All homes built at Galiano Green must comply with current building regulations and building code. All designs must be approved before building commences, and all homes MUST include Rainwater Catchment as the homes principal water supply. There are lots of designs and plans available as open source documents on the internet. Also, there are a variety of kit homes, which include everything you’d need in order to build.

There are lots of designs and plans available as open source documents on the internet. Also, there are a variety of kit homes, which include everything you’d need in order to build.

Here are a variety of plans that might work on Galiano Green, as well as downloads for Google Sketch-up, which is a great program to use to design your own home if you want to go that route.

PLEASE NOTE: Recent changes to building regulations now require ALL owner-builders to undertake a course and exam before building. See more about this here at BC Housing 

Single Story 952 sq. ft home:

This 952 sq. ft 1 bedroom 1 bath single story natural/modern cottage features your choice of strawbale, straw-clay, or dense-pack cellulose double-wall construction to achieve superinsulated standards. Designed for passive solar, this home will be non-toxic, functional, and extremely energy-efficient. Flooring options include polished slab on grade, Siding options include lime stucco, pine, white oak, or black locust siding.

Download the complete model for Google Sketchup
Single Story 480 sq. ft. home:

This 480 sq. ft house (without loft) is a single story with one bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living/dining areas.

Download the complete model for Google Sketchup
480 sq. ft. home with Loft:

This 480 sq. ft house has a loft that can accomodate two beds. It has a bathroom, kitchen and living/dining areas.

Download the complete model for Google Sketchup
Earth Lodge – Dream Green Homes:

Based on ancient Native American designs, this earth lodge with living roof will keep you cozy and warm even in the harshest climates, because it is earth-sheltered. South-facing windows and a skylight over the kitchen ensures ample daylighting. It can be built rather inexpensively, especially if wood poles are gathered locally. 800 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 40′ x 40′

View the plans on the Dream Green website.
You can also create your own designs, and plans using Google Sketch-up. Download Google Sketchup (free download) to edit house designs

Here are some links to Kit homes, and other types of sustainable housing that might work at Galiano Green: