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.
Love the concept of earth sheltered homes. Contractor " built my first one (earth bermed) in 1984 in Grafton, NH". Why do we still build energy wasting boxes on a lot that can be easily ravaged by hurricanes and tornados?
The Shelter House by Franklin Azzi Architecture is located in Yport, near Normandy, France. The two expansions which protrude on opposite sides of the house, resemble wings with covered patios and rooftop terraces.
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