Since I first saw earth sheltered houses in Mother Earth News decades ago I have been enamored. Also had several basements and really appreciated many of the benefits. Bought a perfect solar sited hillside in Eugene to build into, that lot is currently available, and would make an awesome 2 story earth sheltered home.
So now I am transplanted to an area that I am not deadly allergic to and have largely flat land. Unlike most of the country I also rarely need to even think about heating. Cooling is another matter however, and so below ground is especially attractive. Ah but wait the earlier post regarding termites is still a huge factor.
The other big issue we have here is a soil and climate where moisture is a big problem, I can dig down 3' and have very moist soil, and that's not during rainy season. So I 'suppose berming is the only option, with lots of built in drains and such. And until I read this new discussion hadn't thought much about it since the most likely option for a 'low cost' structure is metal. So I'm wondering about options that use the principles but not wood. Any Ideas?
So I 'suppose berming is the only option, with lots of built in drains and such. And until I read this new discussion hadn't thought much about it since the most likely option for a 'low cost' structure is metal. So I'm wondering about options that use the principles but not wood. Any Ideas?
Mike Oehler wrote:
Sounds like you have the Asian (Korean, I think) termites who came ashore ten or so years ago, Serenity. They were said to chew through just about anything. They were devouring New Orleans before Katrina. I wouldn't try to fight them. Rob's earthbag suggestion sounds much more feasible and, yes, I think it should have an application underground. I was working by phone with Khalili's daughter on a project to use them underground on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota till I learned that the soil there was oozy clay and the frost line four feet deep, the worst combination I could immagine. That clay freezes and expands greatly exerting horrendous pressure. I withdrew from the project and tried to warn them but never heard back.
But, yeah, definately worth a shot. Start small, see how it goes, then add on.
Mike Oehler wrote:
Glen K. -- I hope to be in CA in a couple of weeks and, if welcome, will do everything possible to visit and see your place.-- Mike O
don miller; MountainDon wrote:
The main thing I think to be concerned about that 50 foot distance is how they figure the high water mark when measuring the 50 foot required distance. There may or may not be such a consideration the the way the rules are written. In my area that makes quite a difference in some places, even though the high water mark may be seldom reached. See if you can determine that before the inspector shows up. It always helps to know is in the rule book 'they' are using.
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