Site Size: 9,233 square feet

Project Size: 4,600 square feet (excluding basement)

Program: A wooded corner lot in an urban residential neighborhood offers views of the neighboring park and Lake Michigan. The house occupies just a third of the lot, since the client preferred to leave the property largely intact.

Solution: The house consists of a split-faced limestone base and a double-height glass volume containing the foyer, living room, and dining room. Above that, a wedge-shaped mass, clad in a smooth limestone, accommodates two levels of bedrooms. The house, which is oriented east-west, contains numerous sustainable design elements, including a rain screen, brise-soleil on west-facing windows, and solar panels on the partially sloped roof. It was completed in August 2011.

Wheeler Kearns Architects 
343 South Dearborn, Suite 200 
Chicago, IL  60604 


Completion Date: August 2011

Gross square footage: 4,600 SF (above ground).   

Wheeler Kearns Architects 
343 South Dearborn, Suite 200 
Chicago, IL  60604 

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Project Architect: Sharlene Young, Registered Architect.

Firm Principals: Tom Bader, Dan Wheeler, Registered Architects.

Interior designers:
Kadlec Architecture & Design, Steve Kadlec;
Rariden Schumacher Mio & Co., Jill Schumacher

Structural Engineering: C.E. Anderson & Associates, Jesus Perez

MEP Engineering: IBC Engineering, Dan Croisant, Brian Kuhn

Civil Engineering: JJT Professional Services, LLC, John Talbot

Landscape: Gardens by Leslie.  Leslie Cervantes

Lighting: Elaine Kilburg

Acoustical:  Threshold Acoustics LL, Molly Norris, Carl Giegold      

Natural Stone Consultant: Peter J Gergel
Component Engineering, exterior stone cladding panels anchor system: JKI Engineering Inc, Charles Jones, P.E.

General contractor: Sylvester Construction Services, Inc. Woody Aberson, Barry Sylvester

Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing Ltd.
400 N Peoria St.
Chicago IL 60642

Daniel Wicke
Wheeler Kearns Architects

Renderer(s): Matt Troia, Wheeler Kearns Architects

CAD system, project management, or other software used:  Autodesk Revit



Structural System:
Reinforced concrete mat foundation, Steel frame, precast concrete deck, and Composite concrete structural deck & roof deck. 

Exterior cladding
Masonry & Rainscreen: Flint Hills Grey, domestic limestone.  US Stones Industries, LLC, Chad Killingsworth.  913.529.4154

Moisture barrier: Earth Foam 2000, closed-cell spray foam insulation.

Other cladding unique to this project: see description on Rainscreen

Metal: Berridge Metal Roofing - 16 ½” wide cee lock standing seam roof.   

Metal Coping: Great Lakes Art Studio, Evanston IL 60201

Insulated-panel or plastic glazing: Triple glazed IGU with heat mirror – Alpen, Inc.  Boulder, CO.

Windows & Doors
Main Entrances: Custom design by Wheeler Kearns. Fabricated by Woodlogic Custom Millwork, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Wood windows & doors: Metal clad wood windows and doors (natural finish walnut interior, aluminum exterior) – Point Five Windows, Inc. Fort Collins, CO

Pulls: Chicago Brass, Inc.  Chicago, IL.

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Woodlogic Custom Millwork

Paneling: Millwork by Woodlogic Custom Millwork

Floor and wall tile: 
Foyer floor: Flint Hills Grey, domestic limestone. US Stones Industries, LLC.

Special interior finishes unique to this project
Metal stair rail and balustrade: Great Lakes Art Studio

Wood louvers in Foyer: Custom design by Wheeler Kearns. Fabricated by Woodlogic Custom Millwork

Living Room Fireplace metallic ceramic tile: Urban Archeology

Kitchen backsplash: Ann Sacks Waterglass glass mosaic tile

Foyer Console table- Custom made by Evan Lewis, Chicago IL. 773.539.0402.

Foyer Mirror: Custom designed and made by Jordan Goodman, Chicago, IL 312.857.6533

Foyer Lamps: Lika Moore, through Kara Mann, Chicago, IL

Living Room by Stairs- Van wing back chair by Bright Chair Company, Chicago, IL

Living Room by Stairs- ide table by Arteriors, 877-488-8866

Living Room Area Rug - Vintage Patchwork Kilim through J & D Oriental, NY, NY

Living Room Side Table: Custom Bronze Bean Table by Evan Lewis, Chicago IL. 773.539.0402

Living Room Coffee Table - Custom Design walnut table by Rariden Schumacher Mio & Co.

Dimming System or other lighting controls: Lutron Homeworks, installed by Jim Kilburg, ICX, Westmont, IL

HVAC subcontractor: AA Service Co – Heating & Cooling, Shawn Mansfield, Northbrook IL 60062