Gerstad Builders Wins Platinum Key Award for Palmer Plan

Platinum Key Award for Palmer Plan Our Gerstad Builders team is proud to announce that we won the Platinum Key award in the Production Home 2,000-8,000 square feet category for our Palmer new home in Liberty Trails. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC), the Key Awards are the premier awards given in the Greater Chicago new home construction industry.

The annual awards recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, landscaping, landscape architecture and remodeling. Current HBAGC President Michael Menn states that, “Key Awards are how HBAGC brings to Chicagoland what its members do for a living. Whether it is remodeling a kitchen, designing a 2000 square foot house of providing a 200 unit multi-use building downtown, our members are involved.”

In the early 1970’s the Key Awards began as Design ‘XY (XY for the current year), the title changed in 1979 to reflect the gold Key that had always been on the award plaques, and subconsciously the key to your new home. This event was termed the “Oscars of the Home Building Industry “because everyone who was anyone in the industry would attend this great event to honor members. The Key Awards is also the only award event where peers in the industry go to the actual project submitted to judge. Judges base their findings and result on quality, craftsmanship and design.

Our award-winning Palmer plan is a single-story design with high ceilings and an expansive living area. It showcases 2,017 square feet of sprawling living space, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a massive open living area with a kitchen and dining room. This home and floor plan are ideal for living, entertaining and enjoying quality time with loved ones.

Located in our Liberty Trails neighborhood, this new home in McHenry not only offers a beautiful home site but is also situated in a top-rated school division and nestled among many amenities and conveniences. In addition to great standard features, new homes at Liberty Trails are also equipped with thoughtful details throughout including GE appliances, Moen fixtures, basement options, available three-car garages, wood-burning fireplaces (per plan) and Four Season rooms. Buyers can further choose to customize their favorite floor plans with hardwood floors, granite, custom cabinets, designer millwork, skylights and more!

We are truly honored to receive this award and be recognized for our hard work and dedication by an association of our peers. To learn more about the Palmer plan and Liberty Trails in McHenry, visit

The HBAGC, which was founded in 1939, serves as our industry trade association. It represents members like us who are involved in home building, remodeling, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other segments of residential construction. HBAGC operates as a not-for-profit organization, providing members with networking and educational opportunities and represents them in matters related to government relations and advocacy.

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