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Passive Solar Design of Off Grid Prefab House Keeps Us Cool In Heat

Returning to the off grid modern prefab house from the city, it was hot! It went up to 90, but inside the off grid prefab house no dogs were panting- check it out- without air conditioning, the off grid house stayed cool thanks to ceiling fans, energy efficient SIP and the prefab's passive solar design. We were comfortable.
"What heat. We're cool..."
...but you can see that sun beating down,
just not in the house!

It seemed with the heat, everyone was silly, as if summer vacation has already started.
"Who, we? Silly?"

Even the lawn mowers are acting up.

But it wasn't all play. This time of year, everyone is frantically putting up hay.
This kid keeps telling us he's a City Kid,
but he sure can sling some bales...

I solar cooked to keep the inside of the prefab cool and efficient. It's nice to use just the sun to cook this time of year!

When we first built the modern off grid prefab house years ago, everything was well graded. As with any house, you want 3" of foundation (at least) where earth meets the house, then graded even further away, at least 6" in the first ten feet.

Here are some early pictures of the off grid prefab house:
We used pallets for temporary "stairs" during these days...

Remember these says of mud, mud, mud?
Good gracious what a MESS.

A few years ago, getting ready to bring our horses finally home, we dug a livestock well and decided to backfill with the resulting gravel dust.

It seemed like a good idea at the time- reuse something that was waste from drilling the water well.
Granite dust ALL OVER THE PLACE,
might as well repurpose it (and that ugly well cover!)...

Remember THESE days? They too were a MESS.
But I was never happy with it- granite dust wasn't as "dry" as I expected like gravel, and never really looked good, so we are now re-grading with the use of our vintage tiny tractor.

At some point (most likely this fall) we will edge it with a modern gravel look that is both functional for keeping the area drained and dry, as well as aesthetically pleasing to celebrate clean, modern, efficient design.

Here's some inspiration.
But at least we're having fun. It's good to be home at the off grid prefab house.

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