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Sepp shelter/ root cellar as a house

 
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So i was wonderin maybe somethin neat to do would be try and do a simple Sepp shelter, make an RMH in there, make a nice front wall and door. And see how it is to live in. Heck maybe even just put in a little fireplace and see if it would keep it warm.

Clear a spot about 10" wide and about 30" deep. Main posts every 10". Wall it in, maybe later cob the inside a bit?
For the walls just do simple wood like overlapping boards like shingles, cover with your felt etc, cover with billboard tarp, cover and pile up dirt.

The front wall could be lots of windows. Some tube roof things for sunlight.

Packed dirt floor with sand. Maybe cob it over or somethin.

Has anyone actually done a more filled out Sepp shelter to stay in?
Maybe someone doing this small and cheap could help ideas for on The Lab with making the Wofati in a more cheap and fast way.

Any input welcome (: Once i doodle some more i will get some pics on here to show better what i mean.
(Hope i put this in the right section. I couldnt think which might be better.)

Thanks!
 
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It might work to live in, depending on the siting and site prep.

I don't know if it would be advisable to put in a solar tube, as it would penetrate the water barrier, but it could be doable with proper sealing. It would certainly light the place up. If the house was on a flat or a low slope and the mound was the high point, then a solar tube would be more appropriate. You could also put in a courtyard or light well on the uphill side, like an Oehler home. You could also run the solar tube from the front wall, like a chimney pipe. I have a 12' vertical run with a 21" tube and it brings in plenty of light. 14" or bigger in a solid tube could probably run up to 20', with a couple of angles. without losing too much light. You could also experiment with water-filled tubes.

I might be inclined to bolt or spike the logs together, just to be on the safe side.

Pretty much any traditional dugout/pit house/earth lodge design could benefit from good site selection and prep, a water barrier, proper drainage and insulation.


P.S. For future reference, " = inches, ' = feet, not that I was confused.
 
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sounds like a hobbits house to me
would work great
 
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root cellar as a house. Put a couch in there and truly be a couch potato.
 
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Oops! Sorry about that " and ' thing! Only have my phone to work from and i must have missed that hitting the wrong thing. My bad /:
 
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