Eco-Friendly Living: A Low Impact Home

Pete and Arlene Charest share their experiences with eco-friendly living by building a low impact home.



A hideaway cabin that anyone can build for $2,000.
A hideaway cabin that anyone can build for $2,000.
PHOTO: ROBERT LAWSON
Diagram: The six 4 inch by 4 inch by 12 foot PT support posts rest on concrete deck blocks. This was a reasonable compromise with practicality, but any structure in windy areas should be modified with a firmer foundation.
Diagram: End view. The six 4 inch by 4 inch by 12 foot PT support posts rest on concrete deck blocks. This was a reasonable compromise with practicality, but any structure in windy areas should be modified with a firmer foundation.
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Though small, the cabin provides beautiful views of the forest.
Though small, the cabin provides beautiful views of the forest.
ROBERT LAWSON
Framework for the Thunderhouse low impact home.
Framework for the Thunderhouse low impact home.
ROBERT LAWSON
Chart: Low Impact Home tools and materials.
Chart: Low Impact Home tools and materials.
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Diagram: Top view of Thunderhouse building.
Diagram: Top view of Thunderhouse building.
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All trusses in place. This photo shows the structural importance of the center 2 by 4 floor support. The 4 by 8 plywood sheets fasted to the frame are not only an inexpensive outer wall but also add strength.
All trusses in place. This photo shows the structural importance of the center 2 by 4 floor support. The 4 by 8 plywood sheets fasted to the frame are not only an inexpensive outer wall but also add strength.
ROBERT LAWSON
Diagram: Side view of the Thunderhouse low impact home.
Diagram: Side view of the Thunderhouse low impact home.
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A hideaway cabin that anyone can build for $2,000.
A hideaway cabin that anyone can build for $2,000.
PHOTO: ROBERT LAWSON

















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