Totally Modernized With Newest Technology! But an Underground Home?

@artistry (4154)
United States
December 13, 2009 5:47am CST
Would you be interested in living in a totally upscale, super modern home, with every creature comfort you could imagine, but with one difference, the home was underground. Would you be happy living there?
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9 responses
• Australia
13 Dec 09
When I've looked at apartment buildings, or terraced houses in England, I've thought I wouldn't like to living there, because I'm used to my own home on my own block of land, with my own garden. However, once inside these places, you cannot tell the difference and life can be just the same. Here in Australia, at Lightning Ridge (opal mining area) and other places, there are underground homes - modern homes, or whatever the owner prefers. They are built underground because it is cooler. The temperatures there can rise to 45-50*C (over 110*F). I haven't been in one but I have seen them on TV and they look just like any other homes. Even though once inside, there is little difference, I wouldn't like it for myself. I like to look out my windows and see my roses, plumbago, hoya and jasmine in the front, the Ipomea and Pandorea growing happily together from the side and a variety of shrubs and my big gum tree from the back, and I like to watch the kookaburra laughing at me in the mornings. Although I avoid going in the sun as much as possible, I like to see it. So, no thank you. I'll stay traditional and live above the ground.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
15 Dec 09
...Hi cloudwatcher, What a peaceful name. There is something about looking at the trees, the green grass and flowers, seeing the sun, the clouds and the moon and stars at night that connects the heart and soul to the earth and heavens. I am not sure that we as creatures of the light are meant to live underground. I think that I might like to try it for a while to see how I liked the experience but perhaps not for a long time. I might start thinking of myself as a mole or something. Thanks and take care.
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• Philippines
15 Dec 09
I would also like to see my surroundings. I like to see if the three mango in my yard are bearing fruits already. I also like to see my orchids bloom and how tall the tomatoes have grown. It is always nice to feel the fresh air. More importantly, I always like to let the sunshine in and to see, feel and hear the sound of rain. The feeling of being enclosed underground worries me, lol.
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• Australia
1 Jan 10
Thanks for an interesting discussion and for the best response.
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
13 Dec 09
Hi artistry, I rather fancy the subterranean lifestyle wouldn't suit, but certainly not in a super modern home. I do like the style of some houses which are hundreds of years old and back onto caves so partly submerged, but these are in very hot countries to keep the heat out. I have always wanted to see the village of underground houses in Cappadocia. There's also an old quarter in Spain which has this type of house. I think it would be too gloomy though and possibly prone to damp, I need to have light in.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
15 Dec 09
...Hi thea, Nice to hear from you again. That's one of the thoughts, it is cooler underground and you would probably need some kind of material that would not degrade with the excess moisture, whatever that would be. But I am sure there are survivorlists in different places who aere in the spaces undergrouvd with their food and other things theyfeelthey will need in the coming days of change. I like older homes as well they have a lot of character, the home I live in is an older historical one, and has built in glass cabinetry and bookcases with drawers, not found in most modern design homes. It needs more insulation though. Going to check out Cappadocia on the net, sounds interesting. Thanks. Take care.
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@1hopefulman (28436)
• Canada
14 Dec 09
I'm already living in a basement apartment. I don't think I want to go any further down. I like to see the sun and where I am I get it most of the day when it comes out. I also like to look at the stars at night, so it's not for me.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
15 Dec 09
....Hi there 1hopefulman, You made me chuckle when you said you don't want to go any further down. I'm still laughing, I'm crazy like that :o). Hope all is well up there. I don't think I would want to live underground for a long time, I would maybe like, as I mentioned here before, to try it for a while just for the experience, it would be interesting. The sun has a great effect on our disposition and even a big picture of it on the wall would not be the same. Thanks for your reply. Take care.
@1hopefulman (28436)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
I like the earth beneath my feet and not above my head.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
22 Dec 09
..Hi,hi 1hopefulman, I well agree with you and I won't put down the rest of mny thoughts on this......
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Dec 09
artistry no indeed not at all. I need sunshine and fresh air, and there is nothing like that underground no matter how super duper it is made, the sunshine would be missing, and the flower beds seen through above ground windows. no I am old fashioned and want my new modern super duper home above ground with lots of sunlight coming in through the windows.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
16 Dec 09
...Hi thereHatley, We are creatures of the light, and I would think there might be a bit of weariness with being away from the sunlight, and seeing the sky and the green of everything. But with the air pollution, we might be headed for underground chambers to have any kind of breathable air, not making any predictions but we do have very poor air quality. But so does China and they are getting by with gas masks I think. Thanks for your comment, sunlight is life. Take care.
