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A video featuring Sarah Susanka and the Not So Big Showhouse in Libertyville, IL. Ms. Susanka gives a tour of the Bungalow styled house in a pre-trim phase. There is a good sense of space, light and proportion. The home is part of a larger community called School Street, a newly developed community North of Chicago.
The quintessential “All-American Town.” Recipient of the Great American Main Street award, as well as inclusion in Money Magazine’s list of the top places to live in the United States. Libertyville has a population of about 22,000 and is located thirty-five miles north of Chicago with commuter rail service to the city. It is part of the fabric that makes up the affluent North Shore and is home to a vibrant downtown, quaint shops, restaurants and charming turn-of-the-century housing stock.
From a press release dated August 29 –
“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.”