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Build Tiny Earthen Buildings

While I tend to focus on tiny houses on wheels, if you don’t need mobility and want 100% natural building materials, consider tiny earthen buildings. In the video below the folks at Exploring Alternatives visit with Bryce from Dreamweavers Collective to learn about cob. Cob is just one of the earthen building options. It’s essentially a […]

$3750 Tiny Earth Bag Home – Total Cost for Completed Exterior

I love following the progress of this family’s tiny house projects. This time they are building a tiny house for their son Bryson on their homestead. Technically they call this tiny house his bedroom. $3750 Total Cost Outside completed!! It always feels so great to reach a checkpoint on the buildings! Now we will be moving […]

Homesteading in Thailand

Owen Geiger is well known for his work in earthbag construction. He lives in Thailand and is building a sustainable homestead on a half acre of inexpensive low lying land that was once a rice field. During the rainy season the rice fields flood so to stay high and dry they brought-in about 200 trucks […]

Tinyville Earthbag Domes

The folks at the Natural Building Blog have been expanding their small house plans selection. This two-dome design is 257 square feet and has a loft in the larger dome. If you’re not familiar with earthbag construction, it’s essentially a home made from the dirt under your feet. It’s scooped up and put into bags […]

Earthbag Home Update

Owner-builder Aaron posted a progress update on his small earthbag home. One of the aspects we don’t usually see online is the hard work involved in building one’s own small home. While this video shows just a few minutes of what turned out to be a 19-hour marathon building session – you can get a […]

$300 Earthbag House

This is Owen Geiger‘s entry to The $300 House Open Design Challenge. Owen is an earthbag expert and the former Director of Builders Without Borders and Founder and Director of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building. The design challenge started out as an idea described by Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar in a blog post […]

Triple Dome Survival Shelter

Note: The recent CNBC article linked to the wrong page. Here’s a link to Wójcik’s tree house. Dr. Owen Geiger, expert earthbag designer and builder, recently posted the design of this Triple Dome Survival Shelter on his Earthbag House Plans website. It’s designed to house a family for an extended period of time – protected from nuclear […]

WorldHaus Prefab

The folks at faircompanies tipped me off to an interview they recently had with Daniel Gross, the entrepreneur behind a company called WorldHaus. WorldHaus, an Idealab project, has developed a low cost prefab building system intended to provide families in places like Kenya and India a safe and secure place to live for as little […]

Cal-Earth Superadobes

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture is a charitable non-profit organization that was founded in 1986 by Nader Khalili (1936-2008). They focus on developing truly sustainable earthen architecture. Their primary building method, nicknamed superadobes, uses long sandbag tubes filled with a semi-moist mixture of earth, cement, and water. The rows are laid with […]

Sustainable Architecture – Metal Boxes vs Earthen

This post was sparked by a comment from Steve, one of my long-time readers. In a nutshell, he suggested that people would be much better off living in handmade homes than living in machine-made prefabs. Like most people, modern prefab designs grab my attention. I suspect that it’s their product-like polish and our learned weakness […]

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