Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – House Design

*The house design is still up in the air, but here’s a snapshot of one approach…

Main Design Considerations:

  • Small enough to be easily heated by one rocket stove
  • Be passively heated partly by the sun in winter, but not in summer
  • Very well insulated to hold in heat, and keep out cold during the winter
  • A substantial volume of thermal mass within the insulation layer to help buffer the temperature
  • Made of locally sourced natural materials
  • House 2-3 people
  • Include a sleeping loft, full bathroom, storage, full kitchen, and eating/seating areas
  • Have potable water on tap; cold year round, hot most of the time.
  • Constant source of renewable, off-grid electricity
  • Strong roof to withstand the snow load
  • 3ft deep foundation to avoid frost heave, and splash up of rain
  • Wind sheer anchors to prevent roof uplift
  • Vapor barrier to prevent moisture build up inside house, and radon gas infiltration


Area – 269.7sq. ft

Shape – Pentagon

Side length (5 sides) – 12.5ft

Circumradius – 10.62ft

Inradius – 8.62ft

Height – 15ft

Frame – Timber, round 12ft black locust poles

Walls – Strawbale and covered on the inside with a mud plaster and the outside with limestone based plaster.

Roof – 3:12 slope, made of black locust slab shingles, and insulated underneath with light straw-clay

Foundation – Rubble Trench, Cinder block, wind sheer anchors, vapor barrier

Floor – Earthen floor (for thermal mass)

Passive Solar Overhang Calculations (in feet):



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