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Hi all! I am seeking some advice for building houses and other structures. I bought Mike ohlers 50$ house book but it looks like its for a more experienced person. What's a good start? Shipping container home? A good book for beginners? I have some money to spend but would rather do it all from scrounged material. I really want to build an underground house but I'm not sure I'm ready or have all the right kinda info.

I am buying land in Three Forks Montana and plan in working full time while building my house. Thanks!

All questions, concerns, comments and especially advice welcome!
 
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Shipping containers are NOT suited for underground construction.

By the time you reinforce them to function underground you might as well have just built a concrete underground home to start.

If you like the theory behind Mike's methods and have the cash to spare, you should grab his dvd's [I think they might be legally available for digital purchase now as well?] They should help show what you're not understanding.
 
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Carpentry and underground building are a bit hard just make sure you do calculation properly to make sure you do not get burried alive from something collapsing

(Ive been a professional carpenter for the past 12 years going on 13)

Ive never built something of this magnitude underground but i would find myself a forum//community online of engineer since they love solving problem even if its for free and some get a real kick out of calculating those kind of situation

Wish i could help a bit more
 
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