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Ask a Builder: West Point Builders

Each week New Homes Marketplace asks questions of area homebuilders. Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders, answers this week’s questions.

Q: How do you keep up with the latest building trends?
— Tamara, Bolingbrook

A: Keeping up with current trends in homebuilding as well as contributing to continuing innovations in home and community design is an important part of my approach to my profession. I attend builder shows, read industry publications and have a network of friends including some of the top professionals in the building and planning industries around the country. We share ideas that help to inspire the new ideas that result in more beautiful, practical and consumer-friendly homes.

Q: What type of warranty do you offer and who do I contact?
— Kendall, Northbrook

A: West Point Builders offers a comprehensive 10-year Builder’s Limited Warranty on every newly built home. This warranty is written, insured and administered by Professional Warranty Service Corporate (PWSC), America’s largest new home warranty company backed by one of the industry’s leading, highly rated insurance providers, Steadfast Insurance, a member of the Zurich North America Group.

The first year of coverage includes workmanship and materials. Also, two years of coverage include major systems “inside the wall,” with coverage starting at closing. During years three to 10, structural elements are covered, warranted as determined by the Construction/Warranty Standards. Buyers like the strong, written document, transferrable when the home is sold. Buyers have no deductibles on claims, with expert customer service. West Point Builders’ buyers will not only have a quality-built home but also strong warranty protection for years to come.

About West Point Builders
West Point Builders is a 59-year-old family-owned and operated business. Based in Hinsdale, West Point Builders was established as a custom homebuilder in 1957. The company has received numerous awards for its vision in developing innovative residential neighborhoods. Currently, the company is developing West Point Gardens, a master-planned Traditional Neighborhood Design community with four series of homes. The Park Series, pioneered by West Point Builders, is a series of innovative detached townhomes, has attracted international attention. For more information, visit westpointbuilders.com.

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Ring in the New Year with “last chance offerings” on new homes at West Point Gardens in Elgin

Home buyers who want to start the New Year with a brand new home can take advantage of some limited-time offerings on single-family homes at popular West Point Gardens.

The award-winning community in the vibrant Randall Road corridor on the west side of Elgin is moving rapidly toward the close-out of its first phase of development. The evolution of the well-established community has led to some exciting buyer opportunities.

“As Phase I approaches close-out, we have a limited number of our Park Series homes still available, and buyers who are considering these homes should note that they will no longer be offered when Phase I is complete,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders, the developer. “These innovative detached townhomes blend the convenience of townhome living with the privacy of a single-family home and they have attracted international attention as an outstanding option for many buyer needs. With affordable prices starting at $182,990 and mortgage payments (initial principle and interest) that are less than many area rents, these homes for late spring delivery are now available in limited numbers and won’t last long.”

The Park Series is comprised of four two-story designs that feature two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, full basements, covered porches, nine-foot, first-floor ceilings and two-car garages attached in the rear of the homes. Some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. A Clark design is offered for immediate delivery, priced at $200,375, with a mortgage payment of $1,300. This home features two bedrooms and a loft, 2 ½ baths and a free full finished basement, and buyers who prefer the Clark floor plan should note that only five more will be built.

In addition to the Park Series homes, the Heritage Series of homes is also being retired with the completion of Phase I. These charming homes that have contributed to the unique design of West Point Gardens boast large front porches, private fenced gardens and two-car garages located in the rear of the home. Base-priced from $249,990, the Heritage Series homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages. One of the plans has a first-floor master suite, and homesites overlooking Meier Park are still available.

“With floor plans that are oriented to private fenced yards, the Heritage Series homes have been popular with those who enjoy outdoor living and entertaining,” Curran said. “They blend traditional charm with state-of-the-art floor plans designed for today’s lifestyles.

The Middlebury is a Heritage Series design that is offered for immediate move-in. A three-bedroom home with a large loft, deluxe master bath, extended front porch and full basement, this home has a view of Meier Park, and is priced at $299,500.

