Building Our Earthship-Inspired Earthbag House
Getting Er Done(ish)That first Winter and into the next spring, the structure was mostly open. This was helpful to let everything dry out. When first built, earthbag homes are a moist place. In wet environments, it probably takes a couple of years for the walls to dry completely. Allowing it to at least mostly dry before closing it in can be a good idea. I would assume that in desert areas the drying time is much shorter. By the end of 2017 we were able to move out of the converted school bus that we had been living in during the build and into the house. This was the second time that we had lived in something small while building our houses–the first time we stayed in the easy yurt that we had designed and built. It feels good to go from something quite cramped to something more spacious. Even a tiny house can feel pretty big in comparison!
Over the following years we got more and more done inside the house. We added hardwood floors, tongue-in-groove ceilings, a metal roof (our original one was an attempt at a living roof–that’s a story in itself!), and more. This year we finally got around to building a bottle wall we’ve been planing from the beginning and it has come out beautifully! Mary Jane is our bottle wall star and it’s a technique we love for it’s beauty and simplicity.
A house is kind of a living, breathing thing. It grows and changes with the needs and desires of it’s inhabitants. Overall, I’m very happy with our progress and have found it to be an extremely comfortable place to live. Thanks for reading!
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HI Guys, I like you website….. I’ve helped a few people build straw bale houses and finally are building myself. I was wondering if you had done any earth roofs and have information on different approaches and ways of doing it….. Keep up the good work.
Cheers Sam and Katrina
Hello Sam. I attempted a living roof one time but it didn’t work out how I had hoped. There are experts who do it and good books on the subject as well, I would imagine. Good luck!
how to repair if one of the blue glass bottle break? thank you.
Hello Mark. Don’t break the bottles. 🙂 Actually, they are pretty resilient. You shouldn’t have any problems as long as you’re careful with them.