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Old 12-20-2015, 09:16 AM   #29
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Thanks for starting this thread Maggie - it's an interesting topic.

It reminds me of the homes Habitat for Humanity builds in other parts of the world. Depending on the region of the world a Habitat for Humanity home might be built with a simple lean-to roof and openings in the wall rather than what might be considered windows. The homes may be built on stilts or made with hand-made bricks or earth-filled bags depending on where the home is built.

Be sure to stop by and visit the Habitat for Humanity Global Village and Discovery Center in Americus, GA if you're ever in the area.

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It is an interesting topic, thank you, and fascinating how earth has been sheltering humans for many hundreds of years.

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Lots of great bits of information, whether one thinks you will use them or not.....never a bad thing to have info regarding living more simply and naturally, because one never knows when things could change.


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I had to scroll far through my instagram feed to find this



Before we settled on the Airstream, I was sketching ideas of building a tiny house using earth bags. And building it out in Idaho.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:19 AM   #32
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Idaho would be the perfect place for a house like that.


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Old 12-20-2015, 10:20 AM   #33
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It is an interesting topic, thank you, and fascinating how earth has been sheltering humans for many hundreds of years.

.......never a bad thing to have info regarding living more simply and naturally, because one never knows when things could change.


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We have root cellars in Louisiana. Slope the floor. Nowadays you can put a solar powered sump pump, air flow.. Anchor the floor to minimize/eliminate buoyancy.

I have helped build one. It can be done.

Our water table was about 16-24" below ground level. It came up when it rained a lot.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:56 AM   #34
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Before we settled on the Airstream, I was sketching ideas of building a tiny house using earth bags. And building it out in Idaho.
Looks a lot like the "Quietude" Mandala by Henry Yorke Mann, here in BC.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:57 AM   #35
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Adobe car

Here a car to go with the earth homes, the original Adobe, featured on SNL

The commercial is here but you have to sit through a commercial. It's not on Youtube for some reason. Anyhow, seemed appropriate.
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Looks a lot like the "Quietude" Mandala by Henry Yorke Mann, here in BC.
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HOLY COW! That is a lot how we envisioned it. We wanted a house that was centered around a seating area with lofts.
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There are some folks using "recycled" material. Old tires. Plastic bottles. Dillo dirt. Shipping containers... Or some SOBs, or old AS, filled with dirt, tires, etc... Of course you will need 16" wheels and Michelins... Hey, used Michelin tires inside!!!
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I think that once the mud sets and the wall is plastered, that the life expectancy of the bags does not matter a lot.

(I say this because I have seen abandoned adobe structures last for decades upon decades in the desert southwest.

In an arid climate, a mud structure will (as a rule) last for about as long as the roof is maintained.


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Oh,,,, aren't these really (or alternatively) dirtbag homes?


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