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U-Shaped House Plan. This pleasant home looks inward to an inviting flagstone courtyard with trees and plants.

U-Shaped House Plan

Spacious windows fill the home with light, while the earth floors, earth plaster and earthbags provide thermal mass to store excess heat, thus providing an even, comfortable inside temperature in moderate climates. 655 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath; footprint: 27' x 41' My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. The easiest way to cut costs is to build small, so almost every plan I design is less than 1,000 interior square feet. Solar Oval Cob Plan. Small Cob Series No permit required - passive solar - small cob buildings SOLAR OVAL ONE is a compact passive solar design with a loft which can be an outbuilding for many possible uses.

Solar Oval Cob Plan

It has many valuable and green/sustainable features: Building with cob allows the use of local sustainable materials. Chalet Plan. Designed for the mountains, this vacation home has a large window wall and deck facing the mountain view.

Chalet Plan

The master bedroom bedroom is on the upper floor. 672 sq. ft. interior plus 135 sq. ft. upper floor (807 sq. ft. total), 2 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 27' x 31' My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. The easiest way to cut costs is to build small, so almost every plan I design is less than 1,000 interior square feet. I've tried to return to the sizes prevalent 50-100 years ago, when an 800 sq. ft. bungalow was perfectly satisfactory. People didn't feel deprived or poor in these houses. Cost: How much do alternative houses cost? Solareon Court Plan. Solareon Court Angus Macdonald, Designer Arial View from Southeast The Solareon Court plan features a greenhouse type courtyard with a clerestory facing south.

Solareon Court Plan

It can be built into a hillside, or superinsulated on flat land. The structure features a post & beam solar greenhouse room with a glass block fountain. Interior plan is open and simple, suitable for Ikea style wardrobes and storage units. Spiral Dome Magic Plans. This highly unique home combines the Peace Dome and Spiral Houses, which are also available separately.

Spiral Dome Magic Plans

But by combining them it really creates a truly exciting design. This unique, almost Hobbit-like earth-sheltered 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. Spiral Earthbag House Plan. This unique, almost Hobbit-like earth-sheltered spiral design includes a large grow bed, exposed timber ceiling and living roof.

Spiral Earthbag House Plan

Ample light is provided by the window wall next to the grow bed, windows, skylight and suntubes. 740 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 31' x 40' My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. Get Rid Of Wasps: Traps & Tips. 2007 Solar Oven. DIY Solar Oven. One of the most eco-friendly, simplest and safest ways to cook food is with a solar oven.

DIY Solar Oven

Follow our DIY Solar Oven instructions to build your own. Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Pizza Oven. I must admit, I’m a bit of a breadhead.

Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Pizza Oven

Few things are as exciting to me as freshly baked bread with a dab of butter, or hot and greasy scallion pancakes, or fluffy and airy naan, or a pizza fresh from the hearth of a wood-fired cob oven. (That last one trumps all the others.) I thrive on bread. How to Make a Solar Oven - DIY Projects. The following is an excerpt from "DIY Solar Projects" by Eric Smith (Creative Publishing, 2011).

How to Make a Solar Oven - DIY Projects

Solar ovens are simple devices that capture heat from the sun with a reflective surface that’s angled or curved towards a cooking pot. Because they can be easily made from cheap materials like scrap cardboard and tinfoil, they are widely used in areas of the world where trees and fossil fuel are scarce or expensive. Once made, they can be used to cook food and boil water in a reasonable amount of time for absolutely no cost.

Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Pizza Oven. DIY Party Barge for an Epic Summer. Money didn’t stop these ambitious guys from having an epic summer.

DIY Party Barge for an Epic Summer

Solar Oven Comparison - Sun Test. Solar oven comparisons and detail page for the top commercial brands: The All American Sun Oven...Hot Pot...SOS Sport... "Solar Burner"...The SunChef and more Which is the best solar oven on the market? Dutch Oven Chicken and Rice. Offgridcabin. This blog is about the design and construction of an off-grid system in Upper Michigan. The purpose of the offgridcabin is to contribute to the off-grid community by basically saying, “well, that worked out pretty well” or, “well, that wasn’t such a good idea.

I think next time I’d… ” The quick statistics on the system (as of July 2011) 3000 Watt Xantrex MS3000 inverter with control panel14 x 225 Ah deep cycle lead-acid batteries (Johnson Controls)810 Watts of solar (6 x 135 Kyocera LPU 12V panels)3000 Watt Honda EU3000 generator with RF remote starter4 x 350 Lumen 12V LED security lights with motion sensorVictron BMV 600s battery monitor (meter 103′ from shunt)Liquid propane refrigeratorGas heater in garage and cabinFree-standing wood burner in cabin. Solar panel cooker designs. See below: All solar panel cooker designs on this wiki Solar panel cookers, due to their ease of construction and low-cost materials, are the simplest solar cookers to build and the most common. Tens of thousands of these are in use in Refugee camps around the world. Panel-style cookers Edit. Who We Are – Mud and Wood.