Summer Breeze

Owen Geiger, designer

South Elevation
South Elevation

This luxurious home does well in hot climates, but would also have some solar gain in northern latitudes. The center section has extra windows on each end to allow breezes to flow through the house. Features include a large master bedroom with private bath access, laundry, breakfast bar, wood stove and built-in cabinets. 1,335 sq. ft. interior, 4 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 33′ x 48′

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The Plans for Sale

These plans are available as digital PDF files or AutoCAD files and are offered by Dr. Owen Geiger as complete and ready to build from. They include necessary elevations, floorplans, cross section details, and other significant construction details; they don’t show every view, every detail — just enough to build. They do not include electrical and plumbing details. The section views explain how everything goes together and should answer your questions about materials. The plans are scaled and dimensioned.

It is the buyer’s responsibility to find out special requirements, such as what alternative building is allowed in your county or what you have to do to get houses permitted. Are there special requirements for foundations, etc.? Do they require an engineer or architect to stamp the plans? It might be a good idea to know these things before ordering plans.

The AutoCAD version is the same as the PDF version, just in a format that can be read by AutoCAD software or other software that reads .dwg files. We recommend buying the AutoCAD version if you plan to have a professional architect or engineer read or make changes to the plan. This may be necessary in some jurisdictions that require state-licensed architects or engineers to stamp plans before they will be acceptable. Or if you want another professional to make some custom changes to Owen’s stock plans, then AutoCAD version may be the way to¬† go. If you would like both the PDF and the AutoCAD versions, then just indicate this when you purchase the AutoCAD version and they both will be sent for the price of the AutoCAD file.

This plan is offered with a free copy of Owen’s popular Earthbag Building Guide e-book.

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4 thoughts on “Summer Breeze”

  1. You say that your plans do not included the plumbing and electrical details.. why not? don’t these details need to be installed before and alone with much of the construction..?? thanks

    • There are several considerations: Codes vary from place to place, lifestyles vary from country to country, people want different things and will likely make changes to the basic plans any way. The houses are small and simple and so there’s no real need for plumbing and electrical details. Also, I’m trying to keep plan costs as affordable as possible.

  2. Our barn burned to the ground a few month ago and I would like to rebuild using earthbags. I’m trying to find a suitable plan. The square footage of the Summer Breeze would work, but I don’t know if it will be tall enough. What is the height of the walls in this plan? Can they be made taller and if so, how do I reinforce the extra height? Does the ebook give enough information to redesign where the windows and doors are to be placed?

    • My standard plans show 8′ walls. It’s easy to make the walls higher just by adding another two courses of bags. 9′ high walls are standard in hot climates. The book explains how you can stiffen/reinforce walls by pounding 1/2″ rebar through the bags. The book shows every step of construction in detail with lots of high res photos and drawings. Start by building a tool shed or something to learn the basics at virtually no cost or risk.


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