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.

How To Build A Hobbit House In Your Backyard Micoley's picks for #DIYoutdoorprojects www.Micoley.com

How To Build A Hobbit House In Your Backyard

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

HOLMEWOOD HOUSE, Helen Hamlyn - Built underground, with a grass-covered roof, this extraordinary home is light, modern - and full of antiques. Could this be the future of the English country house?

Hobbit hole - great use of under-space on a hilly garden

Shed Plans - Awesome fort if your yard is short on space and hilly. - Now You Can Build ANY Shed In A Weekend Even If You've Zero Woodworking Experience!

Homeschool Mommy & Jewelry Designer: Simple Underground Home with green houses - Eco Vi...

Homeschool Mommy & Jewelry Designer: Simple Underground Home with green houses - Eco Vi.

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Architects: SeARCH Location: Anzère, Switzerland Year: 2015 Area: ft²/ 500 m² Photo courtesy: Ossip van Duivenbode Description: “A Dutch client, entrepreneur, hobby pianist and racing .

Underground Houses: Would love a house like this up in the mountains surrounded by nature....

Underground, or earth-sheltered houses, are no different from any other home. This type of structure boasts many advantages and may be the ultimate in off-grid living.

Billionaires' basements: the luxury bunkers making holes in London streets. Illustration: Ben Hasler. http://gu.com/p/3byy2

Billionaires' basements: the luxury bunkers making holes in London streets

Billionaires' basements: the luxury bunkers making holes in London streets Illustration: Ben Hasler by irenepo

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