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Prairie Crossing Documents

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News and Magazine Articles

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Other Documents

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Garage Door Openers

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Documents from Governments or Government Agencies

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Ademco Home Security Systems Manuals

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Home Specifications

(as stated by the original developer)
Using a system approach, Prairie Crossing incorporated the following building practices into each of its homes:

  • Increased insulation in the walls, ceilings and foundations, which reduces energy consumption and lowers utility bills.
  • Extensive sealing and caulking of the building’s interior and exterior to prevent uncontrolled air leakage.
  • Placement of heat ducts in the building’s interior instead of in the attic or outside walls, for efficient operation.
  • Double-glazed, low-E windows with Argon gas decrease heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.
  • Romex wiring in combination with airtight electrical outlets reduces drafts at electrical outlets.
  • A ventilation fan controlled by residents brings fresh air into the home when it is needed.
  • A direct-vent, sealed-combustion furnace and a power-vented, sealed-combustion gas water heater.
  • All furnaces and hot water heaters are high-efficiency models.

The developer indicated that because all Prairie Crossing homes are built according to the above specifications, they use approximately 50% less energy for heating, cooling, and hot water heating than conventionally-built new homes in the Chicago Region.

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Standard Exterior Features

  • Fully landscaped homesite, professionally designed with planting beds and a sod/meadow native plant combination.
  • Many windows to dramatize open space views
  • Fiber cement siding with cedar trim (50-year warranty on fiber cement)
  • Vinyl, double-hung, insulated, low E windows with argon gas
  • Painted, metal-clad, insulated exterior doors with sidelights (per plan)
  • Steel-insulated garage doors with raised panels
  • Two frost-proof exterior faucets in convenient locations
  • Two exterior GFI electrical outlets
  • Maintenance-free aluminum gutters and downspouts
  • Two-car garage
  • Garage door opener
  • Asphalt driveway
  • 2″ x 6″ construction framing

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Standard Bath Features

  • Aristokraft Oakland series wood vanities
  • Cultured marble vanity tops with integral bowl, 15 colors
  • Soaking tub in master bath (per plan)
  • Separate shower in master bath (per plan)
  • Ceramic tile floor, tub, and shower walls
  • Mirrored medicine cabinets – per plan

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Standard Utilities

  • Copper plumbing
  • 50-gallon, high-efficiency gas water heater
  • Sump pump drainage system in basement
  • 200 AMP electric service
  • TechStart 400 structured wiring
  • 4 phone and cable bundles + 2 phone jacks
  • Underground electrical, telephone and cable TV
  • Municipal sewer
  • Lake Michigan water
  • 94% Energy Efficient Furnace

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* These are building specifications of homes built in Prairie Crossing as outlined in the developer’s materials. We provide this information as a reference and make no claim as to their accuarcy or completeness. This is an abstract from the developer’s webpage at www.prairiecrossing.com dated March 2002.

Prairie Crossing Amenities include:

  • Ten miles of walking/biking trails on-site
  • Regional Trail
  • Stable
  • Byron Colby Barn Community Center
  • Organic Farm
  • Playgrounds
  • Lake with swimming beach
  • Charter School