West Point Gardens has been honored with numerous awards not only for its home designs but also for the winding streetscape with green spaces and view lines that provide an attractive natural setting. Meier Park, a 13-acre hub for the community, includes baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, playground equipment and a gazebo and covered pavilion. Bicycle paths link Meier Park with smaller parks and join the Fox Valley bike path that leads to a neighborhood shopping center. Children attend the highly rated Burlington #301 schools.

Holiday entertaining sparkles in the Heritage Series homes at West Point Gardens in Elgin

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, attention turns to creating just the right atmosphere to make the holiday traditions sparkle. Gracious living is an added bonus in the Heritage Series homes at West Point Gardens in the Randall Road corridor.

The Heritage Series homes with their large covered front porches and gracious two-story floor plans have a traditional flavor that has captured the imagination of many home buyers. With prices starting at $249,990 for homes with three or four bedrooms, basements and two-car garages, they offer the style and practicality that promise an ideal atmosphere for a charming holiday gathering.

“Presently, a Middlebury design in the Heritage Series is available for quick move-in, so buyers can literally deck the halls in this new home for the 2016 season,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders, the developer. “This home has many upgraded features, and is ready for the seasonal decorations of the new owners.”

An extended front porch provides an inviting sense of arrival to the three-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home overlooking beautiful Meier Park. Guests will step into a large foyer and living room/flex room that can serve as a quiet retreat for conversation as guests renew acquaintances. A graceful staircase can be decked with lights and greenery for a traditional festive touch.

The large open living area offers the perfect traffic flow for both small and large gatherings. The large kitchen with pantry, island and breakfast bar will be a popular gathering sport when equipped with delectable hors d’oeuvres. The dining room defined by columns attracts guests to the main dining event, and the family room overlooking the private fenced-in yard can be accented by the Christmas tree.

The Middlebury has a second-floor loft where the children can gather and play games, while the basement can be equipped with a TV viewing area for sports fans to cheer on their favorite teams. The private garden may be decorated for seasonal cheer.

Family members and guests may want to take an after-dinner walk around the beautiful West Point Gardens neighborhood and Meier Park. The 13-acre park features baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and playground equipment plus a gazebo and covered pavilion.

After a busy evening of entertaining, the host and hostess can retreat to the master suite where a deluxe master bath features a soaking tub and separate shower as well as a double-bowl vanity.

The Middlebury also includes a laundry room off the kitchen with access to the two-car garage in the rear of the home. The home for immediate delivery is priced at $301,845.
In addition to the Heritage Series homes, buyers may also select homes from the Park Series and the Classic Series.
The affordable Park Series, priced from $182,990 to $210,990, can be purchased for mortgage payments (principle and interest) that are lower than area rents. A Clark design is offered for immediate delivery, and has two bedrooms and a loft, 2 ½ baths and a free full finished basement, priced at $200,375. In addition, the Park Series model home is now for sale, priced at $200,375 including a free finished basement.

The Classic Series has a limited number of homes remaining for sale in the current phase. The Classic Series has large back yards and garages in the front of the homes. Base prices range from $239,990 to $294,990.

Final close-out sales of Park and Heritage Series homes are now taking place at West Point Gardens in Elgin

All good things must come to an end as the saying goes, and at West Point Gardens, the final close-out sales of the Park and Heritage Series homes are underway.

These innovative and popular series of homes have contributed to the success of award-winning West Point Gardens. West Point Builders’ affordable Park Series of detached townhomes has attracted international attention for its blend of privacy, freedom from exterior maintenance and attainable pricing. The Heritage Series typified the charm of the Traditional Neighborhood Design community with its large gracious front porches that add to the character of the winding streets, parks and green space.

“Those home shoppers who have been thinking about purchasing a home in either of these series should note that time is running out, and when these homes are gone, no more will be built,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders and developer of West Point Gardens. “We are planning for the opening of Phase II of West Point Gardens in the third quarter of 2017 and Phase II will feature Classic Series homes.”

