Meyer Homes wins Gold Key Award for Libertyville Home

November 16, 2011

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Meyer Homes for winning a Gold Key Award in the category of “Excellence in New Construction: Custom Home 6,501 sq. ft. and over” for 1525 Parkview Dr., Libertyville.

This is a stunning, four-level custom home built for a corporate executive, his wife and three young daughters. The O’Briens purchased the 1.34-acre, wooded lot and tore down the existing home. A PUD was amended in order to build on the lot, which took about six months to accomplish. The home was completed in July 2011.

Design Goals and Challenges
With plans for a relatively large new home, the site plan was mindful to minimize the loss of the trees and carefully included in the old driveway.

An important early design concept was an indoor basketball court. Initial concepts were to incorporate it into the basement, but after significant cost analysis, the ideal solution was the garage. All living space above it was eliminated and by using scissor trusses, we attained a 23′-tall ceiling at the peak. With a heated floor, Sport Court gym flooring and reinforced walls (plywood and Icynene insulation), this garage provides over 1,200 square feet of space for basketball, tennis practice, softball pitching and even a golf net. To accommodate activities with the doors open, the custom garage doors follow a steep roof line and will not interfere with a jump shot!

The basement also includes a large exercise room that is two feet lower and may accommodate a future golf simulator. It required additional footings along with a floor drain and sump pump in the lowest level. We kept them out of sight by digging an area in the mechanical room that backs up to this space.

Custom-design features include natural stone on some interior walls, barreled ceilings, arched stone walls, custom wainscot foyer and stairwell and unique, radius top cabinetry.

To overcome structural weight issues for the stone, we used thin cut material. Wainscot was laid out to match the five-panel interior doors.

In addition to the sporting amenities, another special design feature included creating a custom workspace for the girls arts and crafts activities. A third floor bonus room has skylights and over 1,100 square feet of room for their frequent slumber parties.

To help Mom stay organized, a special workspace was created for her that even included a custom “garage” for the family cat with a roll out litter box.

We integrated many special design features by leveraging Gaslight Cabinetry, a Meyers Homes private label Amish custom cabinetry source. To meet the design requirements of Susan Sassetti, and design dreams of the O’Briens, we included a customized motorized push-to-open trash cabinet, hidden spice racks and several doors to mimic drawers.

The house also had to accommodate frequent, medium-to-large sized parties so additional built-in cabinetry, refrigeration, convenient dishwashers, significant low voltage LED lighting and audio visual amenities were seamlessly incorporated. This house was designed for entertainment on three separate floors, inside and out.

To minimize utility bills and maximize ENERGY STAR ratings, we used Icynene spray foam throughout the entire house. We also utilized a local window company for windows with a 0.24 U-Value in the glass adding insulating power. We utilized two 96% AFF two-stage modulating gas forced furnaces and 16 seer air conditioners. Because the house was constructed so tightly and with extra attention given to eliminating air infiltration, we added a Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) unit for fresh air exchange. These choices enabled us to achieve the highest ENERGY STAR rating of Five Star Plus and an outstanding HERS rating of 49. These scores project annual utility bill savings of $3,733.

This house is truly impressive for its unique custom design features that will meet the needs of a growing and active family, but also for the energy efficiency for such a large house.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Key Awards were created in 1972 to recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping. It has since evolved into one of the premier housing programs in the country.

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