Naperville Family Wins $30,000 Exterior Home Makeover from James Hardie Building Products

Hardie Home Outdoor Living Sweepstakes awards Grand Prize of premium-quality James Hardie® fiber cement siding, landscaping, and outdoor furniture

CHICAGO (July 10, 2013) — Steve and Laura Kovarik of Naperville, Ill., typically don't enter contests because they don't usually expect to win. That changed when the Kovariks were chosen the Grand Prize winner in the James Hardie Building Products' Hardie Home Outdoor Living Sweepstakes, which is awarding them an exterior home makeover valued at up to $30,000. The Grand Prize was presented today by Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel and Dave Donofrio, James Hardie Director of Products & Segments, in a special ceremony at the Kovariks' home at 1568 Towhee Lane, Naperville.

"We have talked about re-siding our home over the years, and we wanted James Hardie siding," Steve Kovarik recalled. "I read a flyer about this contest, and entered online because I was familiar with James Hardie siding. I figured if we won, it would be a great thing. This is totally unexpected, and we're really excited. The whole family has lots of ideas for what to do. My wife and daughter have been online, looking at siding colors."

The Sweepstakes Grand Prize includes a home's worth of James Hardie fiber cement products all designed to work together beautifully: HardiePlank® lap siding, HardieTrim® boards, and HardieSoffit® and Fascia boards. Thanks to James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology, the siding's color will stay vibrant longer because it has better fade resistance and adhesion than field-applied paints. In addition to the siding, outdoor furniture from Frontgate® is included in the prize, along with landscaping.

"James Hardie Building Products is excited to award its first Grand Prize in the Hardie Home Outdoor Living Sweepstakes to the Kovariks," Donofrio said. "We are looking forward to watching how James Hardie siding will help transform their home into a showpiece. But just as important, all the products are premium-quality and engineered to Naperville's specific weather conditions for outstanding durability."

The Hardie Home Outdoor Living Sweepstakes will award two more Grand Prizes in September and January to homeowners in either Chicago or the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area as part of the company's new James Hardie Sales Ambassador program. Ambassadors distribute information throughout neighborhoods in both cities and answer questions about James Hardie products and services in these two important markets. Homeowners can enter both drawings by visiting

Kovarik added that his family's 2,400-square-foot home was built in 1969 and was due for a refresh. The wood and aluminum siding are original and in need of updating. The new James Hardie siding will complement a window replacement project, and a new garage door, roof and patio door.