Earth Sheltered Homes
Earth sheltered homes are a bit different that earth
berm homes or underground homes. Earth
sheltered homes typically imply that a house is built into a mountainside
or hillside, whereas on earth bermed homes the soil is pushed
against one or more sides of the house. Underground homes as the
name implies are constructed and contained underground.
The location for earth sheltered homes is paramount. Usually
the owner needs to pick a piece of property on a mountainside
or hillside where the earth sheltered home that is exposed will
face south. This helps earth sheltered homes to gain sunlight
all day for warmth and to provide light inside the home.
Depending upon the mountainside or hillside that is chosen, skylights
can sometimes also be implemented on the north side of earth sheltered
homes to provide sunlight in the darker regions of the house.
The design of earth sheltered homes is paramount to its functionality.
The soil that covers the home will both protect and insulate it.
If the uncovered side of the home faces south, then bedrooms and
common areas that need light can be constructed facing south taking
advantage of the sunlight.
The elevational design of earth sheltered homes let homeowners
decide how far into the mountain or hill they want their home
to go. Some homeowners choose partial seclusion into the mountain
or hill while other prefer total seclusion of three sides.
In addition, some homeowners choose to combine earth-sheltered
and earth berm homes into a mountainside or hillside and in effect
making it an underground home. This can be accomplished by building
three sides of the house into a hill and then berming the south
facing side if desired.
Window and door opening can be left open without being blocked
by soil for sunlight and ventilation purposes. The construction
of earth sheltered homes can be more expensive than earth berm
homes depending upon the time, crew and equipment needed to clear
a space in the hillside or mountainside.
For those who like living off the grid, solar, wind and geothermal
can be used for a green lifestyle. In addition, propane can also
Earth sheltered homes provide the same advantages as earth berm
or underground homes. Namely this includes lower heating and cooling
bills, better home construction and structural integrity, safety
from the elements such as high winds, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes
and security from strangers or criminals.
So, what are you waiting for, why not buy or build your own earth
sheltered home today as the best time to start is now.