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L-Shape (click to enlarge)

L-Shape (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 552 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 32′ x 32′

Description: The main characteristics of this house include efficient use of space, while offering basic necessities and a few extras like a wood stove, good-sized computer desk and excellent passive solar design.

L-Shape (click to enlarge)

L-Shape (click to enlarge)

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Cottage (click to enlarge)

Cottage (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 838 sq.ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 28′ x 41′

Description: Ideal for urban or rural areas, this cozy cottage is the right size for new families, or for retiring couples who want to downsize. Features include a laundry room with mop sink and closet, kitchen island with breakfast bar, built-in bookcases/entertainment center, wood stove, on-demand water heater and a pleasant dining nook. The finishing details can be modified to match a wide range of architectural styles.

Cottage (click to enlarge)

Cottage (click to enlarge)

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Tinyville Earthbag Domes

Tinyville Earthbag Domes

Specifications: 133 sq. ft. interior main dome, 38 sq. ft. loft, 78 sq. ft. small dome, plus 8 sq. ft. vault, 257 sq. ft. interior total, Footprint: 16′ x 29′ plus benches

Description: Like other tiny houses, Tinyville provides just the basics in a compact space. It is intended as a starter house for those with little or no building experience and very little money. This design joins a 13′ interior diameter main dome with loft and a 10′ interior diameter small dome, with a vaulted passageway.

Tinyville Earthbag Domes South Elevation

Tinyville Earthbag Domes South Elevation

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Earthbag Cluster Lodging

Earthbag Cluster Lodging

Specifications: 94 sq. ft. interior per unit, Footprint: 11′ x 13′

Description: These small shelters provide lodging for all types of sustainable communities, including ecovillages, training centers, youth camps, spiritual retreats, eco-resorts, and for refugee and natural disaster relief efforts. The curved shape adds interest and stability, while relatively straight end walls enable units to be joined for maximum efficiency. The design below shows two units joined together. Many other combinations are possible. Note: this plan is now listed in the free shelter category.

Earthbag Cluster Lodging (Double Units)

Earthbag Cluster Lodging (Double Units)

Earthbag Cluster Lodging (Double Units) South Elevation

Earthbag Cluster Lodging (Double Units) South Elevation

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Mediterranean Earthbag House

Mediterranean Earthbag House

Specifications: 832 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 41′

Description: This Mediterranean house has curved walls, a common plumbing wall, large closets and wood stove.

Mediterranean Earthbag House South Elevation

Mediterranean Earthbag House South Elevation

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Earthbag Roundhouse/Dome Cluster

Earthbag Roundhouse/Dome Cluster

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.

Click here for a larger image of floorplan.

I’m not sure when I’ll get around to drawing the exterior elevation view. But it’s easy to imagine since the design is similar to my other 2-story Roundhouse and Enviro Dome.

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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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