Types of homes (single family, condos, townhomes, etc.)

Brick and stone lend character, durability to new homes

July 5, 2012

Brick and stone lend character, durability to new homes

When homebuilder Don Graf of Mokena-based Graf Construction describes the material he chose for his home's exterior, it sounds like a scene from a classic fairy tale.

Turning a house into a home

July 15, 2011

Turning a house into a home

Like "linoleum," "escalator" and "zipper," the term "semicustom house" infiltrated our language as a marketing term then stuck like caulk to a contractor's boot.

Concrete's use gains a solid footing

1:12 PM EDT, June 3, 2011

Concrete's use gains a solid footing

The walls are rough, gray concrete marred by occasional cracks and craters. The floors also are concrete and stained an uneven earthy hue. But the space is not a work in progress. Nor is it the conversion of a loft building from a bygone era. The 82 condominium residences of The Front Street Lofts of Lemont are newly constructed and deliberately designed to appear like a well-worn factory.

Living well, aging well

May 7, 2010

Living well, aging well

Can a building keep you healthy?

Low-maintenance homes are high on the list of today’s buyers

March 19, 2010

Low-maintenance homes are high on the list of today’s buyers

The American Dream: A two-story house with a yard, picket fence, 2.5 children and a golden retriever. The problem: Someone has to mow the lawn, paint the fence, shuttle the kids and walk the dog.

Town house or condo?

November 20, 2009

Town house or condo?

Condo or town house? What's the difference? What should you buy?

Whether old or young, you can go home again

September 11, 2009

Whether old or young, you can go home again

Susan Thomas grew up in Ohio, got married in Ohio and raised her family there. Five years ago, she wouldn't have imagined leaving her native state. But life, as the saying goes, is what happens when we're busy making other plans -- and so it happens that Thomas, 75, is today a happy Chicagoan. The reason is simple: Her family moved, and she followed.

Getaway-home sellers not giving them away

August 30, 2009

Getaway-home sellers not giving them away

Like many shopping for a lakefront vacation home these days, Duane Nolte is hoping to snag a bargain.

May 4, 2008

Condos come on strong--as second homes

The second-home market is in a slump. But one type of vacation property is still showing signs of life: condos.

February 28, 2008


Former rental house is worth considering

A marketing specialist in her early 30s picked out a one-story contemporary house that met both her budget limits and her insistence on abundant greenery outside.

January 13, 2008


Beach homes not just for summertime fun

Sue and Joe Canale's new beach house in Ocean City, N.J., handsomely sided in gray shingles and just steps from the Boardwalk, rises four floors above sea level. The view, they say, is always changing. Sometimes, whitecaps churn. Sometimes, the ocean is a fuzzy pink blanket. Sometimes, lightning flashes above the sea and reflects on the water.

January 13, 2008

Over and above

When Tanya Sienko shopped for a condo in the Chicago area in 2007, the idea of "living over a store" enticed her.

January 11, 2008

Private sanctuaries

Nathan Skillicorn spent much of the last three years searching for a distinctive condominium to call his own. But as a Chicago Realtor, he knew better than most that many available condominium residences seem stamped out of the same cookie-cutter mold.

November 25, 2007


Foreclosure can open doors too

It's not surprising that one segment of the housing market -- foreclosed properties -- is stirring interest.

November 2, 2007

'Perfect' prefab not all that easy to select, build

Searching for a vacation home to complement nearly 50 acres in Pope Valley, Calif., Dan Edmonds-Waters studied home designs online, visited a factory and even traveled to Missouri to tour a house. All this in his quest to find the perfect prefabricated home.

October 19, 2007

Association life is not a piece of cake

Buying a home is already a complex endeavor. Add in the sometimes-unfathomable machinations of a homeowners association and you enter a realm filled with the potential for misunderstandings that may have legal and financial consequences.

October 5, 2007

Class open on foreclosures

Foreclosures class comes to order -- in the bustling public aisles of a records room in the Cook County Circuit Court clerk's office.

April 22, 2007

Conversion country

As he was looking to buy a home in the suburbs, the bells and whistles of new construction held little appeal for Mark Katz. He drove past new developments to a 1980s apartment complex that had been converted to condos.

April 20, 2007

Lifestyle changes are boosting market for condos

Here's something almost everyone already knew, but let's make it official: The majority of condo buyers are looking not just for a home, but for a lifestyle.

March 29, 2007


Asking right questions can avoid bad condo buy

There are many reasons for buying a condo instead of a house. They make great affordable first homes. They also make great homes if you are downsizing from a large family house to a smaller residence.

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