Libertyville, IL (PRWEB) November 15, 2011
The wait is lastly over! On Saturday, Nov. 19, Sarah Susanka, acclaimed architect and author of the greatest-selling “Not So Huge Home” series, along with SchoolStreet Homes will host the public grand opening of her Not So Huge Showhouse at 138 School Street in Libertyville, Ill. The Not So Massive Showhouse at SchoolStreet is Susanka?s 3-dimensional thesis on what homebuyers are seeking for in the new market reality.
The Showhouse and SchoolStreet Properties development are solitary vibrant spots in the nation?s dismal housing market. With this Showhouse, Susanka raises the bar for the future of residential design. The space is perfectly tailored to human scale and capabilities all the elements nowadays?s residence buyers want: wise style that lives large in much less space with no sacrificing beauty or comfort a wide range of energy effective capabilities many rooms and spaces that do double duty and, a modifiable floor program that lets homeowners age in place.
?In these days?s market place, the Not So Large principles supply a new vision for the house of the future ? not too massive and not too little, but just correct for this a lot more spending budget-conscious era,? said Susanka. ?This Showhouse brings to life all the elements presented in my books like in no way before. By pairing my ?create better, not larger? strategy with SchoolStreet?s innovative urban infill model and the vibrant Libertyville community, we?re making a way of life expertise that is far higher than the sum of its parts.?
Not So Huge Design for Right now and the Future
The opening of Susanka?s Showhouse comes at a crucial moment for housing. For the second straight year, the average size of a single family members property has decreased ? from two,438 square feet in 2009 to two,392 square feet in 2010 (1). But smaller houses alone do not meet homebuyer?s demands ? Americans are seeking houses specifically created for their far more informal lifestyles, filled with detail, character and energy efficient attributes.
?The struggles in these days?s marketplace demand a new approach and Sarah has truly knocked it out of the park with this Showhouse design. She is a accurate visionary when it comes to understanding what house buyers are seeking for,? stated John McLinden, developer, SchoolStreet Homes. ?We?re already receiving an unbelievable response ? and the Showhouse isn?t even open for tours but. We can?t wait for the public to encounter this wonderful home.?
Living Spaces Designed for Right now?s Lifestyles
The Showhouse epitomizes the Not So Huge hallmarks of top quality and character, comfort and beauty, power efficiency and sustainability. Visitors will discover how unused formal rooms can be replaced by spaces that do double duty to create a home that feels spacious in less square footage.
Intelligent Design: In this residence?s innovative layout, the kitchen is situated at the front of the house, connected to the front porch. In most houses, this is exactly where the formal living room is placed. Because most formal living rooms are hardly ever ? if ever ? employed, this keeps the porch out of sight and so also out of mind. According to Susanka, ?Most men and women invest the majority of their time at residence in the kitchen and informal eating area. Connecting these important spaces to the front porch encourages the homeowners to use the porch a lot more typically, which in turn helps develop the sense of community that is so desirable in a Front Porch Revival community like SchoolStreet.?
Spaces That Do Double Duty: There are 3 areas in the Showhouse that illustrate how spaces can do double duty: the library alcove, the ?away? space and the upstairs laundry space.
Library alcove converts to formal dining location. On the few occasions where a formal dining space is needed, the library alcove transforms simply by relocating the table from the informal consuming location to this space. If essential, the table can also extend into the living space to accommodate bigger gatherings.
?Away space? accommodates four functions in 1 compact space. The ?away? room is mainly developed as an in-home workplace and children? gaming space, but also converts easily into a guest bedroom. It functions a wall unit that shifts from sofa to queen-sized bed in 1 smooth move, offering the special ability to make room for guests with out the require for stashing excess furniture. The room can also grow to be a full-time principal level bedroom must it be necessary for the homeowners to live on one level as they age.
Laundry room triples as hobby space and extra in-home office. Susanka conveniently situated the laundry room upstairs to make it easily accessible from the upstairs bedrooms. The space gives ample counter and storage space for desk work, hobbies and crafts, creating a location where parents can work whilst children play. It?s designed to be an all-purpose space exactly where it?s okay to make a mess.
