Man Builds Fairy Tale Home for His Family – For Only £3,000 Simon Dale is a family man in Wales, the western part of Great Britain. His interest in self-sustainability and an ecological awareness led him to dig out and build his own home—one of the loveliest, warmest, most inviting dwellings you could ever imagine. And it cost him only £3,000, about $4,700 American dollars! Can you imagine a more charming entrance than this? Simon gives two reasons for building the home. The first elegant one, from his website, is:
Underground Home Design: How to Build & Bury a House Living underground sounds disturbing – cavernous designs, claustrophobic images of cramped quarters and fuzzy pictures with low light levels come quickly to mind. A well-planned underground home, however, can be designed precisely around these problems to have all of the advantages of a cozy and private above-ground house as well as the sustainable and structural benefits of an fully-enclosed living space – entirely under the surface of the Earth. William Lishman sums up the design advantages nicely: “Why build underground? There are many advantages to earth integrated architecture.
Climate Change Journals and Magazines on environmental-expert.com Current filtering criteria You can remove a filter by clicking on the x Keyword: climate change × Malcolm Wells, Pioneer of Underground Housing, 1926-2009 Another type of building is emerging: one that actually heals the scars of its own construction. It conserves rainwater- and fuel- and it provides a habitat for creatures other than the human one. Maybe it will catch on. Maybe it won't. Glenn's Underground Cob House Well, maybe not so simple... An older interior shot with a bit of a Montana Lodge flavor. Here's the big family room where up to 30 people can gather. Ancient iron roofing panels were reclaimed as a wall finish and room divider. "The walls in the great room were stick framed with reject 2x4s and then covered with salvaged plywood from fruit bins.
Subtle Subterranean House is Underground & Understated Many underground homes have relatively extreme designs, either due to ultra-wealthy clients who give their architects a (literal or at least metaphorical) blank check to design a luxury dream house, or because of existing conditions (for instance; retrofitting an old military base and/or missile silo to be a new home). This modest alternative shows the power of simplicity in a nonetheless remarkable minimalist home in the ground. BCHO Architects started by carving a basic box-shaped void into the earth, holding a place for the space with likewise simple retaining walls of rough and raw board-formed concrete. A side stairway starts the sequence of movement down into this space, slowly taking into increasingly more enclosed areas. Along the way, the naturalistic texture of this bounding structure is reprised in real-dirt exterior courtyard floors, rammed-earth walls outside and natural-finish wooden furniture inside.
The EcoTipping Points Project Long famous for its cathedral, university, and cuckoo clocks, Freiburg is now also famous as a “Green City.” It excels in the areas of transportation, energy, waste management, and land conservation, and has created a green economy that perpetuates even more environmental progress. Photo: Courtesy Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik u. Messe GmbH
Here's the dirt on a prefabricated plastic earth sheltered home design you can buy off the shelf No, this isn't Hobbiton or a scene from Teletubbies. It's a rendering of a community of earth-sheltered houses built from a new prefab building system. I once wrote that from Hobbiton to Tatooine, earth sheltered houses make sense all over the universe; now you can just order one up. Glenn's Underground Cabin Update I received an e-mail from Becky Bee this morning and sent her a reply about keeping dry in the underground cabin. Becky is the author of "The Cob builders Handbook" and in my opinion a foremost authority on building with cob. A link to her site follows the copy of the reply. ----- Original Message ----- From: Bex To: glenn kangiser Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 9:29 AMSubject: Re: ref books I looked at your pictures this am!
The First Zombie-Proof House Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job) 28 Days Later and the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide, we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 zombie apocalypse of our dreams. “The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar. “The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure. Who wouldn’t feel safe in a concrete rectangle that folds in upon itself to become completely sealed? Even the windows are covered with a slab of concrete when the structure is on nap time.