I have searched everywhere but no one seems to be able to help. My husband and I are starting our retirement home in West Plains Mo. We decided years ago that we really like the lower cost and energy efficiancy of a earth contact home, as of 8 Oct we have finished the road and have begun building the 30X40 shop/garage that will be built first, we plan to start sometime in April 98 after the well is put in on our house. It will be a three-sided earth contact home with a southern exposure to gain the most sun, can you give us any information on these types of homes and possible problems that we can avoid. I know with money and time constraints it would not be possible for you to join us on this project but any info you could give would be appreciated. My father-in-law was so impressed with our plans that 5 years ago he built his own earth contact home and it turned out wonderfull but we have several changes to the original design that we started with that every thing now is new for us.