This is our incomplete, but ongoing, collection of public documents related to Prairie Crossing. If you have any articles which would be helpful to residents or home buyers/sellers, please either email them to me if you have them in a digital format. Feel free to call or email with questions or comments on any document.
Prairie Crossing Documents
Community Contacts and Links.pdf
New Resident Information.pdf
Guidelines (Homeowners Association).pdf
Prairie Crossing Developer’s Home Information Brochure
Building for the 21st Century – Prairie Crossing, A Case Study
News and Magazine Articles
1999 – New York Times – Suburb with Principals.pdf
2000 – Tribune – Serene and Clean.pdf
2002 – Daily Herald – Stress Efficiency.pdf
2003 – Landscape Architecture – Reinventing Suburbia.pdf
Tribune Magazine – To Serve and Protect
2003 – Landscape Architecture.pdf
2008 – Cottage Living, April.pdf
2010 – Daily Herald – Landfill Odor.pdf
2010 – Tribune – Landfill Odor Problem.pdf
2011 – Wall Street Journal – Single Out for Praise.pdf
Garage Door Openers
Documents from Governments or Government Agencies
2010 – Lake County Paper-Odor Control Action.pdf
Route 120 Expansion Unified Vision Map.pdf
Route 120 Corridor Draft.pdf
Dept of Energy Case Study.pdf
Ademco Home Security Systems Manuals
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.
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
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
- 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
* 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
- Byron Colby Barn Community Center
- Organic Farm
- Lake with swimming beach
- Charter School