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Custom Home Exteriors

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Custom homes are wonderfully unique with attention to detail.  No cookie-cutter homes here!  There are many benefits for building a custom home. You have input during every step.  You can design your home to fit your specific needs and style.  And you can build it in the location of your choice.  Let's take a look at some lovely custom home designs:    

Home Exterior Materials 4 of 4: Cedar Siding

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Commonly seen for cabins in the northern regions, cedar siding has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners across the country. Its rich color and rustic appearance creates a cozy and comfortable feeling that we all yearn for in a home. Read on to see if cedar siding is the right choice for your own home.

Home Exterior Materials 3 of 4: Fiber Cement Siding

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Fiber cement siding is just one of the many options to look at when choosing what material to use for your home’s exterior. Fiber cement has become one of the top choices for siding across the country. Made out of a fiber cement, it is considered to be a composite material with a class A fire rating. Read further below to see if fiber cement is the right choice for your siding selection.

Home Exterior Materials 2 of 4: Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding is made out of long strips of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fashioned to look like traditional wood siding. It has recently become one of the more popular siding choices among Americans. Is vinyl is the best option for your home?

Home Exterior Materials 1 of 4: Aluminum Siding

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Choosing which material to use when siding your home is typically a decision that you only have to make once. There are a handful of siding options out there, each one offering various advantages and disadvantages. 

Learn about the Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding

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The advantages of fiber cement siding include:

Durability and longevityVariety of finishes, styles and colorsClip system keeps panel off the wall and allows water to drainUses recycled materials and can be recycledMore cost effective than real masonry
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Home Tour of Models at Hunt Club in Oswego, IL - by K Hovnanian Homes

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Hunt Club by K Hovanian Homes in Oswego offers the perfect combination of location, luxury and convenience … making it the perfect family community.  At the center of it all, the stunning 3,500 square foot clubhouse featuring a Jr. Olympic-sized swimming pool and other amazing amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center.

There is Something for Everyone at the Cottages at Pryse Farm

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If you’re looking for maintenance-free, luxury living, then look no further than the Cottages at Pryse Farm, a distinctive residential community of stunning, single-family ranch homes by Wilcox Communities—one of the country’s most celebrated home builders. From on-the-go career professionals to active adults, Cottages at Pryse Farm offers something for every type of home buyer.

Driveway Material Options 3 of 3: Paver

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Paver driveways are a fantastic way to add a touch of style to your home. This option is strong, durable, and environmentally-friendly, making it a popular choice for driveways, patios, walkways, and more. 

Driveway Material Options 2 of 3: Concrete

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A driveway should be reliable and unfailing – something that is used every day without any thought. For a driveway that you won’t have to worry about, check out concrete.

Basics of a Concrete Driveway:

A concrete driveway remains functional for anywhere around 25 to 50 years, making it a solid investment for homeowners. This depends on how well they are constructed and maintained. Installation costs $4 to $10 per square foot, although those costs can double for a stamped or colored finish. 


Driveway Material Options 1 of 3: Asphalt

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While we may not always give much thought to the aesthetics of our driveway, its appearance serves as one of the first impressions folks make when seeing our home. For a look you can be proud of, start with asphalt.

Home Tour of Prairie Trail Model by Orleans Homes

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Since 1918, Orleans Homes has had a tradition of building and delivering outstanding homes and building value.  Prairie Trail by Orleans Homes is located in scenic Lake County. With wonderful recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, hiking and biking; Lake County has a lot to offer! Prairie Trail, and its onsite elementary school, is surrounded by the beauty of nature.  There are picturesque ponds, mature trees and natural conservation areas. This community has five beautifully appointed single family floor plans available.

Courtyards at Pepper Creek Overview and Video

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Imagine a place to call home set against the scenic and beautiful backdrop of natural surroundings. A neighborhood where friends and family can relax and enjoy the everyday comforts of a luxury amenity-rich community.  Home ownership without the burden of yard work and exterior maintenance. You’ve just envisioned the Courtyards at Pepper Creek, a residential community in charming Valparaiso that offers beautiful, maintenance-free, ranch homes ranging in size from 1,500 to 2,800 square feet and starting around $236,000.

Basement and Rec Room Design Ideas Video

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Finishing your basement is a great way to maximize the use of space in your home.  They can be used for additional living areas, extra bedrooms, bathrooms,  work out rooms, home theaters, game rooms, bars and even a second kitchen.  The possibilities are endless!  Check out our video for design ideas and inspiration.  


K Hovnanian Homes Mirador Community Model Home Tour

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Mirador is a K Hovnanian Homes community offering 52 new homesites, all set in a wonderful location on the far west side of the Village of North Aurora.  It's just 1½ miles from I-88 and moments from the bustling Randall Road and Orchard Road shopping corridors.  This popular and established neighborhood now has even more to offer – with a beautiful new Batavia Park District park just completed within the community.

Backyard Water Feature Videos

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Back yard water features add a sense of peace and tranquility to your outdoor living space.  Check out our website for informational videos on ideas for creating a water feature - anything from a simple water fountain to a pond with a waterfall.

Fencing Options 3 of 3: Wrought Iron

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Its intricate designs and transformability make iron a splendid choice for designing your own backyard fence. In addition to adding personality to your yard, an iron fence can also add structure, safety, and privacy. 

Fencing Options 2 of 3: Wood

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Installing a fence can do a lot more than maintain privacy -- it can also add atmosphere and structure to your entire backyard! Wooden fences have been one of the more traditional styles due to their charming look and practicality. 

Fencing Options 1 of 3: Vinyl

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Whether you’re adding a fence to your yard for safety, privacy, or aesthetic reasons, it’s important to know all of the facts before you make your purchase. Vinyl fencing is one of the more popular options among neighborhoods in the US due to its charming look and easy maintenance. Learn if vinyl is for you by checking out the various pros and cons that this fencing option offers.