KANSAS LONG HOUSE

Clad in native limestone and roofed with sod the Kansas Long House binds life and nature. The orientation of the house takes advantage of solar heat gain at the sun enters in the winter to heat the concrete floors through continuous louvered south windows. These window also provides an abundance of natural light in every room. The long plan and its narrow twenty-four foot width aid in the creation of natural cross ventilation. The prevailing breezes cross the prairie and enter the house through low operable windows along the south elevation and exit through high windows on the north side. The green roof minimizes excessive heat buildup in the summer and provides insulation in the winter. Butterfly milkweed compliments the native grasses in the spring through early summer and wild turkey and deer browse regularly in the field visible from every room.

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