MOTHER's Low-Cost Home-Building Contest: The Winners

MOTHER EARTH NEWS has chosen the finalists in our Low-Cost Home-Building Contest, with our six-member panel of judges narrowing the finalists to five superior home designs.



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The Kennedy's three-story, passive-solar home cost only $11.85 per square foot for materials.
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Counters and cabinets are all custom-made.
JAMES KENNEDY
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The solarium can be thermally isolated from the rest of the house.
JAMES KENNEDY
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Blueprint one of the Kennedy's winning low-budget home-building design. 
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The north side of the Kennedy home is bermed to protect it from winter winds.
JAMES KENNEDY
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Blueprint three of the Kennedy's winning low-budget home-building design.
JAMES KENNEDY
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Photo of the Mason home's winning low-budget home-building design.
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Photo of the Marquardt home's winning low-budget home-building design.
MARQUARDT FAMILY HOME
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Blueprint two of the Kennedy's winning low-budget home-building design.
JAMES KENNEDY
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Photo of the Fletcher home's winning low-budget home-building design.
MR. AND MRS. FLETCHER FAMILY HOME
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Low-cost home-building contest cost figures.
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Photo of the Finley home's winning low-budget home-building design.
LEON D. FINLEY FAMILY HOME











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