Desert Shelter

Modern Desert Shelter house plan with sustainable features 
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Project Type:  

Custom house plan


Project Location:  

Anywhere you want it to be


Project Size:  

627 Square Feet


Architectural Style:  

Modern, Southwest, open floor plan


Project Status:  

Plans available for purchase

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About this project:

The Desert Shelters was designed with hot dry climates in mind. A slab on grade foundation and stucco siding is standard with this shelter design package. Additional siding options are available for this design and include fiber cement panels or corten steel siding. Exterior walls are constructed from 2x6 studs with spray foam cavity insulation, providing superior thermal resistance to the elements. The roof construction consists of exposed beam and decking with six inches of rigid foam board insulation and a white rubber roofing finish. Rubber roofing was chosen for its durability and affordability. Because of the low slope of the roof, the roofing finish will not be visible from the ground and is ideal for mounting solar panels.


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Design Features:

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

Open Floor Plan

Low maintenance materials

Rain water harvesting

Draught resistant landscaping




What does it mean to be off the grid?  The most literal definition is autonomy from traditional public utility services providing energy, water and sewer.  The term “off the grid” may also be characterized as a location in nature that is free from the stifling demands of our modern society.  For some, living off the grid becomes a full time life style choice where the comfort and convenience of municipal services and strip mall shopping centers are sacrificed in exchange for more freedom, less government and lower taxes.  For others, the off grid home becomes a temporary escape for working men and women and their families and a foothold in nature for outdoor recreational activities.  Regardless of your motivation, Off Grid Shelters has the skills and experience to help you plan for and successfully build your dream home or special use shelter.  


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