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 builders.

“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 $750,000.

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 said.

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 load garage.

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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