The Montessori Children’s House is located in a former residence on the east side of Northfield just south of the Northfield Middle School. This was a challenging project in that we had a tight time frame to complete the work, and we had several building code issues to address. The architect for the project was Gary Hanson of Prairie Creek Architects.
In order to make the lower level of the house suitable for young children in an educational setting we had to lower the existing basement floor. This was done to comply with the minimum headroom requirement on this level. We also created a direct on grade exit from this level. This was done by adding an addition that included the exit as well as a stairway to the upper level.
We retained the lovely oak floors in the home and refinished them, creating wonderful classroom spaces. The bathrooms were revised to accommodate the needs of young students, including the installation of 12″ high water closets and child sized counters and sinks.
Our work included creating asphalt parking areas to comply with city regulations. We also connected the building to the municipal water system using directional underground boring. The backyard was finished into a play yard for the children.