6 Reasons You Should Consider An Earth-Sheltered Home

Construction & Contractors Blog

Earth-sheltered homes use dirt and grass from the ground to cover the surface of a home. While many of these homes could be considered underground, partial coverings are also common. Green roofs, for instance, utilize the top of the home to create a natural environment for plants and animals to flourish. 

There are many benefits to having an earth home, here are six reasons for you to consider when building your new home.

1. Noise Reducing

Are you easily disturbed by outside noise pollution? Soil and grass can create a solid barrier between you and the outside world, from the constant barrage of traffic zooming by, to barking dogs on their morning walk. A quiet earth home can lead to better quality sleep, and even increased work productivity when you find yourself working from home during the day. 

2. Inclement Weather Ready

The best protection from a tornado is underground, and if you live in an area where tornadoes are a frequent threat, having an earth home that is built entirely underground might make the most sense. 

In addition, many insurance companies can offer you a better rate because earth-sheltered homes are often built with materials that don't catch on fire easily. 

3. Good Insulation

If you want to keep your energy bills low, it's important to have a home that is well insulated. Earth homes have an insulative layer that can help you to conserve energy and skip the huge heating bill in the winter. 

4. Unique Architecture

An earth home can give you the opportunity to flex your green thumb. You can pick from a variety of foliage for the outside of your home to create a unique, appealing aesthetic. 

5. No Frills Maintenance 

Because most of your home is covered in natural materials, it's unlikely to need much maintenance in the form of painting or roof replacements. 

Also, hardy materials like concrete are often used underneath the soil and grass. These can last for many years with very little upkeep.

6. Private Space

Many earth homes limit the number of windows, which can help when you're wanting a little extra privacy from your neighbors, or live in an area with a lot of people walking in front of your home.

Would you like to find out more about earth homes? Get in touch with an earth home builder to take your first step toward a new home. 


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