• Philippines
15 Dec 09
Hi, artistry. It would, I think, be another setting for me. With all the modern and newest technology, I am sure all things will be considered to make it as livable and as comfortable as it could be. It would be a hard time for burglars to barge in (if ever then can!) and that I shouldn't worry about them. And neighbors, I wouldn't worry about them, too. On the other hand, if something happens to us living underground, no neighbor will be there to see it and help us. (I am sure there are alarm systems installed in my modern house, though, lol). But even with these, I am still having worries ... it is the thought that I am entertaining now ... seems that I am already buried "alive" by this type of accommodation, hahaha. Also, we are in an earthquake fault ... it wouldn't be wise to be deep down there when it occurs, lol.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
16 Dec 09
...Hi there moneymakingtoday, Hope you are living up to your name. I am taking in everything you have mentioned and the only one that would give me pause would be the earthquake situation. I had not thought about that. If however we were going to build an underground home, I don't think building codes would allow it on a fault line, it would be completely demolished, if a quake occurred and all the fun would be over. Thanks for your very interesting comments. You make one think. Take care.
@joro1best (222)
• Bulgaria
14 Dec 09
Hello artistry! I think there are many tecnologies,house things,but i didn`t heard for an underground home..Wow its so crazy i can`t even imagine it..But its normal the technology is progressing and someday,we will fly with our shoes..But anyway i think its comfortable to live in an underground home..But on a calm pleace..Because it will be bad if it is undergrand a street for example and there are cars..So noisy..But if its on a calm place,you don`t hear anything..You can listen to music,that is loud..Nobody will tell you something because they will not here you..Its bad for holidays that you put decorations,like christmas..But maybe the idea was created,from the old homes..In the old time the houses are 1/2 in ground..But there are some other problems for some people like me..I`m scared from some places like this..You can see bugs,animals and more things..But anyway hope i was descriptive :) Happy day - joro1best
@artistry (4154)
• United States
15 Dec 09
...Hi joro1best, You make a lot of good points, there are some homes in certain areas where part of the home is above ground, probably the front, and then the back of the home is underground. So you have both, the bugs just might be a problem as well. But in Jersey, we get big water bugs above ground already. I think as we go forward in time, there may be more underground living, because of the pollution and air quality problems. My solution to the lack of space for Christmas decorations is to have a nice fence and decorate whatever trees you might have. Thanks for your informative response. Take care.
• United States
13 Dec 09
When I grew up in Maine a new fad went around where people lived in basement homes, I went in a few, I saw no real differences. I hate to say it but it is about the same thing. They just are starting to catch onto it now, and think it's a great thing. A home is a home it doesn't matter how it is built, it is what we make of it.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
15 Dec 09
.. .Hi pmbhuntress09, Good point, if you are a content family, or person, if you are living in a tent, it is a great place to you as you are fine with your situation. One thing about an underground home to me, would be that you would not have to find an underground shelter if you needed one, it would already be available for use. Take it easy. Thanks for your reply.
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
13 Dec 09
hi artistry, i live any house wheather it may be on earth,under earth or on the sky what is there,if the facilities are ok,nothing to worry,i can life in that house without any hesitation and with comfort,if it is on earth without facilities what is the use,have a nice day
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
14 Dec 09
....Hi yufasini, If the home is built soundly with running water, electric, a way to exit, and with heat in the winter, cool in the summer, which should be less expensive, since underground should be cooler, it would be fun to see what it would be like. I think I would like the experience. Thanks for your response. Take care.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
18 Dec 09
I have actually stayed overnight in an underground home. My friend at the time built it himself. It's not a normal procedure to build underground here in Australia as you need a bit of a hill to do it. It has benefits such as ...constant temperature, with no expensive costs...perfect all year round, not hot and not cold. There is no maintenance required on the building itself, other than painting internally. You have a garden as your roof top! In one part of Australia, in the opal fields, many homes are built in man made underground caverns. This is done because the temperatures are too hot and dry to live above ground. It is simply impractical to build a house because of the extreme weather conditions. Checkout some photos from Coober Pedy here: http://35mm.instantfundas.com/2008/11/underground-houses-of-coober-pedy.html
@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Dec 09
..Hi here Ms Tickle, What a very interesting comment. Thank you so much. It sounds very nice and quite efficient to maintain. You don't hear ofmany earthquakes in Australia so you would not have to worry about that. How nice of you to share the link with us, I will certainly check it out. Do take care and thanks again for being so informative.