Great Plains Residence

Sven Alstrom, Architect


East Elevation

South Elevation

This five bedroom home was designed for a small town professional with two young children. The east facing 75 ft. x 125 ft. lot was flat so we put a sunken greenhouse in the southwest corner to bring light into the basement level as well as provide a passive solar heating element and gardening center for the home.

The main level is 1982 sq. ft. (with additional full basement) and the house is entirely built of 6 ½ inch SIPS (structueral insulated panels) with 8 inch SIPS for the roof. Woodburning fireplace stoves on both levels supplement the geothermal driven radiant flooring throughout.

The central stairway also would allow expansion of a second loft area into a large dormer above the main floor bedrooms if desired.

Hot water domestic solar panels are planned in combination with a gas on demand hot water heater.

The basement floor plan includes two additional bedrooms and a large family room / media room which also serves as a tornado shelter on the Great Plains .

The basic plan is designed for 38 degree latitude / climate zone 4, but can be adjusted for other climate zones.


First Floor Plan


Basement Floor Plan

Here is a quote from one of Sven's many satisfied customers: "Sven worked within the design times that he initially gave us, worked well with other design people, helped us negotiate a contract with the general contractor, and was very active in recommendations for purchased items and appliances. Most importantly, he listened to our ideas, concerns and wishes and we ended up with a finished project we are delighted with. We would certainly work with Sven Alstrom again if we were to undertake another project."

Copyright Ecological Architecture P.C. for this design.


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Conceptual Drawings*

PDF file of Plans**

1 set of 24" X 36" Plans**

Electrical Layout Plan (per level)

Additional Set of Prints
(only available with the purchase of above)


*Similar to sketch plans shown above, but more complete with overall dimensions; include Partial Basement/ Main Floor / Roof Plan & Exterior Elevations, One Building Section. Downloadable PDF files.

**Plans include fully dimensioned floor plans, all four exterior elevations, and one building section for framing heights. Additional plans are available as indicated above.

The basic plan is designed for 38 degree latitude / climate zone 4, but can be adjusted for other climate zones for an additional fee. We also encourage using gallina polycarbonte skyights vs. glass, along the SW corner lower level.....This would require additional details and consultation based on their needs.


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