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Narrow Lot House

Narrow Lot House

Specifications: 435 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 18′ exterior width, Footprint: 18′ x 32′

Description: Designed to fit narrow lots, this house has a compact yet efficient layout. Note: this plan is now listed in the free shelter category.

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Oval Shop/Backyard Office

Oval Shop/Backyard Office

Specifications: 98 sq. ft. interior, Footprint: 11′ x 15′ as shown, but other sizes are possible

Description: Among other things, this oval earthbag structure can be used as a shop or office. As shown (1/2 floorplan), it is intended for sales of fruit drinks, sandwiches, etc. There is a door at each end and two 4′ pass-through counters to serve customers. The roof is rounded on the ends like the Polynesian Earthbag House. Note: this plan is now listed in the free shelter category.

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Earthbag Shed

Earthbag Shed

Specifications: any size desired. Send me your dimensions and I’ll give you a bid.

Description: Very simple design, but also very strong, practical and easy to build. Good beginners project. Includes shed roof with metal roofing, earthbag foundation and walls, no limit on design possibilities with earth plaster. Note: this plan is now listed in the free shelter category.

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Transitional Earthbag Shelter

Transitional Earthbag Shelter

Specifications: 200 sq. ft. interior plus 520 sq. ft. covered porch, 30′ x 40′ earth plinth

Description: This is my proposal for the Shelter Coordination Group Cyclone Sidr to help Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and other low-lying countries who experience frequent hurricanes. The design is based on their research, but I have added my ideas using earthbag construction for the walls of the core house. The main idea is to enable people to rebuild in stages after a hurricane. Using earthbags lowers construction costs and provides superior protection against hurricanes, rain, heat, fire, noise, bullets and flooding.

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Rainbow Cottage

Rainbow Cottage (partial section view)

Specifications: 273 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 16′ x 30′

Description: This design uses the same floorplan as Earthbag Vaulted Guesthouse. The main difference is the upper part of the vault is constructed with alternating arched layers of bamboo and bags of insulation (rice hulls, etc.). There are round stained glass windows, and colored bottles embedded in the end walls. Interior walls of earth plaster contain mica to reflect the light, thus the name Rainbow Cottage. Note: this plan is now listed in the free shelter category.

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Earthbag Hermitage

Earthbag Hermitage

Specifications: 160 sq. ft. interior plus 144 sq. ft. outdoor living area, Footprint: 20′ x 22′

Description: This spiritual retreat offers a quiet, contemplative environment behind massive earth walls. Note: this plan is now listed in the free shelter category.

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Affordable Earthbag Housing Project

Affordable Earthbag Housing Project

Specifications: 120 sq. ft. interior plus 180 sq. ft. veranda, Footprint: 15′ x 22′

Description: What would housing look like for the 1.2 billion in need of affordable shelter? Probably something like this. Built with predominantly local and salvaged materials, family labor and community volunteers, the cost would be extremely low. The verandah provides outdoor cooking and socializing space under a protective roof. Houses could be expanded as time and resources allow.

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