BELOW GRADE DWELLINGS #djawest : If you have been watching the news lately you probably know a little something about global warming, peak oil, wildfires, and weather extremes like cold, heat, hail and tornados; not to mention home invasion or other security concerns. For an environmentally conscious owner, a below grade dwelling may be just what the Architect ordered. Utilizing modern means and methods, high design and cutting edge technologies, while also incorporating solar and geothermal heating (and cooling); a sub-surface structure is just about as good as it gets!
For instance: reduced operating expense, reduced maintenance, naturally fire resistant, protection from environmental extremes and much easier to completely secure during extended absences.
In conclusion, don’t be fooled into thinking that the design of such dwellings or structures is just a singular approach, only available in a limited palette of appearances; in the right hands, a capable Architect can deliver a variety of vocabularies which are structurally expressive, transparent (generous natural day lighting) and site specific; precisely designed to meet personal taste and an overall project budget.
If you are thinking about a new home or business….it might be appropriate to seriously consider below grade dwellings. Give Dan Joseph Architects a call and let us go to work for you today! http://www.djawest.com/