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The custom kitchen cabinets were locally made, and are topped with natural tortuga stone. Both the designer and client wanted to create a "healthy" home, which includes considering air quality as well as long-term benefits like easy to clean surfaces and preventing spaces that harbor contaminants and dirt. The flat front of the cabinet doors ensure that they are easy to clean. The cabinets are also full height to the ceiling, adding plenty of storage, and preventing the collection of dust and grime in hard-to-clean areas.

Creating the home as a sustainable and healthy living space for the family was top priority, beginning with site selection. Calculating what available property would be the shortest in drive time (not just in distance) to regional transit directed toward Chicago led the family to select this location. The plan of the home considered the existing landscape so as to avoid harming or removal of the beautiful, towering trees. A winding, terraced path leads out to the lake, interfacing with the natural landscape and planted with all native species.

The materials used in the home were carefully selected to consider quality, durability, longevity, local and sustainable sourcing, and to promote healthy indoor air quality. All of the materials and fittings were selected to consider longevity, and the abuse they may endure from a life living near sand and sea.


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