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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“arches” — teapot2
mud room
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“Lofts” — Elisa Estrada
stair atrium
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“Fun!” — knightley
stair atrium
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family room
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“dining area” — mlintothefire
kitchen
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“Like fridge freezer.” — jayne_loves_art
kitchen
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“Whoaa, awesome hanging light strips!” — joycetipping
kitchen
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music room
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“Floor” — pboiko
homework desks
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“undercounter lighting all the way across work station” — jherfurth
library
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“Coffee table books” — Liz Ford
stair atrium
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“Stair” — kallen11
gathering room
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“Cushins” — obidark
master bedroom
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“Bed frame” — haayer
master bedroom
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“Is the reading lamp mounted to the headboard?” — Laurie Pencille
master bath
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“rustic, like the duravit products” — heikevonderheyden
laundry room
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“Love it” — gessitate
kids' bath
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“SdG” — Geneviève Lafleur
basement hallway
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“Hw” — taransingh
rear deck and outdoor play space
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“Sail shade” — kaychristian
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