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Build a cheap house 2

Earthbag Houses - page 2

Build a cheap house 2

Earthbag homes take very little skill to build.

They are also amazingly safe, surviving fires, snow storms and floods alike.

In fact, in 1991, Earthbag homes passed the Uniform Building Codes tests by an astounding 200%!

The earth filled bag fashioned walls also create an amazing thermal effect as they absorb heat throughout the day and release the heat into the structure during the night…energy efficient too!

Basic Construction of a Earthbag House

50 – 100 pound sand bags filled with sand and clay are stacked and held together by barbed wire level upon level.

Plaster is then applied to both the inside and outside of the structure, filling in the crevices for added strength.

Framing is brought in to the mix to form windows and doors throughout.

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Though building a Earthbag house is not for everyone, for the bold and off the beaten path people out there who want to live more than they work to live…this could very well be your saving grace.

Dirty, yes, some work, no doubt…but do Earthbag homes have my vote?  Yes, without a second thought!  Maybe getting our hands dirty to own our own…is well worth the muddy grime.  Besides, you can always take a nice bubble bath under the skylight of your own sweet home that’s all yours.

For step by step construction of a Earthbag House, click here

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Want some Earthbag House PLANS to work from?  Click here 


Need more guidance in building your own Earthbag structure? Click here for workshops to lead you through.



Though this may not be for everyone, for those that don’t mind taking a more creative out of the box approach to home sweet home, this is a wonderful and versatile option.

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” 
― Lao Tzu

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” 
― Elise Boulding

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