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Designed to boost natural light and reduce energy costs, bermed homes are built into a hill, leaving part of the structure below grade and part of it above ground. This protective layer of earth along the sides and roof of the house protects it from severe weather damage—and could be a saving grace in tornado season. This 70s-era bermed home, one of the earliest American examples of this type of dwelling, boasts a soil-topped roof and solarium-style skylights that fill the 1,719-square-foot interior with natural light.
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