Collection by Heather Corcoran

Homes that Make Going Off-the-Grid Look Good


From a mindful cabin in the Ozarks to an isolated retreat in the eastern Washington desert, these five homes show that great design can exist totally off-the-grid.

Living off the grid doesn't have to mean doing without—unless, of course, that's exactly what you're after. From a tiny powerless writer's shed to a chic prefab family getaway in these five structures show, it's completely possible to cut the utility cord in style thanks to clever green technology like solar panels, rainwater catchment systems, and energy-efficient insulation.

Built of prefabricated modules, the house is a comfortable, loft-like design that can be constructed easily.
Vermont slate covers the area around the True North wood stove.
The bedroom is outfitted with only the basics.
The architect wanted the stunning views to take center stage, selecting a neutral color palette.
The prefab steel frame lightly touches the wood to prevent mold and mildew.