Tucked away, in the heart of the historic Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri is a vacant lot. An, unfortunately, common site in this city of ours. But if group of developers has there way, by the end of the year there might something a little different at 4136 Flad: a high efficiently, green home.
This project would be developed by a partnership between The Fit House developers and St. Margaret Housing Corporation in Shaw. The thing that really makes this project stand out, is it’s contemporary design and creative use of natural elements. In this age of technology we live in, people see to dismiss natural ways to control temperature and lighting in homes. This design doesn’t do that. It is laid out in such a way that it will use natural sunlight and thermals to increase the flow of air throughout the house. Not a groundbreaking concept, but a lost art. They also incorporated a green roof into the design to control temperatures.
They will also be incorporating other elements such as solar panels, a hydronic water handler, and lots of insulation to keep energy consumption to a minimum. The design looks pretty exciting too. Very open and modern. And very different from most of the other properties in Shaw. Of course, these differences could be a hurdle in and of themselves.
Approval of the design by the Cultural Resources Office is still a work in progress so changes could still be made. At the very least, the developer seems resigned to the fact that the facade is going to have to be brick to meet the historic standards of the area. Assuming that can be worked out quickly, construction would be started this summer. When complete, the home would priced somewhere between $250,000 and $300,000.
As history has shown us, a conceptual design doesn’t always mean the finished product will ever see the light of day, but considering the quality of the plan and the private-public partnership, the chances of this coming together seem pretty good. I am told a few more bids and part of the financing for the project are still being worked out, but it looks like this are coming together. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more as summer draws near.
For more info and pics of this project, please visit thefithouse.com.