Eco Friendly Homes & Cabins...
Small & Sustainable!

The small eco friendly homes and cabins featured here are designed to minimize their impact on the environment. Eco friendly and environmentally conscious, the examples that follow were constructed employing the latest green building methods and techniques.

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  Design above by Dennis Wedlick Architect

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The contemporary style cabin pic-
tured  at right is a modular or pre-
fab design . . . . .










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Prefab
Cabin Designs!


. . . while the eco friendly forest home that follows, by Johnston Architects in  Seattle,  Washington,  was  custom  built to meet the exacting require-
ments of its owners.

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Perched high on an  island  off  the
coast   of  British  Columbia  is  the weekend getaway pictured at right. Accessible only by boat,  this  sus-
tainable
cabin feels a world away.






Designed by Vancouver architects Heather Howat and David Battersby, the cabin  was  conceived as architecture that would meld with the landscape. The open interior plan (below, left) features a fir floor that steps downward twice,  creating a grade change that roughly follows the topography of the site.

The roof features a rainwater-retention system and a series of solar panels that  are  strategically  positioned  at  the  same angle as this eco friendly home's geographic latitude to maximize the energy capture.      The panels produce enough electricity to operate the house during the summer. During the winter months, a diesel-powered generator kicks in.     The power from the generator travels through cables from a compact bunker to  a  48-volt, 750-amp  battery  bank  housed  in  a mechanical room beneath the house where an inverter converts the voltage from DC to the  more  user-friendly AC format.

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Nestled among the tall trees, the cabin is barely visible from the water be-
low.    Conversely,  the views from within,  as well as from the cedar dock below, are nothing short of spectacular!

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East Coast Eco Friendly Home

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Moving across the North American continent  to a small island off the eastern  seaboard  of  the  United
States   is  the  eco friendly home pictured at right and below.     Lo-
cated  twenty  miles off the coast
of  Maine  on  Ragged Island,  this carefully  conceived  weekend  re-
treat  is  designed  to take advan-
tage   of  the  ocean  views  while protecting it from its northeasterly orientation. As shown in the image below,  right,  the architect,  Alex
Scott Porter,  devised a system of corrugated   aluminum   panels  to
shutter   the   large  windows  and
doors during inclement weather.



Four solar panels, affixed to the southeast-facing porch (below, left), col-
lect a surplus of energy  --  easily a week’s worth when stored in auxiliary batteries -- and the DC-powered solar fridge is efficient enough to run in-
discriminately.     An on-demand,  gravity-driven water heater is fueled by propane.

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A water catchment system operates in conjunction with a clever mechan-
ical  contraption  called a roof washer, which collects and disposes of the first five gallons of sullied rainwater before directing it into a cistern.  The water is then siphoned from the center of  the  tank,  ensuring  that  any sediment  collected  on the surface and bottom does not contaminate the drinking water.

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The light and airy interior,  clad in naturally finished wood,  feels as if it is larger than it actually is.   In keeping with the owner's wishes, it is "super simple" and utilizes local materials.

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Furnished with Lubi Daybeds, the designs incorporate hidden storage areas behind and beneath the cushions.

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The small porch is ideal for extending the breakfast or dining area on sun-
drenched days.







And once again, though this eco friendly home is relatively small in square footage, it is BIG on spectacular views!

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