I have this idea. I am not an architect or even a carpenter, I just happened on this site because I did a search on "alternative housing architecture." I think your site is cool and maybe someone could give me some informed feedback on whether or not my idea is a workable one.
I live in Florida and every year we have hurricanes and similar natural entertainments. I have this notion to buy a friend's seven acres with spring-fed pond etc etc and build on it an indestrauctible habitat for me to pursue full hermit status ... a roman arch type vault design on a bit of high ground, and then bulldoze lots of dirt over the top of it, so that it is literally underground (in effect) and the various fuana etc can gambol over it without knowing I am there.
I got the idea from military weapons storage bunkers. there are some near where I live, which are by a closed airbase. they look great with great big concrete slabs in front of a hill of green grass and big steel doors in the slabs.
I would like every window and door in my cave to protrude from a piece of ground and be securable by sliding steel doors.
I would sit inside and laugh at hurricanes.
Anyone think I am thinking in an impractical way or missing some vital bit of sense?
You may laugh at me or encourage me, but respond if you think you have anything relevant. or just say hello. I've always admired architects, good or bad.