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West Virginia, Take Me Home

Off-grid vacation home on a 

tight budget and a very

challenging lot.

In the fall of 2017, we were approached by Cory and Meg to help them develop a design for an off-grid vacation home located in the mountains of West Virginia.  The two biggest challenges in making this dream a reality for them was a construction budget of only $70,000 and the challenging nature of building on a steep mountain lot with rocky terrain and no roads to the desired build site.  Meeting these challenges would not have been possible without the resourcefulness of our client and the ingenuity of the local trades they were able to recruit to help with site preparation and construction.  The design for this home was completed by our affiliate Off Grid Shelters LLC in August of 2018.  

Isometric View
Isometric View

The image above is an isometric view of the proposed design generated just prior to the start of construction in the summer of 2018.

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Isometric View
Isometric View

The image above is an isometric view of the proposed design generated just prior to the start of construction in the summer of 2018.

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Hemlock 

In West Virginia, two invasive pests, the gypsy moths and woolly adelgid are killing large numbers of hemlock trees.  A byproduct of this unfortunate ecological event is an abundance of hemlock as an affordable building material.  Hemlock has been used extensively throughout this build.

Design Overview and Project Team

Square Footage: 1,320

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1.5

Foundation Type: Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) - Crawl Space

Wall Construction:  2x6 Stud with Bat Insulation

Roof Construction:  Pre-engineered Trusses with Closed Cell SPF

Siding Material:  Rough Sawn Hemlock - Board and Batten

Roofing Material:  Corrugated Galvanized Steel

Designer:  i4Home Design

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Design Drawings
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