When Shawn and Rachel Gottschalk moved their family to the GOOF, their son Henry boasted that his dad, a principal at studioMET, had built him a house. “Everybody was probably expecting some elaborate mansion,” says Shawn, owner/architect of the mid-century-inspired home. “But it’s pretty simple.”

Still, Pavilion Haus, as he has dubbed it—the American Institute of Architects, by the way, has followed suit—stands out in this up-and-coming enclave of ’50s and ’60s ranchers just north of the 610 Loop. And while it may not be palatial, it is certainly resourceful: The great room, for example, combines kitchen, dining, and living spaces into one sundrenched corridor with deep, sleek built-ins and custom concrete floors. The kids call it their “race track,” Shawn says, and when it’s nice out, the whole block joins in. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels on both ends of the room create a seamless indoor-outdoor space. “We wanted to be connected to each other and to the outdoors,” Shawn explains.

A tasteful master suite, two kids’ bedrooms, and bathrooms connected by a flex space, a laundry room, and a garage round out the abode, with its neutral facade of taupe bricks and gray hues. Distinct from the neighborhood's 70-year-old stalwarts? Sure. But so is the Craftsman two-story going up around the corner and the charming remodel a few blocks away.

More and more young professionals and families are narrowing in on the GOOF for its highway-adjacent location, proximity to parks, and growing retail and restaurant scene, all of which attracted the Gottschalks, too. “These are all traditional houses, but there is a variety within that,” Shawn says. “It’s not a cookie-cutter subdivision where you pull up to the house and realize you’re at the wrong one.”

Home Details

  • Size: 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Architect: studioMET Architects
  • Year built: 2015
  • Current owners: Shawn and Rachel Gottschalk