A Home for the Holidays Indeed

Categories: Giving Back, New Homes Tampa | Posted: December 29, 2017

On December 2, 2017, William Ryan Homes Tampa together with Building Homes for Heroes, presented Master Sergeant George Vera, his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Isabella, with a brand new, mortgage-free home.

It was a beautiful day in Tampa as the color guard kicked off the “Welcome Home” event. American flags and people lined the streets of this charming gated community to welcome an American hero and his familyto their new home and neighborhood.

Boy Scouts, babies, flags and a motorcade all added to the festive mood and excitement. It takes many volunteers to bring together a new home. We thank each person and company that has helped to gift this true American hero with a mortgage-free home.


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This beautiful Jensen home has been fully customized for Vera’s needs. Among other modifications, the cabinets and closets have easy pull-down shelves, the double-door oven is accessible, as is their custom sparkling pool.

“This is the 4th time in 5 years that we have partnered with Building Homes for Heroes here in Tampa, Florida to gift a mortgage-free home to a wounded American hero. We are honored and humbled to be a part of this program.” said Jeff Thorson, President William Ryan Homes – Florida Division. We hope Master Sargent Vera, Angela and Isabella are enjoying their new ‘Home for the Holidays’.

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Hero Story

It was out of love for his country that Master Sergeant George Vera joined the Army in June of 1995 out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Vera was wounded when his base was surprised by enemy fire in August of 2015. He exposed himself to an improvised explosive device (IED) blast as he pulled wounded soldiers away from enemy fire. He was shot during his efforts to secure the perimeter. Sergeant Vera suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis. He is now confined to a wheelchair. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and a loss of his vital organs, including a kidney, and part of his liver and intestines.

For his service to his country, Master Sergeant Vera has been awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal (4x), Meritorious Service Medal (2x), Army Commendation Medal (3x), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7x), Army Good Conduct Medal (6x), the Ranger tab, Special Forces tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Building Homes for Heroes

Building Homes for Heroes® is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006.

Building Homes for Heroes® is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. It’s our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country.

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William Ryan Homes offers quick moves in five area communities

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: November 27, 2017

Homebuyers who want to celebrate the holidays in a new home can choose from a selection of elegantly appointed homes in five area William Ryan Homes communities.

These quick move-in homes include a variety of luxury upgraded features and located in Algonquin, Bartlett, Elgin, Hampshire and Plainfield.

“Just one home for quick move-in is available in each of these communities so interested buyers are urged to act quickly,” said Jennifer Mencias, director of sales for the Chicago Division of William Ryan Homes. “White Ash Farm in Plainfield, Meadow’s Edge at Highland Woods and The Coves in Algonquin are in their closeout phase, so urgency is even greater in these communities.

“These homes are appointed with luxury upgrades that vary from home to home. They may include hardwood flooring, granite countertops, chef’s kitchens, fireplaces, lookout basements, master baths with free-standing tubs and much more. Interested buyers are urged to visit for more details,” she said.

At The Coves in Algonquin, the only community of newly constructed homes in Huntley Unit District 158, a Stratford II is being offered, priced at $369,990 and including a lookout basement with a rough-in for a bath. The Stratford II is a two-story home with 2,372 square feet of space, four bedrooms, 2½ baths, two-car attached garage and an oversized homesite.

Bartlett Ridge, a recently opened community across the street from Villa Olivia Recreation Center in Bartlett, features the Sheridan II for quick move-in. Overlooking a mature tree line, the Sheridan II includes 2,560 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, 2½ baths, basement and three-car tandem garage, priced at $439,990.

Meadow’s Edge, a neighborhood within the pool and clubhouse community of Highland Woods, is approaching closeout. The 2,168 square-foot Fulton is available for quick move-in, priced at $364,990. This two-story home overlooks a preserve area, and has a walkout basement as well as four bedrooms, 2½ baths, fireplace and two-car garage.

Northwest suburban Hampshire Highlands has been popular for its country setting and large homesites. A 2,900-square-foot Fordham II is offered for quick move-in, priced at $329,990 and including a full lookout basement and a fireplace. The two-story Fordham II includes four bedrooms, 2½ baths and two-car attached garage. Hampshire Unit District 300 serves the community and Hampshire Highlands has no special service area assessments.

