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Mountain Cottage (click to enlarge)

Mountain Cottage (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 638 sq. ft. interior plus 638 sq. ft. upper floor, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 25′ x 32′

Description: Excellent solar gain, superinsulated earthbag walls filled with insulation, and interior thermal mass make this home ideal for cold mountain climates.

Mountain Cottage Main (click to enlarge)

Mountain Cottage Main (click to enlarge)


Mountain Cottage Upper (click to enlarge)

Mountain Cottage Upper (click to enlarge)

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Summer Breeze (click to enlarge)

Summer Breeze (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,335 sq. ft. interior, 4 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 33′ x 48′

Description: This luxurious earthbag home is ideal for hot climates. The center section has extra windows on each end to allow breezes to flow through the house. Features include a large master bedroom with private bath access, laundry, breakfast bar, wood stove and built-in cabinets.

Summer Breeze (click to enlarge)

Summer Breeze (click to enlarge)

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Country House (click to enlarge)

Country House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,032 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 35′

Description: Classic country design and detailing make this a beautiful and comfortable home design.

Country House Main Floor (click to enlarge)

Country House Main Floor (click to enlarge)


Country House Upper (click to enlarge)

Country House Upper (click to enlarge)

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Note: See Solar Santa Fe for perspective view.

Specifications: 956 sq. ft. interior, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 29′ x 45′ plus patio

Description: This is a three bedroom version of the Solar Santa Fe design. Both are designed to optimize passive solar. A tiled roof along the south side is sized to prevent overheating in summer, but allow maximum solar gain in winter. Quality detailing is evident throughout — open, comfortable layout, rough-hewn posts and vigas (round roof timbers), built-in bench and kiva-style fireplace (or wood stove insert). On the cooler east side is a large outdoor flagstone patio (not shown).

Solar Santa Fe 3 (click to enlarge)

Solar Santa Fe 3 (click to enlarge)

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Solar Santa Fe (click to enlarge)

Solar Santa Fe (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 488 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 16′ x 45′ plus patio

Description: In addition to the charm of typical Santa Fe homes, this house is designed to optimize passive solar. A tiled roof along the south side is sized to prevent overheating in summer, but allow maximum solar gain in winter. Quality detailing is evident throughout — open, comfortable layout, rough-hewn posts and vigas (round roof timbers), built-in bench and kiva-style fireplace (or wood stove insert). On the cooler east side is a large outdoor flagstone patio (not shown).

Solar Santa Fe (click to enlarge)

Solar Santa Fe (click to enlarge)

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Crow (click to enlarge)

Crow (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 728 sq. ft. interior plus 366 sq. ft. loft, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 29′ x 31′ plus porch

Description: One of my favorites, this design has a cathedral ceiling over the main living space, wood stove, passive solar design and large porch on the west to block the hot afternoon sun. There is a large loft over the bedrooms and bath.

Crow (click to enlarge)

Crow (click to enlarge)

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Craftsman (click to enlarge)

Craftsman (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 814 sq. ft. interior, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 25′ x 42′

Description: This plan has all the amenities of a larger home, in a compact space with Craftsman detailing. Stylish yet simple and practical.

Craftsman (click to enlarge)

Craftsman (click to enlarge)

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Office (click to enlarge)

Office (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 199 sq. ft. interior, Footprint: 13′ x 23′

Description: Here’s a perfect design for your backyard office or studio. Building codes vary from region to region, but this design may not need a building permit because it falls below the minimum floor space requirement of 200 sq. ft.

Office (click to enlarge)

Office (click to enlarge)

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Beach House (click to enlarge)

Beach House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 525 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom (plus fold-out bed), 1 bath, Footprint: 24′ x 27′ plus porches

Description: Features include a deck and large window wall that faces the waterfront, and screened porch in the rear. Designed to weather hurricanes and other extremes of ocean-front property — a perfect application for earthbags, which far surpass most other building materials in terms of hurricane resistance. This design also includes an optional cistern under the house for storage of roofwater.

Beach House (click to enlarge)

Beach House (click to enlarge)

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L-Shape (click to enlarge)

L-Shape (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 552 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 32′ x 32′

Description: The main characteristics of this house include efficient use of space, while offering basic necessities and a few extras like a wood stove, good-sized computer desk and excellent passive solar design.

L-Shape (click to enlarge)

L-Shape (click to enlarge)

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