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post #1 of 17
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My fiance and I were throwing around some ideas about what kind of home we want to live in and she tossed in underground. I've always wanted to live underground. I've heard your heating and ac bills are very very low, and you are shielded from all sorts of storms and such. I doubt many, if any, of you live underground, but who here thinks its a good idea?
post #2 of 17
Sounds interesting. I don't know of any housing developments here that are underground, but I'm sure it does save alot of money on energy bills.
post #3 of 17
I'd think it would be very dark? No sun? I may be dense and not know what I'm talking about though. But if it is dark I wouldn't want to live underground...
post #4 of 17
I would love it! We did a little research a few years ago, and it sounded great. I don't mind the dark.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Soka
My fiance and I were throwing around some ideas about what kind of home we want to live in and she tossed in underground. I've always wanted to live underground. I've heard your heating and ac bills are very very low, and you are shielded from all sorts of storms and such. I doubt many, if any, of you live underground, but who here thinks its a good idea?
I am in Utah and the house next door is underground. A lot of them her are because of the weather... I like it. My mom has a 2 story bottom is underground and it is always nice there.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by menagerie mama
I'd think it would be very dark? No sun? I may be dense and not know what I'm talking about though. But if it is dark I wouldn't want to live underground...
Underground homes are not exactly what most people think they are.
Check these out.
Davis Caves
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Underground homes are not exactly what most people think they are.
Check these out.
Davis Caves
I forgot you lived in Utah also
post #8 of 17
I really like the idea of an "underground" home. My so and I have talked about it alot.... beware northfacing hills!

There's a really beautiful one in Port Townsend Wa.... it looks like a Hobbit House! I have one pic but I can't post it here cause it's not digital

It was southfacing and had a bunch of windows on that side. There there were two small hills back of that that must have sheltered some of the rooms (I didn't go in) and the door was in between those.
post #9 of 17
OMG I would totally decorate the outside like a Hobbit house if I lived in an underground house! How fun would that be? I guess I was under the impression the whole house was under, there are windows and sun in those houses...
post #10 of 17
How neat. I had the wrong impression as well, but some of those homes look lovely!
post #11 of 17
Those are some awesome homes I have seen a few underground houses and they didnt look anything like that! That would be a neat way to build a house though.
post #12 of 17
Those houses looked awesome. I especially liked the Animal Hopital. That's not what I was thinking of either - I immediately thought of Cober Pedy in Australia. You know, in these days of expensive energy, it's about time people started constructing more environmentally sensible houses like these.
post #13 of 17
Yea I have to admit I didn't realise they had a house-like front. I figured there was just a door that you entered into the ground with and it was the like an A-Bomb shelter.

Those are neat! I like the idea...I wonder now with the cost of energy bills if people will begin to start going underground?
post #14 of 17
We call them Berm homes locally. I think that you need to consider the radon levels in the area. Also, what if a fire started at the front of the house ? I'm Miss Safety today.
post #15 of 17
I had never heard of that, but I went to the website and I think it is really cool.
post #16 of 17
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The kind I want to live in is completely underground, having just one part of the house above ground that leads down to the rest of the house. Actually, underground homes are not dark. Using skylights, the homes are actually quite spacious and bright. I want to live in one of those that are dome shaped and are completely the ground.
post #17 of 17
So you want the full on fallout shelter style without the actual protection

Seen a few of those too, wish I could remember what State.
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