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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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Do You Want To Build An Underground House?

by Edwin Johnston

Maybe you have always dreamed of owning a unique home, one that stands out from the rest. Maybe you have thought about what it would be like to live in an underground home. Many underground homes are beautiful and offer the kind of unusual ownership some people are looking for. However, when it comes to the construction of an underground home, learning more about waterproofing it is extremely important.

Waterproofing Underground Structures

Underground homes pose special problems when it comes to waterproofing. When you waterproof a house above ground level, you usually add protection from rain or shady areas. When you waterproof an underground home, you have to protect it from water in every aspect because being underground is similar in some ways to being actually underwater. In an underground home, you have to worry about water being able to infiltrate through the interior walls.

The Hobbits Did It

J.R.R. Tolkien's hobbits lived in unusual underground homes with all the amenities of a house above ground level. Today, some homeowners are mimicking the 'hobbit holes' in Tolkien's story. However, Tolkien did not give the details about how the hobbits managed to maintain warm, dry and waterproof structures. When building an underground home, you will need to consider:

  • The location of your underground is an important consideration. Building in an area that is not too close to creeks or other bodies of water can help you limit your home's exposure to underground water seepage that feeds lakes, rivers and creeks.
  • Underground homes should have a foundation with drainage tile for protecting from the deepest part of the ground your home basically sits upon. Even underground homes have foundations for protecting interior flooring from the water and moisture.
  • Exterior surfaces need to be covered in a high quality sealant, especially concrete. Concrete is porous and when it is underground, will succumb to water seepage over time.
  • The addition of thick, plastic sheeting over exterior surfaces before backfilling with soil is important for increased waterproofing.

Did The Hobbits Have Skylights?

While Tolkien's underground hobbit homes did not have skylights, you can enjoy them in your modern underground home. However, if you decide to install a skylight, bear in mind the great importance of waterproofing around it. Even homes above ground level must take special waterproofing steps to seal up skylight style windows on the roof. Dome style skylights are a great choice for placing on the top of your underground house.

Coming home to a cozy, warm underground home is possible when you have taken the necessary steps for effectively waterproofing it. If you do not properly waterproof an underground home, you could be spending a lot of money for nothing. Take the time to learn more about the area you plan to build an underground home and start planning ahead for waterproofing in your blueprints and design. To learn more about waterproofing, visit a company like Champion Waterproofing

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