Underground Homes

The new underground home was built in the garden of a traditional house

Building homes and spaces underground is not a new form of construction, in fact building subterranean homes has been a popular building choice for many hundreds of years.

It had lost favour in the past few years with the focus of architecture on light bright, open spaces but recently the thought of building your home underground has had resurgence.

There are many advantages to building below the surface; you can build houses into steel hills, you can maximise space in small areas and construction materials are minimised. But the reason that underground housing is becoming popular again is the growing focus on eco housing.

The externally facing walls of the house are made of both fixed glass and sliding glass doors

An underground house benefits from geothermal mass and heat exchange, the earths subsurface remains relatively stable meaning the home will stay warm in the winter but remain cool in summer. On average underground houses have an 80% saving in energy costs compared to a house of a similar size built above the ground.

This recent home in Barnet was built below ground for that very purpose. It was, in fact, built within the back garden of a traditional family home. As the home wasn’t visible via neighbouring properties due to its low setting the architect was able to be much freer with their design than a house above ground level and the underground home is much more energy efficient than its above ground neighbours.

Internal frameless glazing allows light to travel further into the underground house

You obviously still want natural light to penetrate these underground spaces to make them inviting homes. Slim framed sliding glass doors from IQ Glass surround the external faces of the home facing out onto the courtyard. These along with strategically places and interesting designed rooflights through the design allow lots of natural light to enter this subterranean home. Further internal glass partitions allow light to travel through spaces within the home.

Rooflights in the roof of a basement space can be designed to be flush and take a walk on structural load to blend effortlessly into the ground in which the home is built.

Contact IQ Glass for more information about getting natural light effectively into your underground home or basement

01494 722 880 | www.iqglassuk.com | sales@iqglassuk.com

Or visit their showroom in Amersham for more inspiration

The Courtyard | Sky House | Raans Road | Amersham | HP6 6JQ

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Gary Davis