16-year-old Builds Tiny Home to Guarantee Mortgage-free Future

This is how to make a banker cry. It’s their worst nightmare. It’s also how to change the world, one step at a time. Read my comments below after this brief intro. “Austin Hay is still in high school, but he’s building his own house. It’s only 130 square feet, but it makes him a … Read more

Earthbag Builders

A big thanks to Luke for tipping me off on the Earthbag Builders group at Facebook. The focus of the group is primarily on earthbag, but there’s also related content such as this excellent video on converting shipping containers into low cost housing. I could watch videos like this all day long.

Social Networking for DIY Homebuilders

Developing a network of friends can be a big help for achieving your dream of home ownership. A quick search on Meetup.com for ‘earthbag’, just one of numerous social networking sites, turned up the following groups that may prove helpful. Texas Natural Builders “This group is for anyone interested in Natural Building. We explore and … Read more

Big Ideas that are Changing the World

Would you like to take an active roll in helping the world become a better place? Many people get overwhelmed with all the problems facing humanity and sort of give up or tune things out. But many others jump in and do what they can to turn things around before it’s too late. The ideas … Read more

The Maker Movement

Catherine Austin Fitts, the president of Solari, Inc. and publisher of The Solari Report, thinks the maker movement will have a major impact in rebuilding the world’s economy in a sustainable way that creates local jobs. Alternative building and appropriate technology are part of the maker movement. “The maker movement or maker subculture is a … Read more

Trailer Houses versus Earthbag Building

I’ve been writing about the problems with building codes for a while now. Just for the record, I’m not 100% against codes. Limited codes can be beneficial, but the current situation is way over the top. This fact is well illustrated by comparing trailer houses (also called mobile homes) to buildings made of earthbags. A … Read more