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Solar Oval Cob Plan

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. It has many valuable and green/sustainable features: Building with cob allows the use of local sustainable materials. Floor Plan THE SMALL COB SERIES is a set of small cob structures designed to not require building permits. Solar Oval One is a 120 interior sf. cob design intended to not require a building permit. Section looking North The introduction of irregular, non rectilinear and curved walls into your building creates a link between you, your building and the natural world. The materials needed to make a cob structure are generally very simple and there are many options: The foundation serves to support the building and connects it to the ground. Related:  Plans and Blue PrintsCottageGreen

Spiral Earthbag House Plan 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. 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. 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? Kitchens: A great deal of thought has gone into the kitchens I design. Baths: Most baths are standard 5 feet wide. Floors: I recommend floors made of earth, stone or recycled brick. Plaster: Most people use earth or lime plaster on earthbag houses.

Grain Bin Cabin Plan Grain Bin Cabin Mark Clipsham, Architect This 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom 692 sf cabin will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. It also has the potential to provide as many as 12 "berths" for use as a hunting cabin or such. Each berth could have its indiviual heat or A/C duct for greater efficiency. The basis of the design components is to put a grain bin inside a grain bin and insulate the space between them with foam. Don't want to use foam insulation or too far from an installer? Floor Plans Mark is offering 4 hours of consulting time with the basic cost of this plan, and this can be done before you receive the plans so that it is possible to have some custom alterations made. All designs depicted are the exclusive property of Architecture By Synthesis and are copyright protected. These plans include all plans, sections, elevations, details, etc. that are appropriate for this plan package.

Prefab Homes Ontario: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Ontario Home Builders A prefab or modular home is a home that is partially built in a plant and then shipped to a construction site where it is set on a previously constructed foundation. While a typical one-story bungalow consists of two or three modules, larger custom homes might use five or more of varying dimensions. Prefab Homes – Ontario The prefab homes Ontario industry mentions many advantages of using modular home construction. However, all home building comes with some hurdles. Prefab’s Claims to Fame There are a variety of claims made by prefab industry to support the idea that this method of home construction is the best way to present modern architecture to the masses. Prefab homes cost lessPrefab homes take less time to buildPrefab homes create less wastePrefab home is more “Green.” So, let’s take a deeper look and compare pros and cons of prefab home construction to stick built: Prefab Homes Cost Less a.) It is a given that building a home in the factory is cheaper than building it on site.

Go Green || Sustainable Design -™ Upgrade your home’s insulation and air-seal gaps and cracks sooner rather than later. This is one home improvement that will pay for itself relatively quickly and then continue to generate savings for as long as you live in your home. Even if a full upgrade is not in your budget this year, you can tackle several low- or no-cost improvements right now. Here are 10 tips to keep your home comfortable this winter. 1. If you have a sunroom or enclosed porch with a southern exposure, it can collect a great deal of heat. 2. In winter, a surprising amount of cold air can leak into your house around window and door openings, due largely to the fact that the framed (or rough) opening of a window or door is bigger than actual size of the window or door. 3. Baseboard and crown moldings that run along exterior walls are also sources of cold air infiltration. 4. 5. The tiny gaps between window sashes, jambs, headers, and sills and between the sash and the rails all add up. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Modular Pods House Plan This design connects three hexagonal pods or modules that can be arranged in various configurations using more or fewer pods. This enables the home to be built one stage at a time. The bonus room in the Double bedroom pod can be used as a study, etc. The bonus room in the Master bedroom pod can serve as a home office, guest room, etc. Main pod = 372 sq. ft., Double bedroom pod = 372 sq. ft., Master bedroom pod = 372 sq. ft., connecting spaces = 220 sq. ft., total = 1,336 sq. ft. interior; footprint: 42' x 87' Two-Pod Floor Plan Here's another configuration using two pods. My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. Cost: How much do earthbag houses cost? Kitchens: A great deal of thought has gone into the kitchens I design. Baths: Most baths are standard 5 feet wide. Floors: I recommend floors made of earth, stone or recycled brick. Plaster: Most people use earth or lime plaster on earthbag houses.

Eco Nest 1200 Plan This 1434 sf home was designed specifically for an off grid building site. It's floorplan allows all spaces to be easily heated by the solar gain or by the woodstove at night. The main bedroom has its own bathroom and there is a cozy sleeping loft above the dining area for guests. The screened porch expands the living area to encompass the outdoors and the storage room will hold the bikes and garden tools. A 'living roof' completes the greening of this unique eco-nest! Great plan for a remote vacation getaway or full-time rural home. Floor Plan All of Integral Design Studio's strawbale plans incorporate an internal modified post and beam structure, with bales on edge as infill. These plans include all four elevations, scaled floorplans, cross section details, other significant construction details. *In some cases the prints may be on 24"x36" sheets.

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. HOUSE AREA: 1,091 sq.ft., courtyard area: 221, BUILDING AREA: 1,312 sq.ft. Floor Plan As for materials: masonry for the rear & side walls for both strength and thermal inertia of the earth tempered style homes; insulated galvanized steel framing for the front walls and partitions, for longevity and resistance to termites, mold, mildew etc. Cutaway View

Green Roofs Are Changing Architecture: Kowloon Rail Terminus © Aedas It used to be that roofs were up top where nobody could see them, covered in gravel and full of mechanical equipment. Architectural renderings were pretty much all shot from eye level. Not anymore; green roof technology is making roofs into habitable architecture, and changing the way architects think of buildings. The Express Rail Link - West Kowloon Terminus by Aedas will connect Hong Kong to the National High Speed Rail Network. The architects tell Designboom: Flowing ribbon pathways spread to the roof plane, morphing into a highly sculpted garden. atop the 25 to 45 meter tall volume, an observation platform along the south elevation directs views towards the skyline, Victoria Peak and encompassing landscape. The have green walls inside the terminal, too. More images at Aedas and designboom

Fox Timber Frame Modern One Plan Timber framing is the method of creating framed structures of heavy timber jointed together with pegged mortise and tenon joints. To finish the walls, the spaces between the timbers were traditionally infilled with wattle and daub, brick, or rubble. Plastered faces on the exterior and interior were often “ceiled” with wainscoting for insulation and warmth. It has become common to surround the timber structure entirely in manufactured panels, such as SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels). Alternative ways of infilling include the use of strawbale or cordwood construction.