Build your house. Change your life.

Always imagined how life-changing it could be to build your dream house?
You’ve come to the right place.

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Simple, modern, DIY home plans.

We’re designing a series of simple, DIY-friendly, modern houses,
the plans for which anyone can download for free.
You read that right. Free.

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We're leading by example.

On our testing grounds in northern Arizona, we’re building a house,
a guest house, and a workshop – all from Quonset huts!
We’re calling it The Quompound.
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Free resources for your DIY builds.

Whether you’re using our plans or your own, we want your project to be successful.
Check out our free resources for DIY homeowner-builders.

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Build your house. Change your life.

Always imagined how life-changing it could be to build your dream house?
You’ve come to the right place.

Learn More

Simple, Modern, DIY Home Plans

We’re designing a series of simple, DIY-friendly, modern houses, the plans for which anyone can download for free.

View Plans

Leading by Example

On our testing grounds in northern Arizona, we’re building a house, a guest house, and a workshop
all from Quonset huts! We’re calling it The Quompound. Get our newsletter to follow along.

Subscribe Here

Resources for DIY Builders

Whether you’re using our plans or your own, we want your project to be successful. Check out our free resources for DIY homeowner-builders.

Go to resources.

The Clever Moderns Vision

I’m architect Earl Parson. After 20 years in the Los Angeles architectural custom home industry, I started asking myself why things couldn’t be done differently.

What if, instead of hiring an architect for a (very expensive) full service to design a new home, and paying a general contractor a big markup to build it, there were a way for people to get simple, well designed modern home plans to construct themselves?

What if the designs were open source, so people could easily customize them and make them their own?

What if the designs were flexible, so one concept could be built as a tiny house and later seamlessly expanded as a family’s needs grew?

What if there were a lot of people out there who would build their own home if the process were streamlined for them, and a few simple tools and resources were offered to help them along the way?

This is my vision for Clever Moderns. A community of people who love simple, good design, supporting one another, living the Clever Modern life.

Recent posts from the Clever Moderns Blog:

Quonset House Design: Loft Guest House

The Design I've been working away on the plans for the guest house on our Arizona property, and I'll soon be releasing the free, downloadable PDF version of them. In the meantime, I wanted to offer a sneak peek of the design. The guest house is a Quonset hut house...
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The Quompound: The Site Plan

On our last trip from Los Angeles out to our Arizona property, we finally finalized our site plan. It's a very exciting milestone for us! Making the best use of our (almost) ten acres is an important goal of ours - making the best use of your land while maximizing...
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Site Visit Recap: February 9-12, 2017

Last week we had a very fun and productive visit to the Arizona property. The weather was great and we got a lot done. Best of all, we both got to go! Eric took Thursday and Friday off work, which allowed us two full days on site: Friday and Saturday. Our efforts were...
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Northern Arizona Night Sky

I took these on my solo trip out to our property in mid-January 2017. I'm no expert on night sky photography, I just set a long exposure and high ISO, and propped my Nikon D90 up on the bed of my pickup truck. Not bad for an amateur! They remind me of this quote from...
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Site Visit Recap: January 17-19, 2017

I'm back from my second visit to the property, which was my first (finally!) since we closed on the purchase at the end of October. Between us being sick, or snow/ice/rain in Arizona, or our other work & life schedules, we've repeatedly had to put off making the...
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