How to build an underground house

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If you are the type of person who likes to be different, a radical yet practical idea that is becoming more and more popular is to build an underground house. Despite the allure of the uniqueness of an underground house, there are other advantages such as a potential to save on energy bills. While building an underground house is usually more expensive than more traditional means, there are definitely advantages to doing so.

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    Research and figure out whether an underground house makes sense for you to build. While it does have a number of advantages, there are also a number of disadvantages. One of those disadvantages is the cost of an underground house. You can go to your local library to research more about building an underground house. Books that you can read for more information include "How to Build an Underground House" by Malcolm Wells, "Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home" by Rob Roy, and "Underground Homes" by Louis Wampler. You can also purchase those books online at Barnes and Noble's official website.

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    Map out exactly what you want included in your underground house. Plan each aspect of the house yourself and figure out how you want it to look and feel when it is done. Look at models of other underground houses to see what you like and don't like about those houses.

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    Set a budget for your underground house. Make sure that you decide on a dollar amount that you can afford. If you are going to finance it, make sure that you can afford the monthly payments. A good place to apply for bank loans is at LendingTree's website. At LendingTree, you can apply and have multiple banks compete for your business.

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    Contact a construction company. Try to find a construction company in your area that has experience in building underground. Submit to them your plans of what you want included in your underground house. Get quotes from as many construction companies as you can find. Pick the construction company that you feel the most comfortable with and that will work within your budget.

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