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.

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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

Walkable Communities are the Future of Housing

Bloomberg Businessweek published an article arguing for the value in transit-oriented development, T.O.D. meaning  projects located in walkable communities with easy access to public or mass transportation. In the story, Shaun Donovan, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said, “The ghost towns of the housing bust are places that lack transportation options, that aren’t walkable. The average family spends 52 cents of every dollar they earn on housing and transportation combined, so the biggest opportunity is in development around transportation.”

Read the article:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-06/walk-bike-to-work-in-salt-lake-s-answer-to-suburban-nightmares.html

Similar to the SchoolStreet project, StreetScape development is committed towards delivering sustainable projects through urban infill and Transit Oriented Development.

See the Video of the Green Roof Installation at the Not So Big® Showhouse

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/

Not So Big® Showhouse Featured on “Make It Better”

The Showhouse is the focus of an article on the North Shore online newsletter Make It Better. Make sure to view the article and share it with your friends. The most-viewed stories make it to the print edition!

Read the full the full story here:

Making Less Feel Like More: Not So Big Showhouse

Not So Big® Showhouse Featured in EcoHome

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.

ByRick Schwolsky

The SchoolStreet Development in Libertyville, Ill., includes architect Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big Showhouse.

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.

Read the original article:

http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/news/2011/11-november/sarah-susanka-opens-not-so-big-showhouse-in-illinois.aspx

Sarah Susanka to Speak Tomorrow in Mount Prospect

Author and architect of School Street’s Not So Big® Showhouse, Sarah Susanka, is in town to speak in Mount Prospect. Sarah will be speaking about sustainable lifestyles and communities tomorrow, September 21.

More information and details at:

http://triblocal.com/mount-prospect/calendar/2011/09/21/sarah-susanka-and-the-not-so-big-house-series-the-first-step-in-sustainability/