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Alexander — El Dorado County
A Modern style 3 story 2,400 square foot (verify) custom residence on the South Fork of the American River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 3 story house with a 4 story elevator and roof terrace. (SIP, High Energy Efficiency)


Anderson — Nevada City, California
A rural 3 story home in the forest. Published in Sunset Magazine, November, 1987, Process Architecture, September, 1991. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Beesley — Nevada County, California
A rustic, off-grid mountain home. (Passive Solar and Solar Electric)


Bennahmias — Nevada County, California
A very modern cabin retreat in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)
See Cabin Plans page — Mondrian Cabin


Bok — Nevada County, California
A ‘Y-2K’ stand alone, mountain home complete with indoor swimming pool. (Solar Electric, Solar Hot Water, Radiant Heat, Multi Fuel Backup)


Borgen — Pioneer, California
A very modernistic mountain cabin. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water, Highly Energy Efficient)
See Cabin Plans page — Minimalist Cabin


Bridges Duncan — Nevada County, California
Craftsman style country home. (Passive Solar)


Cameron — Nevada County, California
A modernistic, mountain foothill home. (Highly Energy Efficient)


Camp David — Nevada County, California
A modern, High Sierra cabin used as a sculpture studio by the architect. Published in Architecture Magazine, June 1998. (Passive Solar, Off-grid Solar Electric, Solar Hot Water)
See Cabin Plans page — Sierra Studio Cabin


Carr — Nevada City, California
A mountain cabin nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Chamberlin — Nevada City, California
A rustic modern home for an artist couple. Published in Sunset Magazine, May, 1986. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Doty — Nevada County, California
A “Mother lode - Japanese” style home patterned on Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big House book. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water, Solar Electric)
See Cabin Plans page — Valley Cottage


Dulmage — Nevada City, California
Guest house for a mountain lodge home.


Fry — Nevada City, California
A rustic craftsman style estate home. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water, Solar Electric)


Giusti Fishing Cabin — Tehama County, California
A modern ranch house with a special ‘outdoor’ room and pizza oven. (Passive Hot Water, Radiant Heat)


Goodman — Nevada City, California
Modest craftsman type home in rural Nevada County. (Passive Solar)


Hanna — Napa Valley, California
Winery owner’s home in a modern mission style. (Passive Solar)


Hendrickson — Lake of the Pines, California
A rustic modern home on a lake. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Hopkins Cabin — Sierra City, California
A rustic cabin retreat home high in the Sierras. (Passive Solar, Radiant Heating)


Hopkins Residence — Nevada County, California
An evolved farmhouse estate home. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Jacobs — Nevada County, California
Rustic contemporary home at the forest edge. (Passive Solar)


Jensen — Grass Valley, California
An “Eichler” inspired, modern mountain lodge home. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Johnson — Grass Valley, California
A temple like, modern foothill home. (Passive Solar, Solar Electric, Solar Hot Water)


Knight Residence & Guest Casita — Chico, California
A modern farm residence with southwest mission style features. (Passive Solar, Solar Electric, Solar Hot Water)


Lagomarsino — Visalia, California
Luxurious modern estate home in a hot climate. Process Architecture, September, 1991. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Macias — Reno, Nevada
A modern high desert home in Nevada, inspired by southwestern pueblo styling. (Passive Solar)


Maier — Nevada County, California
An elegant style home rich in southwest detailing. (Radiant heat, High energy efficiency)


McCulley — Potter Valley, California
Mountain top contemporary home in wine country. Published in Architectural Record, February, 1982, House Beautiful, Summer, 1983, Solar Age Magazine, May, 1983. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water, Solar Electric)


McMahon — Napa Valley, California
A modern mission style home on a wine country hillside. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


McMaster — Lotus, California
A Zen like, kayakers home located on the American River. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)
See Cabin Plans page — Ledge Cabin


The Meares Residence — Nevada County, California
A craftsman style home with fine detailing. (Highly Energy Efficient)


Mercer — Nevada City, California
Modern Victorian style home in the woods. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water, Solar Electric)


Mitchell — Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
A small, off-grid, high sierra cabin. (Off-Grid, Solar Electric) Published in Sunset Magazine, August, 2006 and Tahoe Quarterly Magazine Mountain Cabin Awards, 2005
See Cabin Plans page — High Sierra Cabin


Moore-Riley — Nevada City, California
Contemporary style rustic mountain home. Published in Home Magazine, January, 1986. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


