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.

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.

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.
Get our newsletter to follow along.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We're building a prototype!

On ten acres in Northern Arizona, we're building The Quompound: our own group of experimental Quonset hut houses. In the spirit of sharing our newfound Quonset construction knowledge, our monthly newsletter brings all our challenges, anecdotes, wins, and lessons learned straight to your inbox. Once completed, we're sharing our Quonset houses with the world as Grand Canyon vacation rentals. Want to test drive a Quonset House? Come give one of ours a spin!

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Recent posts from the Clever Moderns Blog:

Quonset Hut End Wall Construction

Last week we were back at the property and continued our progress on the Headquarters building. We were there from October 5th-9th. The "big progress" from this trip mainly involved the end wall of the Headquarters building. We got a few other things done as well,...

We Got a Drone!

I've been wanting a drone for a while, and we hadn't really been talking about it or anything, and then Eric totally surprised me with it! Ours is a DJI Phantom 3 Standard. It was a little tricky to set up, but now that everything is connected (drone, remote...

Quonset Hut Side Windows: Installed!

Finally! We finally got our side windows installed in the Headquarters building! These side windows have probably been the biggest challenge yet of our Quonset hut build. We were at the property for a long weekend, with four full work days, just Eric and me. We must...

Quonset Hut Side Windows Part I

This post is mainly about getting the side windows installed in our Quonset hut, but there are some Other Really Great Things that happened on our most recent visit to the Quompound, as well! On our previous site visit we had installed our first of six side window...

Wood Framing in a Metal Quonset Hut

After a little more of a break in the action than we had planned on, having hurt my back on the last day of our previous trip, Eric and I finally made it back to the property on Monday the 7th of August, and worked for a week. We found everything pretty much as we had...