Schoolhouse Reborn

An 1880’s brick schoolhouse was converted into a home for a family of seven who are very committed to environmental sustainability. The project received its permit under the Chicago Green Permit program, which recognizes exceptional commitment to sustainable technology. The design retained much of the original brick and wood structure, framing new spaces around the massive, brick bearing walls. Wood-paneled walls and ceilings, flooring, and many pieces of built-in furniture were crafted on-site from old-growth planks, beams, joists and rafters salvaged from the building. Incorporated into the design were geothermal heating/cooling and solar thermal hot water systems; an extensive green roof; numerous Solatubes which bring light deep into the heart of the house; inexpensive custom-designed LED lighting fixtures; fluorescent light shelves; a sky-lighted laundry room with a radiant “drying wall” which discourages use of the costly dryer; and a recycling center fed by a chute from the kitchen. The central stairwell doubles as a solar chimney venting through the roof of the new penthouse. The kitchen cabinets, bath vanities and barn doors throughout were custom-designed and made of sustainably-harvested bamboo plywood. All interiors of the home were completely designed by SGW, reusing much of the clients’ existing furniture.

This home was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of Beautiful Homes. Please click the link below to read the article.

(http://www.sgwarch.com/media/CSInteriorsFall2012737Willow.pdf)
exterior
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“old brick, window details style, modern windows actually works” — chloeandollie
mud room
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“Runner in the basement” — irenemoshkovich76
stair atrium
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“Like the layers, colors and textures” — zflowrpowr
stair atrium
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“Pony wall ish” — newportrbn
family room
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“B ackyardm immdmmemamsmm” — abhaskamp
kitchen
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“round light bulb and colored glue driped around an oiled ballon” — Kaison Davis
kitchen
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“interesting lighting” — liljelly
kitchen
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“Live edge countertop” — Dan Wanous
music room
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“Floor and wall shelving” — saramander
homework desks
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“Office as part of open” — nettyhaha
library
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“picture rail” — jrwmills
stair atrium
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“Love the wood!” — Samantha Hart
gathering room
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“Sofa” — Edina Sciarini
master bedroom
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“ceiling detail” — Synergy Designs
master bedroom
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“the night stands - metal, small, convient” — BoudreauxandTiffany Brown
master bath
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“Wood wall” — sejon
laundry room
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“Basement floor” — Kris-Anna Mack
kids' bath
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“Sympa ca” — rmadar
basement hallway
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“painted brick” — saraoliverkc
rear deck and outdoor play space
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“faded adobe with chocolate and greige” — parrough
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