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Nearly all that money went on labour, the roof rafters and my beautiful juniper floorboards. I didn’t even know what a joist was when I started this project, so if I can do it, anyone can. You don’t need prior knowledge.
You can learn the skills. But you do need determination, and some decent friends won’t go amiss either. There was no power or running water on the land.
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Everyone says the same and it’s true. You can always add rooms later. Even a small structure can be exhausting. Mine was just a one room circle of radius 3m and I’m very glad I didn’t try anything bigger.
First layer of gravel-filled bags. Barbed-wire between each layer of bags. Please consider supporting the Mud Home on Patreon. Is earthbag for you? Because it’s not for everybody or every climate. If you don’t actually have any earth on your land then that means you’ll have to transport it in. Aside from the practical implications of that, it also detracts from the ecological benefits.
Earthbag is similar to cob, in that it uses a type of rammed earth. The difference is, the earth cures after the house is built. Many people have asked me, “Why use the bags? The bags combined with barbed wire give the house incredible strength compared with other types of eco-building. Takes longer to finish the interior than a cob house. Advantages over Strawbale Great for roundhouses. Disadvantages compared to Strawbale Soil has a poor insulation value compared with strawbale.
Earth takes longer to heat up, but stays hot for longer. If you’re in a seismic area like most of Turkey, then round is the way to go. Round is not only aesthetic and soothing to the spirit.
Circles are the strongest structures you can build.
Earthbag Building Guide: Vertical Walls Step-by-Step
Cars have been known to hit earthbag roundhouses buiding no more than plaster damage. Mine has survived four earthquakes over 6 and is in exactly the same condition it was when I built it. Corners If you’re dead-set on corners then you need to plan buttresses for them. Straight walls are weaker than round ones. You can also have a post and beam structure and ‘fill in the gaps’ with earthbags. It’s not as strong but building laws in some countries approve them that way. Plans I didn’t make a single drawing before I started and adjusted the design as I went along.
But there are some advantages to pre-planning, especially for shelves, alcoves, tables or seats for roundhouses, electric and water fittings etc. No one believed a gravel foundation system would work.
But if you live in an area that buildong a lot of rainfall nothing beats it. See Gravel Foundations for details. This house’s foundation system was documented in detail in builfing Natural Building Blog. Let me take you back to the beginning. A mountain with no power, no water, and no permanent shelter to bkilding of.
Something has to have gone wrong. The trouble all began with a dream, and in many ways it ended with one too. Only it was a dream I had never planned.
One I hadn’t expected at all.
It’s also hard work. Fat lintels are easier than arches. Adnan looking far too happy at the beginning of the window debacle. Joists laid on thick slats to prevent them sinking. Celal and I getting the plywood down. If at first you don’t succeed. Try to keep your walls straight easier said than done on a round house.
Use a plumb-line to check. First of all, take an earthbag and fold the corners in. The first bag in the circle needs to be nailed shut. The second bag is laid up against the first so that the two openings are facing each other.
Earthbag Building Guide: Vertical Walls Step-by-Step by Owen Geiger
The first bag holds the second shut. Keep laying bags until you finish a circle. When the circle is complete, take something heavy and flat and tamp the entire layer until the soil is nicely compacted and the bags snug. Tamping is key, it’s also damn hard work. My windows were a disaster from start to finish, which is why I didn’t put up photos.
One thing I can say is, however badly you mess up, there’s always a solution. Making molds is the best way to ensure your windows stay in shape. Bear in mind that as you tamp your bags, they are rammed up hard against frames, and will bend or warp them unless the frame is incredibly thick.
Molds can be made from scrap wood if buildkng lying about. The only trouble with the molds gdiger, they are devils to get out. You can also use straw-bales, barrels or drums, wagon wheels and tires. Inserting wooden anchors between layers of bags is a useful way of creating somewhere to bang your window frames in once the walls are finished. If your windows or door frames are not arched, you need nice fat lintels instead. This is definitely easier, but uses more timber.
For more information on windows and doors. I suggest the “Earthbag Buildint I f it’s a roundhouse then there are some nice options for roofs.
You could try a reciprocal roof. Or an earth living roof. We laid two fat 10x20cm beams across the roof and laid 5x15cm joists at 40cm intervals over them.
To prevent the ends of the joists sinking into the bags we laid them over wood slats 2x25x40cm 4. When you lay earthbags over these slats to fill in the gaps, the roof becomes mighty secure.
If you are really paranoid, or suffer tornadoes, you can tie or cinch the joists down as well. It took us just 6 weeks to get the entire house up. But over a year to plaster it!
Earth plasters are an acquired skill and you’ll need to practice a fair bit to get the mix right. Read all about guidr ins and outs of earthplaster HERE. Or simply sign up for my earth plaster mini course instead. That will set you off on the right foot. This is a brief guide to earthbag. If you’d like more details and more photos then sign up for the earthbag building PDF below. The Mud Home takes many hours a week to run, and costs a lot to sustain.
If you tuide this site useful or inspiring, please consider supporting it so that it can continue. Get the free PDF. Designing your Earthbag Home. Step 2 – Foundations No one believed a gravel foundation system would work.
Step 3 – Walls 1. Step 4 – Windows and Doors My windows were a disaster from start to finish, which is why I didn’t put up photos. Step 5 – The Roof I f it’s a roundhouse then there are some nice options for roofs. Step 6 – Plaster It took us just 6 weeks to get the entire house up. Many thanks to all those who’ve already become Mud Sustainers.