Puerto Vallarta Model Home — 11 Comments

  1. This was his reply to my email yesterday:

    “We are in the process of building a model home, all the work has been done by the poor who work in the dump here in Puerto Vallarta. The project started about a year ago, then the owner of the property became involved in a land dispute. That problem has been resolved and we are now planning to finish the model home by August. We have obtained occupancy permits for 22 families that we plan to build homes for over the next year. We will have the people at the dump help build their own homes with volunteers from Puerto Vallarta, the United States and Canada. I would be very interested in your assistance and look forward to discussing the program with you. I am from Washington State and don’t speak Spanish, but my wife Maria is from Puerto Vallarta and I have a full time interpreter from 10am till 6pm. You can see some of what we are doing on our website . Our long range goal is to build these style homes for the Middle Class in Mexico, giving jobs to our people from the dump community. You may reach me on my cell phone at 044-322-135-0500. Have a Blessed Day. Mike Parker”

    Thank you for all your help and the wonderful site Mr. Geiger. I truly hope to learn more from you guys!


    Antonio Found
    Aterh₂sol, SA. De CV. Founding Leader

    • He probably won’t see your comment. I suggest contacting them directly. And maybe while you’re at it, maybe ask for a quick update on their project. Have they built more earthbag houses?

  2. inches month
    0.7 Jan
    1.77 Feb
    0.25 Mar
    0.03 Apr
    0.03 May
    0.11 Jun
    2.61 Jul
    6.15 Aug
    5.64 Sep
    4.22 Oct
    1.4 Nov
    0.28 Dec
    23.19 Total

    The rainy season runs from June through Mid-October, with virtually no precipication the rest of the year. Even in rainy season, the rain normally falls in short bursts, most often at night, with most days being hot and dry. Tours and fishing trips are seldom affected by the weather in Puerto Vallarta, it’s very rare.

  3. I love this plan. Mike Parker obviously knows and cares about conditions and needs there, and Kelly’s work onsite has resulted in tremendously better ideas than long distance guesses at what might work.
    The planting beds can also serve to grow food in crowded areas where the ground is usually trampled.
    And for places with little space or too high groundwater for latrines, some of these beds can serve for the compost generated from night soil, or a composting toilet. Keep the human waste in sealed drums for 6 months, then start to fill a planter. Reserve the human waste planters for vines and bush fruit and small trees.
    Or if there’s no space for latrines, use the peepoo bags, which neutralize waste and are ready to grow after only a month and a half in a sealed drum. Added rice hulls or other agricultural waste could lighten the soil and top it off.
    My only suggestion is could sand bags with gaps between bags form the front wall of the planting beds? They wouldn’t be damaged by dampness in the bed and could allow some drainage. Sand bags might form a good 24- 30 ” height base for the buttresses without needing any cement to stabilize them also.

    • I wonder how much it rains there. Maybe they get some heavy rains off the ocean and additional drainage would be required at times.

      I like the security aspect of having the food growing right next to the house to prevent theft. The beds make a perfect kitchen garden.

  4. This design looks very strong and livable to me. The only other comment concerns the vertical rebar pins in the top courses. I prefer to align them with the horizontal rebar. This is done by alternating the vertical pins from side to side. Tie the horizontal steel to the vertical pins so it’s raised about 1-1/2″=2″ above the earthbags.

  5. Your information is great. Is there a reason you are not promoting yourself on Facebook or Twitter. I have alot of people that are interested in your site I posted your info on my blog. And will share yours on my network.
    Thank You.

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