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.
CATHERINE WANEK