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A first of its’ kind house being built in Elgin

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A berm-style home is pictured in its final form. Photo courtesy of Jeff Blatt and Tara Kaye. Jeff Blatt and Tara Kaye are hardly able to contain their excitement as construction for their berm-style home is underway. Photo by Quinn Donoghue

Texas’ first modular berm-style home is being built in Elgin.Husband and wife Jeff Blatt and Tara Kaye embarked on this housing expedition to cut costs and to feel more bonded with nature on a non-restricted piece of land, unaffiliated with Homeowners Association (HOA). Blatt believes there are several advantages to having this unique form of habitation.“This (house) is going to last 50 to 100 years,” Blatt said. “It’ll be 70% less heating and air costs than a traditional home, 60% less construction materials to build this house, and we’re going to have this connection with nature out here as well.”A berm-style home ...

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