Resources for your Quonset Build

Interested in building a Quonset hut house, but unsure where to start? Check out our resources and get your project off on the right foot.

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The Quompound

In northern Arizona, we’re building The Quompound,a residence, guest house, and a workshop – all from Quonset huts! Get our monthly newsletter and follow along.

Quonset House Plans

Get inspired by our DIY-friendly, modern Quonset House plans. Download them for free. New designs coming soon!

Download our DIY-friendly, modern Quonset House plans and get inspired!

Get one-on-one coaching for your DIY Quonset build with architect Earl Parson.

We’re building The Quompound, a home, guest house, and workshop – all from Quonset huts! Get the inside story with our newsletter.

Unsure where to start? Check out our resources to get your Quonset build off on the right foot.

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 our Blog:

Panorama of the Quonset Guest House Arches

We have arches!I'll post a full write up on the amazing long weekend we spent with friends helping us build the Quonset hut arches for the guest house - it was a blast and we have really perfected our Quonset-hut-building technique. (Given that this is our third...

Quonset Hut House Build: Radiant Heated Floor Slab

Prep for the Slab Once the ICF walls were up (see this post for details), it was time to pour the floor slab. With ICF walls, the walls are often set on top of the slab, but since we are installing radiant floor heating, we wanted the extra insulation of the ICF walls...

Quonset Hut House Build: ICF Base Walls

Setting up the ICF Blocks The ICF walls are a big feature of this house. ICF is a great system but it isn't in wide use yet. Insulated (or insulating) Concrete Form is a system of styrofoam blocks that interlock to create a strong formwork into which rebar is placed...

Quonset House Foundations Poured!

Progress on the Quonset House: This week they came out and poured our concrete foundations for the house. "They" in this case is an outfit out of Phoenix called ICF Specialists. It's a family business run by two brothers, Rod & Gary Fetters. They're...

Quonset House Foundation Excavation

The crew came out yesterday and excavated for our Quonset House footings. We've finally officially broken ground!Of course I had to fly the drone around and get some aerial shots.It took over halfway into the year to get to the point of starting our...

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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