An eco-friendly kit house designed for the owner-builder | Noble Home
Noble Home sells efficient and modern kit homes with a floor plan custom designed for each buyer. The Noble Home building system is available in widths of either 16′ or 20′, and any length in increments of 4′. A wide variety of homes can be designed within those constraints.
The homes are often designed for passive solar heating via south-facing window walls, and they feature vaulted ceilings with 3×10 Eastern white pine rafters and pine tongue-and-groove decking. They also have structural pine posts in very visible locations along the window walls, giving the house a timber framed look without the expense of a complete timber frame.
These photos show the Noble Home demonstration house in eastern Massachusetts, a 20′ wide model having three bedrooms in a 1,280 ft2 (118.9 m2) single-level floor plan. The house has a Mid-Century Modern look with low horizontal lines, a simple shallow-pitch roof, generous overhangs, an open living space and large glass areas — there is a 24′ long window wall in the great room. The window wall is created economically by three sets of 8′ x 8′ sliding patio doors.
Another unique design feature of this particular home is the two-part bathroom. A pocket door can divide the bath in half, with a sink and bathtub in one half, and a sink, toilet and laundry machines in the other half.
The kits contain all the materials needed for a completed weather-tight shell, but do not include interior finishing materials. Noble Home has placed a lot of emphasis on making their homes easy to assemble for owner-builders. The idea was to make the homes more affordable by allowing the buyers to do much or all of the work themselves. All the parts are manageable to handle, including the light-weight structural insulated panels (with 7 1/2″ of EPS foam) that form the walls and insulate the roof. Connecting hardware makes it easy to align and join the wood components.
According to Noble Home, their kits including design service start at around $55-65 per square foot. Adding the cost of the foundation, utilities and interior finishing, a completed Noble House will start at around $125 per square foot.
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