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Besides being the inspiration for Fly Away Home, you can add another credit to Bill Lishman’s list of accomplishments.

Wait until you see what his innovative mind created in his own home, unlike any home we’ve ever seen before. We got to take a sneak peek into the unique house Bill has built underground, the result of years of comprehensive research and design.

The house is inherently eco-friendly. What makes it special is that it is submerged in a hill, which means the earth acts as natural insulation. The house requires less heating and cooling, which means major savings for the planet. These types of homes are safe from storms, and save homeowners the hassles of painting, shingling, and cleaning out the eaves troughs. They can even be covered with gardens (as Bill’s is)!

The story goes that Bill’s inspiration came from a simple idea. He built an igloo one winter, and was amazed at how warm he could be inside, just from his own body heat. So he followed the steps of a great innovator, and began reading up on building homes underground.

He settled on rounded shape, which he discovered would be able to bear the weight of the earth above it. With lots of time and effort, Bill got the job done, using vertical steel trusses and concrete, waterproof tar powder and a layer of topsoil.

The challenges were seemingly never-ending, but Bill tackled them all. From awkward-shaped doors to ill-fitting furniture, Bill used his ingenuity to overcome each hurdle. Now, he’s got a beautiful, energy-efficient home that he boasts, and he’s even offering to help you build your own!

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