There are now two options for ordering my house plans:
Option 1: Dream Green Homes
This site only shows the most popular plans. You can email me or Kelly Hart at Dream Green Homes for a quote on the other plans not shown.
Option 2: You can also order plans through long-time friend Zafra Miriam. This method requires no shopping carts (you deal direct with a human versus a digital form). Zafra did the graphic design and page layouts for two of my ebooks, and helps sell them through direct downloads, so I’m confident in her abilities and reliability.
Payment options for house plans include PayPal, money order, and electronic transfer.
Email me if you have questions about the price, etc. naturalhousesAT gmail dotcom
For payment only, please write to Zafra at zaframiriam (at) gmail.com and she will get back to you promptly. Regardless of the payment method you choose, please make sure to include the email address where you want the house plans sent.
After payment is completed, I will send you the house plan files as email attachments.
My new email address is: naturalhousesAT gmail dotcom
Our main blog is now called Natural Building Blog and the new address is http://naturalbuildingblog.com/
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This cordwood house could be built with earthbags, straw bales or other sustainable materials. (click to enlarge)
: 776 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 30′ x 35′
Description: This simple yet practical home plan is shown with cordwood walls. The same house can be made with earthbags, straw bales, adobe, stone and other materials.
Cordwood house floorplan (click to enlarge)
Posted in Rectangular/Square | Tagged cordwood, cordwood house plan, cordwood plan, earthbag, earthbag house plan, earthbag plan, home design, home plan, two bedroom | 12 Comments »
This ecoresort design joins two earthbag roundhouses with private baths between. (click to enlarge)
: Two 16′ diameter roundhouses = 402 sq. ft. interior plus 80 sq. ft. baths, total 482 sq. ft. interior (241 per unit), 1 bed, 1 bath per unit, Footprint: 19′ x 49’
Description: This ecoresort design joins two earthbag roundhouses with private baths between. The roof extends over the porch to create a shaded area with benches for relaxing. Windows on all sides provide optimum ventilation and thermal comfort (15 degrees F or 8 degrees C cooler inside than out). Glass block and bottle walls add a splash of color and fun. Thatch could be used, although metal roofing is more durable and fire resistant, requires less maintenance and allows for roofwater collection. With just a little modification, the two units could be joined to create a home by enclosing the porch as a passageway, converting one bathroom into a laundry room, and deleting one kitchen.
Double Unit Ecoresort floorplan. (click to enlarge)
When something works exceeding well, it makes sense to pursue similar options. I’ve been saying for some time that earthbag roundhouses are the simplest, fastest, easiest, most practical way to build with earthbags. (Domes are great in some ways, but they have certain design limitations and are not the best choice for our hot, rainy climate. Square and rectangular designs have some benefits, but tend to be a bit boring, especially for an ecoresort, and long straight walls require additional support.)
That’s one reason I’ve created designs such as Two Roundhouses with Greenhouse, Three Roundhouses Design, my Hobbit designs, as well as numerous other roundhouse designs at Earthbag House Plans. (You can easily browse all roundhouse plans by selecting ‘Round’ in the Category menu on the right side of the page.) Note — most people end up modifying these basic designs to meet their needs, which can easily be done for a modest fee.
Each step of construction is explained in this Earthbag Roundhouse Instructable.
All plans are available through Dream Green Homes. Not all plans are shown. Just ask if there’s something you don’t see.
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Custom Crow (click to enlarge)
1,064 sq. ft. interior plus 510 sq. ft. loft, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 31′ x 41′ plus porch
Description: One of my favorites, this design has a cathedral ceiling over the main living space, wood stove, passive solar design and large porch on the west to block the hot afternoon sun. There is a large loft over the bedrooms and bath. This new version has three bedrooms. The original Crow house design has two bedrooms.
Custom Crow floorplan (click to enlarge)
Posted in Over 1000 sq. ft., Rectangular/Square | Tagged 3 bedroom, earthbag, earthbag house, earthbag plan, energy efficient, green, green home, home plan, house plan, straw bale, straw bale house, straw bale plan, sustainable | 29 Comments »
Rainwater Towers Apartments 2 (click to enlarge)
Four 16′ interior diameter roundhouses and one 12’ interior bath, total 842 sq. ft. interior, two bedrooms, one bath, Footprint: 50′ x 50′
Description: This three-story, triple roundhouse tower apartment complex is designed to provide affordable housing in urban areas. The towers are primarily earthen construction. Made with earthbag tubes filled with earth and tamped solid, very few manufactured/processed materials are required. This greatly reduces construction costs. The apartment name comes from the fact rainwater is captured on the roof and stored in cisterns, which reduces demand on city water supplies. Each apartment is accessible by a spiral staircase in the front tower. Features include two spacious 201 sq. ft. bedrooms with large closets, modern kitchen and bath, pantry and comfortable living room. All rooms are round to create an embracing, inviting ambience. The round towers are naturally stable and form a visually striking exterior.
Rainwater Towers Apartments 2 floorplan (click to enlarge)
Over 130 designs at Earthbag House Plans
Rainwater Towers Apartments 1
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$300 Forest House (click to enlarge)
256 sq. ft. 16’x16’ one room house plus 4’ wrap-around porch, Footprint: 24′x24′
Description: Do you dream of having a small place in the woods that can be built practically for free? The Forest House with its striking pyramid roof is made almost entirely of natural products that are readily available in tropical forests – wood poles, bamboo and thatch. Recycled doors, cabinets, sink, composting toilet, solar shower and other materials, plus building on a hillside keep costs to a minimum. Consider leasing the land or work-trade agreement. Features include steeply pitched roof to shed rain, open ceiling to improve ventilation, built-in desk, retractable plank and metal barriers on each post to deter pests. Options include under-bed storage, mosquito bed net, split bamboo (shown) or bamboo matt, split bamboo or wood plank floors, rustic curved wood railings. Building permit not required. High speed Internet not included.
$300 Forest House floorplan (click to enlarge)
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Rainwater Towers Apartments (click to enlarge)
Three 16′ interior diameter roundhouses, total 660 sq. ft. interior, one bedroom, one bath, Footprint: 39′ x 43′
Description: This three-story, triple roundhouse tower apartment complex is designed to provide affordable housing in urban areas. The towers are primarily earthen construction. Made with earthbag tubes filled with earth and tamped solid, very few manufactured/processed materials are required. This greatly reduces construction costs. The apartment name comes from the fact rainwater is captured on the roof and directed to underground cisterns, which reduces demand on city water supplies. Each apartment is accessible by a spiral staircase in the front tower. Features include spacious 201 sq. ft. bedroom with large closet, modern kitchen and comfortable living room. All rooms are round to create an embracing, inviting ambience. The round towers are naturally stable and form a visually striking exterior.
Rainwater Towers Apartments floorplan (click to enlarge)
Posted in Over 1000 sq. ft., Round | Tagged earthbag, earthbag apartment, earthbag building, earthbag construction, earthbag roundhouse, earthbag tower, home design, home plan, house plan, roundhouse plan, tower plan | 18 Comments »