The Park Series, priced from $182,990 to $210,990, has been especially popular with first-time home buyers who can purchase the homes for mortgage payments (principle and interest) that are lower than area rents. Four two-story floor plans are still available and they feature two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear. A Clark design is offered for immediate delivery, and has two bedrooms and a loft, 2 ½ baths and a free full finished basement, priced at $200,375. In addition, the Park Series model home is now for sale, priced at $200,375 including a free finished basement.

The Heritage Series boasts large front porches, private fenced gardens and two-car garages located in the rear of the home. Base-priced from $249,990 to $284,990, the Heritage Series homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages.

The Middlebury is offered for immediate move-in and is a three-bedroom home with a large loft, deluxe master bath, full basement, and view of Meier Park from its extended front porch. It is priced at $301,845.

“The Heritage Series homes are designed so that the main living area is oriented to the private fenced yard and garden area that makes indoor-outdoor living easy to accomplish,” Curran said. “These homes have attracted many people who appreciate their special style and charm.”

In addition to the above series, the Classic Series has just four homes remaining for sale in the current phase.

The Classic Series has large back yards and garages in the front of the homes. A ranch plan and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes. Base prices range from $239,990 to $294,990.

It’s “back at the ranch” for buyers seeking one-level living at West Point Gardens in Elgin

Sonia and Hoffman Ramos recently moved to West Point Gardens, and they are among the several buyers who have opted for one-level living in the Ashwood ranch.

“We moved from a ranch in the Elgin area that had become too large for us, but was ideal for our son and his growing family,” Sonia said. “We bought a three-story townhome where we could be close to our son and three grandchildren but we soon decided that we really preferred to live in a one-level home.

“Our home at West Point Gardens is the seventh or eighth home we have owned, so we have a good understanding of the home buying process. We looked at another ranch in the area, but we found that the sales staff at West Point Gardens was more willing to work with us and make the changes we desired. We were able to tour the Ashwood under construction which gave us the chance to walk through the home, mentally place our belongings and feel confident about our choice,” she said.

The Ashwood ranch in the Classic Series is a three-bedroom, two-bath home with a partial basement, covered front porch and two-car attached garage. It features a light, airy floor plan, with an open expanse including the kitchen, breakfast area and great room with sliding glass doors to the yard. The kitchen boasts abundant cabinet and counter space, and the nearby laundry/utility room opens to the garage.

The master suite is separated from the other bedrooms by the living area, and includes a large walk-in closet and compartmented bath with double-bowl vanity. Two other bedrooms are served by a hall bath. The Ashwood is priced from $269,990.

“We chose vaulted ceilings throughout the living area, 42-inch kitchen cabinets and granite countertops, hardwood flooring in the kitchen and foyer as well as the upgraded master bath with a soaking tub and separate shower,” Sonia said. “The staff at West Point Gardens worked with us on our request to reposition the kitchen sink and dishwasher to make it easier for me to watch my three young grandchildren.

“We also opted for a full basement which we intend to finish in the future, and we were the first ranch buyers to add the full covered front porch that extends across the front of the home. It is just beautiful, and a great place to serve treats to the grandchildren. We’ve noticed that many other ranch buyers are also adding the extended front porch since they can see how wonderful our porch is.”

Sonia and Hoffman are delighted with their new home and its location with easy access to Meier Park.

“We’re very happy with our home and the neighborhood. There are young families here as well as retired couples like us, and the park is always busy with both adults and children, so we can take the grandchildren to the park and they can find other children to play with,” she said. “Best of all, we’re only a mile away from our son and his family.”
The customer service offered at West Point Gardens made the purchasing experience smooth and pleasant for Sonia and Hoffman.

“Of all the homes we’ve purchased over the years, the service we received at West Point Gardens was the most responsive, prompt and detailed throughout the entire process.”
Award-winning West Point Gardens is a Traditional Neighborhood Design community with winding streets, small parks and greenways, large front porches and wide sidewalks for strolling. Most of the homes have garages in the rear.

