Studio 804 completes gabled Kansas home with Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

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Students in the design-build program at the University of Kansas have created a unique primary home and accessory dwelling unit (ADU) inspired by farmstead vernacular architecture. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, the house, named 722 Ash Street, was designed and built by the students as part of the Studio 804 program, which focuses on sustainable and affordable building solutions. The project was a speculative venture and the completed house was sold upon its completion.

722 Ash Street sits in a transitional area in North Lawrence, where urban conditions meet agricultural fields. The region’s farmstead vernacular influenced the design of the project, which includes a series of gabled volumes positioned at varying angles, giving the home a dynamic appearance. The main residence occupies two front volumes and has one story, covering a total area of 1,442 square feet. The ADU, located in the rear volume, measures 516 square feet and has a ground level and a loft space.

Key features of the home include timber frames, continuous siding made of phenolic resin cladding, and a shed-like volume connecting the main residence and the ADU. The interiors feature polished concrete flooring, painted drywall, and IKEA cabinetry with Richilite countertops and fronts. The main residence consists of a kitchen, a living room with a high ceiling, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. The ADU offers flexible rooms that can function as guest quarters or rental spaces, generating additional income for the homeowner.

Sustainability was a priority for the project, and it earned LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. The house boasts a highly insulated building envelope and a 4.9-kw rooftop solar array, among other eco-friendly features. The use of technology and thoughtful design reduces the home’s environmental impact and ensures low-energy usage and costs for the owners.

Studio 804, the design-build program responsible for the project, has completed 29 projects in Kansas since its establishment in 1995. Other notable projects by Studio 804 include a Passivhaus-certified home clad in yellow cedar and a house constructed from salvaged materials, such as reclaimed metal and wood from railroad trestles.

Photography for the project has been provided by Corey Gaffer Photography.

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