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Torus Design with E-Cat cold fusion energy generator (click to enlarge)

Torus Design with E-Cat cold fusion energy generator (click to enlarge)


Torus Design floorplan (click to enlarge)

Torus Design floorplan (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 2,224 sq. ft. interior, 564 sq. ft. greenhouses, 1,520 sq. ft. courtyard, each side has two bedrooms, two baths, Footprint: 74’ diameter not including 8.5’ wide greenhouse

Description: The Torus Design is the first home to my knowledge that is specifically designed to utilize cold fusion generation. When LENR reactors come on the market (hopefully next year), they could be coupled with a micro-CHP cogenerator to produce both heat (radiant floor heat, in this case) and electrical power. The house concept was inspired by the movie Thrive, which outlines ways of creating prosperity and equality in the world. Lack of energy is at the heart of many of the world’s problems. Clean, affordable, sustainable energy would likely raise the standard of living for mankind by helping to alleviate poverty, hunger, lack of clean water and more.

The Torus Design brings together three emerging trends: increasing self sufficiency — including renewable energy and food production, families moving back together to save money, and sustainability. These trends are evident in the growth of home gardens, organic food, green building, eco-conciousness, off-grid homes, do-it-yourself attitudes, and cost cutting strategies such as bartering and trading for goods and services.

The current version could be used as a duplex (rent the other half to slash your bills). You could split costs with a friend or family member and share the courtyard. A lot of people can no longer afford their own home, so this design offers a potential solution for families to move in together. The design could be customized for large families.

Options not shown: cisterns on the exterior and courtyard, underground Earthbag Survival Shelter with optional escape tunnel, Cool Pantry, rainwater barrels, food forest surrounding the home.

Thrive movie (also on YouTube or at least it was for a while)
Plans can be ordered through DreamGreenHomes.com (The Torus Design should be posted there shortly.)

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Three Roundhouses Design (click to enlarge)

Three Roundhouses Design (click to enlarge)


This plan illustrates what I think is the simplest, easiest way to build an earthbag home: build in stages, one roundhouse at a time so you can pay with cash and move in right away. It’s far easier to start small and add on later than jump right into building a large home that could take months or even years. I’ve talked about this a lot on our blog, but this is my first plan designed specifically for building in stages. This is becoming one of my favorites. What do you think?

The Three Roundhouses design combines:
Hobbit House (starter house in this design): 471 sq. ft. interior, optional 471 sq. ft. loft, one bedroom, one bath, Footprint: 27′-6″ diameter
Roundhouse Studio (master bedroom in this design): 177 sq. ft. interior, fold-out bed, 1 bath, Footprint: 18′ diameter, plus buttress
33’ (10m) Roundhouse: 855 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 36′ diameter
Total living space: 1,503 sq. ft. interior

Three Roundhouses Design (click to enlarge)

Three Roundhouses Design (click to enlarge)


Related:
The Most Bang for the Buck? Part 1
What’s the Easiest Shape to Build?

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Hobbit House (click to enlarge)

Hobbit House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 24′-6″ diameter with 471 sq. ft. interior, 471 sq. ft. loft, total 942 sq. ft. interior, one bedroom, one bath, Footprint: 27′-6″ x 27-6″

Description: Many people dream of a simpler life, free of the cares of this world. They want a home that is easy to build and maintain, small yet adequate in size, with everything they need to live comfortably with their small friends. This one and a half story home is designed for you. Features include drop-down stairs that lead to a spacious loft, wood stove heating, and modern kitchen with pantry space for Hobbit food. The undulating thatch roof or living roof is created by varying the knee wall height above the bond beam. (Another earthbag first.)

Hobbit House (click to enlarge)

Hobbit House (click to enlarge)


Hobbit House with wood shingles (click to enlarge)

Hobbit House with wood shingles (click to enlarge)


This alternate version uses a double pole roof to provide ample space for roof insulation. Inner and outer roof poles are bolted to steel compression rings like in my earthbag roundhouse. Wood shingles are practical and well suited for this curved roof design. Loft height in the center is 8′.
Hobbit House with Grain Bin Roof (click to enlarge)

Hobbit House with Grain Bin Roof (click to enlarge)


Another good option is a grain bin roof. Good quality grain bin roofs are typically maintenance free for decades. Good choice for windy areas and hail zones. They are especially practical for those who live in agricultural areas and can buy the roofs separately from local grain bin suppliers. Hoist the roof in place with a crane, bolt in place and you’re finished.

Plans are available through Dream Green Homes. Just ask if the plan you want isn’t posted yet.

Hobbit House with haystack roof (click to enlarge)

Hobbit House with haystack roof (click to enlarge)


More info about this haystack roof on our Earthbag Building Blog.
Hobbit House with 2nd story Open-air Deck (click to enlarge)

Hobbit House with 2nd story Open-air Deck (click to enlarge)


Here’s another version of the Hobbit House showing an open-air second story deck and rectangular windows. The deck adds another 471 square feet of living space at very little extra cost. This design is perfect for hot climates where breezes make a big difference in comfort. The deck can be accessed by stairs or a ladder.

