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Chrysalis Farm



OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Marketable-Home

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21%

6%

27%

15%

3%

12%

(This house reported 33 resource efficient features.
Percentages above indicate the distribution of features and total 100%)

GOALS

  • To build a home using sustainable building techniques that would be well suited for its geographic location as well as for the owners' aesthetic tastes.
The Eichlers' Home was the first straw bale built in northeast Kansas

HOME DETAILS

  • Location: Lawrence, Kansas
  • Climate Zone: Mixed-Humid
  • Type of Project: New Construction
  • Home Completed: 2001
  • Setting: rural
  • Energy Source: - propane - grid electric - geothermal
  • Layout: Single-Family; 4 bedroom; Attached garage
  • Lot Size: 30 acre
  • Square Footage: 3600
  • Sales Market: Middle-income
  • Cost/Square Foot: $ 85.00

PRIMARY CONTACT

David Eichler, Owner
Chrysalis Farm
- Homeowner

Website:
Phone: -

HOME AWARDS/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Natural Home Magazine's Kitchen of the Year Award      2003

SPECIAL INFORMATION

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

The slab for the garage was poured over four prefab concrete pads

The east side of the house has the main entryway

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