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Spiral 2 Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Spiral 2 Earthbag House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 740 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 31′ x 40′ plus buttresses and covered porch

Description: Spiral 2 is a variation of my first spiral house — Spiral Earthbag House. This unique, almost Hobbit-like earth-sheltered spiral design includes a large grow bed, exposed timber ceiling and living roof. Ample light is provided by the window wall next to the grow bed, window and door glazing, and suntubes. Distinguishing features include two bedrooms, masonry two-way fireplace, covered porch and cool pantry for storage of food (no electricity required for refrigeration). An alternate roof plan is available for building with TJIs where wood poles are not available. There’s even a door planned in for future expansion. This home meets zero energy standards, and is now one of my favorite.

Spiral 2 Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Spiral 2 Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

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Office (click to enlarge)

Office (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 199 sq. ft. interior, Footprint: 13′ x 23′

Description: Here’s a perfect design for your backyard office or studio. Building codes vary from region to region, but this design may not need a building permit because it falls below the minimum floor space requirement of 200 sq. ft.

Office (click to enlarge)

Office (click to enlarge)

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Beach House (click to enlarge)

Beach House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 525 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom (plus fold-out bed), 1 bath, Footprint: 24′ x 27′ plus porches

Description: Features include a deck and large window wall that faces the waterfront, and screened porch in the rear. Designed to weather hurricanes and other extremes of ocean-front property — a perfect application for earthbags, which far surpass most other building materials in terms of hurricane resistance. This design also includes an optional cistern under the house for storage of roofwater.

Beach House (click to enlarge)

Beach House (click to enlarge)

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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.

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Cottage (click to enlarge)

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Earthbag Tower House (click to enlarge)

Earthbag Tower House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 346 sq. ft. interior first floor, 227 sq. ft. upper floor, 133 sq. ft. observation deck, total 705 interior sq. ft., Footprint: 24′ diameter

Description: This intriguing tower house slopes from 21 feet interior diameter at ground level to 13 feet diameter at the upper deck. Perfect for environments with high winds and good views.

Earthbag Tower House (click to enlarge)

Earthbag Tower House (click to enlarge)


Earthbag Tower House Loft

Earthbag Tower House Loft

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Chalet (click to enlarge)

Chalet (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 672 sq. ft. interior plus 135 sq. ft. upper floor, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 31′

Description: Designed for the mountains, this vacation home has a large window wall and deck facing the mountain view. Vaulted ceilings add a spacious feeling. The master bedroom is on the upper floor.

Chalet (click to enlarge)

Chalet (click to enlarge)


Chalet Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

Chalet Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

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Fourplex (click to enlarge)

Fourplex (click to enlarge)


Specifications: Four units, each 462 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 48’x48′ plus 8′ wrap-around porches

Description: This potential investment property features numerous sustainable building features, including earthbag walls, superinsulation package, and compact and efficient design.

Fourplex (click to enlarge)

Fourplex (click to enlarge)

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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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Earthworm Studio (click to enlarge)

Earthworm Studio (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 662 sq. ft. interior including bedroom loft, 1 bath, Footprint: 18.5′ x 39′

Description: This house was custom designed for a client who wanted total concealment by building into a hillside and using living roof and living walls. They also requested minimal environment impact and lowest possible cost off-grid design.

Earthworm Studio (click to enlarge)

Earthworm Studio (click to enlarge)

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