The $50 & Up Underground House
Book teaches how to build the lowest cost, most sunshine-filled, best ventilated and driest underground
houses of all. It teaches how to incorporate greenhouses, root cellars and fallout shelters into an
underground home. It covers both hillside and flat land design, and explains how to solve drainage problems
with dependable gravity rather then expensive, failure-prone building materials. It also details ways to pass
or otherwise deal with the building codes.
The $50 & Up Underground House Book is the only book to explain in detail author Mike Oehler’s
revolutionary Post/Shoring/Polyethylene building method, which cuts building materials to the absolute
minimum. (See the video/DVD section for an illustration comparing P/S/P with the
materials used in normal frame house construction.)
But The $50 & Up Underground House Book does much more than just cut your building material costs by
up to 90%. It is widely recognized as the book which offers the reader the greatest possibilities for light,
air and views in an underground home. Where most owner-designers and even professional architects are stuck
on the disastrous "First Thought" concept, a design which greatly limits view, sunshine and air flow, and
which usually causes staggering drainage problems, Oehler offers the "Basic Design" with the "Up Hill Patio"
which solves these problems and more. He explains the weaknesses of the other three design concepts favored
by conventional architects: skylights, vertical window wells and atriums. For example, though skylights
admit a rewarding amount of light, they are hard to use for ventilation and fire escape, get dirty quicker,
often leak, admit too much of the summer sun, too little of the winter rays, and offer no view whatsoever.
They may have special applications, Oehler argues, but there are better design concepts for normal use.
Now in its seventh edition, it has sold more than 90,000 copies and has received enthusiastic reviews from
Mother Earth News, National Public Radio and many others. Many consider it the classic in its
The $50 & Up Underground House Book reprises all these advantages, and more. The book discusses in
detail more than 50 different topics related to underground construction.
This big, 112-page, 8 1/2" x 11" book contains:
- 4 pages of engineering tables and diagrams
- 8 floor plans
- 54 photos
- 100+ illustrations
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What an Underground House Is Not
Chapter 2: What an Underground House Is – 23 Advantages
Chapter 3: Histories of the $50 and $500 Underground Houses
Chapter 4: The PSP System
Chapter 5: Design
The Basic Design
Views, Light, Ventilation
Five approved Methods of Design
-The Royer Foyer
Patio Barbecue Area
The Bachelor Bar
Root Cellar/Fallout Shelster/Wine Cellar
Chapter 6: Materials: Where to Buy and Scrounge
Fee Timber Sources
Working Up Posts and Beams
Chapter 7: Construction
Secret Construction Method
Building the Structure
Chapter 8: You And the Building Codes
This is an abridged table of contents. There’s more in the book. It’s simply the No. 1 information source
for anyone wanting to build low-cost underground homes, offices or shelters.
Here’s what Natural Life Magazine wrote about the book:
"The ideas and methods are quite often unorthodox – but stronger for it. The design theory is well based
in experience and appears to work well. Straightforward diagrams and black-and-white photos illustrate
many construction and design points … a very useful and pleasant book for anyone wanting to build an
inexpensive but solid underground structure."
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