Building an undergrounddwelling of this type poses awhole new set of challenges. Thedesign must be well thought outin advance because any changeswould be difficult or impossibleonce the earth was replaced.Upgrades for things like phone,cable and power must be in placeat the time of building. Squarefurniture and appliances do not fitin a round room, there are nocorners to stick lamps, andhanging pictures is tricky. All of these obstacles were overcome with ingenuity and creativity. Eachroom has buried conduit, through which which wires can be passed,connecting it to the other rooms and the utility room. The arched doorswere all hand made by Richard VanHeuvelan, as well as thecupboards, desks and countertops to fit in with the curved walls. Four Seasons Solariums originally used on either end of the house have beenreplaced with energy efficient stud and drywall rooms with large baywindows. Funiture for the living room was created by Wolf Meuller of
in Toronto and fits in perfectly with the elipticalarchitecture. Even the Refrigerator is round, it rises from thecountertop at the touch of a button, like the one in
Fly Away Home.
Old Photo of House From theAir