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Native Spirit (click to enlarge)

Native Spirit (click to enlarge)


Native Spirit (click to enlarge)

Native Spirit (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 565 sq. ft. interior, plus 291 sq. ft. tower (4 levels), 1 bedroom (fold-out bed), 1 bath, Footprint: 35′ x 45′

Description: This is my favorite design so far. I think it’s especially nice in elevation. The tower is built with earthbags since there’s no roof overhang. Scoria-filled earthbags would be an excellent choice, because scoria is lightweight, rot proof, insulating and easy to work with.

Native Spirit (click to enlarge)

Native Spirit (click to enlarge)

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Strawbale/Earthbag Vault and Greenhouse

Strawbale/Earthbag Vault and Greenhouse

Specifications: 490 sq. ft. interior plus 313 sq. ft. greenhouse, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 27.5′ x 39′

Description: This very unique home masterfully blends insulation and thermal mass. The vault is predominantly straw bales, which provide excellent insulation. Earthbags are used on the end walls, greenhouse and for three vaults that join the two spaces. Naturally bowed timbers around doors and windows create a rustic look.

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Earthbag/Strawbale Hybrid Cottage

Earthbag/Strawbale Hybrid Cottage

Specifications: 444 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 22′ x 42′

Description: This unique cottage combines the best features of straw bales and earthbags. The north wall uses 24″ earthbags to support earth berming. Remainder of lower walls also use earthbags, all filled with scoria or other suitable insulation to create an insulated foundation. Bales start at 3 feet above floor height. An optional pantry can be built against the north wall.

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