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Off-Grid, Passive Solar Tiny Cabin in New Mexico

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This is Rob’s off-grid, passive solar tiny cabin in New Mexico.

It’s a 12′ by 48′ cabin including the porches. From the outside, you’ll notice it has a slanted shed-style roof with rainwater collection. Inside, you’ll find a living area, dining, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. All designed and built with passive solar in mind to conserve energy on cooling. What do you think?

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Off-Grid, Passive Solar Tiny Cabin in New Mexico

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He Built An Off-Grid Tiny House in New Mexico With A Passive Solar Design

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Since New Mexico Is In A Hot Climate, It’s Important To Take That Into Consideration In Your Design

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This Design Work Will Save Thousands Of Dollars Over The Life Of The Home In Reduced Energy Costs

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No Windows Where the Sun Hits The Home Majority of the Day, Windows on the Other Side With Lots of Overhang For Shade, Too!

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  • Debbie Johnson
    March 18, 2016, 7:07 am

    This shows nothing but a large room. No bedroom, or bathroom is designated.

  • Lisa E.
    March 18, 2016, 3:33 pm

    Are these boxes along the wall with the Celtic knotting medallions some form of “prairie shutters”? If not, what are they?

    • Loki
      March 18, 2016, 4:14 pm

      I was wondering about those too. They look like insulated shutters. Nice idea.

      • Rob N
        March 27, 2016, 6:40 pm

        They are indeed insulated shutters. Used these instead of multi-paned glass.

  • Jill
    March 18, 2016, 4:10 pm

    I am in NM as well and I see some great ideas. Shutters here aren’t a bad idea with the high winds we often get. Well done. I wish I could communicate to see How and zoning. I know where I am at once outside the city limits there is no code enforcement

    • Rob N
      March 27, 2016, 6:46 pm

      Am outside of Silver City in the boonies. You mean to tell me that there are rules and regs involved in building a home? Oh my!

  • don
    March 19, 2016, 2:01 pm

    What city is Rob N’s cabin in?

  • Mike
    March 20, 2016, 10:55 am

    I like this space. Minimal furnishings. Maybe add a cast iron ship’s stove for cold nights. Seems like a nice quiet spot.

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