Yin Yang

Mark Clipsham, Architect


Dynamically balanced and visually flowing, the Yin Yang plan is functional and livable with some “extra” peace-of-mind space. The elevations are reminiscent of a Middle Eastern temple. A practical farmhouse kitchen meets a contemporary living room. This house could support a semi or fully self-sustaining lifestyle or it would make a great timeshare/vacation/lake home. While being a good family home, the plan also offers places of solitude and reflection. This house would be great for gatherings of friends and family.

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).

This plan and elevations can be easily personalized to meet many different needs. As shown, the plan encompasses 2,120 sq. ft. With a little design work the plan could fit in a 24 ft diameter bin if a smaller footprint was desired. There are some “stripped down” versions of this plan already developed as well.

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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, in addition to discussing exactly what configuration will work for you. 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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These plans include all plans, sections, elevations, details, etc. that are appropriate for this plan package. Ten hours of consultation with the architect is included.

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