Frank De Block-Burij wrote:why don't you use recycled shipping containers?
I would be VERY hesitant to bury shipping containers. They are designed to support loads vertically; I doubt the walls are able to hold back the weight of soil for very long. I know some have done it, but I've seen firsthand how easily the sides can cave in from shipyard abuse.
I think the idea of burying a log house comes with more problems than it solves. That said, I think a well-designed Oehler structure solves all of those problems, looks and feels like a log home on the inside, and is probably easier to construct when you consider having to move logs around. Here, I speak from experience - I am currently trying to build a butt & pass log home with several 8000+ lb. logs. If I thought I could get the local building department to "permit" me to build an Oehler structure or the like, I'd take the chainsaw mill to my logs TONIGHT!