ICF Earth Sheltered Home

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Square Footage

Total Above-ground living area 5017
  Main Level 3251
  Upper Level 1766
  Opt. Rec. Rm. 1560
Lower level living area  
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
125 W x 41 D


Above-ground bedrooms 4
Above-ground bathrooms 3.5
Master suite Main
Lower-level bedrooms 0
Lower-level bathrooms 0


Stories 2
Parking garage
Number of stalls 2
House height    
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Ceiling heights    
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
  Main level 9
Vaulted ceilings    
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.


LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
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You can build this house facing in whatever direction suits your needs, but if you’re interested in building it as a passive solar home, please read the section below titled Passive Solar Info for specific information on orientation.

A colonnade of wood posts and heavy timber grace the entire front length of the house, creating a covered porch that ranges from 3′ to 11′ deep for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors at any time of day. The entry door opens into an open living space with views to a great room straight ahead. A sunny breakfast nook with a bay window that faces the front brings in light to the entry and kitchen space, which has a 9′ ceiling with exposed wood beams. The open kitchen has a long breakfast bar that separates the kitchen from the great room, and the sink is located so that you can look out to the great room while doing the dishes.

As you enter the great room, you find yourself in a dramatic two–story space with a wood ceiling that gently slopes from 20′ to 22′. A great stone fireplace with a built–in for media greets you at the end of the room. The rustic theme continues in the barn wood covered walls, exposed log columns, and reclaimed wood floor. Sliding glass doors that total 15′ in width look and walk out to the front porch, while three upper picture windows bring in additional light and views. A row of timber log columns located at the rear of the house create intervals for display niches and built–ins, and openings that access a staircase, a powder room, a butler’s area, and a walk–in pantry for the kitchen.

To the right of the fireplace hearth there’s a door that opens into an office/craft room that has a vaulted ceiling that slopes up to over 14′, and a glazed door with a high transom window above it that walks out to the front porch. To the left of the fireplace, a door opens into a large master suite with a fireplace in one corner. The bedroom has a ceiling that vaults from 10’6″ to 14′, and has sliding glass doors that walk out to the front. A high transom window above the doors brings in additional sunlight and high views. The master bedroom features two separate walk–in closets, with one closet that accesses the master bath and a private laundry room. The master bath has two separate vanity sinks, a private toilet room, a tub that sits in one corner under a window, a separate shower, and a glazed door that opens out to the front porch. The ceiling in the bath slopes up to 14′ where it meets the exterior wall facing the front.

As you walk down the hall past the staircase and kitchen, you pass a mudroom/laundry room that has a coat closet, a utility sink, a door that opens out to the front, and a door that opens into an oversized two–car garage. The long hallway has three display niches to break the monotony, provides access to a large storage room and an exercise room, and leads to another optional wing of the house, which would add an additional 1,560 SF of living space (for a total of 6,577 SF for the house). This wing has a full bath, an office with a separate office storage room, a room for a full bar, a walk–in closet, and an open recreation/theater room with a fireplace in one corner and a sloped ceiling that vaults from 10′ to 14′. The recreation room features two large windows that look out to the front, a glazed door that walks out to the front porch, three additional upper transom windows, and a ladder that accesses an upper loft above the office. This whole wing would make an excellent in–law unit that wouldn’t need any modifications if you added a kitchenette to the bar area.

The upper landing opens up to a play area/living space, and the hallway off of it is oversized to accommodate shelves for toys/books. There is a second laundry/utility room on this level for added convenience. The upper roof gently slopes from front to rear, so bedroom 1 has a ceiling that slopes from over 10′ to over 11′, bedroom 2 has a ceiling that slopes from about 10’6″ to 12′, and bedroom 3 has a ceiling that slopes from 9′ to about 10′. All three bedrooms have walk–in closets, and bedroom 1 has its own private full bath while bedrooms 2 and 3 share an oversized full bath with two separate vanity sinks, a tub and a separate shower.

The plans for this home call for insulated concrete form (ICF) exterior walls. However, they can easily be changed to 2×6 stud walls by your builder or a design professional. Be sure to confirm this with your builder prior to purchasing the plans.

Passive Solar Info
To maximize its passive solar design, the front of this house should face South. Oversized roof overhangs and covered porches were designed to manage natural day lighting throughout the year for the original site location.

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Brief Description

Designed to be green and energy–efficient, this unique earth–sheltered home was originally designed to back into a hillside with spectacular views to the front. The main level rear and sides were tucked away neatly into earth, with the public living spaces having direct views to the front exterior, while the more utilitarian spaces (like closets) face the rear. The original home was built with exposed wood posts, hand–hewn log veneer, log columns, and barn wood siding at the exterior and interior, to give the home a rustic feel both inside and out.

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If you need more than 5 sets, you can add them to your initial order, or order them (by phone) at a later date.

This option is only available to folks ordering the 5-Set Package.