The popular Jericho design is offered for quick move-in at White Ash Farm in Plainfield, an upscale master planned community. The 3,179-square-foot Jericho features a Folk Victorian exterior. The two-story home includes four bedrooms, 2½ baths, a Signature morning room off the kitchen, extended family room, basement with rough-in for additional bath, and three-car attached garage, priced at $384,990.

“Each of these homes and these new home communities has a distinctive set of advantages, and all of them include the exciting designs, quality craftsmanship and outstanding energy efficiency for which William Ryan Homes has been long respected,” Mencias said.

William Ryan Homes offers a 10-year warranty that exceeds the industry norms.

Gourmet and more: Homebuyers favor deluxe kitchen upgrades

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: November 10, 2017

With the holidays approaching, gourmet kitchens are still at the top of homebuyers’ priority lists. Kitchens have traditionally been considered the heart of the home, and with today’s open concept floor plans, they are increasingly the center of attention for family and friends.

Chicagoland homebuilders report that more dollars are typically spent on kitchen upgrades than in any other areas of the home.

“With the popularity of shelter magazines, websites and television shows devoted to home design and features, buyers are increasingly sophisticated and want to have creative, exciting interiors,” says Jeremy Lund, sales manager for Shodeen Homes. “Function is very important but buyers also are looking for maximum decorative value as well. It is also true that money spent on luxurious kitchens can typically be recovered at resale time.

“Gourmet kitchens, including double ovens or oven and convection oven combination and cooktops with decorative metal hoods, are now included in all of our quick move-in homes. White and painted cabinets are preferred by nine out of 10 buyers, and kitchen islands are growing bigger, with more surface area work space and the ideal gathering spot for family and guests in open concept living areas. Gray, taupe and beige are alternate cabinet colors, and quartz is becoming popular due to its durability and low maintenance qualities. Backsplashes can add an important decorative element, and glass front cabinets, wine refrigerators and warming drawers are requested by luxury home buyers.”

At David Weekley Homes, white is still preferred for kitchen cabinets but some luxury home buyers choose very dark wood cabinets, says Joan Svoboda, sales consultant.

“Island cabinets that contrast in color from wall cabinets are a striking look, and glass front cabinets, wine refrigerators and upgraded faucets and hardware are also requested,” she says. “Though our homes have abundant windows, buyers want as much light as they can add to their kitchens, so extra can lights, under-mount and over-cabinet lighting and outlets for television and sound systems are very popular. Granite is still desirable but quartz is gaining in popularity as it is more predictable in color and pattern. Our buyers are definitely interested in combining aesthetics with functionality.”

With the grand opening of a semi-custom single-family model home at Ashcroft Place in Oswego, the kitchen is among the highlights of the two-story, 2,952-square-foot home.

“This kitchen is appointed with white 42-inch Shaker cabinets with soft pull drawers and crown molding,” says Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders. “Crown molding is a popular and inexpensive option, and the hand-scraped wood floors are a growing trend and are included in the kitchen, breakfast room and foyer. The garden window over the sink has a granite base that continues into the granite countertop for additional space. A large walk-in pantry is another important feature with buyers.”

“Some of the options that are available for kitchens at Ashcroft Place include staggered height cabinets and under cabinet lighting, glass cabinet doors, backsplashes and subway tile for backsplashes,” he says.

Builders all agree that islands are growing in size, and William Ryan Homes offers a super island option that is ideal in open concept living spaces.

“A modern, streamlined look is very popular,” says Erin Clark, sales manager. “The super island we offer is perfect for food preparation and casual dining, and it is a natural gathering space for family and guests. To complement this inviting focal point, our signature morning room with its windows on three sides is an open, airy extension of the kitchen gathering space and can be used for dining or a conversation area.

“Our kitchens include 42-inch cabinets, with white being very popular although some buyers still choose natural wood-tone cabinets. The kitchens include standard granite countertops with quartz as an option, stainless-steel appliances, and chef’s double oven and separate range. Farmhouse sinks are a frequently chosen option, while our oversized pantries are universally popular.”

Time is running out at The Coves in Algonquin

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: June 20, 2017

Buyers in search of new construction served by highly-desirable Huntley School District 158 have five remaining opportunities at The Coves, where William Ryan Homes has saved the best for last.

