Library $50 and Up Underground House Book

Matt Derrick

Nomadologist
Staff member
Admin
Joined
Aug 4, 2006
Messages
8,648
Current Location
Walla Walla, WA
Website
youtube.com
@Matt Derrick submitted a new resource:

$50 and Up Underground House Book - How to build cheap reliable shelters

The Pioneer of Underground housing and “Tiny Underground Homes”, Mike self -published The $50 & Up Underground House Book in 1978 (Mole Publishing Co), and had tripled the size of his home/ underground office complex from 120 square feet to a palatial 370 sq. ft., including built-in root cellar and wall-to-wall carpeting. Though totally underground the home/office has 25 windows, sunlight and good views. The original house went from a cost of $50 to...
Read more about this resource...
 

BirdDaddy

Born Wild
StP Supporter
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
311
Age
29
Current Location
Fairfield Idaho.
Has anyone here actually done this?

I would be worried about it caving in on me or flooding.
Good fears to have. those are factored into the building. I wouldent recomend digging under a foundation by any means. But a 170 square foot place is bacicaly a shed as far as homes go and i would feel confident that there would be sunstantial ground to hold the waight atop your dig, you dig. As you dig you would be able to place saports if wanted to. But if you dig in the correct geometric patterns that are proven to be self load barring it will hold itself up.
Flooding is a risk anything underground is at risk of. Tho there are options to deflect or overt flooding and the damage it causes. The first i recomend personlay. Just. Build/dig in a climate more suitable for digging. A place with a low watter level... for example Fairfield ID has A 3 foot water table. You dig 3 feet down and you finde water... places like new mexico you can dig for 30 feet and not get watter... my second option is always a living home. A house that uses its natural environment to sustain life in the house. ie collects watter that falls on roof and around the perimmiter of the house/build/dig via water drain in the yard directing the watter to a tank under my house. Or make it instead of a water catch a water divershion... the build itself would be able to be done out of "trash".
Glass walls out of bottles colletc sun and genorate heat and insulate really well. Clay, rocks and grass dug from your dig make bitchen plaster, bricks and its fire resistant if not proof. Pallets, cans, glass, tires ere all under rated building material. Tires and glass will never go away...The list goes on and on and on my friend... Some ppl started listing it and couldent stop bc it never never ends, there is so much trash to be collected, there shoooould beeee noooothiiiing newwwww!
 
Last edited:

Similar threads


About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Support StP!

Donations go towards paying our monthly server fees, adding new features to the website, and occasionally putting a burrito in Matt's mouth.

Total amount
$100.00
Goal
$100.00

Monthly Goals

  1. Paying the Bills
    $50.00 of $50.00 - reached!
    The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
  2. Buy Matt a Beer
    $75.00 of $75.00 - reached!
    Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
  3. Feed Matt a Burrito
    $100.00 of $100.00 - reached!
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
  4. Finance the Shopping Cart
    $100.00 of $200.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.

Latest Status Updates

In Winslow, AZ, and then on to Holbrook, with the Box. Anyone around these parts?
Takin a break from work to head up to Laramie for a few days to play some shows this weekend. Thank fuck, I need this.
BirdDaddy wrote on Tommythecat's profile.
Welcome to STP man!
BirdDaddy wrote on jypzi's profile.
You deleted you?
ALmost to Vegas, and I started getting dizzy

I am not made for the ruggedness of traveling all the time

Adieu
My eyes are A okay!!! I guess floaters squiggly lines heat waves flashing lights cloudy and blurred vision are normal...I guess. It's new to me, and realy hard tk.get use to. I have had better than perfact vision my entire life. I still do too, I just have shit in my field of vision somtimes nowadays I guess
Just did my first single handed sailing trip. Video to come if I can figure out how to edit video clips
Guy I met in jail offered a trailer to rent in the nation's #1 city for violent crime per capita.
Nothing sketchy about this.

Members online

About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Monthly Goals

  1. Paying the Bills
    $50.00 of $50.00 - reached!
    The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
  2. Buy Matt a Beer
    $75.00 of $75.00 - reached!
    Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
  3. Feed Matt a Burrito
    $100.00 of $100.00 - reached!
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
  4. Finance the Shopping Cart
    $100.00 of $200.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.

Forum Statistics

Threads
23,975
Messages
218,875
Members
8,739
Threads in last 24 hours
6
Messages in last 24 hours
50
Members in last 30 days
966
Latest member
Kttnpunk