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CASE STUDY : Davis Cave

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The eponymous first creation of one of the legends in underground home construction, Davis Cave is an unusual, Rocky, 1970s take on underground living through organic design. This home is the brainchild (and workchild) of Andy Davis and family, and features two sections – one rectangular and the largest portion an octagon. More unusually, the interior has been decorated with what literally must be thousands of rocks and small boulders. For the roof, the davis family chose an attractive – and even still quite contemporary – mixture of xeriscaping and a traditional green roof.

CASE STUDY : Davis Cave, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

Underground Home Details

Name: davis cave
Location: Armington,IL
Square Footage: 1200 + 800
Construction Materials: cast in-place reinforced concrete for roof walls and floor, natural stone or faux finish.
Earth Cover: 3ft to 4ft
Architect: Andy Davis and Family
Heating and Cooling: franklin fireplace
Year Built 1975
Waterproofing: asphalt coating
Insulation: styrofoam, 1in on roof and walls, limited to 8ft deep on walls.
Citation Source(s): "Earth sheltered housing design : guidelines, examples, and references" by The underground space center, university of minnesota. 1978
Home Status(s): unknown