Disadvantages of Underground Homes
Of course since this is a pro underground home site we thought
it only fair to list some of the disadvantages to owning such
a house as well. Many of the disadvantages of owning an underground
or earth sheltered home are not fundamental or technical but psychological.
When buying or building an underground
home a person may have some negative feelings pop up. You
will also have to deal with the negativity of others such
as a spouse, children, friends, family members and acquaintances.
Phrases like "prairie dog," "groundhog,"
"gopher hole" and "caveman" may crop up in
conversation from the naysayers. Some people may call you a survivalist.
Remember, that anything new and unconventional is threatening
to some people.
Outside Looking In ...
If you decide to buy or build an earth sheltered or underground
home you may at times feel marginalized by society. You have suddenly
become an outsider because you don't own a "Little Pink House"
according to John Cougar Mellencamp and live in a community of
look alike homes.
You may feel ostracized, snubbed, outcast by the community. Or,
you may not feel any of these things. So, now for some of the
real, practical disadvantages of underground homes and earth sheltered
They Come In 3's
The first is buying one on the open market. Since there are so
few of them out there, they will be hard to find, especially in
the location you want.
Second, when you decide to build an underground home, you'll
be delighted in the low cost, but when it comes time to sell,
you'll also need to expect a long wait (it's not for everyone)
and a lower price than most other above ground homes in the area.
A third disadvantage of an underground or earth bermed home is
the view. It's true that you can build into a hillside with a
view. It's also true that you can use mirrors along with skylights
for a view.
But, what is also true is that trees can grow taller blocking
your nice mountain or ocean view or businesses or neighbors may
construct a nice two story building blocking your view. Or like
with other homes the neighbor's dog will poop on your lawn. These
are realities which must be considered when scoping out an underground
dwelling and its location.
For these few disadvantages though, there are plenty more advantages
of underground homes and earth sheltered houses that you need
to know about. Read both pages and then weigh the advantages and
disadvantages for yourself.