Jan White wrote:The main reason to have the uphill side of the house open is for drainage. Underground houses have lots of drainage problems.
Jan White wrote:If it's not the end of the world if it doesn't work out, go ahead with your design, though. Maybe it'll work out exactly the way you want.
Jan White wrote:Are you using standard dimensional lumber? If so, might be easier to work in lengths divisible by 4 to minimize the amount of cutting and waste. So instead of 10x7, do 12x8.
John C Daley wrote:I think the 10 x 7 is the room size, not timber size.
John C Daley wrote:From your words its hard to work out the front, the back and where is the 4 ft wall?
John C Daley wrote:An advantage of clay on the roof is that it seals against watewr.
John F Dean wrote:I would put less glass and more mass by the wood stove.
Cletus Albrite wrote:I built a small dugout as the first building on my property. I didn't want an uphill patio, which would have been on the north side. So, I did something I had never seen done. I turned the building having a corner post uphill instead of a flat wall. 10 by 10 structure for 100 square feet of space. Instead of a 10-foot walls running west to east and north to south, the walls run north to west and north to east. Roof slopes to the west and east. I did use a white oak post in the north corner that is buried 4 feet that is 22 inches across. Everything drains around the west and east side and after a year seems to be working great.
Glenn Herbert wrote:The issue with any wood stove in a small well-insulated space is that it is going to be hard to run it slow enough to not overpower the room with heat, without being a dirty inefficient fire. I think a small rocket mass heater would give you warmth throughout the night without having to tend a fire, and not get the room too hot while the fire is burning.
Jan White wrote:Our wood stove is 20x15" in a 12x16' house with as much leaky glass as wall. When coming home to a cold (only a few degrees above freezing) house after being away all day, it only takes about 20 minutes after lighting a fire before we're stripping down to underwear. There's wood we burn only during a cold snap (-15C or lower), like Doug fir, black locust, mature birch, etc. The perfect wood for us to burn is actually cedar. We can burn it hot and clean and don't have to keep windows open.
If you can swing it, I think you'd be happier with an rmh, too.