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Green House (click to enlarge)

Green House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 315 sq. ft. interior plus 90 sq. ft. loft, Footprint: 18′ x 24′

Description: A play on words, this tiny house has ‘green’ walls and optional living roof (not shown). Plant covered buildings are very practical, because they can save materials and finish work, reduce heating and cooling loads, oxygenate air around the building, as well as provide habitat for wildlife, buffer noise, etc. This house was designed for two university students who are concerned about the environment. Vines work well, or you could use the living wall system I am currently developing.

There are two main options: Loadbearing design (no posts), and post and beam. The loadbearing option requires dense ‘builder quality’ bales to prevent settling.

Green House (click to enlarge)

Green House (click to enlarge)

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Mediterranean (click to enlarge)

Mediterranean (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 832 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 41′

Description: This Mediterranean house has curved walls, a common plumbing wall, large closets and wood stove.

Mediterranean (click to enlarge)

Mediterranean (click to enlarge)

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33′ (10m) Roundhouse - 2 Bedroom (click to enlarge)

33′ (10m) Roundhouse - 2 Bedroom (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 855 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 36′ diameter

Description: 10 meters (33’) diameter is the maximum size of a round earthbag structure before needing buttressing. This spacious design features a large master bedroom with desk and walk-in closet, efficient kitchen and south-facing window wall for excellent solar gain.

33′ (10m) Roundhouse - 2 Bedroom (click to enlarge)

33′ (10m) Roundhouse - 2 Bedroom (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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