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2-story Roundhouse Above Survival Shelter (click to enlarge)

2-story Roundhouse Above Survival Shelter (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 20’ DIA roundhouse, 314 sq. ft. interior first floor, 252 sq. ft. interior loft, 314 sq. ft. interior survival shelter plus pantry), 880 total square foot interior, Footprint: 23′ DIA, 23′ x 31′ survival shelter

Description: I consider this one of my most efficient and practical designs. It’s prudent to have a safe place to go to in case of emergencies, and what better place than your basement. Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and other natural disasters are all too common. While others panic and run for last minute preparations, you can calmly retreat to your basement (through a hidden trap door) that’s wisely stocked with everything you need to ride out the disaster.

More details on the Earthbag Survival Shelter that’s also sold separately.

2-story Roundhouse Above Survival Shelter (click to enlarge)

2-story Roundhouse Above Survival Shelter (click to enlarge)

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Earthbag Survival Shelter (click to enlarge)

Earthbag Survival Shelter (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 20’ DIA (314 sq. ft. interior plus pantry), Footprint: 23′ x 31′

Description: This round earthbag shelter for up to 4-5 individuals is designed for survival through disaster, plague, etc. It is low cost, durable and practical. This shelter is designed for DIYers on a tight budget who will do most everything by hand. Instructions include numerous key details not evident on the plan: venting, roof framing, how to reduce excavation by 50%, drainage, water supply, etc. I have not seen a better, more practical survival shelter plan.

Earthbag Survival Shelter

Earthbag Survival Shelter

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Specifications: 8′ diameter interior, 50 sq. ft. interior, Footprint: 11′ diameter plus buttress/retaining walls

Description:This dome was designed and built for Mother Earth News magazine, which is now available in print (August/September 2009) and online.

It was designed as a low-cost multipurpose farmstead structure that could be used as a rootcellar, storm shelter, garden shed, cool pantry or even chicken coop.

Mother Earth News Earthbag Dome Floorplan

Mother Earth News Earthbag Dome Floorplan

Mother Earth News Earthbag Dome

Mother Earth News Earthbag Dome

You Tube dome video showing the main steps of construction:

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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.

More information here.

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Subterranean Earthbag Survival Shelter

Subterranean Earthbag Survival Shelter

Specifications: 20’ DIA (314 sq. ft. interior plus pantry), Footprint: 23′ x 31′

Description: This round earthbag shelter for up to 4-5 individuals is designed for survival through war, plague, etc. It is low cost, durable and practical.

Note: this plan has been upgraded to computer renderings. This old post will remain for a while due to the comments section. https://earthbagplans.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/earthbag-survival-shelter/

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This Emergency Shelter design is the result of collaboration between Kelly Hart and Owen Geiger. We came up with this design in response to a plea from aid agencies operating in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake there. The challenge was to provide quick, safe, decent shelter with minimal tools and supplies to sustain life through the winter. Access to remote areas was extremely difficult, since many roads had been destroyed or blocked by landslides. Because of these and other difficulties, and the fact that winter would create a much more dire situation, fast easy-to-build temporary shelter seemed most appropriate.

Earthbag Emergency Shelter

Earthbag Emergency Shelter

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