Meier Park is the 12-acre hub that offers baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and playground equipment plus a gazebo and covered pavilion. Bicycle paths connect Meier Park with several smaller parks, and also join the Fox Valley bike path that leads to a neighborhood shopping center. The highly rated Burlington #301 schools are another important advantage for families.

Four series of homes include the Park Series detached townhomes, priced affordably from $177,990 and with mortgage payments (initial principle and interest) lower than area rents. Four two-story floor plans feature two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear.

The Classic Series offers garages in the front and activity-sized back yards. Presently, sites are available overlooking a pond.

The Ashwood ranch and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes. Prices start at $244,990.

The Heritage Series features spacious front porches, private fenced gardens and two-car garages in the rear. Sites are available overlooking scenic 12-acre Meier Park. Base-priced from $249,990, the homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages. One design features a first-floor master bedroom.

The Kingston Series executive homes also have large front porches, private garden areas and two-car garages attached in the rear. Five floor plans range from three to five bedrooms, with 2 ½ baths and partial basements. Base prices start at $281,990.

Three quick move-in homes offer the perfect opportunity for enjoying the good old summertime at West Point Gardens in Elgin

The good old summertime has never been more inviting than at charming West Point Gardens, the popular master-planned community in the Randall Road corridor on the upscale west side of Elgin. Presently, three homes for immediate delivery provide the opportunity to move in and enjoy the season.

Award-winning West Point Gardens, with its winding streets, parks and greenways and homes with large front porches, is highlighted by the state-of-the-art homes in four series that have made the Traditional Neighborhood Design community so popular.

“The homes at West Point Gardens have been designed to maximize the convenience of indoor-outdoor living,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders and developer of West Point Gardens. “Whether buyers opt for homes with private rear gardens or homes that offer activity-sized back yards with garages in the front, West Point Gardens has a friendly atmosphere that encourages outdoor relaxation and evening strolls along the wide sidewalks. Interested buyers should act quickly because these homes have even more appeal in the warm weather seasons.”

Among the advantages that have brought so many residents to West Point Gardens are four series of homes that offer extensive choices in style, size and prices. Selections range from the innovative and affordable Park Series to the upscale Kingston Series.

“In addition to a Clark design in the Park Series and the Princeton in the Heritage Series, a Middlebury design has been completed for quick delivery, also in the Heritage Series,” Curran said. “These homes have upgraded features and are priced attractively.”

The Heritage Series is notable for its gracious front porches, private fenced gardens and two-car garages located to the rear of the home. Base-priced from $249,990 to $284,990, the Heritage Series homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages.

The Middlebury for quick delivery overlooks Meier Park, the focal point of the community. This home includes three bedrooms and a large loft, 2 ½ baths, a shady extended front porch for those summer evenings, full basement and two-car garage located in the rear.

Other highlights include a large kitchen with pantry and large island overlooking a private fenced yard plus a living room, formal dining room, family room also overlooking the yard, master bedroom and deluxe master bath with soaking tub and separate shower plus the laundry room and garage access in step-saving proximity to the kitchen. The Middlebury for quick delivery is priced at $301,845.

In addition, a Clark design in the Park Series is offered for immediate delivery, and has two bedrooms and a loft, 2 ½ baths and a free full finished basement, priced at $200,375. A Princeton design in the Heritage Series, a two-story plan with a first-floor master bedroom, is priced at $349,990.

Buyers of these homes will find that casual moments with the family or summertime entertaining is convenient.

“Morning coffee in the secluded garden or a big back yard barbecue are activities that are equally easy to accomplish in these well-planned homes,” Curran said. “The home designs complement the way people live today, with space concentrated in high priority areas oriented to the outdoors and architecture that conveys a comfortable, cozy feeling. This is a community where residents can really feel at home, indoors and out.”

Many outdoor activities center on Meier Park, the 12-acre area for sports competitions, playground activities and gathering with neighbors. Meier Park features baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and playground equipment plus a gazebo and covered pavilion. Bicycle paths connect Meier Park with several smaller parks, and also join the Fox Valley bike path that leads to a neighborhood shopping center. Children attend the highly rated Burlington #301 schools.

