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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“J'ADORE, PAS COMPLIQUÉ, ESPACE BIEN UTILISÉ,” — 28081961
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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“Cool booth look” — Llew Fogleman Jenkins
kitchen
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“round light bulb and colored glue driped around an oiled ballon” — Kaison Davis
kitchen
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“lights” — burnet82
kitchen
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“Live edge countertop” — Dan Wanous
music room
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“music/practice area” — jlhall_abern
homework desks
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“MIRA basement lighting option” — frankvanschaayk
library
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“Do a picture ledge wall in the playroom to display books the boys are currently reading” — Thiri Mon
stair atrium
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“Stairs 'pop' against a white wall” — Maria Weitz
gathering room
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“so interedting furnitours” — trinati2002
master bedroom
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“ceiling detail” — Synergy Designs
master bedroom
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“Bedside table” — Matty
master bath
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“It has a sauna like look.” — grand3ma
laundry room
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“Dryer racks” — myoungs15
kids' bath
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“Exposed air conditioning pipe” — jbdaws
basement hallway
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“Brick” — boc086947
rear deck and outdoor play space
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“Shading BBQ's area tree to pole” — Hannah Herguth
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