Instead of marring a grassy knoll or field with the construction of a conventional house, design and build a home in complete accord with nature--one that's underground. Whether you choose to create an "earth-sheltered" house that blends into the world around it or one that is truly "underground," with just this generously illustrated, practical book you will be able to bring your environmentally friendly dream house to fruition without spending a lot of money. Let an accomplished builder of alternative housing and one of the foremost leaders of the underground house movement--and the director of the acclaimed Earthwood Building School--help you choose a piece of property, and then show you how to excavate and build your home from top to bottom. Basic design and construction of floors, walls, frameworks and a roof is followed by important information on waterproofing, insulation, drainage, backfilling, plumbing, electrical wiring, and everything else you need to know, including ideas on the shape of your house, room dividers, floor coverings, and the use of natural and artificial lighting. There are even tips on landscaping! Skeptical about living in a nontraditional home? Listen to people who live in underground houses sing their praises. Far from their dingy caves, you'll find natural light streaming in from above and the beauty of Mother Earth all around you.
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Original date: March 24, 1998
Last updated: May 1, 2000