The Classic

Mark Clipsham, Architect

Familiar, comfortable, timeless. The open plan on the first floor allows for generous dimensions in a fairly small, energy and material conserving foot print. It is conducive to accessibility. The porches are big enough to be functional. The second floor plan has options of a classic axial nature or as fitted for more contemporary concerns. A third floor space could be used as a bona fide attic or any number of other functions that might not have been afforded otherwise (possibly an apartment for mortgage income or home help with separate entry from the back). The façade has a strong and dignified presence while maintaining approachability. An optional lower level would add possibilities for future living space expansion, a work shop, garages etc. The basic three floors comprise 2350 sq. ft. of space.

The basis of the design components is to put a grain bin inside a grain bin and insulate the space between them with foam. This makes the structure self-supporting, self-framing (no studs in the outside walls), thermally and acoustically broken (super-high performance), and maintenance free for fifty plus years. The shell is completely recyclable, can be built without concrete, added siding or added roofing. They can be built without drywall on the interior. The structures can be relocated and reconfigured easily. They are very strong and greatly resist wind storms of all types, earthquakes, floods and can be quickly fitted to be protected from forest fires. They have very little job site waste (pre-engineered). In general, for this building system, curved cabinets are not needed; install standard cabinets in a segmented fashion and put a curved counter top on them.

Don't want to use foam insulation or too far from an installer? You can also build these as straw bale lined or rammed earth. For the bale you need at least a three foot larger diameter outer bin and it is imperative that you install a continuously sealed thermal break on the inside of the bin (minimum 1” rigid insulation board with aluminum taped joints for the mid west, 2” thick for farther north). For the rammed earth you will need a 3 to 6 ft larger diameter bin for the outer bin depending on the thermal performance needed/desired.

Floor Plan Options

Mark is offering 10 hours of consulting time with the basic cost of this plan, and this can be done before you receive the plans so that it is possible to have some custom alterations made (time starts from point of contact). With this offer you can get custom plans for the price of ordinary stock plans! The system is versatile, flexible and often interchangeable between designs, so that you can mix and match; please review other plans offered for amenities and features you may want to include in your design. You can find Mark's other plans listed under his biography.

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