Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘sand bag’

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

Read Full Post »

Roundhouse/Dome Cluster (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse/Dome Cluster (click to enlarge)


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. Note the larger master bath with laundry.

Update: A new easier to build version is available with vertical walls and shed roofs on the walk-in closets and master bath.

Roundhouse/Dome Cluster (click to enlarge)

Roundhouse/Dome Cluster (click to enlarge)

Read Full Post »

Enviro Earthbag Dome 2 (click to enlarge)

Enviro Earthbag Dome 2 (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 20’ interior DIA main dome = 314 sq. ft., 16’ interior DIA bedroom = 201 sq. ft., 44 sq. ft. bath, plus 223 sq. ft. loft space, plus second dome and loft and closet for total = 1,164 sq. ft., Footprint: 23′ x 42′ plus buttresses

Description: This plan is the two bedroom version of Enviro Dome. It is the same plan except there is a second bedroom dome and closet added on the right.

Compact, but highly livable, the Enviro Dome 2 has everything you need. Three lofts add 371 sq. ft. extra space for sleeping, home office, living or storage. Additional storage options include space inside benches, a cedar chest at the foot of the bed, and an armoire north of the bed. A larger optional dome behind the master bedroom could include a walk-in closet, larger bath and laundry. Both Enviro Domes are perfect for the beginner do-it-yourselfer who wants to build their eco-friendly home at the lowest possible cost.

Enviro Earthbag Dome 2 (click to enlarge)

Enviro Earthbag Dome 2 (click to enlarge)

Read Full Post »

Farm Guesthouse (click to enlarge)

Farm Guesthouse (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 355 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 23′ x 27′ plus pergola

Description: Provide housing for your guests in style. This guesthouse is compact, yet highly efficient and comfortable. Features include a generous kitchen, country style kitchen table and large covered patio with built-in bench. A vine covered pergola dresses up the south side of the house and helps keep it cool. The house is elevated to capture the breezes and prevent flooding. It could be built on grade, of course.

Farm Guesthouse (click to enlarge)

Farm Guesthouse (click to enlarge)

Read Full Post »

Spiral Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Spiral Earthbag House (click to enlarge)


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

Description: 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, windows, skylight and suntubes.

Spiral Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Spiral Earthbag House (click to enlarge)

Read Full Post »

We’re very happy to announce what is perhaps the greatest news ever for earthbag building. Nabil Taha, Ph.D., P.E., has developed an earthbag building design to meet building codes. This is a huge step forward for earthbag building and we feel very honored to have Nabil’s support.

Nabil Taha is the President of Precision Structural Engineering, Inc. (PSE) and is licensed in 27 states. PSE is a leader in green engineering and green design, offering services for a wide range of building systems, including earthbag, strawbale, bamboo and rammed earth. See the PSE Earthbag webpage for more information.

More details about this will be on our Earthbag Building Blog.

Read Full Post »

Beachcomber (click to enlarge)

Beachcomber (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,352 sq. ft. interior, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 41′ x 47′

Description: Perfect for most large families, this house has everything you need — spacious bedrooms with computer desks, large modern kitchen and wood stove. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and private bath, and is opposite from other bedrooms for privacy. The mechanical room has space for radiant floor heat, photovoltaic controls and a 2nd water heater for solar water heating.

Beachcomber (click to enlarge)

Beachcomber (click to enlarge)

Read Full Post »

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 855 sq. ft. interior plus 91 sq. ft. loft, 2 bedroom, 1 bath with laundry, Footprint: 36′ diameter

Description: 10 meters (33’) diameter is the maximum size of a round earthbag structure before needing buttressing. This design features two large bedrooms with spacious closets, efficient kitchen and loft for home office or 3rd bedroom. The inner circular wall is built of recycled brick for strength and rustic effect. The loft has a 3′ circular skylight and a knee wall with view to main living space on first floor.

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

1.5 Story 33' (10 meter) Roundhouse (click to enlarge)

Read Full Post »

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

Read Full Post »

Double Wide Farmhouse (click to enlarge)

Double Wide Farmhouse (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 792 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 25′ x 39′

Description: I grew up in Iowa and Nebraska where this style of architecture is prevalent. Classic style farmhouses are extremely practical. This particular design is a variation of my Double Wide. Changes include 10.5′ high walls on the north half, shed roof on the south half, loft over the bath and master bedroom, single framed wall down the center, and a few other minor changes to doors and windows. This is a good design for building in stages, including adding additions later.

Double Wide Farmhouse (click to enlarge)

Double Wide Farmhouse (click to enlarge)

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »