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Earth Sheltered, Bermed, Partially Below Grade or Underground House Plans

Earth sheltered homes are designed to be partially buried under ground and/or to have dirt piled-up or "bermed" next to one or more exterior walls and/or on the roof. This type of home can be especially well suited for construction on very steep building lots. Earth bermed homes typically incorporate lots of glass on the exposed walls, skylights, clerestory windows, and other passive solar design features. And, since temperatures a few feet below grade are not subject to the extreme variations much of the world sees between winter and summer, or day and night, heating and cooling costs can often be substantially less than comparable above ground structures.

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B-502 - 1712 square feet of finished living space on one floor "below grade" with a 2-car garage in the "A-Frame structure above.

All the rooms in this home take full advantage of proper solar orientation. Three exterior walls of the home are covered with earth, and skylights make the house light and airy. The Great Room lies at the heart of this plan and boasts a corner fireplace and corner window walls. The master bedroom offers a dressing area and a private bath.

Plan B-502 Efficient Earth-Sheltered Living
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H-955-1A - 1644 square feet of finished living space on one floor, with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage.

Countless beautiful skylights make this sheltered, bermed home a dazzling, sunny retreat. Inside, the vast living room will serve as the hub of daily activities and will warm winter nights with its woodstove. Both secondary bedrooms feature cozy built-in window seats, the perfect places to curl up with a novel or your favorite magazine.

Plan H-955-1A Sunny Skylights
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B-7943 - 1678 square feet of finished living space on one floor, with 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 car garage.

The main entry opens to an air-locked vestibule, and into the home through double doors. The living/dining room and eat-in kitchen have a dramatic vaulted ceiling with round transom windows and a skylight bringing the sun in. The bedrooms, to the left of the living room, all have windows overlooking the courtyard. The master bedroom has a private bath, dressing area, walk-in closet and access to its own private deck.

Plan B-7943 Earth Sheltered Excitement
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