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originally posted by: SolRozenberg
You are going to have water problems being underground, or even covered in dirt. And to avoid that will mean extra $$.
originally posted by: Gazrok
I would recommend including a root cellar into the design (old fashioned fridge use), as well as a large area for storage for food, weapons, etc., and building a nearby game house (place where you could butcher hunted game). Don't forget the bathroom needs! The large glass wall though, kind of a security risk. At least make it high-rated storm glass, and may want to have some kind of shuttering or other protective cover than can be put in place (maybe some sliding walls that can be used when needed?)
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: network dude
It seems like a simple solution to the draining issue would be to pile crushed rock against the walls. This would allow the dirt piled over the structure to drain efficiently right up against the house. That's just a thought that seems logical for this purpose.
originally posted by: network dude
While speaking to a friend recently, we came up with an idea for a simple structure and I wanted to see if any experts here could suggest improvements, find fault with the design, or generally offer any advice.
First off, location. We are in eastern NC. Summers are hot, spring and fall perfect, and winter has a few months of chilly weather, but overall, not really cold.
The plan is a cinder block building, cement floor, cement roof. Three sides with the 4th side being all glass. (sliding doors with screens.)
Pile dirt over the structure and plant shallow root shrubs and other similar type plants on top. (to hold the dirt together)
There would be a few skylights that extend up past the dirt, along with a few vents, for plumbing and air circulation.
The overall idea is that the dirt would insulate the building, helping keep it cool in summer hot weather. We talked about a small solar farm for the power, and a simple well and septic. So the entire things would be off grid and sustainable. (as long as the solar equipment lasted)
The structure itself would be simple, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, laundry room, with an open floor plan including kitchen, dining, and living areas open to the large glass wall.
The ceiling would be metal truss, with corrugated steel, then cement poured over the top so the entire box was concrete, less the glass wall. A Fireplace would offer heat when needed, and with vents and open wall at front, some fans would offer air movement and hopefully cooler air.
If anyone handy in construction/design notices any obvious flaws with this, please say so. Thanks for looking.
ETA: this is the general idea, but the land is really, really flat here, so it would just be a mound in the woods.
originally posted by: conspiracytheoristIAM
I read the other posts and they 've given some good advice. I would suggest you check out local codes before making any firm plans . I did this back in the '80"s , but didn't build in the ground. I read a lot about underground construction and thought the water seepage and lack of light problems ruled it out for me. I'm a retired carpenter and felt above ground was best for me. Just do some research and go for it !!
Are you going to fill concrete blocks with concrete ? I'm concerned with your roof idea....metal trusses supporting a relatively flat roof with a lot of weight ....depends on trusses and length of span between support walls. Look into square foot requirements for your home ......here in Grant county Wi., 800 sq. ft is minimum . Good luck !