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CASE STUDY : Chez Hélène-Amboise Troglodyte

An amazing example of an affordable, long-lived modern cave home – the Chez Hélène-Amboise Troglodyte is a rags-to-riches story of a home blossoming within a family. A cave home acquired in modern times for One Euro at auction from a family member, this beautifully rustic cave home was renovated for just under $50k. And even better – one room of the renovated cave house is now for rental essentially as a bed-and-breakfast through AirBNB!

CASE STUDY : Munson Hill Farm

A beautiful, large example of a 6-module terradome underground home. The Munson Hill Farm house is a great example of a traditional earth-sheltered home design with a very well-decorated interior in a contemporary style.Featuring Large 13′ apex arches.

 

From the Owner:

This farm is just under 30 acres with 14 acres in fenced pasture.
There is a creek, barn, smaller barn, and utility shed in addition to
a lovely 3 bedroom underground home. The kitchen, bar room and all the
bathrooms have been recently remodeled. The children’s rooms have
sleeping lofts. The master has an office with it’s own entrance. There
is an amazing jacuzzi as well as a screen porch and deck.

This is the perfect place to start your mini farm and raise your
family. House will be on the market in April 2016.

 

UPDATE  2/23/2016:

The sale may be on hold. Please check the website for the current status of this underground home!

CASE STUDY : Lyons House

CASE STUDY : Leisenring Home

A unique underground home by its features list alone, this large earth home serves as a self-sufficient example on 5 acres.

From the Owners:

“Hi, we recently purchased the home after its former owner passed away. ….The home sits on 5 acres and is basically self sufficient. Has a bomb shelter, indoor pool with waterfall and many other interesting features.”

CAST STUDY : Rothell Home

A large, well-protected terradome earth sheltered home

FROM THE ORIGINAL OWNER:

We have lived in this home for 27 years. We bought it without any
information or knowledge about the house. It was about 2 years old
then. After much research and questioning we learned to let the house
do what it does best and we have very comfortable since. It is a very
solid home and shows almost none of the normal wear and tear of the
elements that above ground homes experience. About 7 years ago we did
renovate the inside and made it handicap accessible although it
already had wide doors and was ground level. Up keep on the home has
been very little over the years.

– Alva and Shirley Rothell

 

UPDATE 11/10/2017:

The rothell home has apparently changed hands, and is no longer for sale! Congrats to the lucky new owner, Bill Ellis, who says “ I have learned over the last two years waking up every morning ‘six feet under'”

CASE STUDY : Ratzlaff House

This amazing owner-built underground home is truly unique. The home immediately shows a striking combination of landscape and terrain design,  scale of construction, and intricate architectural elements. The interior continues the trend with an opulent-if-not-almost-gratuitous mixture of classical wood furnishings (the owner is a woodworker), and even features a secret door! I could go on, but please see the owner’s website (http://www.ourundergroundhome.com) for a much better tour!

CASE STUDY : Shreve House

A classic terradome example, this earth  home in Franklin NE is a great modern addition to the underground home directory.

A message from the owner, Leigh Shreve:

“bought this home on 150 acres about 2 years ago. Although it is not as energy efficient as we hoped (probably due to the fireplace) it has lots of light, large spacious rooms. Most people drive by even if they are looking for our home and don’t even see it.”

CASE STUDY : Mohave Valley House (External Link)

An amazing underground home with surface complex, with an unconventional pit style entrance using a spiral staircase.  Moving below ground, the house surrounds the central entrance / atrium area, with another entrance from an above ground workshop

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUBMITTER

UNIQUE ONE-OF-A-KIND SUBTERRANEAN HOME ON ALMOST 4.5 ACRES!! This Earth Sheltered home is unlike anything you have ever seen & is
COMPLETELY UNDERGROUND! A spiral staircase leads down to the front door with windows in every room. The home has just gone through a
complete renovation and EVERYTHING IS BRAND NEW! This includes all cabinets with granite counter tops, all flooring, custom tiled
bathrooms & appliances. 880 Sq’ 3 car garage w/ shop area. Willow Valley Marina & Launch Ramp Privileges on the Colorado River only 3
miles away. MUST SEE THIS AMAZING HOME! $349,900

Contact Tim @ (760) 662-1404 for more info or see link below
http://mohave.craigslist.org/reo/4522476199.html

CASE STUDY : Seward Townhomes

While not a single residence, this townhouse development in minneapolis is a collective selling point for the benefits of underground houses in an urban environment. Built with a large facing towards a very active roadway, the occupants apparently report a very quiet living environment and fairly stable temperature in minnesota winters. (See case study source book for more details).

CASE STUDY : Buckner House

An opulently furnished, almost surreal underground house in North Central Texas. This home blends retro with sci-fi with a classy timeless feel.

NOTE – as of writing, this earth sheltered house is for sale!