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  2. My suggestion for building house components in stages like Owen suggests is to completely frame the future door or window as if it were going in right away, and then before the plaster if applied, fill that opening with earthbags temporarily. That way it is easy to remove the bags when the time comes for the addition without worrying about the messy proposition of cutting through a bag wall.

    Another observation about Owen’s design is that, in my experience, a truly functional greenhouse really needs to have glazing from above as well as from one side. Especially for year round use, this is essential.

  3. Serendipity. My wife and I were just talking about a similar design and build plan… start with a main ‘house’ then spawn others as time and money allow.

    We look forward to working with you.

    • It causes some extra work, but it’s mostly standard carpentry. People build additions all the time onto the side of existing houses. The added trouble would be far preferable than paying tons of money toward a mortgage. As far as the earthbags, you can use rebar pounded in at an angle to join the walls.

      Note on the greenhouse roof: Use short trusses at 2′ on center, and frame in the ends that join the roundhouse roofs. Use string-lines and fit one board at a time. It’s not complicated, just a bit time consuming.

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