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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 : Mortenson Home in Alabama

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 : Feuille House

Built for a the weather on the coast, this simple wood/concrete underground home features an open floorplan and central two-level area with a loft.

CASE STUDY : SunEarth House


UPDATE: Apparently “SunEarth” is actually an underground home plan, which you can purchase for $325 at dreamgreenhomes.com


This innovative underground home in colorado has the perfect blend of PAHS techniques and extensive berming. The home features floor-to-ceiling glass windows facing south,  and a less conventional passive solar system using water-filled black drums.

CASE STUDY: A terra-dome in Oklahoma

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CASE STUDY : The Uwharrie Mountain House

This modern underground home, available for rent in the Uhwarrie mountains of North Carolina, is a great example of the delta retaining wall design. With a rustic interior, ample stonework, and a timeless natural charm – this underground home serves as a great example of how underground homes have shed the 1970s image over time and are a great solution for making less of an impact on the land.

CASE STUDY : The rogers house

A simple, but brilliantly practical poured concrete underground home featuring a central large fireplace that also acts as thermal storage.

CASE STUDY : The Danley/Gillette Home

This home is a hybrid delta retaining wall and log-end design in the south. This beautifully natural home was built by Roger Danley and Becky Gillette, and feaures a unique wood structure