Lake House

Mark Clipsham, Architect

This perspective of the original design is similar to the final plan shown below.

The 1156 sf Lake House was designed for lakeside vacations, but could be used as a permanent residence as well. It has space for 5 beds, with 2 baths, on 3 levels, with some indoor/outdoor porches. Informal elegance with no maintenance. A place to socialize, a place to be alone, a place to hang out on a rainy day or get out of the sun on a hot day. Eat and sleep inside or outside on one of the porches. The berth arrangement means you can pull the heavy curtains shut and sleep in or nap and control the amount of AC in the summer or heat in the winter. A place for the grown-ups and one for the kids – close by. Add an outdoor shower and paradise is where you'll be. Insulated well enough that a small air conditioner would handle the hottest day. The amount of AC/heat can be adjusted with a dampered duct in each berth. A vented skylight at the top makes for cool sleeping nights inside and plenty of natural daylight.

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.

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Mark is offering 7 hours of consulting time (starting from the point of contact) 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. 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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