Aging in Place: One of the main objectives of the Showhouse is to permit homeowners to stay in the residence even as their demands alter. Its floor strategy has been designed to adapt easily ought to mobility turn out to be an concern. If 1-level living becomes a necessity, the ?away room? delivers the choice to double as a principal level bedroom. The mud room, which is situated across the hall from the ?away room?, features a full bath and can be modified to produce additional closet space for far more main level clothing storage. The home is also developed to accommodate a ramp from the alley to the back door that can be added if essential. The relatively flat terrain of SchoolStreet, combined with its proximity to Libertyville?s primary street makes it an perfect location for homeowners to remain put as they age.
Energy Efficiency: The Showhouse has been designed and certified to meet the much more stringent standards of Power Star three., which the EPA has scheduled to go into impact by the middle of subsequent year. To meet these advanced standards and offer lasting comfort and durability, the residence employs a number of efficiency attributes rarely located in houses today. It is completely insulated with a spray foam air barrier technique that not only seals walls, floors and ceiling cavities, but also the spaces about electrical outlets and light fixtures. The residence has also undergone a state-of-the-art air duct sealing procedure which guarantees even air distribution throughout the entire house to attain maximum comfort and superior indoor air quality. It functions a heat recovery ventilation system, as nicely as furnace and air conditioning units that exceed existing efficiency standards, and is pre-wired for the addition of photovoltaic solar panels and other renewable power generation.
Thoughtful Style Touches: Visitors will marvel at the basic, yet thoughtful elements present all through the Showhouse that profoundly increase the residence?s comfort and character. In the bathroom, a cleverly concealed drawer provides access to extra toilet paper inside reach of the toilet. Windows positioned at the best of the central stairwell let all-natural light pool down from above, developing a bright and airy feeling in the main living space. The windows can also be opened to supply a organic passive cooling technique, drawing hot air out of the home like a chimney. Susanka also added little, glass block windows in the corners of the away room and upstairs laundry space, to give the homeowners with a clear view of the front and rear of the residence.
Pay a visit to the Showhouse on Nov. 19
The Showhouse Grand Opening event with tours and the opportunity to meet Susanka will be held at the Showhouse on Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. till four p.m. Following the grand opening, the Showhouse will be open for public tours on weekends for six months.
?I?ve spent the past twelve years writing about Not So Big House style. Now it?s time for the live demo. For years, I?ve wanted to give my fans the chance to encounter all these design principles very first hand,? continued Susanka. ?By keeping the Showhouse open to the public for six months, folks will be in a position to ?kick the tires? for themselves, and really feel initial hand what?s so huge about ?Not So Huge?.?
The Not So Massive Showhouse is roughly two,450 square feet in size. It will be released for sale in early 2012. In addition, three other versions of Susanka?s design for SchoolStreet are obtainable to interested buyers, each featuring a exclusive exterior street elevation. Floor plans and perspective drawings are offered at http://www.NotSoBigShowhouse.com.
About SchoolStreet Homes
With their American Craftsman and Bungalow style character, SchoolStreet?s Front Porch Revival houses blend seamlessly with the historic turn-of-the-century homes in the neighborhood. A crucial factor in ?cracking the code for housing good results? is SchoolStreet?s procedure for customizing each of the houses through an architect-guided design approach whilst keeping in strict adherence to its cost-manage model. With a team of leading service and product suppliers delivering a wide range of selections for the purchaser, SchoolStreet attributes 26 houses along with a historic school that will be transformed into 15 urban lofts. The development is situated one block from Libertyville?s vibrant downtown, blocks from a commuter rail train station and roughly 30 miles from downtown Chicago. Properties start at $ 525,000 and lofts start at $ 175,000.
About Sarah Susanka, FAIA, http://www.NotSoBigHouse.com
Susanka is the very best-selling author of nine books that collectively weave together house and way of life, revealing that a Not So Big attitude serves not only architectural aims, but life goals as nicely. Her books have sold well over 1.2 million copies and have established Susanka as a sought-soon 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 Style Futures Council. “Builder Magazine” recognizes Susanka as 1 of the 30 most notable innovators in the housing industry over the past 30 years. Susanka was presented the 2007 Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award by the Lindbergh Foundation for outstanding individual achievement in producing positive contributions to our globe. She was born in Kent, England, and lives in North Carolina.
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(1) U.S. Census Bureau. (June 11, 2011). Characteristics of New Housing for 2010. U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/const/www/charindex.html.