Nothing we know of comes remotely close to matching the wealth of knowledge found in this six-hour set of seminars. The design course is worth hundreds of times the cost of the set in the increased light, views and air. It will benefit your subterranean home, and the resale value will skyrocket.
If you are convinced you want to build below surface, but you need more information to make up your mind, or your mate's mind, you need this set. It is valuable to owner/builders, architects, contractors and self-designers alike.
Instructor, Mike Oehler, has taught at architecture departments at colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Having the material down pat, he is able to anticipate your confusion and questions. And, unlike the live workshops, the videos allow you to study the material repeatedly and to share it with friends and family.
The Post/Shoring/Polyethylene (PSP) method of building underground with the warmth and charm of wood is explained in the first seminar. A layer of plastic which protects the wood from the damp of the earth is the secret. The original structure, built by this method as an experiment in 1971 for $50, is still in use. Instructor Mike Oehler lived in it for 30 years. He then worked on the stunning PSP earth-integrated Ridge House with its thirty-mile views.
This seminar winds up with a slide presentation showing construction and completion of a number of underground homes built by this method. Construction costs can be as low as 1/10th the cost of normal construction - sometimes even less.
This is the heart of the seminar. Using chalkboard scale models he has hauled for years to universities across North America and Europe, Oehler teaches his revolutionary methods of underground design. Rejecting the four common methods (the foolish four: skylights, atriums, vertical window wells, and the incredibly poor first thought design) he teaches instead twelve methods which guarantee light, views and air from any and all directions of the compass in each and every underground room. No more airless, dark, basement-like underground buildings! Mike is fond of saying, "An underground house has no more in common with a basement than a penthouse apartment has with a hot, dark, dusty attic."
You will actually design five underground homes during the seminar, using the downloaded copyrighted design kit. These hands-on exercises drill the methods home and are actually fun! Upon completion this course you will have a better concept of underground design than the vast majority of practicing architects today.
This seminar winds up when Mike takes you on a personal tour of the four underground or earth sheltered houses on his land. You see real-life applications of Up Hill Patios, Hollywood Wings, the Royer Foyer, Basic Designs, and more.
This third seminar teaches how to build a shelter for pennies on the dollar. It can take your family and friends through nuclear fallout, raging fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and even earthquakes. If surrounding above-ground structures have been destroyed, it may be lived in and used as the starting point for an underground house. In normal times the shelter may be used as a root cellar, workshop, spare bedroom, kids play house, or tool shed. The cost of a 12x12 shelter should run from $100 to $1500, depending on how many recycled materials you use and how much of the work you do yourself. Included are comprehensive shelter diagrams without additional cost.
The second part of this seminar teaches how to design and build a wonderfully effective earth-sheltered greenhouse. The prototype of this, invented and built by Mike Oehler on his 40 acres in mountainous North Idaho, just 30 miles south of the Canadian boarder, was in service for a quarter century. This greenhouse took tomatoes into the second week in December and hardies like kale and cabbage clear through the winter year after year, without any source of heat other than the sun and that which is trapped in the earth.
The greenhouse is resistant to the ravages of moles, rabbits, deer, gophers and most other plant predators. This greenhouse can even collect its own irrigation water. A 10x30 unit should cost between $200 and $3000 depending upon materials and labor.
The third part of the shelter seminar continues with a slide-show of the underground structures on Mike’s land. It includes astonishing effective earth-sheltered greenhouse.
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