A Hand-Built Underground House

In an attempt to escape the suffocating lifestyle of middle class suburbia, the Beadles family of Michigan hand-built their own underground house that runs on wind energy and is heated by wood.



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The snug — though slightly uncompleted — kitchen of the Beadles family's new dwelling.
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The greenhouse on the south side of Earthwon is entirely solar heated (when the sun shies).
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Earthwon's windplant goes up, and the house's "homemade electricity" goes on tap!
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Earthwon, its water pumping windmill, its TV antenna, its wind-drien Jacobs electrical generator, and its still-unfinished observatory look out across Michigan farmland from a hilltop vantage point.
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The lower level floor plan for the Beadles' house.
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The upper level floorplan for the Beadles' house.
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Earth piled up against the house's north and west sides protects the home from winter winds.
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