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Sarah Susanka Unveils Not So Big Showhouse in Libertyville, Illinois

2/7/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: Sarah Susanka, Not So Big House, Illinois, small homes

Acclaimed architect Sarah Susanka, best-selling author of the Not So Big House book series, will unveil drawings of her Not So Big Showhouse design for SchoolStreet Homes in Libertyville, Illinois, this week. The event marks Susanka’s first home design for a major developer, and 21 of the 26 homes have already been sold.

Susanka’s highly anticipated Showhouse, which will open in the fall, has already sold. Three other versions of Susanka’s SchoolStreet design, each with a unique exterior street face, will be available. With a goal of introducing a semi‐custom product into the mainstream residential housing market, Susanka’s Showhouse will feature all the hallmarks of a Not So Big house, emphasizing quality, character, energy‐efficiency, sustainability, comfort and beauty. Formal rooms—which largely go unused in today’s homes—are replaced by spaces tailored to fit today’s more informal lifestyles. The design is filled with Susanka’s trademark Not So Big built‐ins and details.

SchoolStreet’s Front Porch Revival homes blend almost seamlessly with the historic turn‐of‐the‐century homes in the neighborhood. The development, a block from a vibrant downtown and blocks from a commuter rail station, features 26 lots along with a historic school that will be transformed into 15 urban lofts. The Not So Big Showhouse will be around 2,450 square feet. She previews the project in this video.

Susanka is the author of nine books that collectively weave together home and lifestyle, revealing that a “Not So Big” attitude serves not only architectural aims, but life goals as well. More than million copies of Susanka’s books have been sold, establishing her as a sought‐after resource for her insights into how we inhabit our homes, our planet and even our day‐to‐day lives.

The unveiling will take place on Wednesday, February  9, from 6‐8 p.m. at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 West Church St., Libertyville, Illinois.


Libertyville homes are designed to fit into the existing neighborhood. 


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