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Paradise Valley Oasis Hybrid Home









(This house reported 18 resource efficient features.
Percentages above indicate the distribution of features and total 100%)


  • To construct a home with a combination of conventional building materials and alternative mechanical systems (e.g. wind, solar, rainwater harvesting) that meets the mortgage requirements of the banking industry.
  • To reduce monthly utility bills and the unreliability of a utility service (outages due to storms and other natural disasters) by establishing at-home electricity and water.
  • To offer a home that will minimize the impacts on planet earth over the life of the home without requiring the homeowner to make drastic lifestyle changes.
Year-round fresh food opportunities


  • Location: Emigrant, Montana
  • Climate Zone: Cold
  • Type of Project: New Construction
  • Home Completed: 2008
  • Setting: rural
  • Energy Source: - wind - propane - wood burning - grid electric - passive solar - solar electric
  • Layout: Single-Family; 3 bedroom; Attached garage
  • Lot Size: 2 acre
  • Square Footage: 3693
  • Sales Market: Middle-income
  • Cost/Square Foot: $ 130.00


Pouwel Gelderloos, Architect and Builder
MasterWorks Construction and Oasis Hybrid Homes
- Builder - Designer

Phone: (406) 223-1406
Email: pouwel@oasishybridhomes.com

Dedicates his services to designing and making available an oasis that harvests the natural elements.


This home is designed and constructed to harvest the natural elements (solar, wind, and rainwater) to provide food, heating and cooling, electric requirements, and domestic warm and cold water. It is a hybrid home since the fully automated mechanical systems are comprised of these "alternative" systems and more conventional materials and energy sources. The "alternative" systems are generally the first used, with the exception of propane cooking and clothes drying, yet the more conventional systems provide supplemental or backup energy supplies.

The use of conventional systems means that this house may be purchased with bank mortgage financing. The harvesting of natural elements facilitates lower monthly utility bills over the life of the home, allows the home to be impervious to local utility shutdown during severe weather, and greatly reduces environmental impacts from the consumption of fossil fuels.

The Paradise Valley Hybrid home and setting

Solar photovoltaic and wind generator for electric power

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