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Portfolio of Nests

  • Baker-Laporte Residence- Ashland, Oregon

    Local Beauty

  • Robert and Paula's  home in Ashland, Oregon is complete. (well almost!) It features  the beautiful local woods of their new  home base in the Pacific North-West and has been the product of many collaborations with great craftsmen and students. The fir frame is salvaged from the Grizzly Peak fire. Ceilings and shojii are crafted from the local Port Orford Cedar.

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  • Salt Spring Island

    Peaceful Getaway

  • Based on our Peregrine Family of stock plans, this guest house built on Salt Spring Island features a modest footprint of 830 square feet with the enticement of outdoor living. 

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  • Hoffman Residence

    Crafted Contemporary

  • The Hoffman EcoNest Compound consists of a detached garage/wood workshop, 400 sq. ft. guest house and 1,880 sq. ft. main house

    The Hoffman EcoNest Compound consists of a detached garage/wood workshop, 400 sq. ft. guest house and 1,880 sq. ft. main house

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  • Hummingbird

    Handcrafted Efficiency

  • 720 square foot studio complete with a large central room surrounded by, kitchen, full bath, office, dining nook, bed nook, and solar space.

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  • Little Residence

    The Way of the Yogi

  • 1,320 square foot EcoNest with 2 bedroom/2 bathroom, overlooking the Sangre de Cristo foothills. The Little's are internationally renowned Yoga teachers and the home is built to accommodate their lifestyle, featuring a large kitchen for Macrobiotic cooking classes, a yoga/meditation room, tatami bedroom, and covered porch for outdoor practice and meditation.

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  • Little Studio

    Prajna

  • Thia  1,500 sq. ft. yoga studio was added to the Little Compound in 2008. It consists of a practice room, office, and Japanese style meditation room with tatami mats and a Tokanoma.

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  • Marr Residence

    The Art of Zen

  • This compact 1660 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bath nest features a fir timber frame. A sightline from the front entry through the living room and west portal take in expansive views of the mountains beyond.

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  • McGee Residence

    An Activist Demonstrates

  • 1,100 square foot, compact, 2 bedroom/1 bathroom home, situated in a wooded canyon outside of Durango, Colorado. The original owner/builder has since sold this home and built another EcoNest in a co-housing community, in Bayfield, CO

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  • McGowan Residence

    Ecological Flagship

  • This 2325 square foot main house, 460 squre foot guest house and detached garage are joined by a timber-framed breezeway. Ecological features include solar hot water heating, FSC-certified flooring, natural clay plaster finishes, extensive use of natural stone work, and hand-crafted formaldehyde-free cabinetry. The home was featured in the January 2009 issue of Natural Home magazine.

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  • McTeigue Residence

    Colorado Comfort

  • 1598 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a central living area in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Builder: Whole Homes, LLC

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  • Peregrine One

    A Good Beginning

  • 1,370 square foot Japanese-style 2 bedroom/2 bathroom home with winter garden and meditation room. Located on a south facing hillside at the edge of the historic village of Tesuque, just outside of Santa Fe. The home that Robert and Paula got married in!

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  • Peregrine Two

    East meets West

  • 1,880 square foot residence with 2 bedroom/2 bathroom and central living room. A 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom guest suite is joined to the main house by a Japanese-style courtyard and entry breezeway.

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  • Stanton Residence

    Organic Country

  • 1,100 square foot, compact, 2 bedroom/1 bathroom home, situated in a wooded canyon outside of Durango, Colorado. The original owner/builder has since sold this home and built another EcoNest in a co-housing community, in Bayfield, CO

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  • Weaver-Hovemann Residence

    Whimsical Artistry

  • 2,550 square foot residence near Nevada City, California. Builder: Building with Spirit.

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  • Johnson Residence

    Beyond net-zero

  • In 2006 Don and Michele Johnson came to New Mexico to attend our Homing In seminar. At that time they were looking for land in Oregon on which to build their dream retirement home. During their trip they fell in love with the Santa Fe area and shortly after found their perfect property. Although not in their original plans, a turn of events lead to Don and Michele becoming owner/builders and they poured themselves into the complex task with heart and soul. The finishednest, which they moved in to in March, 2008, is one that we are all proud of.

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  • Wilson Residence

    For The Love of Geometry

  • Marguerite Wilson is an accomplished quilter.  Her love of creation through precise geometry has also led her to study the ancient Vedic science of built space. She based thedesign of her 2,100 sq. ft. home and 650sq.ft. studio compound  onthe system of sacred geometry as taught by the Vedic scholar Dr. G.V. Sthapati.

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For more architectural designs by Paula Baker-Laporte go to http://www.paulabakerlaporte.com/healthy-home-architectural-design/