Jim Mortensen had a plan to beat the high price of oil during the 1974 oil embargo. He’d build an energy efficient underground house. With help from friends and family, Jim Mortensen and his wife Mickey spent about eight years building their underground house moving in in 1983. The stone facade is from rock the couple collected by hand from their land. Jim made the mortar while Mickey laid all the stone.

Dora man takes decades to build it, but he has underground home of his dreams

Jim Mortensen had a plan to beat the high price of oil during the 1974 oil embargo. He’d build an energy efficient underground house. With help from friends and family, Jim Mortensen and his wife Mickey spent about eight years building their underground house moving in in 1983. The stone facade is from rock the couple collected by hand from their land. Jim made the mortar while Mickey laid all the stone.

Building an underground house too expensive? How about buying a decommissioned missile silo cheap and renovating?

Building an underground house too expensive? How about buying a decommissioned missile silo cheap and renovating?

As urban architecture reaches ever-greater heights, a new generation of country homes seeks to preserve rural, often protected, landscapes by burrowing downwards. Dominic Bradbury reports on what lies (elegantly) beneath.

Bringing the house down

As urban architecture reaches ever-greater heights, a new generation of country homes seeks to preserve rural, often protected, landscapes by burrowing downwards. Dominic Bradbury reports on what lies (elegantly) beneath.

Fella at this website built his own underground home for $50. YMMV. Still, there's an enormous collection of useful information about ground-supported housing and greenhouses. #bunkerplans

How To Build A Doomsday Family Bunker

Fella at this website built his own underground home for $50. YMMV. Still, there's an enormous collection of useful information about ground-supported housing and greenhouses. #bunkerplans

These underground homes will get you thinking about alternative ways of living: http://theownerbuildernetwork.co/lj5j

These underground homes will get you thinking about alternative ways of living: http://theownerbuildernetwork.co/lj5j

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