Cost and Prices of Earth Homes
More and more people are looking for alternative accommodations
that are relatively cheap to build and even cheaper to maintain.
Whether it's an earth home, which is what we will talk about here,
a tiny house, or a shipping container home, these alternatives
are quickly gaining popularity.
Modest Earthen Home
The biggest concern that most people have are the costs associated
with building an earth home as opposed to a conventional house.
That is what we will discuss here, and we will also try to answer
a few other questions that we are sure you are likely to have.
The cost of construction will be important to many, but it's
almost impossible to give a solid figure without knowing a bunch
of factors. You may want a relatively small underground space
with very few bells and whistles, while others will want a glamorous
alternative home to show off. You also may decide not to build
but to buy an earthen home and the prices fluctuate widely on
When thinking about prices, you have to consider how you are
going to run your new home, by which we mean whether you decide
to go off the grid or not. Adding water retention systems, solar
power, and such will add to the cost of the construction, but
it is money that you will recoup over the long haul.
Modern Earth Berm Home
If you do decide to go the eco-friendly route and take your earth
home off the grid, it is here where you will truly experience
the biggest financial benefits. The combination of solar plus
earth sheltering your home will mean you will see your monthly
utility bills drop by an astonishing 85-90% over what you would
pay in a traditional home.
When you consider that your utilities seem to be on the increase
on a monthly basis, you can clearly see why those who consider
making the move to an earth home is on the rise, and why those
costs are usually the number one factor for doing so.
Despite the obvious financial advantages of owning and earth
home, there are still those who are concerned about making the
move for a number of different reasons. Oddly enough, many of
these concerns have to do with money, too.
There are concerns about such things as financing, insurance,
and resale value. These are all concerns that can very quickly
be put to bed. The fact that your monthly bills will be greatly
reduced is often enough to give loan officers the confidence to
green light financing your green home.
Artistic Earth House
Insurance companies are now adjusting their ideas in regard alternative
type structures. This means you shouldn't have too many issues
in that regard. Finally, as far as resale goes, the increasing
demand for earth homes combines with limited availability means
that you will have a solid investment and your selling price (depending
upon the market) should reflect this.
If you are looking for an affordable, eco-friendly home where
you can become truly self-sufficient, you really can't do much
better than an earth home. You can easily build one to suit your
own specific tastes, and you will start saving money from the
very moment that you move in. Home ownership often means taking
on a bunch of headaches, but you'll minimize the pain when you
go for a simpler way of life.
Published December 10, 2014