Modern Victorian  | 2009 W. 56th St., LaGrange Highlands, IL 60525  view map 
Modern Victorian is a Custom Home designed be truly as energy efficient, comfortable, and healthy as possible.
Construction Status: Nearly Complete

SIZE: 4,000 square feet

PROJECT TYPE: Single Family – New Construction

DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (Pending)
ENERGY STAR for Homes (Pending)
HERS Rating (Pending)

Schaffer Construction
2009 W 56th St., La Grange, IL 60525


Modern Victorian is a custom home built in LaGrange Highlands, and the first house in Illinois to be sealed using Aerobarrier. The site was selected for its location, lot size, and mature trees. The goal of this home was to build a house that was Net Zero Energy Ready, while still maintaining the the traditional look of a Victorian homes in the area.

The house was built to be as energy efficient as possible for a custom home. Beneath the cement board siding is 2-3” of Reclaimed Rigid foam, that was attached to the framing with 6” truss screws. This creates a rain screen to ventilate the siding.

A Radiant Heating and Cooling System was selected to make this home as comfortable as possible. Additionally, a Dedicated Outdoor Air System was used for ventilation and dehumidification. These features, combined with Energy Star appliances and LED lighting make this home truly remarkable.