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Spiral Dome Magic 2 (click to enlarge)

Spiral Dome Magic 2 (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 452 sq. ft. interior dome with loft, 740 sq. ft. interior spiral, plus pantry, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 42′ x 57′ plus buttresses

Description: This highly unique home combines the Peace Dome and Spiral Houses, which are also available separately. But by combining them it really creates a truly exciting design.

Spiral Dome Magic 2 (click to enlarge)

Spiral Dome Magic 2 (click to enlarge)


Spiral Dome Magic 1 (click to enlarge)

Spiral Dome Magic 1 (click to enlarge)

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Natural House (click to enlarge)

Natural House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 287 sq. ft. interior plus 287 sq. ft. loft, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 16′ x 30′

Description: Here’s a dirt-cheap energy-efficient design that’s simple to build. This is a good starter project. Features include a loft for sleeping and office space, and south-facing windows for excellent solar gain and daylighting. Earth berming and simple curves helps the Natural House blend into its environment.

Natural House (click to enlarge)

Natural House (click to enlarge)

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Spiral 2 Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Spiral 2 Earthbag House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 740 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 31′ x 40′ plus buttresses and covered porch

Description: Spiral 2 is a variation of my first spiral house — Spiral Earthbag House. This unique, almost Hobbit-like earth-sheltered spiral design includes a large grow bed, exposed timber ceiling and living roof. Ample light is provided by the window wall next to the grow bed, window and door glazing, and suntubes. Distinguishing features include two bedrooms, masonry two-way fireplace, covered porch and cool pantry for storage of food (no electricity required for refrigeration). An alternate roof plan is available for building with TJIs where wood poles are not available. There’s even a door planned in for future expansion. This home meets zero energy standards, and is now one of my favorite.

Spiral 2 Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Spiral 2 Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

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English Cottage (click to enlarge)

English Cottage (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 834 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 43′

Description: This charming curved cottage is styled after homes from a bygone era, when rugged timbers supported the roof, and walls were reassuringly thick and strong. This modern cottage adds a spacious kitchen with pantry and island, passive solar design, built-in cabinets and computer desk.

English Cottage (click to enlarge)

English Cottage (click to enlarge)

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Zero Energy Four (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy Four (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,693 sq. ft. interior plus 901 sq. ft. interior greenhouse, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 40′ x 109′ not including cisterns or optional garage.

Description: Zero Energy Four is a four bedroom version of my Zero Energy home series. This revolutionary design features zero net energy use, extremely low ‘near zero’ embodied energy and extremely low cost of around $10/square foot (cost of shell, excluding energy systems). This design is the result of years of research in energy efficiency and low cost, alternative building methods.

Zero Energy Four (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy Four (click to enlarge)

You might also be interested in:
Zero Energy One
Zero Energy Two

Here’s a custom Zero Energy Four now in the works:

Custom Zero Energy Four (click to enlarge)

Custom Zero Energy Four (click to enlarge)

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Earthworm Studio (click to enlarge)

Earthworm Studio (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 662 sq. ft. interior including bedroom loft, 1 bath, Footprint: 18.5′ x 39′

Description: This house was custom designed for a client who wanted total concealment by building into a hillside and using living roof and living walls. They also requested minimal environment impact and lowest possible cost off-grid design.

Earthworm Studio (click to enlarge)

Earthworm Studio (click to enlarge)

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Spiral Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Spiral Earthbag House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 740 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 31′ x 40′ plus buttresses

Description: This unique, almost Hobbit-like earth-sheltered spiral design includes a large grow bed, exposed timber ceiling and living roof. Ample light is provided by the window wall next to the grow bed, windows, skylight and suntubes.

Spiral Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Spiral Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

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Arc House (click to enlarge)

Arc House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 672 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 21′ x 51′

Description: Defined by an arc, this gently curving house uses passive solar design to capture the sun’s energy during the day and then store it in its interior mass to stabilize interior temperatures. Features include living roof and earth berm design.

Arc House (click to enlarge)

Arc House (click to enlarge)

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Zero Energy One (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy One (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 846 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 36′ x 48′ not including cisterns

Description: Zero Energy One is a major step forward in sustainable housing. This revolutionary design features zero net energy use, extremely low ‘near zero’ embodied energy and extremely low cost of around $10/square foot (cost of shell, excluding energy systems). This design is the result of years of research in energy efficiency and low cost, alternative building methods.

In contrast, most zero energy homes are in the $1/4 million range, and utilize complex and expensive technologies that are unaffordable to the vast majority. In my opinion, these homes are not truly sustainable due to their size, cost, use of high embodied energy materials and complexity.

Zero net energy use: Optimized passive solar design, balanced superinsulation/thermal mass, earth sheltering, PV panels, solar hot water, airlock entries, wood stove with water jacket runs hot water through built-in bench and bed, solar wall oven, cool pantry, roofwater catchment, energy-efficient appliances, indoor herb and flower garden, optional composting toilet and greywater recycling.

Near zero embodied energy construction: Earthbag construction using recycled grain bags and other recycled materials, earth, gravel, scoria, earthen floors, earthen interior plaster, lime exterior plaster, rice hull roof insulation, recycled content metal roofing.

Ultra-low cost: Earthbag construction, recycled and locally obtained non-toxic natural materials, owner-builder friendly, low tech solutions.

Shown with optional Survival Shelter and concealed entry.

Optional living wall on exterior of south wall. Details coming soon.

Zero Energy One (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy One (click to enlarge)

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Zero Energy Two (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy Two (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,275 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 36′ x 73′ not including cisterns or optional survival shelter.

Description: Zero Energy Two is a two bedroom version Zero Energy home. This revolutionary design features zero net energy use, extremely low ‘near zero’ embodied energy and extremely low cost of around $10/square foot (cost of shell, excluding energy systems). This design is the result of years of research in energy efficiency and low cost, alternative building methods.

Note: If you want extra space for more bedrooms, etc. then I suggest adding a basement. A full basement design is in the works and will be available soon.

Zero Energy Two (click to enlarge)

Zero Energy Two (click to enlarge)

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