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Owen Geiger Guide to How to Build an Earthbag Dome

We built this earthbag dome at our home in Thailand for Mother Earth News Magazine in 2007. The article that describes the complete building process in detail was published August/September 2009. It is now free on the Internet: Low-Cost Multipurpose Minibuilding Made With Earthbags.” - Owen Geiger via Instructables

Read the complete How to Build an Earthbag Dome article.

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Rob, Leave it in the past and quit thinking so much.

Rob on his Hobbit House (adobe/ earthbag/ earthship house) which he designed and built with a team of volunteers for $500.

Rob, dejarlo en el pasado y dejar de pensar tanto.

Rob en su ‘Hobbit House’ (adobe / casa earthship) que diseño y construyo con un equipo de voluntarios por $500.

Timelapse of construction-

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Stunning Tiny Earthen Domes at Solscape

These beautiful natural buildings are each less than 10 square meters, and sit overlooking the ocean, amongst the beautiful hills of Raglan, New Zealand.” - Living Big In A Tiny House

Read and see more about these Stunning Tiny Earth House Domes of Solscape at Living Big In A Tiny House. Follow Living Big in a Tiny House on Facebook and Twitter. Photo by Living Big In A Tiny House.

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There is a way out from the work-spend-rent-mortgage-die treadmill.  Other than living in a tent in the woods or seeking one’s vagabond fortune in the wide world—not that these don’t have their appeal—there is a way out:

Earthbag building.  (Earth materials building or earth architecture are the more general categorical descriptions.)

Earthbag building is the radical factor in the work and life equation.  It’s the removal of the whip of involuntary work to which 99% of us must submit in order to keep dry and warm.  It’s the fundamental power shift between employee and boss that suddenly places control of your life and time into the only hands it deserves to be in—your own.

Hyperbole, you’re thinking.

Hardly.  A growing number of people are building their own earthbag homes for material costs of typically under $10,000,  $5000, or sometimes as low as $500 without amenities, but with all you really need for right now.

What do you need?  Bags, basic supplies (barbed wire, e.g.), the right combination of earth (dirt, sand, etc.), basic tools, 6-12 months, two or more determined workers, a plot of land, and the essential knowledge base from a book like the excellent Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques, by Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer.

What would it mean to you if your reason for working were not primarily driven by the need to endlessly shuttle money into someone else’s hands to pay for your shelter?

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Bouncing Ideas...

Hello All, I am new to this forum. I feel overwhelmed with good info at the moment. Needless to say this is right up my alley.

Im trying to formulate a plan for a sm. earthbag home (800 sq ft) I get the basic concept and feel certain I could figure out how to build it. Just not sure how I want to get there. Id like to bounce a few ideas off your heads. First off I should lay out what I do know I want (I think) This will be my retirement home. A small ,neat,rectangular home built with dirtbags. Ok first bounce, Concrete floors vs conventional joist flooring? I didnt include earthen floors as thats not going to float with the wife. Im leaning to the joists as we will be growing old there .A joists floor will be easier on us , not to mention easier on the hips if we should fall. I do like the was a stained concrete floor looks. Idea 2, Vaulted ceiling and loft or 8 ft flat ceilings? The loft and vaults ceiling would be great to make a small house feel bigger and give some extra heated space. The down side is the heat issue. Being as we are cold natured It just seems natural to stay with a flat ceiling . Cost of heating would be better as well

As for a heat source,I like the idea of a RMH but did like the idea of it taking up limited space or having a hard bench to sit on. I came across a Russian heater on this forum. I love it. I could stack my mass up rather than laying it out. I dont know much in regards to the pros and cons to either. Im sure either would work well.

These are my concerns at the moment. I just want to have a well thought out plan . That will equate to a simple,efficient and happy home. Thank you all for your advice