Written by the worlds most unlikely author...............
They are still available thru Amazon.com(books)......

Did we mention the books.... If you still don’t agree that this house is one of a kind, search the internet.  Especially Amazon.com for underground homes or by my name, Ray G. Scott.  Either way, you will be amazed at the number of books written on the subject...... 

You will find at least four books written by yours truly and the subject of each book is the house you are viewing on this web site.......

Thousands of these books were sold worldwide and read by millions, that led to countless newspaper articles, which generated endless television appearances promoting the books (all before the internet ) and has led to thousands of visitors asking to take a tour, to which we graciously agreed.......

 

 

Here I go drifting off again.....

At the peak of  the publicity period, the state of Maryland asked us to allow our home to be on their Home Energy Tour for a week-end in mid -summer.  The request was a casual two minute phone call from a state employee who gave minimal information, because details were being worked out and they would be back in touch as the date approached....

We soon forgot about the call, because it was so low profile and didn’t sound like it would amount to anything.  After all, just last week the local Boy Scout Troop had asked if they could see the house and we agreed........

They arrived the next weekend with 15 uniformed Boy Scouts...We were amazed to think a crowd like that wanted to see our humble home.  For the next few days we had a hard time handling our 15 minutes of fame.......

So, being very busy with  kids, school, dogs, cats, work and so on, we didn’t give the tour thing much more thought.  We had no concept as to what we agreed to do or the power of the state to advertise.......

It was about 3 weeks after the state's call, someone at work asked if we were on the Home Energy Tour that they keep hearing about on radio.  I said, I believe we are, but no one from the state ever called back to verify it.  A couple days later we saw an article in the local newspaper... Remember, this all happened before the internet ........

We still thought it was a great idea for the state to promote energy conservation, but it wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans, plus our lives were very busy ......

When the scheduled weekend arrived, we had the house relatively clean and in order and we got moving a little early just in case someone actually did show up.......

We were sitting around the table having that second or third cup of coffee when the phone rang.  It was a neighbor four houses away, politely asking if I would ask my guests to let him get his car out of his driveway.... I didn’t know what to say. We had no guest in the house.......

Our indoor “underground”  pond.............

Our main entrance early May of 2008.............

Simultaneously, the door bell rang and my wife opened the door. We almost had a heart attack. Lined up the sidewalk, around the corner and up the drive into the community street were people 2 and 3 abreast, all standing patiently and orderly. The first family in line asked,  " Is it 8 o’clock yet ? "......

Now comes the panic phase....We had no plan as to what to say or how to give a tour of our private space. Even if we had a plan, how can two adults and two daughters ages 13 and 15 and a son age 9 handle hundreds of visitors waiting to take a guided tour of our home? ....and it was only 8am of day one.......

After the deer in the headlights look receded, we said ...."give us 5 minutes and we will be ready". A 3-minute impromptu family meeting ended with the words..."take about 6 people and show them around just as if they were your school mates.  Answer their question the best you can".......

Our fast thinking daughters called a girl friend from the neighborhood who was always around the house... Within 10 minutes the tours began.....

After two long days of  constant foot traffic, we were worn to a frazzle physically, but developed a new found respect for human nature.......

In one weekend, more than 2,000 people entered our private home and not a single person was rude, crude or inconsiderate.  All this activity with zero security and to think how many of our personal household items were out in plain sight.......

After the last person left, we surveyed the property and soon discovered the only sign that an open house had occurred was the matted carpet.....Nothing damaged, nothing missing and no trash.......

We attribute this massive show of public consideration and honesty to the select pool of humans interested in the environment, energy efficiency and Mother Earth in general.....The End of another dissertation .....

By now you are probably thinking….OK, the photos are pretty good scenery shots , but where are the house pictures? ..The answer is ……The house is in almost every photo.....  How’s that for one of a kind?.........