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Serosun Farms

June 24, 2015 10:45 ET

Serosun Farms Debuts the Swainson's House as a New Standard in High-Performance, Eco-Luxe Living

Groundbreaking Sustainable Community Unveils Model Home as Part of Its Vision for "Agricultural Urbanism"

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - June 24, 2015) - Serosun Farms is proud to debut the Swainson's House, a one-of-a-kind, high-performance luxury home, boasting innovative green technologies, sustainable and healthy design and luxurious amenities. The model home will set the standard for custom homebuilding at Serosun Farms, a cutting-edge, sustainable development in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago, and will represent a key component in its all-encompassing, nature-inspired lifestyle experience. The Swainson's House, named after a rare indigenous hawk that often perches on the site, is the proverbial "feather in the cap" of the development's vision for agricultural urbanism.

The first of its kind in the U.S., Serosun Farms is an agricultural preservation community located 50 miles northwest of Chicago in Hampshire, Ill. It is a working organic farm that upholds and embraces the land's prairie heritage and early days of agriculture. Situated on 410 acres with 114 home sites, the sustainable community will bring its residents a healthy living experience through adaptive agricultural practices, a state-of-the-art equestrian facility and high-performance, luxury homes. Eventually, Serosun Farms seeks to become a viable farm-to-table operation, drawing on its unique agricultural production to bring nutrient-rich produce to the wider community.

"Not only are there substantial health and environmental benefits derived by living in a green-built home, but Serosun Farms is also offering a lifestyle with rare access to natural features such as a prairie, restored savannah woodlands, wetlands, wildlife, a working farm and community gardens," said Serosun Farms developer John DeWald. "Seventy-five percent of our 410 acres is preserved so residents can enjoy and benefit from nature."

The presence of the Swainson's Hawk on the property represents the focus on heritage wildlife and guides the way toward continued habitat improvements that Serosun Farms hopes to achieve in its restoration efforts. The grand opening of the revolutionary Swainson's House will kick off with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 27. From noon to 4 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to tour the completed interior and exterior as well as experience firsthand all that Serosun Farms has to offer.

The Swainson's House
The Swainson's House is a cutting-edge, 3,900 square foot high-performance luxury model home that was brought to life by the Serosun Farms team led by DeWald and in collaboration with Funke Architects, Kettlekamp Landscape Architects, CR Embassy Construction, Evolutionary Home Builders and Troste Design.

The home will meet the world's premier benchmarks for green building, including U.S. Green Building Council LEED V4 certification and National Association of Home Builders Green Build certification and Energy Star V3 certification. The home is also shooting for a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 25-30.

The Swainson's House brings together luxurious amenities within an updated American Foursquare design. The home's outdoor features include natural prairie landscaping, a grand wraparound porch and a semi-detached garage. The interiors of the home take on a more contemporary farmhouse aesthetic and include a spectacular great room with a gourmet kitchen featuring Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, a bedroom wing on the first floor, a finished basement and a spacious, second-level loft.

Each high-performance luxury home at Serosun Farms will be built on a one-acre lot with a focus on traditional rural American architecture. The homes can be designed in a variety of styles and will range from 2,000 square foot cottages and farmhouses to 6,000 square foot estate homes. All Serosun Farms homes must meet sustainable and healthy home design criteria.

Sustainable Design Highlights
The home's design, construction and development techniques and materials minimize its impact on the environment while conserving natural resources and reducing energy costs for homeowners. Some of the sustainable design attributes in the model high-performance luxury home include:

  • Advanced framing techniques
  • A high efficiency thermal envelope
  • Energy efficient Anderson windows and passive solar elements
  • Composite siding, trim and decking from LPSmartside
  • A geothermal heating, air conditioning, and hot water system from ClimateMaster
  • An automated energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system
  • Energy and water efficient Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances
  • Water efficient Kohler plumbing fixtures
  • High efficiency lighting
  • Advanced home automation system featuring Control4 technologies
  • Sustainable and healthy interior finishes including Teragren Bamboo flooring and Crystal Cabinets
  • Aquascape Rain harvesting and Liveroof green roof systems
  • A drought tolerant mixed traditional and native-based landscape comprised of over 50 percent natural prairie

"We have developed a strong set of partners, from our design team, builders, sub-contractors and finance team to our product and technology vendors to help deliver cost effective and top quality, high performance homes for our buyers," notes DeWald. "We have also leveraged our food, farm, conservation and sustainable living non-profit partners to help us advance our vision of a sustainable community which we hope will set the standard in 'agricultural urbanism.' Serosun Farms' rare blend of sustainable living and agricultural preservation with modern luxury and architectural significance offers something for everyone that we hope will endure for generations."

About Serosun Farms
An agricultural preservation community located in Hampshire, Ill., Serosun Farms is a working organic farm that upholds and embraces the land's prairie heritage and early days of agriculture. South of Huntley in Kane County, Serosun Farms is situated on 410 acres with 114 home sites. The property contains 300-plus acres of preserved farm, open space and restored prairie, a world-class equestrian center, eight miles of walking, riding and biking trails, a fully stocked fishing pond and a working organic farm. For more information, please visit

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