I just got back from checking out a foreclosed house, and I am always surprised at what stuff people do to houses. Look at this:
Do you know what it is? It’s a WINDOW through the basement subwall. The only thing holding the dirt back is the geo fabric that you see. Obviously, it’s not working so well, the floor of the basement is covered in mud. When I was in college, a couple of friends of mine and I were discussing the idea of underground houses, and one of my friends said they weren’t a good idea. If you opened the windows, dirt would come in. Well, here they opened the window to the dirt.