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Keep Your Home Dry in Chicago’s Wild, Wet Weather

The heavy storms in Chicago lately have seemed more tropical than Midwestern. It can be sunny one minute and a downpour drenches you the next minute. When the storms hit, some homeowners run for their basements to make sure everything is dry. But you have several choices to help keep the water outside your home. […]

Grilling in the City

Summer grilling season is heating up. So it’s a good time to talk about some home improvements that might make grilling in the city more convenient. Here’s the perennial debate: Do you buy a charcoal grill or a gas one? Charcoal boasts unbeatable smoky flavor and is budget-friendly. If you have a small, urban patio […]

Heading Inbound

Walking along Southport in Lakeview for a weekend brunch is a familiar summer scene for many young families. You often see parents toting around a few small children and even a dog as they stop for an alfresco bite to eat. Some of those families stay in the city as the kids get older. Many […]

Taking the Basement out of Your Lower Level

The word is officially passé: basement. It evokes an image of a dank, dark, unfinished space. And that is anything but the atmosphere today’s homeowners want to live in. The new term: lower level. It evokes images of home theaters, wine cellars, playrooms, home gyms and even spas. The Blackhawks’ recent playoff run ended too […]

New Design Heights: Elevators in Chicago Homes

If you’ve ever tried hauling a storage box from your lower level (formerly known as the basement) to an upstairs bedroom, you just might have thought about it: a home elevator. Single-family homes in Chicago are often four levels, including that lower level. Builders are discovering more new construction and remodeling clients are requesting elevators […]

New, Old, or Needs a Face lift – Which Kind of House is Right For You?

Homes are like people. With age, some develop more character, charm and history. Some need a decent amount of maintenance work. Others become completely dilapidated. Homes that have fallen into disrepair can be easily reconstructed or demolished with new construction built in their place. Then buyers are faced with the question: Do you buy historic, […]

Breathe Easier Making Healthy Choices For Your Home

Many of us are conscious about making lifestyle choices that are friendly to the Earth and our outdoor environment. But when buying a new construction home or renovating an existing one, some of us might not stop to think about making choices that are healthy for our family and indoor environment. If you buy early […]

Boosting the Brain Power of Your Chicago Home

You’re late for work and are running out the door. Finally catching the train, you start to wonder: Did you close the garage door, lock the house, or even set the alarm? In the past there was no way to know unless you called someone to run to your house for you. Now buyers of […]

Trends in Chicago New Construction Bathrooms

Many people would revel in owning a luxurious master bathroom. Having the perfect place to pamper yourself can make you feel like royalty in a fairy tale. Or at the very least, it can make getting ready for work at 5am a little more manageable. Let’s take a look at what bathroom trends are appearing […]

Kitchen Trends in Chicago New Construction Homes

When you think of focal points in a home, all eyes are on the kitchen as one of your property’s most visible and defining rooms. Let’s take a peek at new construction kitchens in Chicago to see what trends are in for spring 2014. Color – White kitchen cabinetry with a chocolate island and dark […]