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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Exterior - Front
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“Exterior very similar” — ericadawnk
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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/16...
“May be a good idea for basement.” — renee_tim
Breakfast Nook
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Bay window breakfast nook off of the kitchen. Follow Us on Facebook Photo Credit: Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“Dining nook” — ericadawnk
Garage Green Roof & Solar Thermal Panels
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“Garage green roof with solar panels” — msanselmo
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
“Rug” — granom
Kitchen
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“I like it just like that” — sueaw
Master Bath
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“Countertops and backsplash” — mxc6141
Butler Pantry
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“butlers pantry w/granite” — bas770
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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
“Love these little built in bookshelves” — ericadawnk
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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
“vaulted tray ceiling similar to home” — mahtaby
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The wall mounted TV, located above the fireplace, is centered with the bed. Kipnis Architecture + Planning
“fireplace but lower mantel” — marieclifton
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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
“Solar panels and green roof” — aantoshak
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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” — Luisa Vidal
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