My Mother's House Part 1: Planning and Building Our Earth Sheltered House

Thanks to favorable clay soil, Western North Carolina turned out to be a good place to plan and build an earth sheltered house.

070 earth sheltered house 3 construction site
This view from the southeast end of the earth sheltered house shows the location of the root cellar. (The window to the left was later filled in to allow further backfilling.)
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