Not So Big House in Libertyville

December 21, 2011

schoolstreet not so big house in libertyvilleJust north of Chicago in Libertyville is the SchoolStreet Not So Big Showhouse. This charming bit of Chicago real estate was designed by best-selling author and architect, Sarah Susanka. The house is open for tours on Saturdays (9 a.m. -4 p.m.) and Sundays (1 p.m.-4 p. m.) through May 20, 2012. SchoolStreet is a walkable, front-porch community of 26 beautifully designed single-family houses and 15 urban-style lofts.

The Showhouse features all the hallmarks of Susanka’s Not So Big design, incorporates leading products, cutting edge building science, and energy efficient technology such as Aeroseal duct sealing from Chicago-based energy solutions company, Priority Energy.

The SchoolStreet Not So Big House meets Energy Star 3.0 guidelines and is 20-30% more efficient than even new homes being built to the newly nationally adopted IECC 2009 code. Homes achieve this level of performance through a combination of energy–efficient measures including Effective Insulation Systems, High–Performance Windows, Tight Construction and Air Ducts, and Efficient Heating and Cooling. The  SchoolStreet homes will have annual utility costs that are at least $500 less than other comparable new homes.

Susanka is highly regarded for her “build better, not bigger” approach to residential architecture. I heard her speak in Atlanta this year and her approach to building homes is truly inspirational. Now more than ever, with the current housing crisis, Susanka’s leadership in house and community design is in high-demand. “In today’s new economic reality, Not So Big principles offer a new vision for the home of the future – not too big and not too small, but just right for this budget-conscious, sustainability minded era. The Not So Big Showhouse will give homeowners and professionals an unprecedented opportunity to actually experience what Not So Big is all about – from the context of the broader community, right down to the details and products featured within each space,” said Susanka.

The Showhouse emphasizes the hallmarks of Not So Big: quality and character, comfort and beauty, energy efficiency and sustainability. Gone are the unused formal spaces. The remaining spaces are tailored to fit today’s more informal lifestyles. In short, the Showhouse is designed for the way people really live with design and details that transform a house into “Home.”

In addition, three other versions of Susanka’s design for SchoolStreet are available to interested buyers, each featuring a unique exterior street face. The Not So Big Showhouse is approximately 2,450 square feet. Floor plans and perspective drawings are available online at Let me know what you think of the home. What No So Big principles are you applying in your home?

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