PASSIVE SOLAR HOUSE KITS
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Our demonstration house is still for sale, and we found this posting on Upstater.com.
This eco-friendly listing (living room pictured above) came across our desk not too long ago, and we found it to be drool-worthy. Alas, it is only a spec house, and it’s located in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. There is good news, however: If you’re digging the look of this “modern, green homestead”, you can design your own with the company, Noble Homes, then they send you the kit and you build it yourself wherever you want (might we suggest the Hudson Valley or Catskills?). But what about eco-friendly homes that have already been built? As you probably know by now, there are plenty around here, and more are popping up on real estate markets everyday. We dug around and found just a taste of what’s available in the Upstater region. There’s this one in Tivoli and…well, we don’t want to ruin the surprise. You’ll just have to tune in to learn more.
Our standard building system has proved successful many times over with it's use by inspired homeowners with a wide range of building skills and experience. We hope to share more of their personal triumphant stories soon.
We've also been witnessing a trend in our customers, as well as the building industry as a whole, in the request for smaller, more efficient living spaces. Reasons vary, from construction affordability to ease of maintenence to an intentional move to simplicity.
As a response, we are now offering our designs and kits in a 16 foot wide format, in addition to the standard 20 foot wide that we've been manufacturing. This works particularly well for homes less than 500 square feet and still retains enough southern exposure for passive solar heating when desired.
Many Noble Homes are single story structures, which are the easiest and simplist to assemble. However, some building sites and peoples' needs just require a two story house, something very common and familiar to all of us. The building sites that most beg for a two story Noble Home are steeply sloped ones. In fact, all of the two story Noble Homes to date have been built, not on, but into a hill, and most of these have been on sites that slope down away from the road. This means entry is on the second floor of the house with sleeping areas downstairs: not quite so common and familiar as the traditionally styled homes of our parents or grandparents.
However, this configuration really works and is prefereable on many levels: the practical, asthetic, and emotional.
Disillusioned as an Industrial Design undergraduate, Noah experienced the control of the corporation over the development and implementation of consumer products, and the lack of control that designers had to solve design problems. No matter how true, this became a deep seated perception as an idealistic student.
He then turned to architecture after reading the Autobiography of Frank Lloyd Wright, which stated a
powerful argument for the morality of design, and the how the beautiful was created by following simple
axioms of nature. This flipped the whole notion of design over - that it is not a pursuit of aesthetics, but the pursuit of functionality and integrity and faith. Beauty will be the necessary result of a pure and honest design approach.