The Myers Residence — Nevada County, California
A contemporary farmhouse or plantation style home in the Sierra foothills. (Passive Solar, Off-grid Solar Electric, Solar Hot Water)
See Cabin Plans page — Farm House #1



Noll — Nevada County, California
A modern estate home in the foothills. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water, Solar Electric)


Opera House — Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sophisticated hillside adobe residence designed for the Santa Fe Opera Company. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Paye — Nevada City, California
A modern estate home and carriage house designed to replicate an 18th century French Château. (Passive Solar, Highly Energy Efficient)


Pelton — Nevada County, California
A contemporary mountain home. (Passive Solar)


Perske — Butte County, California
A rustic mountain home with craftsman detailing. (Passive Solar, Radiant Heating)
See Cabin Plans page — Rustic Mountain Cabin


Prairie Sun — Cody, Wyoming
An earth bermed passive solar home designed for the Northern Prairie. Published in Better Homes & Gardens, August, 1979, Sunset Magazine, January, 1980, Process Architecture, September, 1980. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Price — Los Alamos, New Mexico
A Modern adobe in the Rio Grande river foothills. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Rees — Yuba County, California
Modern Australian farm house overlooking the Sacramento River Valley. (Passive Solar, Solar Electric)


Retzler — Nevada City, California
A modern foothill home reflecting a 1970’s contemporary style. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)
See Cabin Plans page — Valley Craftsman


Royer — Nevada City, California
A modest New England style home in the foothills. (Passive Solar)


Sauers — Grass Valley, California
Modest farm house style home. (Passive solar, Solar Electric)


Sayers — Weimar, California
A modern rustic earth sheltered home in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Published in Solar Age Magazine, October, 1980. (Passive Solar, Radiant Heating, Solar Hot Water)


Schumaker — Placerville, California
Modern rustic home in the Gold Country. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Stader — Clear Lake, California
Contemporary home overlooking the lake. (Passive Solar)


Suncave — Santa Fe, New Mexico
A classic earth sheltered adobe home. This house has been widely published internationally. Published in Sunset Magazine, November, 1976, July, 1978 and February, 1979, Solar Age Magazine, October, 1977, House & Garden, October, 1979, Popular Science, May, 1980. (Passive Solar, Earth Sheltered)


Sundown — The Sea Ranch, California
A modern, Sea Ranch style home located on the Pacific Coast. This home was awarded a “1978 Sunset/AIA Special Award” published in Sunset Magazine, April, 1977, October, 1977 & November, 1977, Home Magazine (LA Times), January, 1979, House & Garden, August, 1977, National Geographic, September, 1977, AIA Journal, April, 1978 and published widely throughout the world. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Sunscoop — Santa Fe, New Mexico
An innovative, passive solar home. This was the first thermally engineered passive solar building and it has been published widely throughout the world. Published in Sunset Magazine, November, 1976, Adobe News, March/April, 1975, New Mexico Magazine, February, 1975, Solar Age, July, 1976, Popular Science, December, 1976, Mother Earth News, Issue #46, AIA Journal, June, 1975. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water)


Sunset Cabin
The “Ultimate Sunset Cabin”, a small efficient vacation home. Published in Sunset Magazine, August, 2002.
See Cabin Plans page — Sunset Cabin


Sunstep — Santa Fe, New Mexico
An innovative stair step adobe home. Published in Sunset Magazine November, 1976, New Mexico Magazine, March, 1976, Popular Science, December, 1976, Smithsonian, September/October, 1981. (Passive Solar)


Thomas — Lake of the Pines, California
Sophisticated contemporary home on the lake. (Passive Solar, Solar Hot Water, Solar Electric)


Tintle — Nevada City, California
A “Tahoe” lodge style with fine craftsmanship throughout. (High Energy Efficiency)
See Cabin Plans page — Tahoe Lodge


Trabucco — Nevada County, California
A contemporary ranch house located in the Sierra foothills. (Passive Solar, Off-grid Solar Electric, Solar Hot Water)


Trethaway — Nevada County, California
A contemporary ranch house located in the Sierra foothills. Published in Sunset Magazine, May, 1998. (Passive Solar, Off-grid Solar Electric, Solar Hot Water)


Underwood — Nevada County, California
A modernistic style home overlooking the Bear River. (Solar Hot Water, Evaporative Cooling, Solar Electric)


Van Hoy — Truckee, California
A contemporary mountain cabin over looking Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Passive Solar, Radiant Heat)


Wright — Nevada City, California
A contemporary, mountain farmhouse style. (Highly Energy Efficient, Solar Electric, Passive Solar)