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Solabode MkII Affordable Modular Eco Homes

Solabode MkII Affordable Modular Passive Solar Eco Homes provide simple yet comfortable energy efficient home solutions that are designed to easily enable pre designed additions as your family and income grows.

These designs offer the possibility of affordable passive solar eco homes using a choice of either Gib or Plywood wall and ceiling linings fitting a 1.2m grid layout to reduced waste and labour costs. Each design (even the suspended timber floor option) allows for a poured concrete slab floor to be laid in the main living areas to provide thermal mass to store solar energy. The modular nature of each design allows a family to start small with a 2 BR plan, adding perhaps a Master BR suite as family and finances grow.

The beauty of the engineered suspended concrete floor is that being supported on pole or pile foundations, these homes can be built on almost all sites from flat to steep, hard to soft. Now you can have all the benefits and features of an exposed  concrete slab floor without the need of expensive foundations. Note that orientation to north or near north with clear access to sunlight in winter is essential for comfort and energy efficiency.

These modular designs are available in the standard floorplan layouts shown or modified to your requirements. Contact Mark for more details: mark@ecotect.co.nz.

Please note these plans and designs are subject to copyright, please do not share them with others. Years of work has gone into the development of these designs to bring low cost eco home solutions to the market. Why not take advantage of the low fee offer (which will provide you with all the specially developed construction details) to ensure you receive a safe and healthy, warm and comfortable, ecologically sustainable, affordable home. Thank you.

Stephens House

A client approached me to design her a very low cost home, but one without compromise on comfort and energy efficiency. The resultant design for the flat building site in Atamai eco village also had to be completely off grid as no services were provided except a single water tank. All costs including fees and infrastructure had to fit within the budget, probably the most challenging project in my career; but with the help of an estimating service we achieved the goal.
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Stephens House

MacKenzie Bauer House

A young family in Rangiora approached me with interest in a simple passive solar home for their flat lifestyle block on the banks of the Cust River. They liked my modular Solabode Mk2 designs and after some plan adjustments to suit their requirements we finished with a 3 bedroom plus study with attached double garage and large workshop. The clients preferred a tall steep pitch roof style building with vertical board and batten cladding, the dual-pavilion nature of the building worked well with those choices.
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MacKenzie Bauer House

Odell House

Christchurch refugees Geoff and Gill Odell purchased a flat lifestyle block in the Wairau Valley village near Blenheim, they liked the look of my simple 2 bedroom Solabode Mk2 design and made some modifications of their own to customise the plan. A simple lean-to carport was added with sheltered alcoves for firewood and a chest freezer etc. The modular Solabode Mk2 design is based on a 1.2m internal grid layout to minimise material waste and labour costs.
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Odell House

Osmond House

In Cambridge 2016, a client sought my help to develop a small in-fill subdivision of their existing property; I suggested the Solabode Mk2 3 bedroom home as ideal for the small north facing site provided that a single width garage was adopted due to site restraints. This was the first of the Solabode Mk2 modular designs to be built after being originally designed a few years ago as a prefab solution. Conventional 140mm exterior wall framing was used along with lightweight timber I-joists for rafters for the sloping ceiling structure.
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Osmond House

More Solabode MkII designs coming soon…

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