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Dirt Cheap Housing Advice — 8 Comments

  1. Are there any earthbag buildings / homes which look more conventional? There are many aspects that look nice, but the round, yurt like look really turns me off.
    Can you build a regular square shape house with this method?

  2. Hi,

    I have heard concerns of possible termite damage in earthbags. It has never been mentioned anywhere and I am seeking advice or just simply would like to hear some comments regarding this very important issue. I am living in a part of Philippines with a lot of termites and other ants, but I am very interested to use earthbags for our house here soon.

    Salamat, Pedro and Grace

    • This is an area that needs more study. My advice would be to explore these options: lime stabilized soil (should be 100% effective), add borate or waterglass to the soil mix (should work in most cases, but there’s no proof of this). Please make some sample bags and share your experiences with us through photos and text.

    • No, I don’t. I recommend reading through our earthbag sites and learning as much as you can. Almost everything you need is here for free. In rainy climates, I recommend using roofs. Unprotected domes are vulnerable to moisture damage.

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