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Timothy Scott was leisurely leafing through a local newspaper when he saw a small advert for a "concrete reservoir for sale". The couple, known locally as 'the moles", have decided to go of the most unusual homes in Britain ,but for good ecological reasons too.
Instead, they found a sweer-smelling 10m by 20m space, 4m high. The massive concrete roof, and the earth above it, was supported by eight large original brick pillars.
'We knew immediately that it would make a wonderful home,' say Thimothy. These will be the main source of light and heat for the house. Natural light willspread though glass walls to the three bedrooms, two bathrooms and kitchen off the central area.
'We expect virtually no heating bills,' Timothy says. 'The surrounding earth and the inside of the walls should provide an ample storage area for the solar energy we gaiin throught the pyramids during the day. We estimate hat tis will cut your electricity bills by al least a third.'
The couple's belief in the benefist of living underground is denuine. Living underground, Which is quite common in America, in parts of Spain and in China, has many advantages for families. What's more, they are naturally protected from wind and draughts. Earth sheltering also provides greater security and at the same time a building that will last a good 500 years. There are fewer than a dozen earth-sheltered homes in Britain, which makes theirs inhibitants into pioneers of a sort.
Building this way is aslo compatible whit the new conservationist methods. To avoid living in 'shoe boxes' and to keep agricultural land green, there is really time, or less,'says Timothy, 'I believe that large numbers of people will be living in earth-sheltered homes in Britain.
Earth-shetered homes don't have to be like Timothy's reservoir. A patio is also possible, as long as there is enough space in front of a house.
However, accoording to Peter Carpentier, secretary of the British Earth Sheltering Association, who lives in his own underground home, there are a few disadvantages. For instance, because there are so few earth-sheltered homes in the UK, it is usually hard, although no impossible, to get planning permission. When a lot of excavation is needed, building costs can be higher than for conventional homes, although saving can be made in other ways.