We live in an earth contact home. It is buried on three sides, with the south side exposed. When you pull in our driveway, you see the roof and garage.
From the south, it looks like a normal home. Our main living area is technically, a walk out basement. This has its benefits living here in Kansas, the temperature stays pretty cool in the summers. If we run the A/C, it's usually because of the humidity. Some drawbacks are the lack of windows on the north side, and the loss of curb appeal, although, since we live in the country at the end of a dead end road, there's really no one to see it but us!
We bought this place 7 years ago, and have been constantly working on something, making it fit our family's needs. So we added on the mudroom and garage, and added some windows to the upstairs (there was only one - one window, can you imagine how dark it was?!) Troy put in a wood burning stove to help heat it in the winter. After the pipes froze, burst, and flooded the lower level, we turned the one big bathroom into two, one of the best things we've done! It meant giving up the whirlpool tub, but it's a small price to pay for the two toilets. We added cabinets in the kitchen and redid all of the flooring in the house. (and we still plan to paint those cabinets soon!)
|looking east at the new rooms!|
|the hallway to the stairs|
I did score some new bedding, lights, and rugs at target - marked down dorm stuff! I got all of the stuff for AJ's room for under $30. I'll make him some pillows and we'll be good to go once I figure out the wall colors! Zach also got a new lamp and rug and he'll get pillows too. Sawyer is thrilled to be getting a big bed. I'll post more pics once we get sheetrock up, I can't wait to see it come together!