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Earthbag Saltbox 2

Earthbag Saltbox 2

Earthbag Saltbox 2 Upper Floor

Earthbag Saltbox 2 Upper Floor

Specifications: 726 sq. ft. interior first floor, 462 sq. ft. upper floor, 99 sq. ft. optional bedroom for a total of 1,287 sq. ft. interior main house, plus 127 sq. ft. greenhouse, 2 bedroom (plus one optional bedroom), 2 bath, Footprint: 34′ x 38′ including greenhouse

Description: Originally designed as a strawbale house, there are some extra framed walls not needed with earthbag walls. I’m showing it here as is to solicit your opinions. This really is a nice home. It features a classic saltbox shape, passive solar design, solar water heater, greenhouse, large living areas, spacious master bedroom, wood stove and modern kitchen with pantry.

Earthbag Saltbox 2 West Elevation

Earthbag Saltbox 2 West Elevation

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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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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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Earthbag Studio Apartment

Earthbag Studio Apartment

Specifications: 264 sq. ft. interior, fold-out bed, 1 bath, Footprint: 14′ x 26′

Description: This extremely efficient earthbag apartment utilizes all natural building materials and reduces energy costs. Building multi-unit structures reduces the number of walls required. They can be joined side-to-side and back-to-back. I used 24″ bags for this design for multi-story construction. Note: this plan is now listed in the free shelter category.

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Earthbag Shophouse

Earthbag Shophouse

Specifications: 624 sq. ft. interior (58 sq. meters), 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 13′ x 40′

Description: This traditional shophouse is common throughout parts of the world, especially Asia. Shop owners (or employees) live in the rear of the shop. This eliminates commutes and saves on housing costs. A steel retractable door provides security at night. Note: this plan is now listed in the free shelter category.

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