This house Is one of the most eco friendly and custom houses we have built to date.
This project was crazy. A very memorable and successful experiment the whole way through. We had no idea what would happen to the bin when we started cutting it or if the huge sections we cut out would work being put on hinges to secure it when not in use. As it turned out everything worked just as we hoped.
This project is located on 300 acres close to the northern border of Missouri about two hours north of Kansas City where the owners have their primary residence. The trip up and back to the property with a day of hunting in the middle made for a long day and a dangerous late night drive home. The bin made for a comfortable weekend getaway.
Inside the bin there is running water, heat, power, lights, a small kitchen, a shower, and a standard flushing toilet. All the material was sourced from right on the property. An old 3 story barn that had just been blown over in recent years provided us with many of the materials we needed. We used its large structural beams for our steps, loft support, and bin support next to the large window. The tin from its roof we used as cladding for the interior walls creating the bathroom, the storage area, and kitchen backsplash. Some stones from the barns foundation made up the bathroom floor. All the remaining flooring was pulled out from under some of the oldest dirtiest hay any of us had ever had to deal with in the hay loft of the adjacent standing barn. The large window on the front was put together using six insulated double pain patio door blanks.
The overall budget was very small and the timeline was not much more than 2 weeks.
The Farley ranch house is situated on 100 acres just west of the Konza prairie outside of Manhattan Kansas. Keeping in mind the area's architectural vernacular the home was inspired by the many old large native stone barns that dot the Kansas flint hills.
The home was designed with longevity and durability in mind. The exterior was clad using natural stone over the entire exterior and standing seam metal on the roof. The interior was also finished with a level of craftsmanship and durability to provide long wearing finishes throughout. The great room is floored in hickory, the office, in Kansas reclaimed quarter-sawn oak, and the master and guest bedroom in Kansas reclaimed wide plank pine floors and all levels are trimmed in wide walnut trim. All the cabinets were custom built out of the same walnut along with matching 8' doors throughout. The walkout basement has a polished concrete floor, the same wide walnut trim as the rest of the house, along with 10' ceilings.
The house was built with many more green features besides using durable long lasting materials. A few examples are efficient framing, properly shaded souther facing high efficiency windows, and massive amounts of insulation.
This project turned the existing 3 car garage into a large living room overlooking the new backyard pool without it feeling like an old garage. We also added a new 3 car garage with a loft above it and a mud room and half bath.
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The airstream is a 1978 excella 500 that was purchased on craigslist for $2000 gutted and is slowly getting new insides.
More pictures and info on the project can be found HERE