The five remaining homesites at The Coves are among the best in the neighborhood. Homesites are up to 17,000 square feet with lookout and cul-de-sac locations available overlooking the pond or open space. And, two of the remaining fives sites can still accommodate a ranch plan.

Located at Square Barn Road and Reserve Drive south of Algonquin Road (Ill. Hwy. 62), The Coves is less than a half mile from Algonquin Commons Shopping Center, Super Target, movie theaters, restaurants, the public library and other conveniences along Randall Road. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the nearby Buffalo Park Forest Preserve with access to the Fox River as well as the Terrace Hill Golf Course and Boulder Ridge Country Club.

In addition to home designs and neighborhood itself, a big draw for family buyers has been the exceptional District 158 schools. The Washington Post listed Mackeben Elementary School, Conley Elementary School and Heineman Middle School among the “Most Challenging’” schools for the second year in a row and the district has just completed a three-year construction and renovation project funded by a state construction grant, rather than tax dollars adding value to an already outstanding system.

Architecturally distinct two-story plans vary from 1,755 to 3,927 square feet with three to five bedrooms, 2.5 baths, full basements and two and three-car garages, priced from $269,990. In addition, those buyers who may desire ranch-style living can choose from designs ranging from 1,616 to 2,244 square feet with three bedrooms, two or 2.5 baths, full basements and two-car attached garages, priced from $294,990. Active families will appreciate the space and style of the Jericho, an impressive two-story home with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and three-car tandem garage, priced from $339,990.

The elegant two-story foyer of the Jericho gives an inviting sense of arrival. A flex room that may be designed as a formal living room or study is to the one side of the foyer while a formal dining room with optional coffered ceiling is on the other.

The expansive informal living space consists of a large family room, breakfast room and large U-shaped kitchen with walk-in pantry, optional butler’s pantry, plentiful counter space and available island. A convenient mud room opens to the three-car tandem garage.

The Coves is located at 3814 Monterey Circle in Algonquin, just south of Ill. Hwy. 62 (Algonquin Road) and east of Square Barn Road on Reserve Drive.

The sales center is 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 though Saturday and Sunday by appointment. For more information, call 847-305-3943 or visit

Model grand opening planned at Stonebridge

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: June 1, 2017

With buyer interest already strong at Stonebridge in prestigious Hawthorn Woods, William Ryan Homes is preparing for the grand opening of the Jericho model home in July.

With new construction rare in the Hawthorn Woods area, Stonebridge has the added advantage of being located on 59 scenic rolling acres. At Stonebridge, the beauty of living close to nature is combined with just a short walk to Spencer Loomis Elementary School, a rarity for Lake County residents. The luxurious single-family homes are priced from $482,990 to $562,990, and 60 homes will be built.

“Stonebridge, with its oversized homesites and quiet winding streets, provides an exceptional opportunity in an upscale area that offers an outstanding lifestyle,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes. “A collection of our most popular ranch and two-story home designs ensure a great choice for every buyer. In addition, those who act now to buy a home to be built will have a choice of a free full finished basement or our signature morning room.”

The home designs range from 2,008 to 3,785 square feet, and feature three to five bedrooms, two or 2.5 baths, finished basements and two or three-car tandem garages. A variety of homesites are available including look-out and walk-out types.

The Jericho, the model home that will open in July, is a two-story home with 3,034 square feet of gracious living space. The home features four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, finished basement and three-car tandem garage, priced from $512,990.

Ideal for casual living as well as entertaining, the Jericho features a covered porch and center two-story foyer flanked by a two-story living room on one side and a formal dining room on the other. A graceful staircase with landing visually separates the formal areas from the expansive informal living area.

A large U-shaped kitchen with abundant cabinets and counter space opens to an airy breakfast room and spacious adjoining family room. Buyers who opt for the free morning room will expand this light-filled space for casual family living. The main level of the Jericho also includes a powder room and the mud room that is a popular feature in William Ryan residences.

The second floor of the Jericho is highlighted by the master bedroom with his and hers walk-in closets and deluxe bath with corner soaking tub, separate shower and double vanities.

Three other bedrooms, all with walk-in closets, are served by a hall bath, and a second-floor laundry is a popular step-saver.

