Glencoe Prefab Arts & Crafts house

Glencoe, Illinois / United States of America

The corner lot, located just off of Lake Michigan, provided us a unique opportunity to utilize natural resources to heat & cool the home. We designed a clerestory at the center of the house to allow hot air to escape in the hot summer months, while the southern exposure captures sunlight and the ceiling fan in the clerestory pulls the warm air down through the home during the cold winter months. The radiant floor is the main source for heat, although a forced air system was installed for supplemental purposes and air conditioning. The forced air system is rarely used due to the efficient radiant heat and the lake breezes coming from the large windows on all sides of the house.

This house was constructed in a factory in Wisconsin and shipped to the site in 7 modular sections. By prefabricating the majority of the house, the construction waste was minimized preventing unnecessary waste from being dumped in a landfill. Site work included setting the prefabricated modules by a crane, building the garage and installing the exterior finishes, including prefabricated cedar shingle panels. The interior trim work and tile was also installed on site, as well as the basement indoor pool. Because this house was prefabricated, it cut the overall construction time by 30%.

The design of the home was based on the 12' wide modules due to the shipping requirements. The client has a young family, so we designed an open first floor plan with mutiple living areas to incorporate flexibility for different activities, as needed. Two living rooms are connected by a cozy hearth room at the front of the house. The kitchen, den & screened porch are located at the rear of the house to provide indoor/outdoor private living spaces.

Architect of Record

Terri Johnson
Johnson Architecture, Inc.
2150 N. Seminary Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Phone: 773-320-8380


Terri Johnson
Coldwell Banker

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