Perhaps it was the cabin fever or the review of potential houses for my daughter or the new residential commission for a family in Riverside or all of the above that got me thinking what makes a house a home.
Three years ago the boiler at Euclid Methodist Church gave out. The congregation turned what most churches would call a financial crisis into an opportunity to put their money where their ecological convictions were.
Did you unearth a forgotten treasure hiding in the basement? Find Grandma's favorite necklace tucked away in the attic? Maybe you still aren't quite sure exactly what it is you got such a great deal on at that summer estate sale?
In local government, "speed" may be a relative term, but a recent initiative in River Forest proves that when it comes to recognizing architectural and historical significance, it is possible to get relatively quick results.
Oak Park did the right thing — something to be proud of — and addressed an acute need. Affordable housing for single tenants is less than sexy. It is not an issue we like to face, much less have to fight with the some of the neighbors who cried out, "Not in my backyard!"
In recent years, green building techniques have turned the worlds of traditional architecture and construction on their heads. A boom in sustainable building products as well as sustainable building practices have changed the way many see the future of home building.