The Jericho model home will be shown with options including a first-floor in-law suite, morning room, second-floor loft, and Jack and Jill bath. Several architecturally detailed exteriors are offered. A wide range of other options are available.

The highly-rated Lake Zurich School District 95 schools serve the educational needs of Stonebridge residents, and the many recreational amenities of the Hawthorn Woods area will add to the enjoyment of the entire family. The award-winning Hawthorn Woods Park District offers extensive programs for every age group, and facilities include an aquatic center with water slides, competition lap pool and zero-depth pool. Hawthorn Woods Country Club and Kemper Lakes Golf Club serve golfing enthusiasts.

Stonebridge is located at 25830 N. Old McHenry Road. To visit the temporary sales center, take Route 12/Rand Road to Old McHenry Road, east approximately 1.25 miles. The sales center is just past Spencer Loomis School on the west side of the road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 847-305-3949 for more information or visit

William Ryan releases final phase of homes at Walnut Glen

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: May 25, 2017

A picturesque natural setting, larger than average homesites and distinct ranch and two-story home designs have led to brisk sales and the release of the final phase of 19 homesites at Walnut Glen in Island Lake.

According to Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes, Walnut Glen has appealed to a diverse cross-section of buyers all of whom appreciate the surrounding beauty.

“Offering both ranch and two-story homes starting in the $240s has attracted couples, singles, families and empty-nesters who want the best value for their home buying dollar to enjoy, not only the larger homesites of up to half-acre, but the ponds, acres of forest preserve land and the recreational amenities offered just down the road at Moraine Hills State Park,” Coleman says. “For the buyers at Walnut Glen, their purchase is as much about the home as it is the lifestyle available to them in this area.”

Located on Dowell Road just west of Route 12, Walnut Glen features three ponds and views of the adjacent Black Crown Forest Preserve. The Millennium Trail walking path meanders near the community and Moraine Hills State Park is within two miles.

The collection of distinct ranch and two-story plans range from 1,610 to 3,034 square feet with three or four bedrooms, 2 or 2.5 baths, open island kitchens, private master suites with luxury baths, flex rooms, formal living and dining rooms per plan, basements, or optional lookout and walkout basements, and attached two- or three-car garages.

“Our buyers tell us that they’ve done their homework before making their decision to live at Walnut Glen and that our value surpasses other homes in the area,” Coleman says. “For instance, the community does not have an SSA (Special Service Assessment), we include full basements that are guaranteed dry for 10 years due to our special waterproofing process, central air conditioning, and kitchens with 42-inch cabinets, granite countertops, just to name a few.”

Priced from $277,990, the two-story Stratford II design has been one of the most popular plans at Walnut Glen. This 2,240-square-foot home features four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, full basement and two-car garage as standard.

Highlights of the first-floor of the Stratford II include a spacious kitchen with optional island open and walk-in pantry open to the breakfast room and family room. Formal dining room, flex room and mudroom with access to the oversized two-car garage.

In contrast to its quaint country setting, Walnut Glen is minutes from major commuter arteries, including Illinois Highways 12, 59 and 176 as well as three Metra train stations. Children attend one of two award-winning school districts in either Wauconda District 118 or McHenry District 156.

The sales center and new model home are located at 2320 Walnut Glen Blvd., Island Lake. Sales center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

The only “constant” in this world is “change.”

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: May 18, 2017

By Jean Murphy (Daily Herald Correspondent)

The only “constant” in this world is “change.” That even applies to houses.

According to local builders, the new homes that first-time buyers are purchasing today are markedly different from the newly constructed homes their parents purchased 20 or 30 years ago. They still provide four walls and a roof, of course, but the nuances within the homes have evolved.

“We are seeing the de-formalization of the home among all buyers,” said Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes. “We need to design for the way that people live today. So, they want open floor plans and the rooms need to be flexible enough to be used for whatever the individual buyer’s needs are. But all of the buyers want a great relationship between the family room and the kitchen.”

“Interestingly, too, today’s first-time buyers don’t look at a home’s total square footage when purchasing. They look at how a home feels to them and whether it has square footage where they want it — specifically in the family room and maybe by adding a morning room off the kitchen,” he said.

“They have also seen a lot of home amenity options in the media, so they have very discriminating tastes. They want hardwood floors, particularly in the entryway where they can make a statement, and they want granite counter tops in the kitchen. Energy efficiency is also important — a feature which the older homes on the market cannot offer.”