In addition to the Heritage Series, the other three series of homes include:

The Park Series, priced from $174,990 to $202,990, offering mortgage payments (principle and interest) lower than area rents. These detached townhomes have gained international attention for combining the privacy of a detached single-family home with freedom from exterior maintenance. Four two-story floor plans feature two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear.

The Classic Series, notable for large back yards and garages in the front of the homes. A ranch plan and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes. Base prices range from $244,990 to $299,990, and sites are available overlooking a pond.
The Kingston Series executive homes also have the large front porches, private garden areas and two-car garages attached in the rear. Five floor plans range from three to five bedrooms, with 2 ½ baths and partial basements. Base prices range from $281,990 to $329,990.

Graduate to a new home at West Point Gardens in Elgin and enjoy a lifestyle milestone

Graduation isn’t just for students; it can be a lifestyle milestone for homebuyers too. At West Point Gardens, renters can purchase their first homes for surprisingly affordable prices and buyers who want to move up to a larger, more luxurious home can be a new home graduate too.

Award-winning West Point Gardens has become popular for its Traditional Neighborhood Design that provides an inviting atmosphere like that of the small towns of yesteryear. The master-planned community boasts winding streets, small parks and greenways, large front porches and wide sidewalks for strolling. Most of the homes have garages in the rear.

“Because of the large number of home designs and prices we offer at West Point Gardens, the community has been very popular with everyone from first-time buyers to those who purchase our largest, most deluxe homes,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders and developer of West Point Gardens. “With four series of homes, homebuyers can graduate to the home design and price that most ideally suits their needs. They can even move within the community if their housing needs change over the years. This is a great place to put down roots.”

Meier Park is the 12-acre hub that provides an inviting setting for gathering with neighbors, playing or watching various sports competitions and quiet communing with nature. Meier Park offers baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and playground equipment plus a gazebo and covered pavilion. Bicycle paths connect Meier Park with several smaller parks, and also join the Fox Valley bike path that leads to a neighborhood shopping center. The highly rated Burlington #301 schools are another important advantage for families.

First-time buyers, downsizers and others may find an affordable choice in the innovative Park Series where prices ranging from $174,990 to $202,990 can result in mortgage payments (initial principle and interest) lower than area rents. These detached townhomes have gained international attention for combining the privacy of a detached single-family hom with freedom from exterior maintenance. Four two-story floor plans feature two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear.

A Clark design is offered for immediate delivery, and has two bedrooms and a loft, 2 ½ baths and a free full finished basement. This spacious Clark is priced at $200,375.
Buyers who are seeking big back yards for family activities will find that the Classic Series their ideal choice. Sites are available overlooking a pond.

A ranch plan and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes. Base prices range from $244,990 to $299,990.

Characteristic of the home designs that have gained numerous awards for West Point Gardens, the Heritage Series boasts gracious, spacious front porches, private fenced gardens and two-car garages in the rear. Sites are available overlooking scenic 12-acre Meier Park. Base-priced from $249,990 to $284,990, the Heritage Series homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages. One design features a first-floor master bedroom, and a Princeton design is offered for quick delivery, priced at $349,990.

The Princeton for quick delivery includes a brick front, first-floor master suite and two other bedrooms plus a loft upstairs and partial basement. The home includes a convenient elevator and overlooks the park.

The Kingston Series executive homes also have the large front porches, private garden areas and two-car garages attached in the rear. Five floor plans range from three to five bedrooms, with 2 ½ baths and partial basements. Base prices range from $281,990 to $329,990.

West Point Builders is a family-owned and operated business. Based in Hinsdale, West Point Builders was established as a custom home builder in 1957. The company has received numerous awards for its vision in developing innovative residential neighborhoods.

The location of West Point Gardens on Nesler Road just south of Ill. Hwy 20 (Lake Street) ensures easy access to abundant shopping and other services along Randall Road, and major highways and commuter train service offer convenience to job hubs and regional attractions.

