“To dwell, also means to become friends with a natural place.” - Christian Norberg-Schulz

Why do we need a sustainable home?


That’s where Design with Frank comes in. Designed with durable nature friendly materials, Frank’s eco-friendly homes last longer and generate significant long-term savings. They reduce negative impacts on the environment by using less energy and natural resources. By using fewer synthetic materials and promoting better ventilation and air quality, Frank homes are also better for your body.


Frank's design is DIY friendly, or build it with your local builders!

What exactly a green home can do for you?

Solar Power

Harnessing the sun’s rays to passively heat and cool your home.

Save Your Dollars

Better energy-saving measures means more money in your pocket.

Healthier Living

Fresh air and natural light to help you live healthier and better.

BETTER FOR NATURE

Use energy-efficient materials that reduce the impact on our environment.



SUPPORT LOCALS

Buy local, hire local, and invest the wealth in your community.

HOW DOES THE SUN KEEP YOUR HOME ENERGY-EFFICIENT?

Our designs feature large, south-facing windows that are tucked behind a covered outdoor deck. The deck acts as a buffer between the hot sun and the inside of your home. In the summer, this reduces brightness and keeps the indoors cool. In the winter, the sun rays sit lower in the sky, and shine into the house through the deck to keep the house warm. You can rely on our guides to help you determine the right orientation to help your home leverage passive heating and cooling.

WHAT DOES INSULATION DO TO YOUR HOME?

Many homes have thermal breaks, or gaps in the structure that isn’t covered by insulation. This creates vulnerable areas where air can escape. At Frank, we use double-layer insulation for your home -- almost like putting on another jacket. That means less draftiness and cheaper energy bills for you

HOW DOES NATURAL VENTILATION AFFECT YOUR HOME?

Frank designs feature a double air circulation channel in the roof that ventilates the attic, while the placement of the windows create a horizontal air passage that lets air flow in and out of the home. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the spring breeze.

WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE FOUND IN GREEN HOMES?

Frank thoughtfully considers your home’s relationship with the surrounding environment and cares about helping you build an heirloom-quality house. Whether you’re looking to build with natural materials or update the materials in your existing home, our packages offer a series of sustainable, widely-available options.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING LOCAL RESOURCES?

Our comprehensive material list makes it easy for you to buy local. Most of the building materials -- if not all -- can be purchased from nearby lumber yards and stores, and Frank designs can be easily built by any builder or contractor. Most importantly, local materials eliminate the energy consumption and hefty costs that come with shipping and transportation.