Our standard building system has proved successful many times over with its use by inspired homeowners with a wide range of building skills and experience. We hope to share more of their personal triumphant stories soon.
We've also been witnessing a trend in our customers, as well as the building industry as a whole, in the request for smaller, more efficient living spaces. Reasons vary, from construction affordability to ease of maintenence to an intentional move to simplicity.
As a response, we are now offering our designs and kits in a 16 foot wide format, in addition to the standard 20 foot wide that we've been manufacturing. This works particularly well for homes less than 500 square feet and still retains enough southern exposure for passive solar heating when desired.
Many Noble Homes are single story structures, which are the easiest and simplest to assemble. However, some building sites and peoples' needs just require a two story house, something very common and familiar to all of us. The building sites that most beg for a two story Noble Home are steeply sloped ones. In fact, all of the two story Noble Homes to date have been built, not on, but into a hill, and most of these have been on sites that slope down away from the road. This means entry is on the second floor of the house with sleeping areas downstairs: not quite so common and familiar as the traditionally styled homes of our parents or grandparents.
However, this configuration really works and is prefereable on many levels: the practical, asthetic, and emotional.
Disillusioned as an Industrial Design undergraduate, Noah experienced the control of the corporation over the development and implementation of consumer products, and the lack of control that designers had to solve design problems. No matter how true, this became a deep seated perception as an idealistic student.
He then turned to architecture after reading the Autobiography of Frank Lloyd Wright, which stated a
powerful argument for the morality of design, and the how the beautiful was created by following simple
axioms of nature. This flipped the whole notion of design over - that it is not a pursuit of aesthetics, but the pursuit of functionality and integrity and faith. Beauty will be the necessary result of a pure and honest design approach.
Kit homes have always been about accessibility. Not only in the obvious sense - bringing houses to the masses through systematic construction, but also, and primarily, bringing architectural features to the masses that were typically affordable only to the wealthy.
We will be hosting tours of two of our close to home projects. Organized through the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), these tours will highlight the sustainable features of the projects and culminate in a workshop / Q&A session at a community space in Shelburne Falls, MA.