“How to make an earthship from earthbags? A South African friend of mine asked me to design an earthbag house for him for his site in Portugal.
“It’s been ten years since we designed and built our house, so it seems appropriate to start an occasional series about it all. Building your own house has to be one of the most exhilarating and exciting things anyone can do in their lives. (It’s also expensive, exhausting and stressful too, but we wont go there for now…)
My new house plans book covers my most popular house designs. These houses are low-cost, DIY, sustainable house designs, many of which can be built for less than $10,000 if you use locally sourced materials such as earthbags, straw bales and recycled wood.
“Green home in Taos New Mexico, a look around the house and the area. Taos is known for innovative earth based building techniques and artistic lifestyles.”
Island style homes feature wide roof overhangs, lots of windows for cross ventilation and plentiful outdoor living space. These homes are prevalent throughout the Caribbean, Pacific Ocean and beyond. There are some wonderful coffee table books on island style/Pacific style homes, and they’re one of my favorite styles. You might want to take a look at some books the next time you’re in a good bookstore.
This natural building kitchen includes a barrel oven surrounded in cob to help hold the heat. Note the tiles embedded in the cob and other nice touches throughout the kitchen.