StreetScape and Libertyville to Speak at the American Planning Association

SchoolStreet’s John McLinden, and Libertyville’s John Spoden AICP, will give a talk at the APA, Tuesday February 21st at 5:30 pm.

John and John will be presenting the SchoolStreet project and discussing the benefits of its thoughtful planning for both the residents of SchoolStreet and Libertyville as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the event and RSVP at:

http://www.planning.org/tuesdaysatapa/index.htm

 

 

See the Existing Spaces of SchoolStreet Lofts!

Interior Demolition has begun at the SchoolStreet Lofts School Building!
We have recorded the old classrooms as virtual tours so that you can see what they looked like before we begin transforming them into peoples’ homes and lofts.

Click Here to see all of the SchoolStreet Lofts Spaces

For more information about the SchoolStreet Lofts Project, visit:

http://www.schoolstreetlibertyville.com/lofts.shtml

SchoolStreet in the Chicago Tribune Again!

Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big philosophy and SchoolStreet Homes are mentioned in an article by Jeffrey Steele in Friday’s ‘Chicago Homes’ section of the Tribune.

Home, lean home

Designers, builders resolve to lose extra house flab

By Jeffrey Steele, Special to the TribuneDecember 30, 2011

 Have you resolved to go on a diet and shed pounds in the new year? Why not also put your home on a diet in 2012?

It makes sense, said Sharon Kreighbaum, author of the new book “Is Your House Overweight? Recipes for Low-Fat Rooms” and owner of Staged Makeovers in Hudson, Ohio. When a house is overweight, it feels uncomfortable and sluggish and weighs on occupants, said the interior designer and home stager.

Continue to Full Article

Not So Big® Showhouse in Realtor Mag

Our Sarah Susanka designed showhouse on SchoolStreet was recently featured in Realtor Mag! Make sure to check out the article and watch the video tour by Sarah herself.

Designing on a Human Scale

Sarah Susanka’s newly-constructed ‘not so big house’ in Libertyville, Ill., provides smart ideas for comfortable living in fewer square feet.
DECEMBER 2011 | BY ERICA CHRISTOFFER

Not So Big® Showhouse Featured in the Daily Herald

Wasted living space expelled from SchoolStreet design

By Deborah Donovan

Sarah Susanka delivers. For more than a decade the architect has been designing “Not So Big Houses” and writing books about them.

Fans have studied the pictures, reread the texts and tried to imagine exactly what she had in mind.

For people in the Chicago suburbs, the wait is over. The first “tract” house designed by Susanka is built, decorated and open for tours.

Read the Article

 

SchoolStreet on the Front Page of the Chicago Tribune’s Real Estate Section!

SchoolStreet and the Not So Big® Showhouse were featured on the front page of the Sunday Real Estate Section of the Chicago Tribune.

Living large in less space

New Libertyville house showcases architect Susanka’s ‘not so big’ principles

Mary Ellen PodmolikThe Home FrontNovember 25, 2011

For the past 12 years, architect Sarah Susanka has espoused the need for houses that are smaller, yes, but also more practical and eminently more livable.

She’s written books, given presentations and worked privately for homeowners. Now, with the era of the McMansion in the rearview mirror for many, Susanka has partnered with a Chicago-area developer to construct a “not so big” home in Libertyville to show consumers what she has been talking about all these years.

The showcase home, located at the 26-site SchoolStreet Homes development under construction a block east of downtown, is open for weekend tours until May 20…. Read the rest of the article here

Over 500 People Attend the Not So Big® Showhouse Grand Opening!

Despite the gray skies, and blustery weather, over 500 people showed up to get the first glimpse of the Not So Big® Showhouse, and meet the architect, Sarah Susanka.

If you didn’t have a chance to see it today, there is another open house Sunday from 1-4pm.

Spread the word, and come see Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big® design concepts firsthand!

Open House

Sunday , November 20 1-4pm

138 School Street

Libertyville, IL 60048

SchoolStreet Teams with MainStreet

From the Lake County News-Sun –  November 15, 2011:

See the Original Article Here

Learn More About MainStreet Libertyville Here

MainStreet Libertyville showcases ‘Design Week’

MainStreet Libertyville is in the midst of “Design Week,” which highlights all of the businesses in the downtown that offer a service or a product pertaining to home décor or design.

“We decided to highlight our resources for home design and products in conjunction with the public opening of the ‘Not So Big’ Showhouse designed by acclaimed architect Sarah Susanka for the School Street Development at 138 School St. on Nov. 19,” said Pam Hume, MainStreet Libertyville’s executive director.

“I think so many people, after walking through model homes, decide their own homes need a little sprucing up,” she said. “We want people to think first of our downtown shops as a destination for their home décor projects. Not only do we offer furniture and accessories, but also design and building expertise.”

Some of the participating stores include A Perry Designs and Builds, Arden’s Fine Furniture, Buss Floral Shop, Curtis Frame/Back Alley Gallery, Eclectic Design, Great Rooms, How Impressive, Idea Design-Build, Leggy Bird Design, Motif, Parkview Gourmet, Someone’s in the Kitchen, Studio West, Sweet Peas Design and Chelle Design.