earth-sheltered homes: lot size and adjacent structures
The second issue concerns set-backs in a conventional development. A clear understanding of set-back limitations may be critical to some earth-sheltered designs. It may be necessary to extend portions of a sub-surface structure beyond existing set-backs since arranging spaces around a courtyard is likely to take more area than a conventional rectangular house. A redefinition of zoning ordinances may be required in a case such as this.
A final consideration is the location and size of structures on adjacent property which may interfere with views, block sunlight, or simply create an unpleasant feeling of being looked down upon in an earth-sheltered house. Although these factors may present problems, they can often be dealt with effectively by the designer.
It is important to note that these issues only arise when earth-sheltered housing is used on smaller lots in existing developments. New developments which include only earth-sheltered housing can be designed at fairly high densities without encountering the problems of scale and set-backs mentioned here.
Related category• EARTH-SHELTERED BUILDINGS
Source: Earth Sheltered Housing Design, University of Minnesota
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