eco suburban residence – chicago

From salvaged convent tiles and maple from a Thomas Edison factory to fallen trees from the yard, this home embraces so much that is good, possible and sustainable in building today.

© photo credit: Leslie Schwartz

The homeowners had an embracing “all in” attitude when it came to using reclaimed and sustainable materials.  The result imbued the house with personality and character while maintaining an easy contemporary feel.

Our materials included:

  • Cypress siding reclaimed from pickle tanks
  • Maple flooring and 4” treads reclaimed from a Wisconsin factory originally built by Thomas Edison
  • Reclaimed walnut for shelving and cabinets in the kitchen and living room
  • Reclaimed barn wood closet doors and cabinetry
  • Trees on the property were repurposed as fire place mantel and counter tops
  • 1500sf of salvaged Villeroy and Boch tiles were used for kitchen and bathrooms

Sustainable Technologies include:

  • 8,000 KW of Photovoltaic cells (solar panels) to heat the home’s floors, radiant system and water
  • Green roof over garage
  • The first rainwater harvest system in the Wilmette community, including an 8,000 gallon tank under the driveway
  • Rain garden in the backyard and drought resistant landscaping

The team of Scott Simpson Builders  and architect John Holbert set high expectations, and all of us delivered with out sacrificing passion and joy in the work.

We’d love to add a reclaimed touch to your next residential project. We would like the opportunity to work with you on your next project. Learn more about our residential capabilities and contact us today!