The potential exists for people to build their own earth-sheltered homes, provided they possess the necessary construction skills, supplies and space. Additionally, as with any other home, an earth-sheltered home must meet local building permit and safety specification requirements.
Numerous examples exist of individuals who constructed their own earth-sheltered homes, ranging from simple one-room homes with limited amenities to large multi-room houses. As with any do-it-yourself construction, the quality of the house varies greatly depending on the plans used, the skill of the builders, the time available and the budget of the homeowner for purchasing supplies and tools. With earth-sheltered homes, the cost and time involved in moving soil creates an added consideration.