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Pat Miketinac
#1 Posted : Sunday, February 14, 2010 4:52:56 AM
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Mac, I wouldn't add the solarium where you live. The ground temp. there is probably around 70 degrees. I am also in FL in Hernando Co. and the ground temp. here is 72 degrees. I built an earth shelter here 23 years ago and it is always near that temp. It is not an earthship, but concepts are similar. See cordwoodmasonry.com for a great owner-builder book. MEN archives also have good articles. For a sample, type "My Mother's House" in the search field above. It's nice to be comfortable during a hurricane.

#2 Posted : Sunday, February 14, 2010 2:57:51 PM
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Thanks PM,I was looking at Earthship III and saw a design for an earthship made for climates like ours and it made so much more sense than trying to contend with all the heat buildup you would have in the (just a few miles north of hell )climate we have here in the summer.I am trying to get my son interested in this type of home,he lives at the dead end of our road and has a slight s.facing hill and a year round spring,so hopefully we will start construction on his home in the comming months.

Pat Miketinac
#3 Posted : Monday, February 15, 2010 2:26:07 AM
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You may want to visit Florida Caverns State Park on a very cold or very hot day and see how nice it is in there. It's not far from your location.

#4 Posted : Monday, February 15, 2010 2:26:07 AM
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 I recently discovered Mike Reynolds Earthships.I really can't believe I never heard of him or his ideas before.This seems like the near perfect solution to affordable "Green" housing.I am now living in N.Florida and I think if nothing else this may be an ideal solution to hurricane/storm shelters(other than the huge windows for the solarium in front)but plywood storm shutters can be made easily and affordably.If you haven't heard of these homes and are looking to build a home that is perfect for off grid living,check them out.I look forward to hearing from people that have already been living in an earthship,or have been involved in helping to build one.

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