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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Forest Retreat

A

A remote home saves energy
while promoting the natural
ecology of its surroundings
A BATHROOM OASIS

and overnights spent camping near prospective properties, a couple found the perfect site for their weekend
home.These clients live and work in the busy Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago and were looking for a getaway that would connect
them to nature and serve as a retreat. Architects Greg Howe and
Pam Lamaster of Chicago-based Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
collaborated with these clients to give them their dream weekend hideaway.
"The overall goals were to design a peaceful retreat that embraced site
topography and forestation, was contemporary in expression and reflected a
sense of craft in its construction," said Howe.
AFTER YEARS OF SEARCHING

ABOVE "The design of this

home took over a year and
was a very collaborative
experience with the clients,"
said Howe. "The house's
structure is largely hidden and
surprisingly complex."

ABOVE RIGHT The sun coming

in from the skylight above allows the handcrafted details in
the shower tile stand out.

BUILDING AROUND NATURE

The position of the house itself was carefully designed to capture the best views
and use sunlight to its advantage, while avoiding the removal of significant
trees. The grading of the site was done in a way that minimizes erosion and
limits site disruption. Overhangs protect the home from exposure in the summer months but were sized strategically to allow sun to flow into the home in
the winter. White roofing was selected to reflect summer heat, and a section
of the roof was prepared as a future green roof complete with landscaping.
In any other context, this home exterior - made with both untreated and
charred cedar wood and black obsidian lap siding - would appear bold and
modern. In the woods, this exterior palette instead allows the home to be
hidden in a canopy of trees most of the year and sets the stage for the ecofriendly retreat inside.

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By ERINN LOUCKS

"The house was conceived as a peaceful retreat
from the city," said Howe. "Nowhere is this more
purely expressed than in the master bathroom."
Natural light was a top priority for the clients
in this space, so the bathroom was positioned in
the sunniest part of the plot to bring in as much
sunlight as possible.The freestanding soaking tub
is situated to take in views of the treetops and the
future green roof. A floating cedar vanity shares a
double-sided mirror with the large shower on the
opposite side.
The bathroom uses much of the same natural material that extends across the home's three
floors, including domestically mined slate flooring
and marble slabs.The cedar in the vanity - manufactured at a local cabinetry shop - echoes the cedar planks on the wall behind the tub as well as the
ceiling. This wood extends to the shower ceiling,
which opens up to a skylight. Handmade tiles give
the rest of the shower walls a rustic, crafted look.
In addition to its locally made materials, the
bathroom uses high-efficiency fixtures and fittings, including the toilet, showerhead and sink
faucets. LED lighting is used, but the abundance
of natural lighting minimizes the need for it.

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Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Research Roundup
Trends
Better Business
Stories from the Field
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Wellness Design
Balanced Budget
All Abroad
Solutions
Universal Design
Sustainable Design
What’s Hot
Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
Last Word
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Show Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - NKBA Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Happenings
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 21
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Hot Topic
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 23
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Research Roundup
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Trends
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Better Business
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 37
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Stories from the Field
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 39
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 41
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 43
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Wellness Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 45
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Balanced Budget
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 47
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - All Abroad
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Solutions
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Universal Design
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Sustainable Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 57
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - What’s Hot
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 59
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 60
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 61
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
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