I really enjoyed working on this design. The site is absolutely breath taking and your choice of program is very fitting. I am a follower of the late architect and pioneer of underground living, Malcolm Wells. I am very inspired by his writing and architecture. I have experimented with various designs for myself. I hope to construct one of the many designs sometime, hopefully in the near future.
The design, presented here for your consideration, was conceived as a master plan for this area of your property. The master plan includes the sun room, the patios, terraces and an entry and stair that ties the whole series of components together. If you were to choose to complete this concept in its entirety, the design could be phased in succession to allow you to construct it over time.
The sun room itself is designed to meet your specification exactly. The interior of the space is 8’-0” x 12’-0” which totals 96 square feet. The design utilizes a 24” x 24” grid. My intention was to create a space that would offer the most versatility for its use. The north wall provides an 8’-0” tall wardrobe cabinet. Next to the wardrobe is a twin sized Murphy bed. Adjacent to the Murphy bed is a built in bench with fabric cushions and backrest. Storage is provide inside the bench by opening the lid. Open shelving above is provided for additional storage. The wood burning stove is positioned on the east wall. The contemporary stove sits on a slightly elevated slab of stone. The stone is intended to be found on site and used as is with all the character and irregularities desired. A similar piece of stone is intended to be placed vertically to reflect the heat from the stove into the space. The timber structure overhead is intended to be exposed. The cabinetry and walls are to be clad with white oak veneered plywood. The plywood will be installed over hat channels fastened to the concrete structural walls. I propose the floor and walking surface of the patio to be bluestone. The use of the same stone pavers both inside and out will help blur the distinction between inside and outside. An outdoor secured storage area is provided just off the entry for items that you might not want to bring into the sunroom. I suggest using oil lanterns for lighting in the evenings. The lanterns can be hung throughout the sunroom and patio. A large fire pit is provided just off the spacious patio to the south.
The earth sheltered sun room is intended to be constructed of cast in place reinforced concrete retaining and structural walls. The earth covered face of the wall will be insulated with 3 ½” of rigid insulation that is covered with a water proof membrane. The roof structure is timber with the main beams being approximately 6” x 12” and the rafters sized at 3” x 12”. 3” double tongue and groove wood decking spans over the rafters. Above the deck is 6” of rigid insulation, the water proof membrane and 24” of earth. The windows are a combination of awning and casement windows with screens so that the space can be virtually completely open when the weather allows. The bluestone flooring tops a 4” double insulated concrete slab. The sun room is accessed by a pair of 24” glass doors. When both doors are open 4’ clear space is provided for ease of entry with backpacks and equipment.
I sincerely hope the submitted designs will meet your needs and provide some additional inspiration. It was a pleasure to provide this design for your review. If you have any additional questions, I can be reached by email. [email="firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/email]
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