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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.
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Wasted living space expelled from SchoolStreet design
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.
Hursthouse Landscape Architects and Contractors create a rooftop garden on top of Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big® Showhouse located in Libertyville, Illinois. Here is the fantastic video they made of the installation!
For more information on the Hursthouse, visit http://hursthouse.com/
From the Lake County News-Sun – November 15, 2011:
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.
Ecohome is a magazine of the American Institute of Architects and focuses on green products and technology.
Sarah Susanka Opens Not So Big Showhouse in Illinois
Walkability, healthy indoor air, and attractive design appeal to small town buyers.
By: Rick Schwolsky
The SchoolStreet Development in Libertyville, Ill., includes architect Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big Showhouse.
Credit: Courtesy SchoolStreet Homes
Architect Sarah Susanka’s latest project is a showhouse demonstrating many of the architect’s design solutions for maximizing lifestyle within reasonable sqare footage—an approach she has famously coined as the “Not So Big House” architectural pattern. The showhome, which opened to the public this month, is part of a 26-home infill development built by SchoolStreet Homes on a Libertyville, Ill., “redfield” site—a term that refers to a financially damaged and dormant site, joining “brownfield” and “greenfield” in the lexicon of our industry.
“With all the challenges in the housing market, it’s clear we need a new vision for the way we design our homes, our communities, and even our lives,” Susanka says. “This is the first time I’ve designed a showhome that’s located within an existing small town and in a new walkable community that’s just off the town’s main street.”
The 2,450-square-foot home was designed to meet the new Energy Star for Homes 3.0 performance levels, as well as EPA’s Indoor Air Plus requirements, and is pre-wired for subsequent installation of rooftop PV panels.
The SchoolStreet development includes a historic school that’s being transformed into 15 urban lofts that will be available starting in the second quarter of 2012. It is within blocks of downtown shops and restaurants as well as a commuter rail station 30 miles from Chicago. “Even before we opened the doors, the showhouse design and the entire SchoolStreet community have been met with great enthusiasm from the public,” says John McLinden of SchoolStreet Homes. “We’re bucking national housing trends with 21 of the 26 homes sold in less than a year and five of the 15 lofts sold within the first eight weeks of being released to the public.”
Rick Schwolsky is Editor of Chief of EcoHome.
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