Build a Low-Cost Earth-Sheltered Home

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Excavation
The excavation for our earth-sheltered home was dug with a front loader and a backhoe on our Ford tractor.
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Laying Block
Laying block in an arc proved to be easier than we'd expected.
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Pouring the Slab
Pouring the slab was made a bit more difficult by our decision to do so after the walls were up.
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Front Entrance
Our earth shelter's inviting front entrance. The door was made by Dean Davis, and the stained glass by Kay Herndon.
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View of the Home
A view of the house from the hillside to the southwest.
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Floor Plan
This floor plan of an earth-sheltered home is complete with two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, and a greenhouse.
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