September 29, 2011
'Not So Big®' Showhouse will open for public tours on November 19, allowing the public to experience first-hand how SchoolStreet has cracked the code for housing success
There’s a vibrant community just outside of Chicago that is cracking the code for housing success...Priority Energy joined the team as the energy auditing and energy efficiency consultants for the development. ”We all felt strongly about the Not So Big concept and wanted it to carry through to the energy use, operating costs, and overall comfort of the home...The Not So Big Showhouse
SchoolStreet is right off the main street in the Village of Libertyville, Ill., and approximately 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. The location, combined with the charming bungalow-influenced house designs and attainable prices make SchoolStreet an unbeatable value...The lofts were released for sale in June and five sold in the first eight weeks.
“The Not So Big Showhouse is a landmark event. This is the first time that Sarah Susanka has agreed to design a house for a venture such as SchoolStreet. So naturally, we’ve been selective about choosing quality products and services for the house,” said John McLinden, developer of SchoolStreet Homes. “The Showhouse, currently under construction, will be absolutely stunning. These building codes have been put in place to ensure certain energy efficiency systems have been used and are properly functioning. In doing this, these SchoolStreet homes will have annual utility costs that are at least $500 less than other comparable new homes. We can’t wait for everyone to experience what Not So Big is all about when we open the doors on November 19.”
A New Model for Today’s Lifestyle
For more than ten years, Susanka has been highly regarded for her “build better, not bigger” approach to residential architecture. 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...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.”
The Showhouse will be released for sale on the grand opening weekend, November 19. In addition, three other versions of Susanka’s design for SchoolStreet are available to interested buyers, each featuring a unique exterior street face...Floor plans and perspective drawings are available online at http://www.SchoolStreetLibertyville.com.
About SchoolStreet Homes
With their American Craftsman and Bungalow design character, SchoolStreet’s Front Porch Revival homes blend seamlessly with the historic turn-of-the-century homes in the neighborhood. A key factor in “cracking the code for housing success” is SchoolStreet’s process for customizing each of the homes through an architect-guided design process while keeping in strict adherence to its cost-control model. With a team of leading service and product suppliers providing a wide range of selections for the purchaser, SchoolStreet features 26 homes along with a historic school that will be transformed into 15 urban lofts. The development is located one block from Libertyville’s vibrant downtown, blocks from a commuter rail train station and approximately 30 miles from downtown Chicago. NotSoBigHouse.com">http://www.NotSoBigHouse.com
Susanka is the best-selling author of nine books that collectively weave together home and lifestyle, revealing that a Not So Big attitude serves not only architectural aims, but life goals as well. Her books have sold well over 1.2 million copies and established Susanka as a sought-after resource for her insights into how we inhabit our homes, our planet and even our day-to-day lives. Susanka is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Builder Magazine recognizes Susanka as one of the 30 most notable innovators in the housing industry over the past 30 years...In order for a project to attain this certification, the building must be tested by an approved verification firm, such as Priority Energy. In addition, Priority Energy is one of the only Aeroseal dealers in the Midwest and services Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In 2010, Priority Energy audited over one-million square feet of residential and commercial space.
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