- Natural Home Magazine's Kitchen of the Year Award 2003
The Eichlers' 3,600 square foot home consists of three 1,067 square foot levels, an attached green house of about 120 square feet, and a master closet with adjoining office over the garage that is about 270 square feet.
Natural Home Magazine awarded the Eichlers' home "Kitchen of the Year" in 2003. Interior designer Laurie Bornstein assisted the owners in designing the kitchen. All the products the Eichlers used were environmentally sound and ecologically safe materials - from the cabinetry, paint and floors to Energy Star appliances.
The Eichlers' home is listed on the straw bale registry at http://sbregistry.greenbuilder.com/. David and Monika Eichler offer a consulting service to individuals interested in constructing straw bale homes. Having worked closely with the architect (J. Stephen Lane in Lawrence, Kansas) and consultant (Rod Harms of Civitas in Manhattan, Kansas) in designing their own straw bale home as well as serving in the capacity of general contractor during the construction of their home, the Eichlers can share information that can help the interested straw bale builder assess current strengths and weaknesses in a proposed project. More information can be viewed on their website at www.chrysalisfarm.com