Award-winning West Point Gardens is at the southwest corner of Ill. Hwy. 20 (Lake Street) and Nesler Street, one mile west of Randall Road. To visit, take Ill. Hwy. 20 (Lake Street) west to Nesler and south on Nesler to the community. Or, take Int. Hwy. 90 to Randall Road, south to Lake Street, west to Nesler, then south to the community. Sales center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tours are also available by appointment. For more information on West Point Gardens, call (847) 608-1000.

Savvy shoppers overcome delayed entry

Buying your first home is a traditional rite of passage. Years ago, couples (yes, COUPLES) bought homes soon after they married and they raised their families in those homes.

During the boom housing years, that changed a bit. Increasingly younger people — both singles and couples — bought condominiums, townhouses and smaller single-family homes in order to get a foot in the market and build equity. No one worried about living there long-term. They bought with the intention of selling in two or three years, expecting to make some money on booming property values. Then, they would invest in a larger home and either settle down or, maybe, repeat the process.

Today, post-boom, first-time buyers are older, according to local homebuilders. Whereas during the boom, initial buyers might have been 23 or 24, today, the average first-time buyer is more in the 28 to 30 age range or older, said Nate Amidon, director of sales for William Ryan Homes.

“Home equity is not compounding at the rate it was during the boom, so young buyers are no longer viewing the purchase of a home as a moneymaking venture. Consequently, they are choosing not to be tied down to one location or one home until they are ready to start a family, in most cases,” he said.

The fact that first-time buyers are now generally older actually blurs the lines with regard to what such a buyer purchases. Many who have high-paying jobs and have been saving money for a number of years are able to hop over the traditional starter home into a house that would have been considered a home for the move-up buyer a decade ago.

At West Point Gardens in Elgin, Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders, has been noticing first-time buyers purchasing homes in three different series — the Park Series detached townhouses and the Classic and Heritage single-family homes.

Solar Panels on Your Home Could Mean Money in the Bank

Going solar can help you save money, and even better, can help you earn money in some circumstances. First, the federal government will kick in a tax credit worth a third of the installation costs. Second, if your solar panels create more electricity than you need, the electric company will buy that electricity from you.

Solar power for homes is becoming more mainstream every year as the interests of environmentalists who are passionate about reversing global warming intersect with the interests of people who are tired of paying high monthly electric bills.

The panels absorb sunshine and turn it into electricity that goes directly into a home’s breaker panel, which supplies electricity to run the home. During times of peak sun, the solar panels might produce more electricity than the homeowner needs. Homeowners who ask to have a “net metering system” installed are able to send excess power back into the public power grid. The electric company will then buy that power from the homeowner at competitive rates and at the end of each month, the utility company calculates each home’s net usage from the grid and bills accordingly.

The goal for most homeowners is to reduce utility expenses as much as possible. While some homeowners choose to invest in an extensive solar power system that will attempt to zero-out their utility bills, others choose to invest less and reduce their monthly bills by a certain estimated percentage.

In fact, some builders are even offering the installation of solar panels as an option for their buyers so that the cost of the system can be incorporated into the mortgage, relieving new homebuyers of the burden of making that energy investment later.

After one recent homebuyer at West Point Gardens in Elgin chose to install solar panels on the roof of her new home, Pat Curran, president of Hinsdale-based West Point Builders, investigated offering solar panels as an option on his new homes in that community.

“Certain home sites and models are more conductive to solar panels than others, since they need to be installed on roofs facing south or west,” Curran explained. “So, we went through our inventory of lots and identified those that will work best for solar panels and now, if we have a buyer who is interested in solar power, we can accommodate them.”

Today’s solar panels are much less noticeable than solar panels of the past, and much more aesthetically pleasing, too, which makes both homeowners and builders more comfortable about installing them and taking advantage of the resulting energy savings. Neighbors no longer have reason to complain about the look of the panels since they virtually “disappear” into the surrounding shingles. That, of course, is of paramount importance to someone constructing an entire community of homes.

