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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“trimmings” — jennihuffman
mud room
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“Closets in hall” — ninapennewell
stair atrium
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“wow!!!!” — candle1112
stair atrium
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“Pony wall ish” — newportrbn
family room
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“style, furniture, feel” — kcchristy
kitchen
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“wood beams” — jenevans72
kitchen
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“Robinet Luminaires” — tipoucaleb
kitchen
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“Countertop” — Jo-Ann McCoy Bumstead
music room
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“Warm, empty space for recreation” — easternface
homework desks
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“Wood” — jlindquist79
library
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“Library books and pics on picture ledges. Paint same colour as wall” — kquantz
stair atrium
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“Stair” — kallen11
gathering room
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“Everything” — rfechter
master bedroom
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“Window bench” — Jaime Taylor
master bedroom
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“space saving bedside tables” — karenbellamy
master bath
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“Tub” — 10357hoyne
laundry room
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“Drying rails - fold up against the wall” — 1birdie23
kids' bath
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“children's bath with low towel hooks and colourful towels” — kareljonker
basement hallway
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“lighting, brick & wood mix” — jaked
rear deck and outdoor play space
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“Sail shade” — Shelly Tuile
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