Have you ever considered living in an underground home? Caves made great homes for prehistoric families, but they don't have the features modern people consider necessary. You can build an underground home, or buy one. However, you can't inspect construction that is covered with soil, and there may be conditions that you don't expect until they happen. MizBejabbers and her husband purchased an underground home in Arkansas in 1994. The story of what they've gone through since then may remind you of the movie The Money Pit. She outlined a list of problems, beginning with flooding.
Location makes all the difference. I do not advise building on a hillside, but if you do, make sure that you have an oversized drainage system. Water can’t flow underneath our concrete slab like it can with a house built on a foundation, and the French drains in the atrium cannot handle a deluge.
One particularly stormy night, a torrent poured into the front atrium from the street above the house and flooded the great room. We finally gave up mopping and just opened the doors. We swept water out the back doors as a river poured through the front door. Luckily, the carpet had been removed years ago.
You have to feel sorry for anyone who lives for 26 years in a home they don't like, but it was a big investment, and it appears that anyone who could provide relief either went out of business or died. Read the details of her ordeal at dengarden. -via Digg