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Modern House (click to enlarge)

Modern House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 840 sq. ft. interior plus 390 sq. ft. upper floor, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, home office or bonus room, Footprint: 31′ x 33′

Description: A stunning 30’wide by 2-story window wall faces the mountains, lake or other view. A large grow bed provides year-round growing space for flowers, dwarf fruit trees, tomatoes, herbs and other plants.

Modern House (click to enlarge)

Modern House (click to enlarge)


Modern House Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

Modern House Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

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Kalypso Earthbag Garage/Storage Loft

Kalypso Earthbag Garage/Storage Loft

Specifications: 357 sq. ft. interior, plus 357 sq.ft. 2nd story, total 714 sq. ft. interior, Footprint: 20′ x 24′ not including decks or benches

Description: The second floor of this versatile garage plan can be readily converted into an apartment. With some modifications, it could also make a nice home.

Kalypso Earthbag Garage/Storage Loft North Elevation

Kalypso Earthbag Garage/Storage Loft North Elevation

Kalypso Earthbag Garage/Storage Loft East Elevation

Kalypso Earthbag Garage/Storage Loft East Elevation

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Earthbag Pods (Click to enlarge)

Earthbag Pods (Click to enlarge)


Specifications: Main pod = 372 sq. ft., Double bedroom pod = 372 sq. ft., Master bedroom pod = 372 sq. ft., connecting spaces = 220 sq. ft., total = 1,336 sq. ft. interior, Footprint: 42′ x 87′

Description: This design connects three hexagonal pods or modules that can be arranged in various configurations using more or fewer pods. This enables the home to be built one stage at a time. The bonus room in the Double bedroom pod can be used as a study, etc. The bonus room in the Master bedroom pod can serve as a home office, guest room, etc.

Here’s another configuration using two pods.

Double Earthbag Pods (click to enlarge)

Double Earthbag Pods (click to enlarge)

Update: These plans are being used on multiple projects, including one in Uganda. An NGO there have adapted the basic design for their situation. Below is an illustration of the right half of the Two Pod design, which will be built in two stages (right, left) and feature many appropriate technologies. They’ve added an outdoor porch with two rocket stoves and oven, and a solar wall oven to keep heat out of the house.

Two Pod design in Uganda

Two Pod design in Uganda

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Sweet Spot 2 Earthbag House

Sweet Spot 2 Earthbag House

[Note: this plan has been updated and converted to computer renderings, and is now published toward the front of the website. I'm leaving this post here primarily to maintain the comments section. -- Owen]

Specifications: 792 sq. ft. interior, Footprint: 25′ x 39′

Description: This is a modified version of Sweet Spot. It adds two extra bedrooms and more living space. Two roof options are available: 1. gable roof with optional porch roof; 2. clerestory roof.

Sweet Spot 2 Earthbag House East Elevation

Sweet Spot 2 Earthbag House East Elevation

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Sweet Spot Earthbag House

Sweet Spot Earthbag House

Specifications: 396 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 14′ x 39′ plus porch

Description: ‘Sweet Spot’ refers to a great place to live as well as hitting upon a good, efficient design. Compare this design to the Single Wide plan, which is cramped in comparison because it had to fit on a trailer. In contrast, the Sweet Spot is designed from the inside out using all standard sizes for maximum comfort and convenience. This includes a larger bedroom with desk, a standard 5′ bath with bathtub and 30″ vanity, 36″ hallway, larger kitchen with standard sized frig and sink, and larger living room and dining area.

Sweet Spot Earthbag House East Elevation

Sweet Spot Earthbag House East Elevation

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Chonburi Earthbag House Main Floor

Chonburi Earthbag House Main Floor

Chonburi Earthbag House Upper Floor

Chonburi Earthbag House Upper Floor

Specifications: 624 sq. ft. interior main floor, 624 sq. ft. upper floor, total 1,248 sq. ft. interior, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 29′

Description: This sustainable home design is named after one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world – Chonburi, Thailand. Rich with old world charm and character, it has a tiled hip roof, covered entry with columns, arched doorways, large country-style kitchen, and all bedrooms upstairs for privacy. Master bedroom has private bath and love seat. Designed for hot climates, this plan can easily be modified for cold climates. Back doors on east and west sides make it easy to expand later. Optional cathedral ceiling in master bedroom.

Chonburi Earthbag House South Elevation

Chonburi Earthbag House South Elevation

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Earthbag Country Guesthouse

Earthbag Country Guesthouse

Specifications: 286 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 16′ x 25′ plus porch

Description: Classic country detailing and styling characterizes this guesthouse. This is one of my favorites and we’ve considered building it for ourselves. It is well lit, spacious and comfortable for use as a cabin, rental or guesthouse. The Dutch hip roof with cathedral ceiling is framed with timbers (as shown), but factory trusses could be used.

Earthbag Country Guesthouse East Elevation

Earthbag Country Guesthouse East Elevation

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Turtle Mountain Mold-free Earthbag House

Turtle Mountain Mold-free Earthbag House

Specifications: 814 sq. ft. interior, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 25′ x 41′

Description: This house was designed for a North Dakota community with extreme mold problems, but the same principles could be applied anywhere mold is a problem. Virtually all materials that support the growth of mold have been eliminated or sealed. Features include built-in seating to reduce furniture costs, passive solar design and efficient kitchen with island.

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Square Earthbag Cottage

Square Earthbag Cottage

Specifications: 900 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 33′ x 33′

Description: Here’s a cozy cottage that is easy to build, eco friendly and affordable.

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New England Traditional Style

New England Traditional Style

Specifications: 874 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 31′ x 40′

Description: Classic design featuring a corner wood stove surrounded by recycled brick.

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