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
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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
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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Framework for the Thunderhouse low impact home.
Framework for the Thunderhouse low impact home.
ROBERT LAWSON
Diagram: Side view of the Thunderhouse low impact home.
Diagram: Side view of the Thunderhouse low impact home.
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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
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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