Table Of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 What An Underground House Is Not 9

Chapter 2 What An Underground House Is; 23 Advantages 10

Chapter 3 Histories of the $50 and $500 Underground Houses 15

Chapter 4 The PSP System 24

Earth/Carpet Floor 26

Chapter 5 Design 28

The First Thought House 28

The Basic Design 30

Posts 32

Elevation Changes 33

Special Features 34

Mini-levels 35

Views, Light, Ventilation 36

Five Approved Methods of Design 36

Uphill Patio 36

Offset Room 41

The Royer Foyer 42

Clerestories 44

Gables 46

Four Eastern Methods 47

First Thought Design 47

Atriums 47

Skylights 49

Lightwells 50

Drainage: The French Drain 50

Special Designs 51

The Ridge House 51

Flat Land Designs 55

The Round House 55

The Bowed Roof House 55

The Peaked Roof House 56

Clerestory Flatland Design 57

Shed Roof House 60

Subdivisions 62

Special Effects 63

Windows with Restricted Patio Area 63

Mirrors 63

Air Scoops 64

Special Features 64

Barbecue Windows 64

The Patio Barbecue Area 65

The Bachelor Bar 65

Built-in Greenhouses 67

Root Cellar/Fallout Shelter/Wine Cellar 69

Built-in Closets and Shelves 70

Built-in Coolers 70

Firewindows 71

Chapter 6 Materials: Where to Buy and Scrounge 73

Wrecking Buildings 73

Salvage Agreement 74

Windows 75

Auctions 75

Saw Mill Lumber 75

Polyethylene 76

Concrete 76

Free Timber Sources 77

Milling Your Own Lumber 78

Working up Posts and Beams 78

Sources, Seasoning and Peeling 78

Post Treatment 79

Chapter 7 Construction 82

Secret Construction Method 82

The Excavation 83

Digging by Hand (Five Labor Saving Secrets) 84

Building the Structure 87

Building Sequence and Methods 87

Chapter 8 You and the Building Codes 100

Moving To an Area Which Has No Building Codes 100

Bringing the House Up to Code 102

Code Variance 102

Code Amendment 102

Code Evasion 103

Engineering Tables 107

New Approved Designs 111

About Mole Publishing Company 112

Update 113

An Urgent Note (and ordering infomation) Last page

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