Not So Big Showcase (Slideshow)
The Not So Big Showcase at SchoolStreet was designed by architect and author Sarah Susanka. It features Susanka's trademark design of showing how to live well in a not-so-big space.
The home is in Libertyville, Ill. in the SchoolStreet Homes development. It features a space tailored to human scale and all of the elements that homebuyers are looking for, such as smart design, energy-efficient features, multiple rooms that do double duty and a modifiable floor plan to allow homeowners to age in place.
The home includes a kitchen at the front of the house, connected to the front porch, in place of a formal living room. Since the kitchen and eating area is one of the most used areas of any home, it makes sense to place it in a key location. The home also has a library alcove that converts to a formal dining area, and a laundry room that triples as a hobby room and additional in-home office.
For more information, see our Building a Green Home research center.
All images used courtesy of Barry Rustin.
Teena Hammond Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.