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caption id=”attachment_1173″ align=”aligncenter” width=”500″ caption=”Solar Ranch (click to enlarge)”]Solar Ranch (click to enlarge)[/caption]
Specifications: 805 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 26′ x 38′

Description: Very livable and comfortable, this solar ranch has vaulted ceilings in the great room, a modern kitchen and wood stove.

Solar Ranch (click to enlarge)

Solar Ranch (click to enlarge)

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Double Wide (click to enlarge)

Double Wide (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 693 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 24′ x 36′

Description: Originally designed to go on 12′ x 36′ trailer chassis, this design could also be built on the ground. The main design goal is a compact shape that provides all the basic amenities one would find in a trailer house (which are very popular despite their poor quality and offgassing of noxious fumes). A trailer design is one way to legally circumvent certain building codes. If you’re building this on the ground, one 2×4 center wall can be deleted to save money and free up a little extra space. A deck or porch on the south creates extra living space at low cost. This design is one of my most efficient, having almost no wasted space.

Double Wide (click to enlarge)

Double Wide (click to enlarge)

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U-shaped House (click to enlarge)

U-shaped House (click to enlarge)

Specifications: 990 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, Footprint: 31′ x 46′

Description: This pleasant home looks inward to an inviting flagstone courtyard with trees and plants. Spacious windows fill the home with light, while the earthen floors, earthen plaster and earthbags provide thermal mass to store excess heat, thus providing an even, comfortable inside temperature in moderate climates.

U-shaped House (click to enlarge)

U-shaped House (click to enlarge)

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Chonburi (click to enlarge)

Chonburi (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 624 sq. ft. interior main floor, 624 sq. ft. upper floor, total 1,248 sq. ft. interior, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 29′

Description: This sustainable home design is named after one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world – Chonburi, Thailand. Rich with old world charm and character, it has a tiled hip roof, covered entry with columns, arched doorways, large country-style kitchen, and all bedrooms upstairs for privacy. Master bedroom has private bath and love seat. Designed for hot climates, this plan can easily be modified for cold climates. Back doors on east and west sides make it easy to expand later. Optional cathedral ceiling in master bedroom.

Note: larger 3-4 bedroom version also available. 27’x42′ = 1,134 sq. ft. interior each floor for total 2,268 sq. ft., Footprint: 31’x45′

Chonburi main floor (click to enlarge)

Chonburi main floor (click to enlarge)


Chonburi upper floor (click to enlarge)

Chonburi upper floor (click to enlarge)

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Native Spirit (click to enlarge)

Native Spirit (click to enlarge)


Native Spirit (click to enlarge)

Native Spirit (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 565 sq. ft. interior, plus 291 sq. ft. tower (4 levels), 1 bedroom (fold-out bed), 1 bath, Footprint: 35′ x 45′

Description: This is my favorite design so far. I think it’s especially nice in elevation. The tower is built with earthbags since there’s no roof overhang. Scoria-filled earthbags would be an excellent choice, because scoria is lightweight, rot proof, insulating and easy to work with.

Native Spirit (click to enlarge)

Native Spirit (click to enlarge)

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Barn-style House (click to enlarge)

Barn-style House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,260 sq. ft. interior plus 246 sq. ft. upper floor, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 33′ x 46′

Description: Based on the popular barn-style, this design is easy to extend lengthwise in the future. Shown with rustic knotty pine or western cedar board and batten siding. The sunroom in the south-facing shed wing can be finished to client preferences. Possibilities include a larger dining area, grow space, rec room, home office or even an extra bedroom.

Barn-style House Main Floor (click to enlarge)

Barn-style House Main Floor (click to enlarge)


Barn-style House Upper Floor

Barn-style House Upper Floor

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Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment (click to enlarge)

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 525 sq. ft. interior apartment, 715 sq. ft. interior garage, Footprint: 30′ x 34′

Description: This garage apartment is practical and affordable. It’s ideal for use as a rental unit or grandparent’s apartment. A two car garage, shop, storage area and optional laundry are on the first floor.

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment Main Floor (click to enlarge)

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment Main Floor (click to enlarge)


Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

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