting destination for you and your family!

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Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: March 17, 2015

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Color Yourself Happy!

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: March 10, 2015

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Believe it or not, color has a massive impact on how you feel, including your productivity, energy levels, creativity and overall happiness. If you chose the wrong colors for your home’s interior, you may be stunting your potential in multiple facets of your life. Get the paint swatches out, it’s time to make some big decisions, as we’ve broken down six principal colors and why you do or don’t want them in your house.

 

Red: The Color of Success and Productivity

Red is the most energetic color there is. It has been known to not only raise your heart rate and thereby increase your energy levels, but also pump adrenaline through you. It’s a fiery, aggressive color that has an immediate impact on your entire nervous system, which means it’s very important that you carefully choose where you use it.

Do – Red is the perfect color choice for a productive, energized work environment. Red promotes circulation and speeds respiration; you should be firing on all cylinders when surrounded by it.

Don’t – Use red in your bedroom. Red is aggressive and will stimulate your system, which conflicts with relaxing after a hard day’s work.

 

Yellow: The Color of Happiness

Yellow is known to be a very uplifting color – it’s the color most often associated with happiness, energy and togetherness. When chosen in the right hue, it is both soothing and cheer inducing, which makes it perfect as an interior color.

Do – Use yellow in a communal environment, such as the living room or kitchen. It promotes a feeling of togetherness and comfort, and due to its energizing effects, it’s perfect for stimulating conversation and promoting community.

Don’t – Use yellow in a toddler’s room. Yellow is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, and can therefore prove overwhelming. The last thing you want is for your baby’s room to make her cry.

 

Orange – The Color of Energy and Excitement 

Orange has been known to increase energy levels and excitement. Orange is for go-getting and energy-pumping.

Do – Use orange in a home gym. Orange promotes an enthusiastic demeanor and will inspire, invigorate and energize you – exactly what you want when headed into a work-out.

Don’t – Use orange if you’re easily stressed out or spend your days in a stressful environment and want to come home to tranquility. It is best contained to areas in which you want to raise your energy levels. If you work in an environment that already does that, you may want to skip it in your home.

 

Blue – The Color of a Rested, Beautiful You

Blue is the color of the sea and the sky – it is calming, soothing and fundamentally slows you down. Blue calms your nerves and lets you breathe more easily, which is something we probably all crave at one point in our day. It lowers your blood pressure, which means it has an almost medicinal effect on your mood and temperament. Think of blue as a glass of red wine for your home.

Do – Use blue in your bedroom and bathroom. It’s the answer to your search for beauty sleep and peaceful repose.

Don’t – Use in an office environment. Using blue in an environment that is intended to be productive and invigorating is counterproductive.

 

Green – The Color That’s Sexier Than You Think

Green is a symbol of fertility and new beginnings. It is lush and vibrant, while maintaing a soothing and comforting feel.

Do – Use green in your bedroom. Many commonly perceive red as the raciest of colors and the ultimate in sexy decor, but we firmly believe that green takes the ‘bedroom-color-cake.’ It’s restful to the eye and calming, but also subliminally puts you in the mood for love.

Don’t – Use green for motivation. Much like blue, green is counterproductive in an environment that is meant to be energetic.

 

Purple – The Color of Creativity 

Purple is luxurious and inspiring. It is a color that is known to inspire creativity and thought, leading to wealth and comfort. It is royal and velvety and it makes you feel like you can achieve. Though purple is a color you don’t see quite as often in interior design, it is one that should definitely be incorporated into the home of the fun and creative or those aspiring to be such.

Do – Use purple in the kitchen, a playroom or an art studio. It will inspire you to work with your hands and think outside the box. From extravagant meals, to creative playtime for the kids, to picking up the brush and paints, purple is sure to set the tone for hours of inspiration.

Don’t – Use purple in your child’s bedroom. Although it’s ideal for a children’s playroom, it is not quite as great a fit for where your little one sleeps. A well-rested child needs a sleeping environment that calms the brain, not one that revs it up. ‘Light’s out’ means no purple.


It’s clear that color can have a great impact on how we feel, so next time you head to the paint store, ask yourself what tone you’d like to set in your home. It’s more important than you may have thought!


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