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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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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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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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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)

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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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Farm Guesthouse (click to enlarge)

Farm Guesthouse (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 355 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 23′ x 27′ plus pergola

Description: Provide housing for your guests in style. This guesthouse is compact, yet highly efficient and comfortable. Features include a generous kitchen, country style kitchen table and large covered patio with built-in bench. A vine covered pergola dresses up the south side of the house and helps keep it cool. The house is elevated to capture the breezes and prevent flooding. It could be built on grade, of course.

Farm Guesthouse (click to enlarge)

Farm Guesthouse (click to enlarge)

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