Archive for Thursday, April 20, 2006

Latest KU home building project on the move

April 20, 2006


With the help of a crane, 20 Kansas University architecture and design students were this morning moving their latest creation - a unique modular home - from an east Lawrence warehouse to a Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood.

The house is the product of Studio 804, a KU School of Architecture and Urban Design class that annually designs and constructs a house over a period of about five months.

In past years, the Studio 804 projects have won the class national acclaim. In 2004, the class project won Architecture magazine's Home of the Year. Both the 2004 and 2005 houses won Project of the Year awards from Residential Architect magazine.

This morning, students, who are led by Dan Rockhill, a KU professor who oversees the project, loaded up five modules that contain the house, which will be reassembled when it arrives at an elevated lot at 534 Riverview Ave. in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood in Kansas City, Kan.

The 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath house uses sustainable materials and building practices - those that are in balance with the environment. Its interior floors are made of bamboo, a quickly renewable natural resource. The exterior is Douglas fir, a certified sustainable softwood. One room has a movable wall, so homeowners can fit the space to their needs.

The class creates the house as a volunteer effort and students are not paid for their labor. Past houses have sold for $140,000 to $165,000, with the money carried over to help fund next year's project.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 10 months ago

Wasn't the "Ninetiesgirl" house one of these projects?

newsreader 11 years, 10 months ago


if you would read the article, as most intelligent people do before making comments, you would see the home is bound for Kansas City, KS and will not stay in Lawrence.

Godot 11 years, 10 months ago

I see that one of the "tenants to homeowners" houses is on the market. You know, the ones that are subsidized by the city to provide low income people with the opportunity to have an affordable place to live. When this one was new in 1997 it went for under $60K. It is now on the market for $142,500. Nice growth in value.

It used to be that the only way you could avoid paying income tax on the profit of the sale of a home was to roll that money into another house. But under current tax law, a person can take up to $250,000 in profit out of a house, tax free.

I don't know if the current owner is the original tenant-to-homeowner, so this might not apply here. But, if the taxpayers subsidize home ownership for low income families, you would think that either that house should remain significantly lower in price than the market would bear, or, if not,when sold, some of that profit ought to be paid back to the tenant to homeowners fund.

Sigmund 11 years, 10 months ago

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Sigmund 11 years, 10 months ago

Jeez folks ... So jokes about mobile homes are now censored. Get a sense of humor or a life, whichever is easier for you.

Godot 11 years, 10 months ago

Sigmund, you should thank the staff.

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