The Smart Home is the greenest house in Chicago on the grounds of the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s been open to the public since 2008 but was recently renovated by Midwest Living. The house is designed to reflect the lifestyle of a couple with empty nests. It features soft, organic textures and colors fused with a contemporary style – as well as unique green technologies for the 21st century. It shows that you can build the home that has great spaces for entertaining, a master bedroom that doubles as a retreat, a whimsical nursery / playroom for a visiting grandchild, and a functional home office on a standard Chicago lot.
A highlight on the first floor is the dining table made of wood and polished concrete by Chicago furniture designer Keelin Kennedy, made from a 100-year-old Bur oak that fell on the museum’s property in 2009. Chicago artist Terry Karpowicz also made a headboard, coffee table, and three side tables from the tree for home use.
On the upper floor, soft green and blue tones symbolize new beginnings and new energy. The master bedroom and bathroom are designed as a personal retreat for the couple and have a bamboo bed with organic bedding. The main bathroom has a walk-in shower with gorgeous glass tiles made from recycled wine bottles, sleek recycled porcelain sinks, low flow showerheads and double flush toilets.
Throughout the home, GE Lighting’s lighting design helps improve the mood in the interior design. By using the latest CFL and LED lamps with Energy Star qualifications for natural light outdoors, the smart home can save up to 75 percent more energy compared to incandescent lamps.
If you want to learn more about green technologies that have been used in the home, visit the website.