Roads Paved in Green at Elgin Home Development

October 31, 2010

Wyndham Deerpoint Homes is renowned for paving a smooth path to homeownership for countless customers over the years. And now the homebuilder is paving a smooth road to greater environmental consciousness — literally — at its Tall Oaks single-family home community in Elgin.

Tall Oaks’ eight miles of collective pavement were recently topped and completed with a green road mixture that includes recycled asphalt roofing shingles ground up from old roofs. The new “green roads” are designed to last longer as well as divert shingle waste from landfills and reduce the amount of aggregate, sand and oil normally needed for paving.

Green road paving at Wyndham Deerpoint's Tall Oaks.

Green road paving at Wyndham Deerpoint's Tall Oaks.

“This initiative, undertaken with the City of Elgin, demonstrates our dedication to eco-friendly practices and green construction techniques,” said Rich Guerard, principal with Wyndham Deerpoint Homes. “This is the first time we’ve attempted a green roads paving in one of our communities, but it’s something we’d like to pursue henceforth at any future subdivisions.”

Matt Vondra, a representative from Southwind RAS, the Bartlett-based company responsible for recycling the asphalt shingles and advocating paving using green technology, said the mixture they use provides several advantages.

“Our mix requires less virgin liquid asphalt, the primary binding mechanism and most expensive component in hot mix asphalt,” he said. “And the cellulose fibers present in roofing shingles mimic the properties of polymerized asphalt, adding to the tensile strength and durability of the pavement.”

Vondra said data suggests that the pavement should last longer, stay ‘blacker,’ and increase the properties of the mix that allow for heavier traffic. Additionally, “our mix requires less compaction efforts, which allows the crew to pave faster, thereby reducing installation labor costs.”

Tall Oaks buyers can choose from 10 distinctive home designs that include three ranch and two first-floor master bedroom homes, ranging in size from approximately 2,000 to 4,400 square feet. Base prices range from $319,900 to $448,500 (all prices subject to change without notice). Each home offers three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to four baths, two- to three-car garage, nine-foot first floor, wood-burning fireplace, kitchen with oak hardwood floor, 93% efficient gas furnace, homesite with professional landscaping, full basement, and a Professional Home Warranty that is transferable.

For a limited time, buyers of any to-be-built homes will receive a $25,000 credit toward the options and upgrades of their choice (consult a Wyndham Deerpoint Homes sales professional for full details).

Shoppers eager to move in early without the construction wait can now select from a handful of inventory homes that are each available for immediate delivery, including a Charleston at 160 Winding Hill Dr. This two-story home features three bedrooms; two baths; three-car garage; handsome brick front; an open floorplan with a family room equipped with fireplace and vaulted ceiling; full basement with nine-foot ceiling and roughed-in plumbing for a future ¾ bath; deluxe kitchen with butler’s pantry, walk-in pantry, granite countertops and upscale cabinets; upgraded lighting and door hardware; and 2,329 square feet. The Charleston is priced at $349,000.

The Tall Oaks sales center is open Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. To reach the community, take Rt. 20 to Plank Road, turn left onto Russell, and turn left onto Winding Hill Drive into the Tall Oaks entrance; proceed ahead to The Whitehall model at 163 Winding Hill Drive. For more information, call (847) 289-9600 or visit www.wydp.com.

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Lynn Walsh is the President at Walsh Communications, LLC. Walsh Communications is a full-service public relations, marketing and advertising agency for home builders and real estate-related industries.

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