Friday, April 1, 2011

House design and construction

House design, viewed from SE
Here is the design for the house we will be building. It's windows are oriented to the east and south, to make the most of the view of the pond and for light/solar gain respectively.

It has a footprint of 1956 sq.ft, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a central living/dining and kitchen space. I chose to go with a single-slope roof to get a more modern feel, and to allow more light into the main living area where the ceiling is vaulted (12' to roof truss, 15' to roof panels.

View from North West corner of lot towards pond

View from the East over the pond towards house site

We are using prefab insulated steel panels produced by Kokoon homes in Toccoa, Georgia.

So with hundreds of thousands if not millions of house designs out there and readily available on the net (I would know, I spent an average of 10 hours a week surfing through them over the last 9 months) why did I choose to come up with my own design? For two reasons,  firstly, wanting a design that made the most of what the lot has to offer and secondly, to do it affordably.

House design links / inspiration / interesting sites:

Rocio Romero, modern design and prefab architecture

Blue Sky Homes – Modern, Eco Friendly, Steel Homes » BSH 1,000 o2

FabCab Kits « FabCab

Noble Home | Modern Kit Homes | Energy Efficient, Environmentally Friendly, Sustainable, Prefabricated Houses


A Contemporary Sustainable Long House | Self Build, Renovate or Convert Your Own House | Renovation | Home Building & Renovating UK

C3 cabin

Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture | Mod.FabTM

The Shell Villa Contemporary Japanese Design by Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects - 

House Plans - The Kingsbury Architectural Classic Series Custom Home

Modern, Contemporary, Interior, House, Home Design on Home Design Home

Small Cabin - Plan, Build and Enjoy your Small Cabin

Tahoe | Log Home | Mountain Style Home

Unit One® Cabin & House Kits for Owner-Builders from Shelter-Kit®

Self-build homes : Chalet design modular timber house kit

Do it yourself Homes, Self Build Homes - Double S Homes BC Canada

House Plan 45395 at

House Plan 98380 at

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ma - ma system

AJIA.CA - Prefab Recreational Homes Delivered Anywhere from BC, Canada

Passive Prefab House Kit - Cabin Attitude In The City.

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