Solargon: conservation of energy through intelligent design and utilization of super efficient building components to create very green cabins and homes.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Solargon 30 Interior

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sutherland Solargon 30

Solargon manufacturer Brian Propp outside the Sutherland Solargon 30 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Willett Project Review

The Willett Solargon project was our largest to date. The combination of two Solargon 30-10 over a walkout basement with a large link gave the owners just over 2,300 sq. ft. of living space. This spacious dwelling will be interesting to follow as they add their solar P.V. system next spring.

Setting one of the last wall panels in the connecting link.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sand Creek Sunset

South west window view - Solargon 30.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Carrick and Sarah in Sand Creek

Sarah and Carrick have worked to get their off grid Solargon ready for the winter.
Go to Web Album to see more.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hummingbird Ranch Solargon 30-10

We finally received some shots of the Hummingbird Ranch Solargon 30.
They finished the exterior of this  Solargon with stucco for low maintenance.
To see more pictures of this project go to the Web Album.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Latest Solargon 30 in Paonia, Colorado

 Solargon 30-8 model with 8' walls in the beautiful town of Paonia, Co.

 View from inside looking out. See more.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Go to Solargon Plus 2 to see pictures of the Willett project.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Revisit the Solargon 20 in Paonia, Colorado at Tinyhouse

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Done for the season

Pictured above is owner Sally Willett in her master bedroom. 
 "We are pretty much done with construction for the season, barring some painting, sanding, etc. We will start again in the spring, windows are in, decks finished and final grading is done."

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall In Sand Creek

                     Scott Kirk with owner Dave Willett admiring the back deck.
Staircase to the loft area.
View from the loft.
Looking down at the master bedroom.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

With the extremely dry conditions and the recent fires in Colorado, this project has taken extra precautions for fire mitigation. Along with the SIPs panels which are very fire resistant the Willetts have chosen metal roofing and concrete siding.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Willett Project

We have about finished the siding and trim and will install the metal roofing next.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

This picture was shot from the east side of the beaver dam.
Sand Creek, Colorado.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Willett concept home above and the project in Sand Creek, Colorado below. Click on web album to see more pictures.
Write me with comments or questions about creating your ultimate energy saving living space.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Willett Progess

It is mid August and the Willett Solargon project is about closed in. These twin Solargon 30-10's are connected by a 12'x18' link with entry and bathroom. The 10' walls give this model a big feel and room for a loft.
Before the roof went on the crown beam and rafter assembly was installed.

Owner Dave Willett and Solargon designer Rob Galloway.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Solargon Paonia 20-4

 This is the latest version of the Solargon 20 with 311 sq. ft of living space. Owners Kale and Laura have finished this charming cabin complete with deck, sandstone patio, hot tub and root cellar. The Solargon 20-4 features a four sided roof system over an ultra efficient SIPs octagon. Kale's Cottage.
                                                   View from the hot tub.

                Inside is a nice kitchen with an addition to accommodate a bathroom.
Small gable windows illuminate the T&G ceiling giving this cabin an open and light living space. The  SIPs building envelope, which included all wall and roof panels was assembled in 6 hours and the owners completed the entire project in 3 months.  For more information about creating your own Solargon cabin or home write to

Friday, July 2, 2010

Willett Project

Go to the Web Album to see more about this off grid Solargon project.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


The WIllett project is moving forward with the completion of the footers shown above.
For the latest pictures of this project go to the Web Album

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Willetts Break Ground !

AAfter a long winter Dave and Sally finally start their Solargon project in Sand Creek.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Meisler Solargon Project

Many thanks and all the best to Peg and Peter Meisler on their purchase of two Solargon 20 models for a southern Colorado project which will link the two octagon building with a 24' link. The link will include a kitchen and bath with a staircase to the cellar.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Solargon sales person Sheri Mattei and family at Dream Lake at the base of Halletts Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. The short walk to this overwhelmingly beautiful place is a must if you find yourself in northern Colorado. We have our own dream of building an ultra efficient Solargon home this summer. For more information about owning your Solargon cabin or home write us at

Monday, May 3, 2010

Solargon 20

Pictured above is the Solargon 20 show model being set at the new ICS plant. We used 2x6 redwood and framed an octagon to fit under the Solargon. After building and leveling the support frame we lifted the Solargon with two forklifts and drove beside the frame. We then lowered it and pushed the cabin over the frame and did final adjustments. Then lifting in select spots we removed the pipes. It was just that simple. To view more pictures see album below.

Click to see the Web Album

Monday, April 5, 2010

Solargon Tour

Here are some shots of the latest Solargon Sutherland tour.
Picture of the living room from the loft.

And here is Roger one of our Solargon photographers.
To see more pictures of the the tour go to web album.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Relocation of the Solargon 20

ICS-RM- manufacturer of Solargon products is moving to their new larger plant location in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Solargon 20 show model pictured here is being moved to it's new home. Click on the Web Album to see pictures of the complete move.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Solargon Sutherland Tour

Thank you all for coming to the Solargon tour today and to the Sutherlands for their generosity in letting us tour their mountain cabin. A special thanks to Sheri Mattei for putting the tour together. Click the Web Album to see more.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Solargon 20

A Solargon 20 on top of a Solargon 20... just another example of the unlimited ways to arrange our super versatile buildings to create your our unique living space.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Solargon News

Betsy Markey
Representing Colorado's Forth Congressional District

One of the things Congresswoman Betsy Markey is focused on is “creating a lasting energy plan for our country”, therefore, she met with Sheri Mattei of Solargon to talk about this extremely energy efficient green building, Solargon.

One of the many applications for the Solargon is emergency housing.
A Solargon building assembles in 4 hours to 3 days depending on the model; therefore this building is perfect for relief in Haiti and the many people that are still in need of permanent housing in the wake of Katrina.

Congresswoman Betsy Markey was happy to hear about how very strong Solargons are and their incredible energy efficient off the grid capability, which allows for low energy consumption after one moves into the building. Solargon; "Making larger strides, leaving smaller footprints."

Sheri Mattei enjoyed and appreciated meeting with Congresswomen Betsy Markey

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Bev Dolittle
On my way to assembly the Paonia Solargon 30 (previous post) I went over McClure Pass in western Colorado. At the very top of the pass just before you descend into the beautiful Paonia valley, there is an incredible forest of aspen. I stopped to take the picture above and was amazed at the density of aspens. It reminded me of a Bev Dolittle painting with the absence of Indians on horseback.
Dreams of my own Solargon in the woods came to mind.
If you have property and you are thinking of creating your own new living space and building a super efficient home, then consider this. It is not difficult. The people that show up for the assemble of Solargons are surprised at how quickly the structure goes up. If you have several friends and a weekend you can assembly a Solargon. Most of the building is already done when it arrives at your site. You do not have to be a builder and help is available for the planing and preparations needed for a smooth assemble of your Solargon home. Let me know your thoughts at: