Clarendon Hills, Illinois is a very old and affluent village that was established  in 1873.  Many of the homes in this area are what we consideredvintage homes.  Basically, that means that the homes have been maintained to keep their original character and design.  That was definitely the case of the home inspection in Clarendon Hills with its Victorian architecture.  No wonder why my clients chose this home for purchase.

The home seemed to be in great shape for a property that was built in 1911.  The homes property was short of being a 1/2 acre which is large for this area.  Its many mature maple and oak trees that lined the property was evident as to why my clients chose this home.

The home inspection in Clarendon Hills had marginal issues.  Most of these had to do with old windows that were painted shut.  Some of the gears of the wood casement windows were stripped also.  The main issue I found when I entered the utility room was where a Carrier 80 efficient furnace was installed.  I noticed  that there were two lines coming up from the concrete.  The concrete around where these lines were coming from was not disturbed or cracked.  This was the original foundation slab.  The first thing that came to my mind was that there was a storage tank in the basement of the home inspection in Clarendon Hills.

I went outside to search for a “fill pipe”.  This is where the oil was inserted into the oil storage tank that fueled the boilers back in the early 1900′s.  I found it about 10′ from the east perimeter of the home. This location of the fill pipe led me to believe  that the storage tank was in the side yard of the home inspection in Clarendon Hills.  I informed my client that there was an oil storage tank in their new homes yard.  The cost to remove a storage tank from the yard of a home is around $2000.00 and up depending on if there is oil in the tank and if it is leaking into the soil.  The cost to remove an oil storage tank in the basement can cost as much as $9000.00 or more!  That’s why looking for buried storage tanks in home inspections is so critical.

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If you like beautiful architecture look no farther than Oak Park, Illinois where among others you will find homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright.   Oak Park happens to have the most Frank Lloyd Wright homes in 1 village.  In fact the home he lived in is on 951 Chicago Ave Oak Park, Illinois.  This home was built in the shingle style which in not like the Prairie style that he pioneered and is highly sought after.   There are almost 30 properties that he designed in Oak Park.

I received a call from a client that was excited like it was Christmas.  “I have a offer in on a Frank Lloyd Wright style home and we want to book an inspection” my new client boasted.

On arrival of the home inspection in Oak Park ,I could definitely see the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style that was mimicked by another designer.  This home definitely resembles the Frank W. Thomas House on 210 Forest Ave Oak Park.  The Heurtley House was FLW’s first all stucco home which is the same for the home inspection in Oak Park.

The home is 104 years old and all of the orginial  leaded glass windows were still in perfect condition.  The home inspection in Oak Park had nominal issues until I was able to inspect the porch footings.  The footings to the front porch were cracked and 1 of the concrete beams was falling and would need to be replaced with newer structural beams within the next couple of years.  The reason for this cracking was a oil storage tank for the boiler was removed and when the contractor excavated the tank they didn’t replace the dirt.  The void under the porch allowed for movement of the footings thus movement of the beam.  There wasn’t any structural issues at the home inspection in Oak Park.  This home would be expected to be around for another 100 yeras with the right owners.  People that want to own a vintage home should understand that regular maintenance will be needed to keep the homes integrity in check.  If you have time and love Frank Lloyd Wright architecture as much as I do you should check out the FLW tours available in the Chicago land area.

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Home inspections in Wilmette Illinois show many architectural styles of homes. Wilmette is broken in two distinct areas by the train tracks or Green Bay road.  There is the East side of Green Bay and the West side. Generally some of the oldest homes reside on the east side of Green bay road.

The C.A.G.E. area in the east side of Wilmette is a very desirable area because of the overhanging trees that line the streets made of bricks. The homes generally are turn of the century.   Home inspections in Wilmette Illinois historic east side is always a great adventure. This area boasts some great architectural feats like that of the Bahia Temple.

When we get contracted for home inspections in Wilmette Illinois west side we tend to see more homes built in the 1950′s.  This is true for homes the farther west you go.  These homes are generally the ones that sell more frequently because it seems that they are more affordable.   That doesn’t mean that the quality of the home is inferior to the homes inspected in Wilmette Illinois east side.  They are just different styles.

Traditionally you will see colonials and split levels in the west side of Wilmette. If you are moving to Wilmette and need a home inspector with a background in older architecture contact us at~

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Jim Kolke