The 2007 FitHouse that debuted this month was targeted for the upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood on Chicago’s north side near DePaul University.
To meet the healthy and balanced criteria, the FitHouse has indoor and outdoor kitchen space, wine and juice bars, rooftop decks, a home theater with motorized screen and room darkening shades, a home fitness center, steam room, body spa, and a penthouse Zen (meditation) room with natural lighting and an intentionally technology-free approach with the exception of speakers for music if desired. And there are two outdoor Zen patios with one being for conversation and the other for solitary reflection.
The green aspect was part of the effort to make the FitHouse a prototype for Chicago’s proposed residential green building standards. It has a dry river bed that collects rainwater for landscape irrigation, and rooftop decks that are composed of more than 50 percent planted material for optimum roof insulation. There is recycled leather tile in the powder room, 90 percent post-consumer waste carpet in the basement, recycled tire rubber flooring in the exercise room, recycled compressed paper countertop in the wine bar, and woven outdoor chairs and tables made of recycled materials.
Then in the green equation is the critical heating and air conditioning for a home in a Northern city renowned for its wide ambient temperature ranges.
Here the developers of the project called upon Trane, wholesaler distributor Mid-Way Supply of Zion, Ill., and Deljo Heating & Cooling of Chicago, an Independent Trane Comfort Specialist dealer.
Deljo President Bob Clement and his crew installed two systems in the four-story, 5,000-square-foot-home that is rectangular-shaped to fit the available land.
One system is in the basement to meet the needs of a bedroom, office, the recreation room with the movie screen, and the exercise room (with sauna) on that level as well as the main floor above with a dining room, kitchen, and family room. The second system is on the top floor. It addresses the needs of the aforementioned Zen room as well as the three bedrooms and three baths on the floor below.
Kohler products were used for much of the plumbing, including showerheads with DTV interface for personalization, steam units, and hydromassage.
The house opened in early June for tours for several months but also was put on the market by City View Real Estate Group, the general contractor. Initially, speculation was that it would carry a $3.5 million price tag.
Information on Trane is available at www.trane.com; Kohler at www.kohler.com; and general information on the house at www.cookinglight.com.