The Claremont House, an award-winning green home, is offered for sale by its owner and designer in a Northside Chicago neighborhood. It offers four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths in 4,320 sq. ft. on three levels.
A stainless steel island used for a workspace and dining is the only built-in in the open space of the first floor. Matching stainless steel energy-efficient appliances line the wall. Eight stools custom cut to fit the counter height come with the house.
Shelves and cabinets are made of reconstituted oak instead of quarter-sawn wood, including this mud bench.
The massive front window connects indoors and outdoors, but privacy is only a touch of a button away thanks the fiberglass-vinyl blind.
Granite slab countertops and Ann Smith limestone tile contrast with the stainless steel fixtures in the lavatories.
The thermal mass of the poured-in-place concrete slab and fence retains the temperature of the ground, keeping the courtyard more comfortable year 'round.
Operable windows on the upper floor provide natural cooling from air movement encouraged by the thermal mass of the concrete on the lower level. Air flows up the stairs, moving cool air from below to displace warm air on the upper levels.