Earth Sheltered Homes
Homes built underground (aka Earth Sheltered Homes) are starting to look pretty enticing, what with the state of the economy and all. And contrary to what you'd think, they can be light, airy and modern.
There are quite a few reasons to consider building underground. Not only are the houses generally much more energy efficient than building above ground but if you look into the much lauded $50 and Up Underground House Book you can figure out ways to cut your building costs to half what you would pay for a normal construction (or an extraordinary construction like that of Bill Gates). The book also promises to help you build "the most sunshine-filled, best ventilated and driest underground house of all".
The home pictured above is Cumbria’s First Earth-Sheltered House built in an old quarry site and finished in 2003 after 6 months of construction. It doesn't need a heating system and being underground means that the house disappears into the landscape "making it unobtrusive visually as well as ecologically."