PRIVATE RESIDENCE ON WILLOW
This school building from the 1880’s was converted into a home for a family of seven. The project received its permit under the Chicago Green Homes program, which recognizes exceptional commitment to sustainable technology and features.
Geothermal and solar systems were incorporated into the design, along with radiant heating Solatubes, which bring light deep into the heart of the house. The house also features massive skylights, a recycling center and a laundry room with a radiant drying wall.
All of the cabinetry and barn doors were custom-made of sustainably-harvested bamboo plywood. Wood-paneled walls and ceilings, wood flooring, countertops and pieces of built-in furniture were crafted on-site from old-growth wood salvaged from the house and repurposed.