Patrick A. Finn Wins Gold Key Award for Arlington Heights Home

November 16, 2011

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Patrick A. Finn, LTD., for winning a Gold Key Award in the category of “Excellence in New Construction: Custom Home Under 3,500 sq. ft.” for a home at 925 N. Illinois in Arlington Heights.

We were first approached by the client eight years ago to build a new home. The timing was not right for them, so the project was postponed. They contacted us again two-and-a-half years ago to look into remodeling their existing home or building a new home on the same lot. It was quickly decided that their design needs could not be realized by remodeling their existing home. So began the design process for creating a new home to sit on that site that met all their needs.

The client is a professional couple in the mid 40s with no children. The design of the house took into consideration for the future and being able to age in place in the home, with wider hallways, wider doorways and safety grab in the bathrooms. Provisions were made for a future elevator so minimal remodeling work would need to be done in the future to be able to add this feature that would run from the basement up to the second floor, allowing mobility throughout the house. This was a main aspect of the custom home, as it fits the client’s exact desires.

As part of the custom design and build process, we also incorporated an ample amount of purpose designed built-ins to give the new home the look and feel of an older home with characteristics of the craftsman tradition. A lot of the original ideas were brought to us by the owners themselves. They had collected magazine articles and photographs over the year and put together a binder of ideas. From these photos and the client’s input, our in-house interior designer created drawings for the owners to visualize their ideas for their home, prior to construction.

The interior trim was much more complex than a typical home of this time, and for the exterior, real cedar was used to keep it as authentic to the older style of the home. The custom detailing does not stop with the design. The house has a dual heating system, with full in-floor radiant heating throughout the entire house, as well as a forced air back-up. This allows a more efficient use of energy resources when heating and cooling the home. The owners love their new home and tell everyone they meet that they cannot wait to show it off to the whole neighborhood.

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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