Living Underground – A Brief Look

The concept of living underground is rather foreign to most. However, it is also something that can really be interesting for anyone to consider.

There are many good reasons why people should think about living in such a spot.

How does it feel to live in underground dwellings?

Subterranean living is usually rather easy to enjoy. It does not feel any different except that there are no real windows in a space. The climate inside underground houses is pretty steady with a fairly comfortable temperature around the year.

Living Underground

What it looks like in an underground living space?

What it looks like in an underground living space?

An underground home can have an identical look as a home above the ground but it obviously does not have any windows.

In fact, the roof can be designed with a curve and skylights, which makes it conducive to supporting the soil above the ground and let daylight in.

In addition, a natural cave pattern may be visible on a cave-based home provided that the surface is not going to break or weaken over time.

 

What are the positives of underground structures?

But underground living can have many advantages. The homes are naturally heated or cooled by geothermal forces; saving energy costs up to 80%, also there is a reduction in property tax.



In addition, it is also easy for a home to be protected against wind, storms and many other natural weather threats as well as criminals.

The house can even benefit from a natural barrier of protection that makes it especially sound proof and of course, the yard space is increased.

What about negative issues?

If not properly build, underground homes can become damp due to condensation. If you build underground you have to take special attention to proper drainage and sealing techniques.

In addition, there is always the risk of pressure from the soil above the property. Plenty of effort must be made in the construction process to ensure that a property will not be at risk of damages from all that weight that it gets onto.

Another disadvantage of living underground is the view, if you don´t have a view at all mirrors along with skylights will do the job.

The resale value of the house might be a concern, you might get a lower price than most other traditional homes in the area and you’ll also need to expect a long wait.

These are realities which you should consider when scoping out a subterranean dwelling and its location.

Before you start building an underground house yourself you better find out how it feels to live below the ground, take a view nights in one of these cave hotels:

- Kokopelli Cave in Farmington, NM

- or Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in Matera, Italy

- or The Underground Motel in White Cliffs, Australia

- or Le Prince Noir in les Baux de Provence, France.

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