GETTING READY TO BUILD INTO THE HILL
It looks like we may be excavating the building site and pouring part of our foundation within a few weeks!
This will be the third time we have ripped open the earth, and each time feels traumatic when the bulldozers and backhoes have at it. We had to dig into the hill to build the barn, and we had to dig into the hill to lay in the drainfield and sink a septic tank. Fortunately we work with a very intuitive earth mover. And he well knows the lay of our land.
Now we will dig into an even steeper par of the hill to build the foundation for the house. Since we have been researching green building, I’ve some to realize that the easiest way to make an efficient house is on a flat piece of ground. Unfortunately we don’t have any of that.
The site was originally covered in oak trees that we planned to build among, but they have been going down like dominoes before an oak wilt infestation. We have walked back and forth over this ground thousands of times getting the solar angle just right and the placement on the hill as optimal as possible.This house has been in the planning stages for eight years, and we will probably be tweaking it until the last nail is hammered home.
But we are feeling very good about the way the plans are coming together.
The house will be dug into the hill so the southwest corner is open to the basement level, but the north west level will have garden windows on the upper floor. The passive solar design will fill the house with sun on winter days and being partially earth sheltered will help keep the house cool on summer days.
I have stared at this drawings so much, I can literally see the house when I look at the hillside.