The shed roof rises to the south and allows winter sun deep into the living space. Large barn doors help temper solar gain and provide security when the homeowners are away. When open, the interior living space spills out onto the patio.
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.