Simple Shelter Options – An Addendum
This will be a short update, and is more of an afterthought. Some years back I had worked at a landscape supply center. One of the items that we carried was sod rolls. This is pretty much what it sounds like: Grass rolls that were grown and cut out in strips with a special sod cutter, rolled up for transport, and then rolled out into a lawn, for those that wanted an instant lawn (typically wealthy yuppie types).
Long story short, we used to throw away all kinds of this stuff. Often times the customer over ordered, or for whatever reason, didn’t pick it all up. But we easily threw out enough, that over the years I could have built several sod dugouts. Now of course, the thought hadn’t occurred to me at the time 😕
So what I’m getting at here is that for those that would consider building a sod dugout, this could be a very low cost option. Check with the local sod farms if there are any, or inquire at the local landscape supply centers. I do believe that Lowe’s and Home Despot, carry it as well, or at least did at one time. I know that in the case of my previous employer, we were all too happy to have people come by and take it off our hands, since we had to get rid of it ourselves. Scrounge a few windows and a door, and minus your physical labor, you’ve got yourself a free home.
Now admittedly, at this point in time, I do not have much information under my belt with regards to sod house construction, aside from the very basics. For instance, I do not easily see how you would be able to keep one water tight, but figure that there must be a way to do so. But I will be researching this topic in further detail, in the near future.