For some people, it is important to build something unique especially when it comes to building a home. In a large city, an atrium design can help you create an oasis from the noise and madness of daily life. When space is at a premium or privacy is vital, atrium homes are often the answer.
Atriums are designed to emphasize an open middle area, not an exterior appearance. Taking the design to its full scope, the home is designed entirely under ground. It can be done in a variety of ways, but it is built below ground to take advantage of geothermal concepts.
The primary idea is to use the constant temperature of the ground to regulate the climate in the home. Picture an oasis in the desert, but dug into the ground.
Nowadays the below ground design has some excellent energy options. You can put solar panels across the top of the roof to generate power and by being out of the wind, you also cut down on wasted energy. Going below ground as long as you take care of drainage issues, the design parameters are pretty much wide open.
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