The final style house that we are considering is also my favorite. I stayed away from this idea for a long time because it just didn’t sound good. My idea of an underground house was a cave or a cellar. Not somewhere I wanted to live. Then I decided to suck it up and give these houses a chance. I’m so glad I did.
Let me go on by saying that the specific kind of underground house I looked at was this one. Not all are created equal. Many of the underground houses are made with concrete and aren’t really all that nice. This type of house is basically a post and beam structure buried underground with wood “paneling” all the way around. It is built with as much wood from your own lot as possible. These houses can be hugely inexpensive as well. It just depends on what you can find laying around, what you can cut down, and how much of the work you can do yourself.
The building part of the house seems basic enough. Dig a big hole. Then, you sink posts into the ground at specified distances apart. You connect them with beams and sit a roof on top. You stack shoring against the posts and then wrap the whole thing in polyethylene plastic. Then bury it. It seems like the designing of the house is the hardest part of the whole process. You want to get in a lot of light and be very careful that you don’t encourage leaks at the same time.
Again, I have greatly simplified this whole house. However, since this is my favorite, I will be working on it much more and so I will have much more to share with you in future posts. Be sure and check out that website I mentioned above. I bought the book and the videos and they are great!
I forgot to mention this website when I originally posted this, but here is the link from the biggest permaculture website I know. It is specifically a forum on underground houses. Be prepared for a ton of reading!