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U-shaped House

U-shaped House (click to enlarge)

U-shaped House (click to enlarge)

Specifications: 990 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, Footprint: 31′ x 46′

Description: This pleasant home looks inward to an inviting flagstone courtyard with trees and plants. Spacious windows fill the home with light, while the earthen floors, earthen plaster and earthbags provide thermal mass to store excess heat, thus providing an even, comfortable inside temperature in moderate climates.

U-shaped House (click to enlarge)

U-shaped House (click to enlarge)

Chonburi

Chonburi (click to enlarge)

Chonburi (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 624 sq. ft. interior main floor, 624 sq. ft. upper floor, total 1,248 sq. ft. interior, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, Footprint: 27′ x 29′

Description: This sustainable home design is named after one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world – Chonburi, Thailand. Rich with old world charm and character, it has a tiled hip roof, covered entry with columns, arched doorways, large country-style kitchen, and all bedrooms upstairs for privacy. Master bedroom has private bath and love seat. Designed for hot climates, this plan can easily be modified for cold climates. Back doors on east and west sides make it easy to expand later. Optional cathedral ceiling in master bedroom.

Note: larger 3-4 bedroom version also available. 27′x42′ = 1,134 sq. ft. interior each floor for total 2,268 sq. ft., Footprint: 31′x45′

Chonburi main floor (click to enlarge)

Chonburi main floor (click to enlarge)


Chonburi upper floor (click to enlarge)

Chonburi upper floor (click to enlarge)

Native Spirit

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)

The original post generated over two dozen comments.

Barn-style House

Barn-style House (click to enlarge)

Barn-style House (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 1,260 sq. ft. interior plus 246 sq. ft. upper floor, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Footprint: 33′ x 46′

Description: Based on the popular barn-style, this design is easy to extend lengthwise in the future. Shown with rustic knotty pine or western cedar board and batten siding. The sunroom in the south-facing shed wing can be finished to client preferences. Possibilities include a larger dining area, grow space, rec room, home office or even an extra bedroom.

Barn-style House Main Floor (click to enlarge)

Barn-style House Main Floor (click to enlarge)


Barn-style House Upper Floor

Barn-style House Upper Floor

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment (click to enlarge)

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment (click to enlarge)


Specifications: 525 sq. ft. interior apartment, 715 sq. ft. interior garage, Footprint: 30′ x 34′

Description: This garage apartment is practical and affordable. It’s ideal for use as a rental unit or grandparent’s apartment. A two car garage, shop, storage area and optional laundry are on the first floor.

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment Main Floor (click to enlarge)

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment Main Floor (click to enlarge)


Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

Garage w/ 2nd Floor Apartment Upper Floor (click to enlarge)

Strawbale Shelter Plan

Strawbale Shelter Plan

Specifications: Phase 1=158 sq. ft., Phase 2=158 sq. ft, Phase 3=58 sq. ft, Phase 4=110 sq. ft. (all interior measurements). After Phase 4: 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 24.5′ x 38′

Description: This plan has evolved from the original one-room strawbale emergency shelters.

I use the one-room design to teach strawbale building basics at workshops, and they’ve proven to be a remarkably effective training experience. You can learn a lot in 1 or 2 hours. It’s been so effective that I thought I would expand on the concept and show how these strawbale shelters can be enlarged as time and resources allow. Each room can be built in 1-2 days (not including plaster work), depending on skill level and number of helpers. This simple yet effective system makes home ownership available to many millions in need of housing.

Welcome!

Hello and thanks for visiting my site.

A lot has happened in the past month, as you can see. There are now about two dozen house plans for your viewing pleasure, and more being planned.

This is a companion site to my Earthbag House Plans site and, as you’ll see, both websites have much in common. That’s because 18″ thick walls allow for both materials to be used, either separately or together. Earthbags are excellent for foundations, earth-bermed walls and for certain climates. Straw bales excel at ease of construction and energy efficiency. Both building systems are light years above conventional stick frame construction. So, if you want to see more strawbale house plans, please visit my Earthbag House Plans site. With only a few exceptions (domes and subterranean structures) those same plans can be built with bales.

I added a new page on Building Details to better explain my plans and ideas. (See the tab above.) Hope this helps. And be sure to also read the Introduction to learn how you can build these plans for around $10/sq. ft. (materials only) if you do the work yourself. All home plans use natural building materials such as straw bales, earthbags, earth plaster, earth floors, recycled materials and rice hulls to keep costs to a minimum.

Details like porches, decks, etc. have been deleted so drawings better fit the limited space on this blog.

Also note, the plans are in no particular order. Some of the best plans are buried on the last (first) pages. You may find it easiest to browse by Categories — Polygonal, Round houses, etc. — by using the menu in the right column.

This site is set up to gather your feedback. I look forward to hearing your comments!

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