Meyer Homes, Inc. Wins Gold Key Award for Custom Home.

December 13, 2012

Chicago Real Estate Forum and Marketing RELEVANCE congratulate for winning a Gold in for .

For a young and growing family of four(soon to be five), this custom home meets a broad range of needs.


After achieving the highest ENERGY STAR rating of “5-STAR+”, this home EXCEEDS the 5-Star+ HERS score (of 70) by 19 more points! With a HERS rating of 51, the projected Energy Cost Savings per year is $1,892. In this transitioning neighborhood there are many old -and new- LESS efficient homes so comparing energy bills can be a bragging sport for our owners.

A complete teardown and rebuild gave Tom & Jen Schmit the opportunity to build their dream house and Energy efficiency was built-in by Meyer Homes at no significant additional cost. Achieving this score started with practical choices for HVAC, windows and doors and energy efficiency was accelerated by extra attention to high integrity building details. Using practical building techniques refined over the past six years as an Energy Star partner, Meyer Homes knows how to eliminate the smallest leaks to help add long-term savings, more in-home comfort, durability and resale value. The low HERS score of 51 reflects this extra attention to energy saving details.

Design Choices:

With limited views on a standard lot, (106-by-83) window placement optimizes natural light with transom windows over practical built-in storage flanking the fireplace and TV in the family room. Windows and built-in window seats help create inviting stairwells and also maximize storage.


Accommodating enough work and play spaces for a work-from-home professional and a stay-at-home mom with two growing children meant adequately separated work and play spaces. Mom has a special space in the mudroom and Dad has the front office. Children and adults have plenty of space in the finished basement featuring a beverage bar, exercise room and play areas.

The quality and craftsmanship of this home stands out while the energy efficiency and updated traditional style seamlessly fits into the quickly transitioning neighborhood.

For more information on Meyer Homes, Inc., please visit or call 847-549-0914

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago’s KEY and SAMMY Awards celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2012. The awards began in 1972 and have grown throughout the years to now feature more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. The KEY and SAMMY awards are the premier awards of Chicago’s residential building industry. To see more award winners, visit Chicago Real Estate Forum.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.