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A Home For All Ages

New American Homes’ LIFEhouse™, opening soon in our waterfront development on the Chain O’ Lakes, is a home for the ages. Designed to be especially safe for those under six, over 60 and everywhere in between, the LIFEhouse™ offers features that make everyday living a little easier and accommodate more people for a longer time. We call it “a home for ALL of your life.”

A few photos illustrate what we mean:

The exterior of the LIFEhouse™ is a charming cottage. Tucked into the landscape and front porch design is an inobtrustive bricked ramp, ready to accommodate those who might have issues with steps. Another plus is that the ramp makes moving things in and out of the house easier. (The front door is 42 inches wide; there is no “step up” at this door.)

The kitchen is a contemporary, trendy design, yet it can be completely accessible. Note the easy-access appliances -  the dishwasher, oven, refrigerator (as well as the microwave and warming drawer) are all within reach whether a person is sitting or standing.  The space is exceptionally well-lit with over-cabinet, under-cabinet, ceiling, pendant and natural lighting.

The tech center, tucked into a hallway, is a great space for paying bills or playing computer games.  It’s an ideal spot for adults and children – away from the hustle and bustle, but in sight of the main living areas.

In a secondary bath, two vanity levels make life easier for children and adults, standing or sitting.  A “spa” bench next to the vanity is set across from the shower, so one can sit there to meditate or dry off!
Built in collaboration with the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center) at the State University of New York, the LIFEhouse™ is a living laboratory of a safer home that is more user-friendly to a wider range of people.
It makes sense to design “accessibility” into every home, but – too often – this means an institutional feel. The goal of theLIFEhouse™ is to provide an attractive, quiet, upbeat, yet easier-to-live-in home.

Chicagoland Getaway: A Day in Suburban Antioch

It’s a great feeling finding something new in somewhere old. Your getaway day can begin with a tour of custom homes at the Newport Cove waterfront planned community near Antioch on the Chain O’ Lakes. See quality craftsmanship up close. View the newest features in home design. Walk the pathways surrounded by natural prairie landscaping. Dangle your feet off the piers at the marina on Bluff Lake. If you lived here, you’d be just steps away from all of this and more.

After touring Newport Cove, you might want to visit the Infini-tea, a charming tea house/eaterie in nearby downtown Antioch. Tea is served all day long in a quaint, relaxing environment. More than 50 varieties of tea are offered from all around the world. At the entrance, open jars of tea are available for customers to take a whiff. The lunch menu includes gourmet soups, salads and sandwiches. Scones and other baked goodies are offered as well. Thirsty children can enjoy juices and smoothies.
Around the corner is a shop calledHannah’s “Where inspiration is always free.” This family-owned craft store has a paper department, a frame shop, candle center, custom floral and home décor. It carries name brands “Life is Good”, Vera Bradley, Pandora jewelry and women’s accessories. Card making, soldering, beading and scrapbooking are some of the classes offered here. For $12 on Friday nights, scrapbooking students get dinner, dessert, demos and lively conversation.

You won’t want to leave the area before visiting Pickard China, known as America’s oldest and finest china maker. Serving markets around the world, the family-owned business began operating in 1893. It has supplied custom china for Air Force One, Blair House and Camp David. Dignitaries including the Queen of England and the King of Saudi Arabia chose Pickard to produce exclusive fine china. You can visit the outlet store and factory museum to be enchanted by the history of such craftsmanship.

In each of these places, “Made in America” still reigns. An attention to detail, product quality and customer’s satisfaction is paramount. Enjoy your day!

Trying to Sell Your Home? Be Ready with Selling Points

Do you have lifestyle selling points worth mentioning when trying to sell your home? Realtors may not list these assets along with wood floors and granite counter tops, but they may be worth discussing when potential buyers are wavering between your house and someone else’s. Here are some potential house selling points you may have overlooked.Do you pay someone to clean your house? Selling point:Professionally cleaned on a regular basis. This may influence asthma sufferers. The upkeep of a home tells potential buyers the owners care about the space they live in. If the cleaning products contain only natural ingredients be sure to mention that as well.

Raising a family in your house. Selling point: A family-friendly layout.Carol never used a baby monitor since she could hear what was going on from any room in the house. Anecdotal stories like these can turn into advantages.

Purchasing energy-saving appliances and good insulation. Selling point: Energy efficiency. If you remodeled your kitchen and installed energy-efficient appliances or added attic insulation, you may want to show your low utility bills to potential home buyers.

Being on a good site with well-positioned windows and no clutter. Selling point: A great view. Clutter makes a house look and feel smaller. Ted’s house had windows that offered views of the sunrise and sunset.

Another favorite selling point atNewport Cove, a custom home waterfront community on the Chain O’ Lakes in suburban Chicago, is the coastal-style architecture. Homes are built using durable, low-maintenance products such asHardieboard concrete fiber siding and shakes, long-lived Certainteedarchitectural roof shingles, and aluminum-clad Pella windows.