Andrew Parker wrote:James,
Are you thinking of only berming the cabin, or are you wanting it underground or partially underground like a half-basement? Can you get earth moving equipment to the building site? Is the lot flat as in bottom-land, or flat as in slightly undulating plain? Do you get standing water during Spring runoff or when it rains? Do you have a shallow water table?
Basements without a house, but with a roof, are called basement houses and they used to be (50+ years ago) fairly prevalent as starter homes. Because a lot of folks who built basement houses never got around to building houses on them, a lot of zoning has been written to specifically exclude basement houses. Of course, most of the people who wrote them are retired or dead now, so maybe you could talk the new generation of bureaucratic automatons into it.
Jeremy Kenward wrote:
Obviously underground homes are inappropriate for flat ground, but does anyone think woofatis/psp/earthberm homes could be incorporated into a "krater garden"? Just wondering if this is an idea worth pursuing more, as building is an interest but not high on my skill sets....and were considering building something like a krater garden.