Far from being the cave-like dwellings that some people
envision, underground home designs are varied, and allow
for individuality almost as much as their above-ground
Underground home design
Homes that are sheltered by the earth require almost
no type of air conditioning, and they are easily heated.
Using the latest designs in underground homes, they can
still be just as soundproof and fireproof as older designs
of homes that use earth for shelter. Mowing your roof
is certainly easier and cheaper than re-shingling it,
Each underground home tends to have custom aspects of
design, since the people who build them - or have them
built - are very individualistic. The building process
is not conventional, and various construction aspects
are more difficult to accomplish than in conventional
homes. Most people spend a good amount of time in the
research and planning stages of their underground homes.
Location, Location, Allocation ...
Selecting the place to locate your home will affect the
type of design that you can most easily use. Some spots
may allow for large windows over the façade of
your new home, while others may not be as easily adapted
to that style.
Underground Home Design
Building into a slope or hill is one popular way to incorporate
a home into the earth, and it gives you many design options.
The front of your home can be more fully exposed if you
use a hill, and full of windows that let in wondrous light.
Building on flat lands will lend itself better to courtyard
styled designs, with that courtyard allowed to remain
open to the sky, for extra light.
Before you finalize any design plans in a specific area,
make sure that equipment can access your property to build
your earth-sheltered home. This is also the time to determine
the materials to be used for the walls, roof and floor,
since this will affect the type of design you decide to
use. It's assumed that you have checked local zoning ordinances
to make sure that underground homes are acceptable.
You're Getting Warmer ...
Poured concrete that is reinforced with steel is a popular
choice in underground homes. Be sure to waterproof the
exterior walls before you cover them, to prevent leakage.
It's better to do the concrete work in warmer months,
so that accelerator is not needed to dry the walls. This
could compromise the strength of your steel rebar.
Underground Home Plans
No Experiments, Please ...
When you work on your underground design, be sure to plan
for water lines, wiring, skylights and ventilation ducts.
Make sure that your contractors are experienced in earth-sheltered
homes, so that your design will not be "experimental"
in nature. Your design will be best enhanced if you plant
grass after you cover your roof with earth. Allow drainage
plans for the roof, so that water will not collect or
Futuristic home designs are especially interesting when
integrated with underground construction. A modern interior
will carry that design theme indoors, as well. Circular
floor plans work well for many earth-sheltered homes,
and bringing as much light as you need into the area will
keep it open and airy looking.
Each home design in underground construction tends to
be a bit different from the rest, since people will want
to build a house that appeals to their personal sense
of style. There are almost no limits to the special aspects
of design that you can use in underground homes.
Written by Kevin Knatloa
First Published on November 05, 2012
Updated November 22, 2013