Architect - Chicago, IL
Searl Lamaster Howe Architects is committed to realizing inspiring spaces for clients who value where they live, work, play, and learn. Each project is approached as a unique opportunity with a distinct set of needs and aspirations. Client collaboration at each step of the design and construction process is key to the quality of the office's work. A project's aesthetic is complemented and shaped by a detailed study of program, context, technology, and budget. The studio shares a commitment to creativity, innovation, sustainability, detail, and materiality. The firm portfolio includes residential, commercial and institutional projects that range from master planning to renovations to restorations to new construction. It is a member of the United States Green Building Council and offers full LEED services. The office is a certified Female Business Enterprise (FBE) at the state level; it also holds Women Business Enterprise (WBE) status in Chicago, its home base. The firm works nationally and abroad and is licensed in Illinois, Florida, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Alabama. Our work begins with you. Searl Lamaster Howe listens to your needs and concerns, evaluates your program, site, goals, and budget and assembles a team to support the successful implementation of your goals. We take your project from initial conception through construction administration and occupancy support, assisting with the myriad issues that develop through the course of the project.
500 N Dearborn St Ste 950
Chicago, IL 60654
This house for a newlywed couple represents a melding of cultures, time periods, materials and ideas about defining space. Housed within a historic district bordering Evanstons city center, the stucco clad house presents a stately street face which is contrasted with the more informal and private courtyard that the house wraps around. Traditional architectural forms are reinterpreted to instill a modern spirit in the house, the end goal being a house that is clearly of its age while respecting its surroundings.
A desire to clearly express the beauty of simple honest construction and basic materials characterizes this gut renovation of a 1950s ranch house in a lakeside Michigan community. Exposed wood trusses, polished concrete floors, zinc coated walls and roofing, galvanized metal grating, and white stucco are offset by crimson red casement windows. A screened porch - the epicenter of this summer home - distinguishes the street side facade and provides a direct connection to the gardens surrounding the house. A geothermal well feeds a radiant heating system embedded in the floor. Structurally insulated panels fabricated offsite provide a superior level of thermal protection. Local sourcing was used whenever possible for supplies including the windows, cabinetry, drywall, concrete block, trusses, and metal work.
This contemporary cottage in Wisconsin is situated on a wooded bluff with views of Lake Michigan. The design has a strong focus on sustainability which is reflected is many aspects of the house including geothermal heating, reclaimed wood floors, and Richlite counters. Materials such as the rubber tile roofing and cement board siding were chosen for their longevity. The plan of the house is a split level to take advantage of the existing topography and separate the guest rooms from the living area and master suite on the main level. Designed for simple retreats from the city, care was taken to keep the spaces small and cozy, with an emphasis on the outdoor environment. Large picture windows allow for unobstructed views to the lake and woods, with awning windows below for ventilation during the occasional rain.