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Mountain Cottage (click to enlarge)

Mountain Cottage (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 638 sq. ft. interior plus 638 sq. ft. upper floor, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 25′ x 32′

Description: Excellent solar gain, superinsulated earthbag walls filled with insulation, and interior thermal mass make this home ideal for cold mountain climates.

Mountain Cottage Main (click to enlarge)

Mountain Cottage Main (click to enlarge)


Mountain Cottage Upper (click to enlarge)

Mountain Cottage Upper (click to enlarge)

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Summer Breeze (click to enlarge)

Summer Breeze (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,335 sq. ft. interior, 4 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 33′ x 48′

Description: This luxurious earthbag home is ideal for hot climates. The center section has extra windows on each end to allow breezes to flow through the house. Features include a large master bedroom with private bath access, laundry, breakfast bar, wood stove and built-in cabinets.

Summer Breeze (click to enlarge)

Summer Breeze (click to enlarge)

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Natural House (click to enlarge)

Natural House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 287 sq. ft. interior plus 287 sq. ft. loft, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 16′ x 30′

Description: Here’s a dirt-cheap energy-efficient design that’s simple to build. This is a good starter project. Features include a loft for sleeping and office space, and south-facing windows for excellent solar gain and daylighting. Earth berming and simple curves helps the Natural House blend into its environment.

Natural House (click to enlarge)

Natural House (click to enlarge)

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Craftsman (click to enlarge)

Craftsman (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 814 sq. ft. interior, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 25′ x 42′

Description: This plan has all the amenities of a larger home, in a compact space with Craftsman detailing. Stylish yet simple and practical.

Craftsman (click to enlarge)

Craftsman (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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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.

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Fourplex (click to enlarge)

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33' (10m) Roundhouse: One Bedroom (click to enlarge)

33' (10m) Roundhouse: One Bedroom (click to enlarge)

Specifications: 855 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 36′ diameter

Description: 33’ (10 meters) interior diameter is the maximum size of a round earthbag structure before needing buttressing. This spacious design features a large kitchen and south-facing window wall for excellent solar gain.

33' (10m) Roundhouse: One Bedroom (click to enlarge)

33' (10m) Roundhouse: One Bedroom (click to enlarge)


33' Roundhouse with Open-air Deck (click to enlarge)

33' Roundhouse with Open-air Deck (click to enlarge)

AutoCAD generated drawings of this plan are now available at no extra cost through Dream Green Homes.

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