SMART Builders – North Shore Custom Home

SMART Builders is pleased to share this rendering of one of our custom home projects currently under construction.  In addition to custom homes in Lake Forest, Burr Ridge, and Glenview, this home is being built in the North Shore community of Wilmette.  SMART Builders, Inc. specializes in delivering custom homes with quality and attention to detail that is unparalleled. Please contact us for a personal consultation to discuss your project.

 

 

 

 

SMART Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home

SMART Builders is pleased to share this stunning custom-built home in Lake Forest, Illinois which was completed in 2017. This home exudes casual elegance… Feel perfectly at ease whether enjoying a quiet moment in the garden room, or entertaining family poolside!

Our photo gallery features an array of custom home styles to inspire you.

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SMART Builders – An Extraordinary Experience

 

Smart Builders – Arlington Heights Custom Home In Progress – Framing

From the ground up: Smart Builders is excited to announce our latest Arlington Heights project! Framing, also known as “rough carpentry,” is where we first begin to see the custom home take shape. This two-story home will be approximately 3500 square feet. We are also building other custom homes in Arlington Heights and Chicago’s other Northwest and North Shore Suburbs.

 

Up next: roofing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. Check back in for more information about this project and others we are building in the area.

If you are considering building a new home or have a new construction project in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs or Chicago’s North Shore neighborhoods, contact Smart Builders.

 

Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home Features Western Red Cedar Shake Roof Installed By Smart Roofing, Inc.

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. recently installed this beautiful Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Shake roof in Lake Forest. Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Shakes are sawn on both sides giving it a look similar to a sawn shingle but with a thicker appearance, Tapersawn Shakes are known for their smooth uniform imposing look providing an exceptional looking roof.

Check back often for information and pictures of our projects in Glenview, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, and Barrington.

Contact Smart Builders if you are considering building a new home or have a new construction project in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs or Chicago’s North Shore neighborhoods.

Smart Builders – Avoid Home Damage From Frozen Pipes

As a deep freeze takes hold of the Chicago area (a bit early this year), here are some tips to avoid damage to your home from frozen pipes – and what to do if you are too late.

Make sure everyone in the household knows where the shut-off valves are located and how to turn them off.

If there is an indication that a water pipe is frozen or partially frozen in your home, turn off the water supply immediately!

From the American Red Cross:

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem
Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

In the U.S., frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you the aggravation and expense.

There are three common causes of frozen pipes:
1. Quick drops in temperature.
2. Poor insulation.
3. Thermostats set too low.

Luckily, there are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze…
• If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
• If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and immediately call 911.
• Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
• Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
• You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
• Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 911. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
• If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.


Our best wishes to you and your families for a warm, wonderful holiday season, and a happy and prosperous new year!  Check back often for information and pictures of our projects in Glenview, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, and Barrington.

Contact Smart Builders if you are considering building a new home or have a new construction project in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs or Chicago’s North Shore neighborhoods.

Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home In Progress

Smart Builders is pleased to share the progress of our custom home project in Lake Forest. As we’ve shown in the past, construction of this Lake Forest custom home is progressing from rough finishes to intricate, one-of-a-kind details. This month, we are featuring the installation of this beautiful English Skylight, by Town & Country Conservatories, in the garden room.

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Check back often for information and pictures of our projects in Glenview, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, and Barrington.

Contact Smart Builders if you are considering building a new home or have a new construction project in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs or Chicago’s North Shore neighborhoods.

Smart Roofing, Inc. replaces 90-year-old Lake Forest Ludowici Clay Tile Roof

Smart Roofing, Inc., a Ludowici Crown Roofer, recently replaced the 90-year-old Ludowici Brittany shingle clay tile roof on this Lake Forest home. A dramatic textured terra cotta tile in irregular lengths with the feel of aged stone, Brittany shingle roof tile provides a truly provincial appearance. Brittany shingle tiles are available in standard and custom matte colors, mists and blends.

Read more here:  http://www.smartroofers.com/smart-roofing-inc-replaces-90-year-old-lake-forest-ludowici-clay-tile-roof/

Smart Builders – Lake Forest Custom Home In Progress

Smart Builders is pleased to share the progress of our custom home project in Lake Forest.  Construction of this Lake Forest custom home is progressing from rough finishes to intricate, one-of-a-kind details.  Designed by H. Gary Frank Architects, these pictures show the evolution of the cupola – inside and out.

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Check back often for information and pictures of our projects in Glenview, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, and Barrington.

Contact Smart Builders if you are considering building a new home or have a new construction project in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs or Chicago’s North Shore neighborhoods.

Smart Builders – Get Your Home Ready For Fall

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You’re already drinking hot cocoa and pumpkin spice lattes, but is your home prepared for the onset of cold weather? Use this checklist of fall home maintenance tips to ensure that your home is as ready as you are for the temperatures to drop.

 

 

→ SEALED & SECURED
Using exterior caulk that’s color-matched to your home, seal up any cracks you find between trim and siding or around window and door frames. Sealing these cracks will prevent moisture from getting inside your walls, and prevent air from leaking out.

→ BATTEN DOWN YOUR PIPES
To prevent frozen and burst pipes, it’s important to winterize your exterior plumbing systems. Remove and drain hoses, shut off water supply to exterior faucets, and have a professional shut down your lawn sprinkler system.

→ CLIMB ON TOP OF ROOF REPAIR
Your roof is your first line of defense against heavy snowfall, and leaks from snow melting during the winter, so make sure you schedule an inspection of your roof for any signs of damage or decay. Shingles that are buckling, cracked, or missing should be replaced immediately.

→ TURN UP THE HEAT
Fall is the best time to schedule a preventative furnace inspection from a heating and cooling professional. Having your furnace checked out and tuned up before the cold weather hits will ensure that you stay warm all winter long, and save money on costly repairs!

→ GET INTO THE GUTTER
Save this task for last. Gutters clogged with leaves and other miscellaneous debris can freeze over into ice dams that may cause expensive damage to your home. However, if you clean them out too early in the season, falling leaves will re-accumulate before the first major snowfall.

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Smart Roofing, Inc. – Coming Soon to St. Charles

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. are pleased to enhance a home in St. Charles with the GAF Glenwood®Lifetime Designer Shingles from the GAF Ultra-Premium Collection. Read more here:
http://www.smartroofers.com/smart-roofing-inc-coming-soon-to-st-charles-gaf-glenwoodlifetime-designer-shingles/

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