This custom house, too, will sell
May 14, 2005
By J.E. Kuyper
PRAIRIE GROVE- This is the third time Greg
Werderitch has entered the spring Medley of Homes.
“One year it was a house in Crystal Lake and the
other year it was a house in Cary. This year, my
entry is a house in Prairie Grove,” he said.
The medley, sponsored by the McHenry County Home
Builders Association, is a free scattered site show
of new homes in the area.
The remaining weekends are May 13-15 and 20-22. For
information, call (815) 338-2164.
The object for builders in the medley, and this year
there are 41 entries, is to sell their new homes.
Another objective is to create interest in them as
“I can’t say I sold one of my homes due to the
medley, but the medley is an excellent advertising
tool for all the new home builders to show off their
products,” Werderitch said.
Some interest must have been generated in Werderitch
as a builder as he sold his former medley homes,
expects to sell the current one, and has been
building and selling six to 10 custom homes annually
for the last 20 years.
This is some feat as Werderitch builds custom homes
that can be large in size and are priced from
His medley entry, the Forest Hill model in the
Timberhill subdivision of Prairie Grove, has 5,840
square feet and is priced at $980,000.
“Most of my custom homes are presold and virtually
all my work is by referral from past or current
customers. Or people see signs in front of one of my
properties, like what they see, and call me,” he
Recent custom homes have been built in Bull Valley,
McHenry, Fox River Grove and the Barrington area.
“I’ve been on my own for 24 years,” he said. “I am a
carpenter by trade and started out framing and ended
up where I am. My father is a custom home builder as
well but he does most of his work in Wynstone and
the Barrington area. Our markets might be similar,
but we don’t compete at all for work.”
He incorporated as Werderitch Construction in 1984,
celebrating his 20th anniversary a year ago.
“I believe there is a big market for custom homes
and it gets stronger every year,” he said.
His two-story in the medley at 3910 Carlisle Drive
has four bedrooms, 3 ˝ baths and a four-car side
The house is on a wooded acre which includes mostly
cherry and oak trees.
He incorporates lots of wood into inside trim
including alder doors and beams, and three-piece
crown moldings. “Alder is somewhat of an exotic wood
that is making its way into the area. And our
cabinets are cherry.”
White oak is the flooring on the first floor with
carpet on the second floor and lower level.
Tile is in the bathrooms and mud-laundry room.
The home with an exterior of brick, stucco and
cedar, features coffered and cathedral ceilings
inside on the first floor, as well as granite and
Corian countertops, Kohler fixtures and Schlage
hardware in oil-rubbed bronze. “Oil-rubbed bronze is
a finish on the hardware as opposed to brushed
nickel or brass,” he explained.
The two fireplaces are a stone in the great room and
a see-through in the lower level. “That fireplace on
the lower level is in a big finished rec room,
although the bath is only roughed-in.”
The square footage in the lower level contributes to
the 5,850 square foot living area.
From route 31 go east several miles on Route 176 to
Barreville Road, north to Arbor Drive, right to
Carlisle and left to the model.
For information, call (815) 455-3779.
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