People used to buy and sell a home every six or seven years. That is no longer the case, so we feel we need to put in from the beginning the 9-foot ceilings and the other structural things that are hard to change later.

First-time buyer homes typically average between 2,200 and 2,500 square feet (although some come in at 1,800) with a partial basement and crawl space and a two-car garage (or sometimes an extended tandem garage for added storage). They feature three bedrooms, vinyl siding with a little stone or wainscoting and a smaller yard than in the past because children are so involved today in organized sports and other activities that a large yard is no longer as important and their parents don’t want to maintain a lot of property.

Buyers generally choose an oversized shower with a bench seat and glass walls for the master bathroom and only install a tub in their secondary bathroom. The days of the large whirlpool tubs are gone.

Fireplaces are nice, but no longer highly sought after, he added. And when they are requested, buyers choose the much less expensive direct-vent fireplaces, not masonry ones with chimneys.

“In my experience recently, first-time buyers are looking for good neighborhoods, good schools, good park districts, bike paths and great communities. They want to live somewhere that offers a sense of community and nice local events. And they want to live where it is quiet but is still close to everything,” Harmon said.

“Young buyers are well-versed in the benefits of new construction, like its energy-efficiency, but even though we offer Nest thermostats to allow them to control their home temperature remotely, very few opt for that. They do, however, expect open floor plans, second-floor laundry rooms, 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and granite kitchen countertops,” she said. “Our full basements are also a selling point.”

Shodeen has one entry-level home now available for immediate delivery. It is located in Sycamore at its Reston Ponds community. The 1,868-square-foot home features three bedrooms and 2½ baths and lists for $249,921. Models of other Shodeen homes can be viewed at Squires Crossing in Maple Park.

William Ryan Homes has three communities that offer first-time buyer, single-family homes. There is Renwick Place in Romeoville that has homes starting the $240,000s, Hampshire Highlands with homes also starting in the $240,000s and Walnut Glen in Island Lake that has homes starting in the $250,000s.

When it comes to single-family home communities for first-time buyers, Homes now offers Somerset in Plainfield, which starts in the high $290,000s, Sagebrook in South Elgin, which starts in the $320,000s, and Hanover Estates in Manhattan, which starts in the $280,000s.

Bartlett Ridge Pre Construction Sales

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: May 4, 2017

Pre-construction sales are now underway at Bartlett Ridge, the new William Ryan Homes community in one of Chicagoland’s most popular suburbs.

Outstanding limited-time incentives are offered to the first few buyers in this highly anticipated neighborhood. In addition, buyers can take 30 percent off up to $100,000 in options, the company’s 25th Anniversary incentive.

Located across the street from Villa Olivia Recreation Center, Bartlett Ridge will include 45 single-family homes in a scenic setting. The neighborhood will feature an exciting variety of new home designs that have recently been introduced by William Ryan Homes. Base prices range from $334,990 to $399,990 for homes with full basements and two or three-car garages.

“Bartlett Ridge has an inviting atmosphere, yet it is convenient to Route 20 (Lake Street), and offers quick access to a variety of stores and services,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president. “Bartlett’s Cook County location means it has a lower tax than some other areas of the village, and our exciting new home designs include a floor plan to appeal to virtually every buyer.”

Ten home designs are offered at Bartlett Ridge, including two ranch plans, an innovative Cape Cod, a two-story home with a first-floor master bedroom and a variety of other two-story plans.

The ranches vary from 1,616 to 2,244 square feet, with three bedrooms or two bedrooms and a study, two or 2.5 baths and two-car attached garages. They are priced from $344,990 and $369,990.

The Cape Cod and other two-story plans range from 1,870 to 3,137 square feet with three or four bedrooms and lofts in some plans, 2.5 or three baths, and two or three-car garages. Base prices range from $334,990 to $399,990, and the Cape Cod, a ranch plan with an optional second floor and 2,424 square feet of space, is priced from $374,990.

The Sulton, a brand new plan, is a 2,786-square-foot home with four bedrooms and a loft, 2.5 baths, basement and three-car tandem garage, priced from $379,990.

