Be careful to compare apples to apples in pricing. Price conventional homes with a wall R-value of 35 and see what your builder says. Code is R-19 to R- 21 and the new International Building Code is R-26. Why is the minimum wall insulation level going higher you may ask?

Bruce, thank you very much, you clarified my design concerns, about my passive & active solar designed home. You have reaffirmed my confidence to build a solar home here in Washington.

David Kreps, Builder WA


Did you know that the vapor barrier installed by code attributes to mold growth?

The United Building Code (UBC) has the same design for all climates & weather patterns? Is this logical?

The true insulation  factor for a 2x6 fiberglass batten wall system with is R- 12.7 not R-19.

Testing by Oak Ridge Libratory

Do you have health concerns at  home &  work? Are you experiencing, fatigue, itching, headache, nausea,  welts, rashes after a remodeling, sneezing only in one location?

Have you heard of rain screens? Has your designer or builder? If you live in the Northwest or in other mixed humid climates to better find out.



Passive Solar Pueblo


This plan is no longer available as a stock plan.

Square Footage and Building Cost 3042 sq. ft. house, 624 sq. ft. attached garage/large storage.

Total 3938 living & garage sq. ft.

Costs are similar to conventional building in your area. The inside of the exterior straw bale wall has to be plastered, so the difference is the cost of plastering verses drywall. The plastering cost varies depending on your location, amount of local stucco crews. Your cost will depend an the finishes selected, owner/built homes can save dramatically below professional pricing.



Traditional Southwest Publeo

Number of Rooms: 3 Bed, 2 Bath; Third bedroom is designed to be converted into separate studio or care giver apartment with plumbing rough -in.

Kiva fireplace/bancos separating the dinning room & living room.

Construction Style:

Wood post & beam, straw bale in-fill.

Plan Cost:
50 cent per square foot

Design changes to plans are based on estimated quote.


Special note The passive/sun tempering solar attributes are designed after a clerestory fashion. A long narrow lot with roof monitors for solar gain & natural day lighting into the middle & North rooms.

Proper sitting of this design would have the long axis parallel with North South.

A beautiful atrium/stone waterfall, with rooms radiating from the center. Cooling clerestory, roof designed for water catchment.

Heating and cooling of this home should be a minim of 20-30% + less than a conventional house depending on ceiling insulation values. With both the passive solar gain & the cooling atrium/tower.


Order Your Plan: 1) Please e-mail: which plan you choose with all of your information: name, address, phone number. Rush me plans!

2)Please make payable to:

Terra Sol Design & Building

3) Mail to:

Terra Sol Design & Building

1044 Water Street, PMB 231

Port Townsend, WA 98368

4) Money orders and cashiers checks, plans are sent within 3-5 days.

5) Checks will take approximately 2-3 weeks to clear. We will send an e-mail when the plans are sent.




West Elevation

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East Elevation

Main Floor Plan

Phone or email Bruce Glenn: 360-385-5477 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm).
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