Man Builds Two Earth Dome Cabins For Under $10K Following Joe’s popular article on tiny houses ‘A Look Inside This Luxury 280 Square Foot Tiny House In Oregon’ here is another example of what can be done for those wishing to explore alternative means of sustainable living. The tiny house trend will most likely increase over the coming years as people seek to reduce expenditures, debt and carbon footprints. The move toward living a more simple and self-sufficient life is one that will provide opportunities for developing greater connections with nature and allow communities to re-group Earthbag building is a relatively inexpensive method of construction which can be built quickly and cost effectively. It uses natural materials (usually local), generally requiring sturdy sacks which are filled with inorganic material.
Monolithic Dome Home Floor Plans Many people are looking for beautiful Monolithic Dome home floor plans like The Stitt Residence pictured below. If you are one of these floor-plan-seeking people, I have included three links to some amazing Monolithic Dome home floor plans in this post: A wall of windows in the dining area provides light and a gorgeous view of the surroundings in this Monolithic Dome home that is three stories high with a diameter of 55 feet, built on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. “President’s Choice” Monolithic Dome Home Plans This link is for free Monolithic Dome home floor plans that the president of The Monolithic Dome Institute, David B.
5 Extraordinary DIY Eco Homes With the earth shifting so rapidly, we need to build housing that reflects our connections with the earth and with one another. There are so many different types of off grid, sustainable living houses that are incredibly cheap to create! Here are a few good ones: Earthships are probably the most popular type of self sustaining housing. The Duck ChaletTiny House Blog My husband, Jeff, and I wanted to share our latest summer side-project that is now for sale – the Duck Chalet! It stemmed from our love for small, intuitively designed, and cost effective dwellings. We are both green home designers and builders here in Northern New York, and lately we have been building smaller and smaller homes with higher energy efficiencies and more attention to the everyday feasibility of the living space to minimize wasted space and energy. A tiny house was right up our alley and the next eventual step in our progression. Ever since the beginning of the movement we have fallen in love with tiny houses, but never had the time to build one. We started designing the tiny house a year and a half ago, and finally built it these past 4 months.
How to Optimize Earthbag Building Much has been written on building with earthbags, but what is the most efficient building process? What are the most efficient shapes and design features? How can I optimize my time and resources to obtain the best possible home at the lowest cost? Although building details will vary from one project to the next, this article examines the most important factors in optimizing the construction process. First of all, let's look at the three most efficient building shapes: roundhouses, domes and organically shaped structures. Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture Weekly Vote WinnerArtbound's editorial team has reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. After putting two articles up for a vote, the audience chose this article to be made into a short-format documentary. The California Institute of Earth Architecture or Cal-Earth appears like some alien subdivision dropped out from space into one of those ubiquitous cookie-cutter suburban starter home communities in the urbanized southwestern Mojave Desert.
PAHS - Umbrella House Figure 1 Geodome, the first umbrella home (in idealized form), maintains a 66° to 74° temperature year-round without heating equipment in western Montana’s cold climate. In summer, solar heat radiates in, falls on internal surfaces, and is absorbed into the surrounding soil. The umbrella traps heat in the dry soil until winter, when it migrates back into the house. Adding convection-driven earth tubes would modify the internal temperature by conveying outside air in. Figure 2 Twenty feet under the surface, the soil temperature reflects the average ambient air temperature during the year. Man Builds 2 Earth Dome Cabins For Less Than $10,000 (Pictures) by Mike Barrett Are you interested in exploring alternative means of sustainable living, but don’t think it can be done? Though not as common as it should be, many individuals choose to live off-the-grid and rely on themselves by collecting rainwater, planting gardens, using alternative energy, and more.
20 Smart Micro House Design Ideas That Maximize Space There seems to be a trend lately in building tiny, micro houses. It’s basically all about finding a way to include as many things and functions into as little space as possible. There are some very inspiring designs out there and we made it our mission to find them. Here’s what we came up with. 14 sqm tiny cottage.