Patrick A. Finn wins Silver Key Award for Arlington Heights Home

November 16, 2011

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Patrick A. Finn, LTD., for winning a Silver Key Award in the category of “Excellence in New Construction: Custom Home Under 3,500 sq. ft.” for a home at 117 S. Evergreen Ave. in Arlington Heights.

The clients approached us two-and-a-half years ago to assist them in finding the right property on which to build a new home. After looking at several properties, the lot was chosen in downtown Arlington Heights. Because we do most of our work in Arlington Heights, we were able to assist the client in acquiring the lot at a reduced cost, which they were then able to put back into the home they were going to build.

The clients are empty nesters in their late 70s, who spend most of their winters in Arizona, so this home is meant to be their retirement home in this area and was designed for them to age in place. The home is just over 2,000 square feet and by far the smallest home on the block, being surrounded by multifamily homes; however, by maintaining a traditional style, it fits well into the eclectic residential architecture of downtown Arlington Heights.

Despite its smaller size, it fulfills the needs of the client perfectly. The majority of the house functions on the first floor, with only two guest rooms and a guest bathroom on the second floor. Collecting all the necessary functions on the first floor, allows the clients desire to age in place to be met without incorporating an elevator in the design.

The first floor has a nice-sized family room, with a solarium that takes advantage of the morning and afternoon sun and a master suite. While the rooms are not as large as some new homes today, they are a perfect size for this couple and with the careful placement of some taller windows in both the bedroom and bathroom, they have a light, airy feel about them.

A lot of the inspiration for this home came from Sarah Susanka’s book, “The Not So Big House.” The design intent was to create a smaller home that has the look and feel on the inside that is much larger. This, the owner believes, was achieved and they are very happy with the end result and absolutely love their new home.

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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