Green Magic Homes has created an innovative construction system for building earth-sheltered homes that are anything but primitive. Underground dwellers live in total comfort, enjoying all modern amenities while living harmoniously in nature.
Here’s Why Prefab Underground Homes Reign Supreme
When most people think of hobbit homes, they think of tiny, round “holes” carved into the sides of hills. The prefab underground homes from Green Magic Homes are more like the Italian trulli than the Lord of the Rings hobbit homes.
But you still get the aesthetic and energy efficiency benefits of having a home covered in vegetation. You also get:
Tall, expansive windows
Ambient airflow for improved energy efficiency
Green Magic Homes offer a wealth of advantages, including:
Protection from Extreme Elements
Green Magic Homes are surrounded by earth, which provides many benefits and ample protection from extreme elements.
It acts as soundproofing, allowing you to enjoy a quiet home.
It protects against extreme outdoor temperatures, so you stay comfortable.
It protects against hailstorms, high winds and natural disasters.
It requires less exterior maintenance.
It blends into the natural environment.
High Energy Efficiency
Green Magic Homes are built with fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and closed-cell insulation for high energy efficiency.
Their closed-cell spray insulation has the highest R-value in the industry, and it covers the entire home. It also creates a watertight barrier and acts as a vapor retarder.
The exterior vegetation helps insulate the home, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Homes are designed and positioned for passive solar gains, allowing the sun to light and heat the home while soil insulates the unit. Bedrooms and common areas share heat and light to maximize energy efficiency.
Using modular construction methods, Green Magic Homes is able to reduce building times by 80% and reduce construction site materials by 60%.
The great thing about modular designs is that you can personalize the layout. Green Magic Homes can also use the local environment and available resources to speed up the construction process even more.
Resistant to Water and Corrosion
Green Magic Homes have two layers of waterproofing materials to create a watertight home. Their homes are also resistant to corrosion for extreme durability and less maintenance requirements.
Immersed in Natural Surroundings
Earth-sheltered homes allow you to be completely immersed in your natural surroundings. All Green Magic Homes are designed to be covered by vegetation, including flowers.
GMH Residential Models
GMH has several pre-designed homes available, including:
Tunnel Home Sardinia
95 sq. ft.
37 sq. ft.
62 sq. ft.
The Terranova Series
This series has three models: 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedrooms.
1,122.26 sq. Ft.
1,510.28 sq. ft.
2,084.88 sq. ft.
Tunnel Home Galicia
68 sq. ft.
The Capri Series
This series has three models: studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedrooms.
18 sq. ft.
92 sq. ft.
49 sq. ft.
Murano 4 BR
2,818.44 sq. ft.
The Green Magic Building Process
The building process requires multiple steps, but first, let’s look at what your kit includes.
What Does Your Hobbit House Kit Include?
The Green Magic Homes (GMH) system includes:
The Structural Fiber Reinforced Polymer Component (the home’s shell)
Complete set of floor plans, which includes finite element models, structural calculation reports, information about the technology, mechanicals and foundation designs.
The Building Process
Choose a pre-designed home, or create a custom design with the help of GMH’s Architecture and Engineering department.
Permit and Growth Contract
Once you’ve chosen a home, GMH will provide construction plans for license approval. The company also provides other documents needed for permit approval, including:
Fire resistance testing
Once approved, construction can commence. A growth contract will also be established with a local grower for your vegetation cover.
The foundation is laid, plumbing is roughed in as well as sump pump drains. Insulation and vapor barriers will also be installed over the gravel before the foundation is poured.
Next, panels are adhered and fastened together before being anchored to the slab.
After the foundation is set, perimeter excavation can begin to create a drainage system to keep rainwater away from your home.
Electric and A/C Installation
Next, all wiring and electrical systems are installed. Ductless HVAC units are also installed during this stage.
To create a watertight building, all joints, perforations and other points are sealed. Flanges are then waterproofed as well as access points, such as HVAC entry points, electrical boxes and VRF ducts.
After sealing is complete, insulation can be applied to the back of the home. The type and thickness of insulation will depend on your climate.
GMH’s laser-cut system that frames the bermed sloped is constructed around the unit. The cells will then be filled with either a sand-cement mix or cellular concrete.
Interior Installation, Windows and Doors
Now we can start working on the interior of the structure. The framing and buildout of the internal space will take place while the joints between the FRP panels are filled and finished.
Next, the interior walls and the shell can be primed for painting. Windows and doors will also be installed while the fixtures are set.
The fun stage. The exterior slope will be created with a mortar core, which is then covered with top soil as well as a soil retention and erosion control system. Vegetation can then be planted.
Finishes and Final Inspection
All finishing touches are completed, and you’ll go through a final inspection before you’re ready to move into your GMH home.
GMH homes are anything but ordinary. Designed to be at-one with nature, GMH homes use the insulating powers of earth to maximize energy efficiency while creating a comfortable, pleasant home environment.