For those of you not familiar with Mike Oehler, he is the author of the book, The $50 & Up Underground House Book. The idea of building an earth integrated house is not a new one, however the ideas that Mike Oehler puts forth tend to improve upon the traditional models.
The idea of building an underground house has been around for a long time because it is a great idea. With the right technique applied this shelter can keep you warm in the winter time and cool in the summer time, with little to no electricity.
In the video above Mike Oehler gives us a tour of his house that originally cost only $50 to build. It has since progressed into a ruggedized three story mansion built to withstand 200 mph winds!
Many people up north frequently wonder how they can grow a garden with such cool weather, this technique is the answer. The underground or earth integrated house system can be adapted to build a green house. These underground greenhouses are referred to as walipinis. You can build a walipini for little money and garden year round, even in some very harsh weather conditions.