$50 each

Often views or site characteristics make it either advantageous or necessary to build a house in the reverse of the way the plans were originally drawn. When reversed, the front of the house continues to face in the same direction, but rooms that were on the right side of the house as you face it will now be on the left, and vice versa. The lettering and numbers will appear as they would if you held the plans up to a mirror, but this will not present a problem for your builders, as they are quite familiar with this process.

We recommend that your order include both right-reading and mirror-reverse copies, since permit officials and lenders will need to see a right-reading version. There is a one-time cost of $50 to reverse the plans, whether you buy them all in your initial purchase, or a follow up order. The number you will need of each version is something your builder should advise you on.

Please note: If a right-reading reverse version of the plans is offered, this is definitely the version you should purchase, whether you're interested in bonds, vellums, or electronic files (when available).

SKU: PH-001
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Paul Hare – Architect

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  • What is bond paper?

    Bond paper

    Printers stopped using blue ink many years ago - it was very difficult to read, and the fumes were dangerous to inhale. So what we used to refer to as blueprints are now called bond copies (black ink printed on white bond paper).
  • 5-Set Construction or Bid Set

    5-Set Construction or Bid Set

    If you are building in an area that requires very few copies to construct a house, all you might need is the 5-Set Package. It's also best for folks wanting either a quick bid process, or bids from more than one builder. In either case, you can always purchase more bond copies later on if you need them, or upgrade to a Mylar, PDF or CAD version (your original cost will be deducted from the price of the upgrade). Bond copies cannot be duplicated, but they come with a formal Copyright License that gives you the legal right to construct the house, and to modify the plans beforehand to suit your needs. If allowed in your area, modifications can be "marked up" (some people refer it as "red-lining") right on the plans.
  • What is mylar?


    Vellum paper is no longer being manufactured, so we've switched to a vastly superior product called Mylar. These semi-transparent sheets are actually a thin-film composite that was designed for plan modification, using a simple electric eraser. The ink that is printed on them sits on the surface (instead of sinking into a coated vellum sheet), so lines and dimensions can be erased and redrawn quite easily by any design professional.
  • Plans printed on Mylar

    Plans printed on Mylar

    If you - like the vast majority of our other customers - intend to modify the plans before construction, and you are building in an area where plans can't simply be "marked up" with a red pen, the Mylar copy is definitely what you should order (unless of course you prefer the PDF version). After the changes have been made to this "master" copy, you or your builder can then print as many copies as you need, whenever you need them, on regular bond paper. That way everyone - you, your builder, his or her subcontractors, local permit officials, and your lender - will have the final version of the plans to work with. Even though they cost a bit more initially, they will definitely save you time and money later on. Mylar copies come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. Mylar copies are shipped with a free bond copy of the plans, so that you have something to look over and mark up before making final decisions about the changes you want made to the "master" set.
  • What are PDF electronic files?

    PDF electronic files

    The acronym PDF stands for Portable Document Format. These are electronic files that can be emailed from computer to computer. You can open them on your own computer as well as email them to others, and the Copyright Release you receive with them allows you to make as many copies as you need before and after modifications are made.
  • Plans in PDF format

    Plans in PDF format

    THE most popular way to purchase plans these days is in PDF format. It's no more expensive than the Mylar version, plus you save $30 in shipping fees because the plans are emailed to you. But the biggest reason why they're so popular is because they can be passed along to others via email. The builder can zip them to their sub-contractors, truss manufacturers, and (if needed) an engineer; you can open them on your own computer to view at your home or office; and you can zip them to your builder (or builders), lender, and anyone needing to approve the plans before construction. If you'd still like to make modifications on Mylar sheets, your Copyright Release allows you (or your builder) to do this locally, and you'll only need to print a handful of the most important sheets.
  • What are CAD files?

    CAD files

    The acronym CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. Design software from AutoCAD and numerous other companies - ArchiCAD, SoftPlan, VectorWorks, etc. - is used to draw plans in a format (DWG - short for drawing) that can be easily manipulated and modified on a computer. This can speed up the process of modification dramatically - for example, a change in one part of the plans creates an automatic change throughout the drawings -- potentially saving the person making the changes quite a bit of time, and thus saving you quite a bit of money!
  • Plans in CAD format

    Plans in CAD format

    Plans purchased in this electronic format are emailed, so you get them right away, and there's no shipping fee. Like the Mylar and PDF options, these plans come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. If the changes you wish to make to our plans are rather extensive, or structural in nature (including changing exterior wall systems), purchasing the plans in CAD format will almost certainly be your best option. Design professionals charge by the hour, and making changes to electronic files is much faster and easier than erasing and redrawing lines and dimensions on a Mylar copy. So purchasing an electronic version of the plans can save you both time and money. The files you receive will provide the drawings in at least two formats: .DWG files that will enable the person modifying your plans to do so using AutoCAD software (the standard for the entire construction and engineering communities); and .PDF files that will enable you to view the plans on your home or office computer. If the plans were originally drawn with a design software program other than AutoCAD (eg. SoftPlan, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc.), this will be noted at the end of the Description of this house, and the email will include these files along with the .DWG and .PDF formats.

We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.