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The home design pays homage to the Arts and Crafts vernacular as well as the Prairie Style of Frank Lloyd Wright, while feeling fresh and accommodating for a young family. Large windows allow for optimal use of day lighting, and add to the luminescence of discrete and efficient ceiling lighting. The majority of the millwork and wood detailing was constructed from low-cost materials such as poplar, pine and alder, which had been FSC certified and finished with Low VOC stains.

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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