Design Event – LIVING LARGE in a not so big house

I believe everything happens for a reason. Last Friday was another example. I was a judge for an area high school drafting competition and had the pleasure of meeting one of the part-time instructors in the COD Architecture department. She is involved with an organization called Community First in Naperville. They are sponsoring a design event that you will want to check out.  Click the image below to take you to the information with a link to purchase tickets to any of the sessions.

As you can see, the speaker is Sarah Susanka, and I love her Not So Big series of books. Check out more about them here:

On Thursday evening, April 12th, there is a reception, keynote presentation, and book signing with Sarah. On Friday, they have arranged for a motor coach to take a group to tour Sarah’s Showhouse at the SchoolStreet project in Libertyville. Then on Saturday there is Design Workshop for area residents to sign up for free 20 minute design consultations with local designers and builders.

click to go to the showhouse website

And you MUST check out the Showhouse, if not in person, then via the website where you can take a virtual tour. Here’s what Sarah had to say about the Showhouse concept and the neighborhood where it is located:

“With all the challenges in the housing market, it’s clear we need a new vision for the way we design our homes, our communities—and even our lives. This is the first time I’ve designed a showhouse that’s located within an existing small town and in a new walkable community that’s just off the town’s main street. In many ways this combination reflects the heart of what Not So Big is all about,” said Susanka. “The opening of the Showhouse will give homeowners and professionals an unprecedented opportunity to experience how Not So Big can apply to every level of design—from the smallest detail inside the house, to the street, neighborhood and community as a whole. When all these ingredients are mixed together, the experience is truly more than the sum of its parts.”

In addition to the Showhouse, the SchoolStreet neighborhood itself looks interesting and innovative in so many ways. Click on the image below to take you to the SchoolStreet website:


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