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Roundhouse with Siberian Chum Roof (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse with Siberian Chum Roof (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 16′ interior diameter with 201 sq. ft. interior, sleeping loft, half bath, Footprint: 19′ x 19′

Description: Here’s a compact design ideal for extremely cold climates. The basic concept comes from the Siberian Chum (tent). There are two chum roofs or conical shaped roofs made of poles with insulation between. Virtually all materials are made from small diameter wood poles, which are often abundant in northern forests – roof poles, bond beam, lintels, loft joists, wood shakes and woodchip insulation. Tilt-down stairs lead to a sleeping loft. Only a very small wood stove is needed for heating. It would be quite easy to build debt-free by gradually adding extra roundhouses as time and resources allow. A small cluster of these roundhouses would be real cozy.

Roundhouse with Siberian Chum Roof (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse with Siberian Chum Roof (click to enlarge)

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Roundhouse with Yurt (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse with Yurt (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 20′ diameter yurt with 314 sq. ft. interior, 20′ diameter roundhouse with 227 sq. ft. interior, total = 541 sq. ft. interior, Footprint: 20′ x 20′ plus deck

Description: This is an interesting design with numerous benefits. The roundhouse provides low cost space and a stable base for the yurt. The elevated yurt captures the views and breezes, and eliminates the need for building a roof (which is often an issue for those lacking carpentry experience). The deck adds extended living space and protects lower walls.

Note: this open plan can be arranged to your specifications.

Options:
Insulated earthbag foundation
Insulated yurts using earthbags

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Roundhouse Studio (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse Studio (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 177 sq. ft. interior, fold-out bed, 1 bath, Footprint: 18′ diameter, plus buttress

Description: Perfect for home offices and studios of all kinds, and also as a tiny house. Ideal beginner’s project. This studio is one of the simplest, most practical of my designs. Multiple units can be connected if you want to add on later or they can be built as free standing structures in clusters pavilion style. Numerous roof options available.

Roundhouse Studio (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse Studio (click to enlarge)

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Roundhouse/Dome Cluster (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse/Dome Cluster (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,330 sq. ft. interior including lofts in the roundhouse and both large domes, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 31′ x 70′

Description: Readers have shown a strong interest in my domes and roundhouses, so I decided to cluster them to create a new unique design for larger families. There is a 2-story roundhouse in the center with domes on the east and west. There are a lot of things to like about this design: possible third bedroom, game room or home office in the roundhouse loft, 2 baths, separated bedrooms, large walk-in closets, dining area next to the windows, and lots of south-facing doors and windows. Note the larger master bath with laundry.

Update: A new easier to build version is available with vertical walls and shed roofs on the walk-in closets and master bath.

Roundhouse/Dome Cluster (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse/Dome Cluster (click to enlarge)

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Roundhouse Cluster (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse Cluster (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,414 sq. ft. interior including lofts, 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Center roundhouse is 24′ interior diameter. Bedroom roundhouses are 16′ interior diameter. Footprint: 31′ x 65′

Description: Readers have shown a strong interest in my domes and roundhouses, so I decided to cluster them to create a new unique design for larger families. This version has three two-story roundhouses. There are a lot of things to like about this design: possible third bedroom, game room or home office in the main roundhouse loft, 2 baths, separated bedrooms, large walk-in closets, dining area next to the windows, and lots of south-facing doors and windows.

Roundhouse Cluster (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse Cluster (click to enlarge)

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1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 855 sq. ft. interior plus 91 sq. ft. loft, 2 bedroom, 1 bath with laundry, Footprint: 36′ diameter

Description: 10 meters (33’) diameter is the maximum size of a round earthbag structure before needing buttressing. This design features two large bedrooms with spacious closets, efficient kitchen and loft for home office or 3rd bedroom. The inner circular wall is built of recycled brick for strength and rustic effect. The loft has a 3′ circular skylight and a knee wall with view to main living space on first floor.

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

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33' (10m) Roundhouse: One Bedroom (click to enlarge)

33' (10m) Roundhouse: One Bedroom (click to enlarge)

Specifications: 855 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 36′ diameter

Description: 33’ (10 meters) interior diameter is the maximum size of a round earthbag structure before needing buttressing. This spacious design features a large kitchen and south-facing window wall for excellent solar gain.

33' (10m) Roundhouse: One Bedroom (click to enlarge)

33' (10m) Roundhouse: One Bedroom (click to enlarge)


33' Roundhouse with Open-air Deck (click to enlarge)

33' Roundhouse with Open-air Deck (click to enlarge)

AutoCAD generated drawings of this plan are now available at no extra cost through Dream Green Homes.

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