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The GemIndiana's first NAHB Green Building Standard, Emerald level certified home, The Gem is a fresh design combining energy efficiency, comfort, and practicality.
This 1½ story, Prairie Bungalow (1650 square feet finished living space) features barrier free access on the main level. The main level includes an open concept kitchen and Great Room; Master Suite with double bowled vanity, walk-in closet, and large shower; den/office; powder room; and Family Foyer with spacious laundry area and built in storage. Two second floor bedrooms with extra built in storage share a full bath. The large, daylight basement is ready to finish according to your needs and includes areas for a spacious activity area, a future bedroom and full bath. The indoor living spaces open to multiple outdoor 'rooms' including two porches and a patio, showcasing the low-maintenance, sustainable landscape design, complete with rain barrel, and bioswale. With an open space park in the front and a playground park in the back, this house has the advantage of a spacious outdoor area without the maintenance responsibilities. Close to Lake Michigan and commuter options, the location is perfect for having a peaceful neighborhood with easy access to Chicago opportunities and recreation.

Green components utilized in the Gem include basement walls of TAZCO Insulated Concrete Forms, above-grade exterior walls of Thermocore ™ Structural Insulated Panels, and Sealection ® 500 spray foam insulated roof assembly covered by CertainTeed shingles. This combination keeps your haven quiet, as well as energy efficient. Mechanical systems, designed for efficiency, comfort, and health, include a state-of-the-art Lennox Indoor Comfort System, a Rinnai tankless water heater with manifold plumbing system, water-saving fixtures, and an energy efficient lighting package. Highly efficient, locally produced Alliance windows, Solatube daylighting system, CertainTeed fiber cement siding, and Owens-Corning stone veneer complete the building envelope. The 2½ car garage opens to an auto court where Filtercrete™ pervious concrete manages and filters stormwater.

"Universally-friendly" features include a no-step entrance to the Family Foyer accessed by means of a ramp incorporated into the landscape, perfect for strollers as well as walkers and wheelchairs. Full wheelchair maneuverability on the main level includes no-barrier thresholds, lever style door hardware, wide doorways and passage areas making movement easy for people and furniture. Located on the first level, the Master suite is close at hand. Stylish wall-hung lavatories, comfort height toilets, and a roomy, low curb shower, complete with hand-held and wall mounted shower sprays, ease grooming tasks. The kitchen features a multiple work surfaces, as well as a table height peninsula with a roll-under work area and microwave space. Tucked behind the wall, right where needed, are support backers for adding grab bars and helpful accessories. Rocker-style light switches and outlets have been placed within easy reach.

This Treasure Homes production, offered at $234,850, has been certified as Energy Star 5+, with a Builders Challenge rating of 46, and NAHB Green Building Certification, Emerald Level. Why not have it all – energy efficient, healthy house in a secure, friendly, diverse neighborhood - that is ready to grow with you through all of life's situations? Call today for a tour or to discuss your own project.

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