Category: Project Updates
VIDEO : the author’s project – an evolved 3D rendering walkthrough tour of the stone wing earth-sheltered home design
To keep the inspiration alive in the underground home plan, I whipped up a naturalistic rendering for my underground home concept code-named “Stone Wing”. Set against a hilly area in a meadow of bluebonnets, this view shows the increasing landscaping. Picture blocks of radient texas limestone coupled with the immense earth-sheltered strength of earth and concrete. With wildfires an increasing threat in texas, it’s also a formidable shelter in tough times (although with a wood exterior structure, it might not be without its casualties).
The project is now at a pause point, to a mixture of chagrin and the unquenchable anticipation for the future construction. The interior of the Stone Wing V6 underground home concept has been fleshed out in SketchUp, to await the first round of funding for the engineering and blueprint conversion process to begin. Check out the latest interior renderings of the earth-sheltered home in-potential below!
In order to efficiently use the energy available from the earth’s mass and the sun’s influence, my future earth-sheltered home will feature a very intentionally designed layered roof. These layers will form the PAHS umbrella, in addition to a large concrete thermal mass being used as a separator. PAHS umbrella layers not pictured, but the image above is the general form of the roof to come.
1. neoprene layer for waterproofing
2.second layer of waterproofing/insulation TBD
3. wick or other drainage layer – possibly gravel restrained by a mesh or a dedicated drainage material
Note – this is an experimental roof design subject to revision, and has not been tested or evaluated by a qualified professional.
After nearly a year of exploring the underground home concept in depth, I’ve finally “homed” ( har har ) in on my ideal earth-sheltered home design. I’ve selected “Stone Wing V5” as my final design to move forward with. With a simple blend of eco-living and PAHS thinking, this home concept might actually stand the test of even the most indecisive time. Initial specifications and much more to come as the details are hammered out at a hobbyist’s pace. Check out the Current 3d Rendering of the earth-sheltered home!
Design on the stone wing concept is being revived after a brief hiatus. My underground home project is growing to include a sunroom / atrium entryway that will give more exposure for PAHS efficiency, and the overall layout has changed drastically to accommodate a larger common area. Check out the attached rough sketch – more to come!