Ravenswood Manor Green Home

• HERS/Energy Star 5+
• 3-Star Chicago Green Home Certification

This residence represents an unprecedented culmination of green technology and luxury finishes built in the traditional style of historic Ravenswood Manor. The most dramatic architectural feature is the thermal chimney located in the center of the house that reaches upward to the underside of the roof. Two perpendicular bridges cross the 2 ½ story vertical shaft, allowing natural airflow to rise up to a bank of ten remotely controlled windows that let hot air flow out of the house, pulling in cooler air from lower floor windows.

Key elements of the project include coordinated deconstruction of the existing home, resulting in a 80% salvage rate of materials. Reclaimed oak floorboards were saved from the previous house, restored and refinished. Existing stained glass were reused in the living room, while others were integrated into the built-in bookshelf situated between the kitchen and family room.

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“Windows” — ldamit
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Family room with the open kitchen beyond. The built-in features leaded glass windows that were from the home that was torn down. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kipnis-Architecture-Planning-Evanston-Chicago/168326469897745?sk=wall Photo Credit - Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“Interesting way to handle sunken family room off kitchen” — ekcarp89
Breakfast Nook
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Bay window breakfast nook off of the kitchen. Follow Us on Facebook Photo Credit: Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“Simple, pretty” — shannonhead
Garage Green Roof & Solar Thermal Panels
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“Panneau solaire” — mamanmatteo
Living Room
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Two of the original stained glass windows were salvaged from the demolished house and reused in the living room. Follow Us on Facebook Photo Credit: Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“white crown molding” — Joy Zhang
Kitchen
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“definition of kitchen island and the use of the half wall pass thru cabinets.” — mrsperkyville
Master Bath
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“tile on wall mirror overlaps” — housejester
Butler Pantry
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“like appliances and amenities” — Adrienne Freeman
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Dining room, separated from the living room by the trimmed out ceiling beams above that define the spaces. Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“ceiling for serena” — sarahwildwood
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The dining room is defined by the trimmed beams above. The three square awning windows create a rhythm on the back wall. Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“Dinning room love this floor plan for house several other saves from this house” — feed
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The master bedroom has a deck off of it. The three square awning windows on the back wall let in natural light while not interfering with the placement of the bed. They also create a rhythm on the back wall. Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“Love floors and rug” — Shelly Heller
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The wall mounted TV, located above the fireplace, is centered with the bed. Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“Queen street master” — lisagfeller
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This two panel solar thermal system provides a significant portion of the annual domestic hot water needs for the home. The green roof helps protect the roofing while slowing the runoff of storm water. Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“Rooftop garden” — doulos217
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“Laundry” — camila_marie
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The pocket door separates the water closet and shower from the vanities. Because there are two vanities, up to three children can use this space at once (two at the sinks and one in the water closet/shower). Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“plinth block” — countrylark
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This is the basement bathroom, hence the high window. Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“Floor and shower tilr” — pattyshine
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