SMALL HOUSES comprise an important element of ecological design. The Studio encourages building less, with natural and recycled component materials, while creating spaces that are spacious, comfortable, and inspiring. Small houses spiritually connect with both site and owner, while requiring minimal resources to build, heat, and maintain. Small houses also help build community. Owners and friends often connect with each other by participating in the building process.

Lockwood Residence

LOCKWOOD RESIDENCE This simple and compact low energy house is built on an existing lot in South Sandpoint. The carefully designed 2 bedroom, 2 bath house, it’s garage, and entry porch are arranged on the site for maximum passive solar gain, intimate and flexible outdoor space, and inviting street connection.

Peer Residence

PEER RESIDENCE This one bedroom residence in North Idaho grew from the owner’s desire to accomplish two things: (1) to work with natural and recycled building materials and (2) to utilize the heat of the winter sun and the stable temperatures of the earth for keeping energy costs down.

Peer Residence

TREGONING RESIDENCE This simple sun-filled passive solar oriented home in the rolling hills of Sagle Idaho was designed for an active couple retiring to North Idaho. Their desires were to live in an environmental friendly low energy home that opens to outdoors when not skiing and hiking.

Community Built Strawbale Projects

COMMUNITY BUILT STRAWBALE PROJECTS A few examples of our Strawbale small houses built with members of the Community during the 1990s.

Jana Lane Guest House

JANA LANE GUEST HOUSE The architect and his friends built the 500 sq ft structure with load-bearing, two-string straw bale walls. Participants in a three-day workshop learned to stack, compress, and double-coat the walls with cement stucco. They learned that air-bag compression produces strong, well-insulated walls.

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