Modular One

Modular One

  • 3,000 sf / 56’x32′ Footprint + 2 – Car Garage
  • 4 – Bedrooms / 3.5 – Baths
  • 9′ High Ceilings / 2 – Story Open Spaces

Climate Zone  3 & 4 – adaptable for Zones 5 & 6

Modular One is a modern, spacious home within a compact building footprint and features a classic Ekose’a solarium, the home’s ‘front porch’ of indoor-outdoor living spaces.  Large areas of south facing glass permit a year round abundance of day lighting and the warmth of solar radiation throughout the house in the wintertime.  In the summer, the sun is shaded on the exterior by the roof overhang and mid-height projections, preventing direct solar heat gain to the interior, and nightime and/or earth-cooled outside air provide cross ventilation cooling.  This prototype design is the latest addition to the portfolio of Ekose’a Homes.  Click on the images below for enlarged views.

Option – A








Option – B



Floor Plans









First Floor 1,700 sf

  • Living (17’x20′) / Dining (11’x12′) / Open Work Area
  • Open Kitchen with counter seating, core includes 1/2 Bath and Laundry Niche
  • Guest or In-Law Bedroom or Home Office (12’x12′) with Bath
  • Two-Story Solarium
  • Main Entry Vestibule into Solarium
  • Two-Car Garage and Entry Vestibule








Second Floor 1,300 sf

  • Open Family Activity Area (12’x15′) overlooking First Floor
  • Master Bedroom (16’x17′) with 2 -Walk-In Closets (7’x6′ ea) and Bath
  • Two Bedrooms (12’x10′ ea) and Shared Bath
  • Decks from Bedrooms into Solarium



Modular Construction: The most distinctive feature of this home is the use of cost effective modular construction technology.  The exterior and interior envelope walls are composite panels, 8′ wide x 21′ tall (typically) with sub-panel modules of 4′, 2′, and 1′.  These modular dimensions conform to standard sizes of materials, thus minimizing the amount of wasted materials from the construction process.  The panels are pre-fabricated off-site and erected on-site with bolted connections – panel to panel and to the foundation and floor and roof framing.  This method of construction provides greater quality control and efficiency and economy of construction both off-site and-on-site vs. all-on-site construction.  Panels are constructed using standard residential materials and construction practices.  The modular nature of the panels provides the added flexibility of interchanging materials and types and sizes of openings to suit the design conditions of the owner/builder, site, and climate.  Other components such as the floor and roof framing, interior walls, kitchen core and bathrooms can also be ‘unitized’ and included as part of the pre-fabrication package.

Flat Roof for Solar Technology: The flat roof design provides for convenient access and mounting of solar water heating panels and/or grid connected photovoltaic (PV) panels.  Ekose’a Homes currently recommends these solar technologies as generally the most cost effective renewable energy technologies for water heating and all electrical power needs; including lighting, appliances, household equipment, and HVAC backup (if needed).

Environmental Considerations:

  • Green Roofs – house, garage, entry
  • Rainwater Collection from roofs for landscaping irrigation
  • Greywater Reclamation for landscaping irrigation
  • Permeable Driveway and Walkways
  • Zero Storm Drainage Off-Site
  • Use of FSC Certified Wood Products
  • Use of Salvaged or Recycled Building Products / Products with Recyled Content
  • Use of Building Products with Cradle-to-Cradle Life Cycles



Contact Ekose’a Homes for inquires about Modular One and ordering the construction documents, and about services for modifying the floor plans or adapting the design to a specific site.  The representative renderings are just a few examples of the possibilities of Modular One.  The basic modular ‘building block’ and ‘kit-of-parts’ of this design can be easily arranged and modified to create any number of house configurations and sizes.

Inaugural Voyage

Indeed, this is the first post on the Ekose’a Homes Blog – WELCOME!  Thru this window, we will look out from and into the double envelope home, exploring its role and evolution in an imperative movement toward energy independence and environmental sustainability.

Yet, the natural environment, driven by humanity is confronted by an ominous fork in the road, an extraordinary circumstance in history.  As drivers, we must be acutely conscious of the options before deciding on which road to continue our travels.  Fortunately, there are clearly marked road signs, one pointing to “Uncertainty,” the other pointing to “Greener Pastures.”  It’s a “no-brainer,” right!  But you may notice that the road to “Uncertainty” is all downhill, a road we can easily coast along and is very much like the road we’ve been traveling on to this point, except sharply steeper.  The road to “Greener Pastures” is uphill and windy, which makes it difficult to negotiate at first, but can be seen to level out and straighten in the distance.  However beware, should we choose to coast vs. climb, we will not be able to overcome the increasing momentum of our coasting should we decide to turn back.  So, what will it be, the ”high road” or the “low road”?  The choice is overwhelmingly crystal clear – who’s with us on the bandwagon to “Greener Pastures”!!!     

As a community forum, this is a place to share our experiences and knowledge, success stories, and lessons learned; always with the idea of elevating and focusing this information on making this planet a better place to live, work, and raise our families in harmony with one another and with the environment.

Our next posting will layout categories for organizing the various subject matters of posted information and of our discussions.  We hope this will be an informative and engaging forum, and we look forward to your comments and input.