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CASE STUDY : Arant Home

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This underground home is the model of a more recent development, being owner-constructed and occupied currently.

From the Owner:

“The square footage is about 2425. It took about 18 months for the concrete to completely cure and reach a stable interior temperature. We have had no leaks, cracks, or other problems, and are very happy with the finished result of all our planning and construction. Right now it is 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but as soon as I get a 2 car garage built the current internal 1 car garage will be converted to a 3rd bedroom. In the initial design this was anticipated, so the space already has all power and air conditioning ducts in place. It will need only to frame in the garage door and finish the walls.”

OWNER UPDATE 4/29/2015 :

“We currently live in the home and are very happy with how it performs. It meets all of our expectations. It features large picture windows on the south and west sides, under 4′ overhangs. Since the blog was last updated we have built a 3 car attached garage and added 4 kw grid tied solar. The yard is planted to all native grasses, shrubs and wildflowers, which perform quite well with no irrigation. The roof is planted to Texas purple sage and lantana, which need no irrigation. Since construction over 30 trees of various varieties have been planted, with no irrigation other than drip on the citrus.”


CASE STUDY : Arant Home, 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

Underground Home Details

Name: Arant Home
Location: Bastrop,TX
Square Footage: 2425
Construction Materials: Reinforced Concrete
Architect: Owner Designed within Builder Guidelines
Heating and Cooling: Heat Pump, Propane Fireplace
Year Built 2008-2009
Insulation: External Foam Panels Covered With Stucco
Where you can find more info:
Citation Source(s): Owner Submisson
Home Status(s): A+ condition
Concrete Wall Thickness: 9"