Bridgette Meinhold

Green-Roofed Longhouse Blends Into the Kansas Prairie

by , 11/16/10

Kansas, Longhouse, green roof, rockhill and associates, green home, eco home

The bedrooms, bathrooms and other service rooms are grouped as a core surrounded by hallways on either side, and two of the bedrooms have movable walls to allow the space to be more flexible. The bathrooms are uniquely designed with the tub and toilet enclosed in a room, while the sinks sit outside in the hallway. The north wall of the home is completely lined with 28 built-in floor-to-ceiling cabinets for storage, while the south is open and sunny.

One of the mechanical rooms in the central core serves as a tornado shelter for the residents. Climate control for the home is provided by two whole house fans coupled with cross ventilation across the narrow house with operable, small windows high on the north side and the south windows. Rockhill and Associates designed the home so it was comfortable in its rural setting and yet contemporary in the execution. Overall, it is a very unique and eco-friendly home.

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