The $50 & Up Underground House Book tells how to build the lowest cost, best ventilated, most sunshine-filled and driest underground houses of all. It teaches how to incorporate greenhouses, fallout shelters and root cellars into an underground home. Covering both hillside and flat land design it explains how to use dependable gravity to solve drainage problems rather than expensive failure-prone building materials. It also details ways to pass or otherwise deal with the building codes.
The $50 & Up Underground House Book is the only book to explain in detail author Mike Oehler’s revolutionary Post/Shoring/Polyethylene building method which cuts building materials to the bone. There is no comparison with the materials used in a normal frame house. It cuts your building material costs by up to 90%.
It is widely recognized as the book which offers the reader the best possibilities for air, light and views in an underground home. Most owner-designers---and even professional architects---are stuck with the disastrous "First Thought" concept, a design that greatly curtails air flow, sunshine, views and can cause staggering drainage problems. Instead Oehler offers the "Up Hill Patio" combined with the "Basic Design" to solve these problems and more. He debunks the additional three design concepts continually used by conventional architects: atriums, vertical window wells and skylights. Although skylights admit a rewarding amount of light, they are hard to use as a fire escape, for ventilation, often leak, get dirty quicker, admit too little of the winter rays, too much of the summer sun, and offer no view whatsoever. Oehler admits they may have special applications, but there are better design concepts for normal use.
Now in its seventh edition, the book has sold more than 116,000 copies and has received enthusiastic reviews from National Public Radio, Mother Earth News and many others. It is considered the classic in its field.
This big book contains 4 pages of engineering tables and diagrams; 8 floor plans; 54 photos and 100+ illustrations.
Here’s what Natural Life Magazine wrote about the book:
"The ideas and methods are quite often unorthodox – but stronger for it. The design theory is well based in experience and appears to work well. Straightforward diagrams and black-and-white photos illustrate many construction and design points… a very useful and pleasant book for anyone wanting to build an inexpensive but solid underground structure."
"He has written a wonderfully unsophisticated manual and filled it with design ideas and even plans for building in different ways and on different levels of terrain...impressive...entertaining, sometimes philosophical...a valuable document"
---Daniel Lusk, National Public Radio
"It's obvious Oehler's onto something."
---Chicago Sun Times
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