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Bungalow Love: An Energy-Efficient Home in Chicago

These homeowners moved into an energy-efficient home in Chicago that was renovated as part of Chicago’s ongoing environmental efforts, this snug, energy-efficient arts and crafts style home is an inspiration.



A medallion for the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative hangs on a tree in the neighborhood. The three-year-old project, started by Mayor Richard Daley, is helping to preserve and improve Chicago’s bungalow neighborhoods.
A medallion for the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative hangs on a tree in the neighborhood. The three-year-old project, started by Mayor Richard Daley, is helping to preserve and improve Chicago’s bungalow neighborhoods.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Learn how this couple created an energy-efficient home in Chicago. The home—on a street with three other “green” bungalows—is   vintage bungalow. In summer, the small backyard blooms with black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, and other perennials. Trench drains route rainwater to the plants—and keep it out of the city sewer system.
Learn how this couple created an energy-efficient home in Chicago. The home—on a street with three other “green” bungalows—is vintage bungalow. In summer, the small backyard blooms with black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, and other perennials. Trench drains route rainwater to the plants—and keep it out of the city sewer system.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
At the front steps of a renovated Chicago bungalow, a Craftsman-style Simpson door invites guests into the home. Preserving art-glass windows is a mainstay of bungalow authenticity.
At the front steps of a renovated Chicago bungalow, a Craftsman-style Simpson door invites guests into the home. Preserving art-glass windows is a mainstay of bungalow authenticity.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Thom and Dennis consciously left windows uncovered to draw maximum sunshine into their urban cottage. With the home’s snug design and natural lighting, the kitchen and dining room are easily illuminated and visible from the living room.
Thom and Dennis consciously left windows uncovered to draw maximum sunshine into their urban cottage. With the home’s snug design and natural lighting, the kitchen and dining room are easily illuminated and visible from the living room.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
With a grand piano—decked with 1890s-vintage sheet music—and a Wurlitzer pipe organ in the basement, Thom and Dennis have imprinted the home with their love for music. An Ampico reproducing roll player increases the charm of the Knabe grand piano. The artwork hanging behind the piano is the work of Dennis’s brother, artist Maloy Fisher.
With a grand piano—decked with 1890s-vintage sheet music—and a Wurlitzer pipe organ in the basement, Thom and Dennis have imprinted the home with their love for music. An Ampico reproducing roll player increases the charm of the Knabe grand piano. The artwork hanging behind the piano is the work of Dennis’s brother, artist Maloy Fisher.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Decorative details such as the simple—but solid—wood frames around the stained glass windows in the living room represent an Arts and Crafts architectural style blended with the design influence of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Decorative details such as the simple—but solid—wood frames around the stained glass windows in the living room represent an Arts and Crafts architectural style blended with the design influence of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Player piano scrolls, as well as art and music books, are tucked into this oak cabinet in the dining room.
Player piano scrolls, as well as art and music books, are tucked into this oak cabinet in the dining room.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
This vintage Chicago bungalow sits with three other
This vintage Chicago bungalow sits with three other "green" bungalows at the end of an old trolley line.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Vintage lighting and hardware honor the classic style of this bungalow, while modern amenities such as a tankless water heater increase energy efficiency.
Vintage lighting and hardware honor the classic style of this bungalow, while modern amenities such as a tankless water heater increase energy efficiency.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Thom Day and Dennis Scott live in a renovated bungalow at the end of the old trolley line on Chicago’s South Side. When the couple moved in, their furnishings blended right into the 1920s Arts and Crafts-style house.
Thom Day and Dennis Scott live in a renovated bungalow at the end of the old trolley line on Chicago’s South Side. When the couple moved in, their furnishings blended right into the 1920s Arts and Crafts-style house.
Photo By Michael Shopenn





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