Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Quiet Place

Our first stop in Kansas was at the home of my sweetheart’s cousin.  They live in a very rural part of Kansas – it’s very quiet there.  I loved hearing the birds singing from early morning until late afternoon.
From the front their home looks like a ‘regular’ house but their home is unique – it’s built into the side of an earthen berm.  The entire back of the house is encased in earth!  There are no windows at the back of the house but there is a lot of light inside because of the design.  Windows along the front and a ‘skylight’ down through the earthen roof make everything seem bright and cozy.P5182972
My sweetheart’s cousin’s husband told us he is trying to encourage growth of a certain type of short grass because he doesn’t want to mow his roof!P5182973
Most of their home is made of concrete, including the ceilings.  It’s quite strong and very energy efficient.  Cool in the summer.  Warm in the winter.  And very cozy inside.
I didn’t take many photos of the interior of their home.  We were too busy chatting and touring and spending time together.  At the front of their home is a wonderful sunroom.  You enter the sunroom through French doors in the dining room.  It's filled with sunshine and shadows and places to sit and relax.  It was a good place for a quiet rest or a good chat with family.  When you walk through their front door a little window in the entry way gives you a peek into this sweet place.
P5172881The sunroom is warm and inviting.  The wood panels on the ceiling can be opened or closed to let more or less sunshine into the room.  The position of the panels depends on the time of year and the needs of the plants (and people!) in the room.P5172883Plants have been planted right into the ground along the front windows.  They don't seem to know they aren't outside!P5172884An industrial farm shelf unit holds the biggest cactus I’ve ever seen inside a home.  Obviously it loves where it was placed many years ago.P5172885
I loved the way sun and shadow filled the sunroom every morning while we were there.  My sweetheart's cousin and her hubby often eat meals at the old table when it's just the two of them.P5172887A little, old wooden bench, an old crock and a vintage watering can had been carefully placed beside the flowers. It looks like someone was doing a bit of work and just left them there.P5172889Even the top of an old, rustic, wooden cupboard was filled with an interesting collection of things to see.P5172890Time went too quickly and soon it was time for us to go.  I left wanting a sunroom of my own and wishing the quiet visits we enjoyed there could have continued.  That’s the sign of a good visit – when you leave wishing you could stay much longer - and when your host and hostess want you to come back and stay longer next time!


  1. Oh I love this home! So pretty and has that rustic, almost dessert feel to it as well. Your photos are lovely! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Very interesting ~ I really like the sunroom too. I'm glad you had such an great time.

  3. What a lovely home. I love seeing homes built of concrete and earth. How fun to get to visit there.

  4. That's a really cool earth-contact home! My boss used to have a two story one. They are the best form of protection from tornadoes out in Western Kansas.

  5. This is so interesting.
    I have friends that live in an underground house. It is just beautiful, as I am sure this one is on the inside, as well.
    So glad you had a nice time.

  6. Adrienne, this house is so interesting. I've never seen this concept before, but I can certainly realize the pros. I'm glad you had such a nice visit.

    And, I am so sorry that I am just finding out about your sweet mother. I hope she continues to get stronger every day. I know just how hard it is to watch our parents age.

    Love to you from me, dear Adrienne.♥

  7. Very cool home! My Aunt actually lives in an underground home similar to this, not as cute though:>) Thanks for sharing these photos!
    How's your mom?


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