Straw Bale House on the Prairie

Jane Koger designed her home in the Flint Hills of Kansas using a number of sustainable strategies, from building with salvaged lumber and limestone to insulating with bales of native Indiangrass.



Hybrid House
South-facing clerestory windows bring light and winter heat deep into the north rooms. The final “color coat” of cement-lime stucco is still to be applied. The rough coat shows the result of many hands helping at Jane’s plastering parties.
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Hybrid House By Catherine Wanek
“The Hybrid House” showcases real people who have used a combination of design strategies to reduce their home energy use — sometimes by as much as 90 percent!
COVER: GIBBS SMITH
Limestone Bathroom
The bathroom features custom tile work, native limestone from the barn foundation, and a whirlpool tub that makes use of solar-heated hot water.
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Prairie House
The beautiful, rolling Flint Hills contain some of the last remaining tallgrass prairie in North America.
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Kansas Homesteaders
Barn-wood trim, native stone, antiques and found objects ensure a rustic and highly personal décor.
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Composting Toilet
The composting toilet storage chamber is cranked every five days and is emptied every 10 days.
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Straw Bale House Bedroom
The guest bedroom mimics the intense colors of a prairie sunrise.
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Woodstove In Living Room
The wheelchair-accessible living room features antiques and old barn wood for character. The woodstove is used for backup heat, fueled by hackberry and oak harvested from the fence rows.
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