The Solar Prairie Home is designed for the “cold” region of the United States
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The porch on the west side shades the family room from summer sun and creates an outdoor living area.
Regional designs, such as the Solar Prairie Home, allow homes to be energy efficient, more environmentally friendly and comfortable.
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Floor plan for the first story. To save on annual heating costs, the design features a superinsulated shell and high-performance windows.
Floor plan for the second story. The unique design of the upstairs bathroom in this solar home saves about $5,000 in construction costs versus having two separate bathrooms. Want more space in the bedrooms? Consider built-in fold-down beds.