It is also important to note that through December 2021, the federal government is offering a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the cost of the system’s installation.

In addition, while Illinois does not offer a tax credit, they do offer rebates that some solar energy installers will take off the upfront cost of the system installation.

Read the full story from the Daily Herald.

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Wedding plans for spring, 2017? Buy an affordable home at West Point Gardens in Elgin for spring delivery

If wedding bells are in your future during 2017, buy a single-family home at popular West Point Gardens for spring delivery and have your home furnished and ready to move into after the big day.

With four series of single-family homes starting at $177,990, award-winning West Point Gardens has become popular for its Traditional Neighborhood Design that offers small-town living near major highways and other conveniences. The master-planned community features winding streets, and an expansive central park as well as smaller parks and greenways.
Like the small towns of yesteryear, the homes have large front porches and wide sidewalks to foster walkability, and most homes feature garages in the rear and private gardens.

“It is not too early for couples to purchase a home if that is part of their wedding plans,” said Pat Curran, president of West Point Builders and developer of West Point Gardens. “Many first-time homebuyers who are just married or about to be married are purchasing homes in the community, and three of the available series are attainable for many first-time buyers while the Park Series homes are very affordable.

An outstanding neighborhood atmosphere centers on 12-acre Meier Park, which includes baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and playground equipment plus a gazebo and covered pavilion. Bicycle paths connect Meier Park with several smaller parks, and also join the Fox Valley bike path that leads to a neighborhood shopping center. The highly rated Burlington #301 schools serve the community.

“With its variety of homes, West Point Gardens is a neighborhood where residents can put down roots and move up within the community as their needs evolve,” Curran said. “It is easy to make friends during park activities or while taking an evening walk around the neighborhood and greeting neighbors who are relaxing on their front porches. West Point Gardens has been especially designed to foster a friendly community spirit, and since the community is now well-established it is easy to visit and experience the atmosphere.”

The innovative Park Series, with prices ranging from $174,990 to $205,990, offers the great advantage of mortgage payments (initial principle and interest) that are lower than area rents. These West Point Builders-designed homes have attracted international attention for their combination of single-family space and privacy plus townhome-like freedom from exterior maintenance.

Four two-story floor plans feature two to three bedrooms, 1 ½ to 2 ½ baths, and some plans have flexible second floors and available lofts. The homes also include covered porches, nine-foot first-floor ceilings, full basements and two-car garages attached in the rear.

The Classic Series, with prices ranging from $244,990 to $299,990, is notable for its garages in the front in classic Midwestern style. This enables buyers who want extra-large, activity-oriented back yards to suit their lifestyles. Presently, sites are available overlooking a pond.
A ranch plan and six two-story designs offer three or four bedrooms, two baths in the ranch plan and 2 ½ baths in the two-story homes, partial basements and two-car attached garages. Three bedroom plans may have a fourth bedroom option, and buyers can add fireplaces, sun rooms and other features to personalize the homes.

The Heritage Series, with prices ranging from $249,990 to $284,990, features spacious front porches, private fenced gardens and two-car garages in the rear. Currently, sites are available overlooking Meier Park.

The Heritage Series homes have three or four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, partial basements and two-car attached garages. The Princeton design features a first-floor master bedroom.

The Kingston Series executive homes, with prices ranging from $281,990 to $329,990, have large front porches, private garden areas and two-car garages attached in the rear. Five floor plans range from three to five bedrooms, with 2 ½ baths and partial basements.

Those buyers who may be seeking quick delivery homes can also find an ideal choice at West Point Gardens. Two Park Series homes featuring the Clark design are offered, priced at $200,375 with a full finished basement and $219,210 with a full basement. A Middlebury plan in the Heritage Series is available, priced at $301,845 and a deluxe Princeton plan is offered at $339,990. The Princeton for quick delivery includes a brick front, first-floor master suite and two other bedrooms plus a loft upstairs and partial basement. The home includes a convenient elevator and overlooks the park.

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