The Bartlett Ridge sales center is located at 1255 Lake Street (Route 20), west of Route 59. Hours are daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Wednesday, when hours are 2 to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 847- 305-3927.

Sweet spot: Builders offer flexible spaces for private retreats

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: April 25, 2017

With the popularity of open concept floor plans that provide large gathering areas for family and friends, both homebuyers and builders realize that it is more important than ever for homes to have flexible private spaces too.

Studies, home offices, toddlers’ play rooms, flat-screen TV viewing rooms, finished basements and other “sweet spots” can afford refreshing getaways from family togetherness when it is time for homework, office work or other quiet pursuits. These flexible spaces also offer the advantage of being adaptable to the evolving needs of family life.

Private flexible spaces are not only prized by busy families but by active adults as well. The Freedom Homes offered at Carillon at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove and Wentworth in Gurnee offer one-level living with two bedrooms and a den as well as optional second floors that can be finished in a variety of ways from conditioned storage to another bedroom and bath plus a game room or loft.

“Whether it is comfortable, light-filled space for guests, children and grandchildren or just more room for hobbies, our 55-and-more buyers appreciate having space that they can use for their particular lifestyle needs,” Naatz says,

William Ryan Homes also offers flexible spaces in its many home designs, including flex rooms in both ranch and two-story plans, lofts, morning rooms and finished basements.

“Bartlett Ridge, our new community of single-family homes, includes luxury ranch and two-story homes that include flex rooms on the main levels, and many plans also have second-floor lofts,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes. “Other possibilities include the option of modifying the rear bay of a three-car tandem garage into a study, or finishing the basement which can include a large space for recreation as well as a bedroom and a full finished bath. Finished basements are very popular with parents of children of all ages as well as those who enjoy entertaining larger groups of people.

“Another flex space is the William Ryan Homes signature morning room which adjoins the main gathering area and offers another opportunity to expand dining or activity space,” Coleman says. “Buyers have never had so much opportunity to custom-tailor the spaces within their homes to make them versatile and comfortable for many years to come.”

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There’s more than meets the eye’ when buyers prioritize buying green construction

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: April 6, 2017

With the increased emphasis on preserving the environment and concern for the cost of operating the systems in a home, both homebuilders and buyers are placing a high priority on green construction.

Green construction may include building materials and energy-efficient components, and rating systems have been established to assist consumers in evaluating the energy efficiency of homes.

“We are totally committed to focusing on green building, and we express that by our attention to detail and by implementing quality products like the Panasonic Whisper Green exhaust fan,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes. “It has been a tradition with our 25-year old company to be a leader in using green building materials and striving to constantly improve the energy-efficiency of our homes.”

The company includes a “WOW House Exhibit” on its website that shows the green features of a William Ryan Homes home in an easy-to-see, consumer-friendly fashion.

“We believe that many of the features shown on the exhibit set us apart from typical industry standards, and enable us to offer a very comfortable, efficient and environmentally-friendly home,” Coleman says.

A sampling of the features on the exhibit include a 93 percent efficient furnace with programmable thermostat, sealed supply and multiple returns; 2-foot-by-6-foot exterior wall construction for an R-21 insulation value with weather barrier wrap that reduces energy use and air and moisture infiltration that increases energy efficiency and improves air quality; and Energy Heel Roof trusses with R-49 ceiling insulation for better attic insulation and reduction of the loss of conditioned air. William Ryan Homes have an impressive HERS Index rating of 63.

Homebuyers sensitive to green construction will soon become aware of the HERS rating system. The HERS index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). The HERS rating is established by the services’ contractors who test the components that affect the efficiency of a home. The lower the HERS Index rating, the more efficient the home is.

“One of the reasons why energy-conscious consumers should consider purchasing new construction is that today’s homes are approximately 40 percent more efficient than those built just 10 years ago,” says Anna Harmon, director of Marketing and Public Relations. “An energy-efficient new home is not only less costly to operate but it is also a more comfortable place to live.”

Building Science Principles (BSP) are foundational for those in the industry who build and certify homes, and they demonstrate how the various components of the home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Relationships between the building envelope, heating, air conditioning, insulation, mechanicals, ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems.

“New innovations in green building are constantly evolving, as homebuyers seek the greater comfort and affordability tighter, smarter homes provide,” Esperson says.

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