My goal with this project has been twofold: 1. showcase individual designs (which included some designs that have been on the drawing board for months), and 2. combine them into a self sustaining, fortified homestead, where a group of 5-20 people could weather economic and social upheaval. It is not designed to withstand a direct missile or tank attack by governments, or total nuclear Armageddon. All bets are off if things get that bad. But the 10’ high by 3’ thick walls (at the base) should go a long way toward deterring attackers if things do unravel. Anyway, this has been an interesting project and I’m glad to see the high page rankings. It’s definitely been a lot of work.
Earthbag Castle summary:
- The castle consists of four structures – Custom Chonburi main residence, Two-story Roundhouse Above Survival Shelter guesthouse/office, Carriage House with second floor garage apartment, Guard Tower tool shed.
- All structures include a waterproof roof deck with ladder access and crenellations capped with cement or geopolymer
- All structures are also available with more standard roof designs at no extra charge (example: trussed gable roofs).
- Renewable energy systems not shown, but there is ample roof space for solar panels, solar water heaters and wind generators
- Due to a lack of protective roof overhangs, this castle is best suited to dry climates, although a reader pointed out how similar castles have stood the test of time in European climates.
- All plans can be modified for a modest fee. Just email me at strawhouses [at] yahoo.com.