The client wanted to convert an old carriage house into a energy efficient home for her mother to downsize into. We used natural pigment plasters, matched existing white oak beams with site built oak cabinetry, re-distributed roof loads to open the space, used a burnt larch regionally sourced siding to complement the scale of building and used trees from onsite for exterior fencing. We used a mixed approach of radiant floor, mini split heat pump and re-composed windows to provide efficient, gas free comfort year round.
Part of our site assesment brought out the need for water management from underground water accumulating on roads and paths. We constructed a three tier swale and pond system to retain and utilize water onsite. A hillside that was once a nuisance to mow was turned into a hugelkulture re-seeded as a natural meadow. Careful exterior planning allowed us to make the small home feel much larger.
Highland Park Residence
Bantha Tea Shop
A total remodel of this first floor store-front on Penn Ave. We used as many natural and reclaimed materials as possible in this space. Cob walls, old trolly tracks (from under Penn Ave) for the foot rests under bar, old wood from around the area, restored items from no longer existing restaurants on Penn Ave (butcher blocks, dessert case, etc). This is a fun space, check it out!
Cob oven at Garfield Community Farm. Built with all natural materials including locally harvested clay and black locust posts.
We offer and host various educational opportunities and workshops. Previous workshops have included forest garden design, rocket stoves, water systems management, and cob demonstrations!
Used locally sourced black locust to construct these natural railings at a residence in Highland Park.
Art Installation - Doug Cooper
Large art installation for local artist - Doug Cooper.