The Tubehaus Plan

Mark Clipsham, Architect

A double wall grain bin (without a roof) turned sideways as a very cool, modern, minimalist home. Tube homes are becoming popular but usually are made of concrete pipe, which is heavy, uninsulated and has a high entrained energy content as well as being limited in size. The grain bin tube homes shown here are light weight SIPs made of corrugated metal and structure foam and can be built as a standalone above ground or (partial of full) earth sheltered (preferred) for a pretty much bad weather proof home. Getting undercover and into a usable home doesn’t take long or much labor and it can be finished out while living in it. They can be stacked like bottles with walkways next to them if desired or used for walk- in coolers/freezers/grow chambers/storage – they are very energy efficient while being inexpensive to build. Since all the components nest and the insulation is liquid, they can be built in remote areas easily. 

The interior can be left plain or finished in rustic, “traditional” or high tech modern. An unconditioned working area can be added for little cost at the entry. Because of the energy efficient building envelope, I would want to cook outside during hot times and the extension of unconditioned space provides a protected entry. There are some cool ways to inexpensively add natural light and ventilation. These plans have the options of transpired solar collectors and movable insulation.

12 ft dia - 240 Sf – the space is bigger than this – that is kind of gross SF.

15 ft dia - 365 SF – the space is bigger than this – that is kind of gross SF. 

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