Proving the beauty of responsible development Originally a historic dairy farm and rural retreat, Deerpath Farm is a conservation community designed to showcase a restored natural environment and fine architecture. Located 30 miles north of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois, a community known for its rural landscape and conservation environment, Deerpath Farm offers gorgeous ready-to-build lots […]
Winner of the 2009 Distinguished Building Award This enclosed garden and greenhouse in Lakeside, Michigan, spans the seasons with indoor and outdoor growing space, and was the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Building Award (American Institute of Architects, Chicago).
Aiming for zero-energy This house was designed for the Deerpath Farm conservation development, and the plans are available to lot owners. It is ideal for a southern exposure, but can be adapted for a variety of locations. Depending on which options are chosen, it has the potential to become a zero-energy house.
Spacious livability in a compact house The Washington Island House appears in the book Creating the Not So Big House, by Sarah Susanka. Built along the shore of Lake Michigan on Wisconsin’s remote Washington Island, its unique three-part design provides spacious livability within a compact footprint.
A window to trees, present and past This hillside house provides strong panoramic views of former farmland and trees. The design was inspired by the traditional agrarian cultures, and the now-extinct buildings, which preceded today’s Midwestern suburbs. The compact linear structure of steel and glass, only 17 feet wide, frames the outdoors for its residents, […]