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Category: Concrete

CASE STUDY : Leisenring Home

A unique underground home by its features list alone, this large earth home serves as a self-sufficient example on 5 acres.

From the Owners:

“Hi, we recently purchased the home after its former owner passed away. ….The home sits on 5 acres and is basically self sufficient. Has a bomb shelter, indoor pool with waterfall and many other interesting features.”

CASE STUDY : Ratzlaff House

This amazing owner-built underground home is truly unique. The home immediately shows a striking combination of landscape and terrain design,  scale of construction, and intricate architectural elements. The interior continues the trend with an opulent-if-not-almost-gratuitous mixture of classical wood furnishings (the owner is a woodworker), and even features a secret door! I could go on, but please see the owner’s website (http://www.ourundergroundhome.com) for a much better tour!

CASE STUDY : Buckner House

An opulently furnished, almost surreal underground house in North Central Texas. This home blends retro with sci-fi with a classy timeless feel.

NOTE – as of writing, this earth sheltered house is for sale!

LINK: DICO Inc (External Link)

CASE STUDY : Devon Reservoir Home

This underground home was built on the former site of an underground reservoir in the UK. An architectural masterpiece, the home was designed and mostly built by a husband and wife team including a civil engineer.

CASE STUDY : Earth House in Seoul, South Korea

This pit-style underground home in south korea features an open atrium connected with a small 6-room concrete home (all below grade)

LINK : Terra-dome, a leading builder of concrete form systems and underground homes (External Link)

CASE STUDY : Fieldstone Suite

This small underground home packs a lot of punch. Serving as a rental (but not bed and breakfast), this 600 sqft pristine example of the retaining wall style with an earthen roof lets you truly experience the benefits of an earth-sheltered home.

CASE STUDY : Arant Home

Photo: Copyright Mike Arant

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 : The Pinnacle House

This exquisite, sprawling underground home by Don Metz (among the legends of earth-sheltered home building) is not only a beautiful home to live in, at the time of writing it’s actually on the market.