Free Small House Plans: Timber Frame & Straw Bale House - Tiny House Design Guest post by Brian Liloia, a.k.a. Ziggy In 2009, I moved into my newly completed cob house here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. My dream had come true — I was living in a house that I built with my own hands! Since then, however, it has become clear that there is a lot of room for greater energy efficiency than a cob house could achieve here in the cold Missouri climate. As a result, I decided to build an improved dwelling — a highly insulated straw bale house with a timber frame.
Strawbale Redux Here is a rudimentary drawing of the floor plan done with Paint. Not bad for my first try! Basics-the exterior dimensions are 32 X 46 but remember, these are strawbale walls so that translates into actual interior dimensions of 28 x 42. For orientation, the house is on a nearly E-W axis. The LR and 2 BRs are on the S. There will be a patio on the S and a porch on the N for summer use and to be able to Say Hey to neighbors walking on the pedestrian path. 10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world.
New “Wind Tree” Generates Wind Power Silently In Tight Spaces! Image Credit: NewwindTV One of the arguments often used against harnessing wind power is the idea that the equipment needed takes up too much space. Also, it is many times difficult to get people to allow these types of large scale projects near their homes. Roundhouse Studio Plan Perfect for home offices and studios of all kinds, and also as a tiny house. Ideal beginner's project. This studio is one of the simplest, most practical of my designs. Multiple units can be connected if you want to add on later or they can be built as free standing structures in clusters pavilion style. Numerous roof options available. 177 sq. ft. interior, fold-out bed, 1 bath: footprint: 18' diameter, plus buttress. My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable.
Free Straw Bale Emergency Shelter Plans Free plans are now available thanks to the efforts of Matts Myhrman, Judy Knox and Owen Geiger. These low-cost shelter plans include drawings and specifications in three formats - Microsoft Word, JPEG and HTML. Click here to view the Straw Bale Shelter Plans in Microsoft Word. Click here to view page one of the plans as a JPEG image. Click here to view page two of the plans as a JPEG image.
A Look at the Models of Earthships A Look at the Models of Earthships Earthship designs are constantly evolving because they are decentralized and many are built each year. This allows for constant evolution. We have many models in our history which all played their part in our on going evolution. We have presented here our favorite models which have very pragmatic reasons for being favorites. Climate, budget and your individual needs play a big part in determining which Earthship prototype is right for you. Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry NASA image showings a small part of the Cygnus Loop Supernova: the outer edge of an expanding blast wave from a colossal stellar explosion 15,000 years ago. The story of the Universe has been told in many ways by the peoples of Earth, from the earliest periods of Paleolithic development and the Neolithic village communities to the classical civilizations that have emerged in the past 5000 years. In all these various circumstances the story of the universe has given meaning to life and to existence itself. The story has been celebrated in elaborate rituals.
Santa Fe IV Plan Santa Fe IV Sven Alstrom, Designer South Elevation This one story Santa Fe Style Guest House is based upon 24-inch wide straw bale construction or adobe block on concrete foundation & footings with crawl spaces. Natural interior plaster and natural exterior stucco are recommended.
Builders Without Borders Books For Sale Back Issue Index Issue #39 – Strawbale and Education / SB Resources 2002 – Lessons in teaching natural building to youth, Home-made plaster sprayer, SB Human, Bale and Book Resources. Issue #38 – Foundations and Roofs – Low-cost, Low Concrete Foundations; Frost-protected Shallow Foundations; A Helical Pier Foundation; Primer on Roof Trusses; Straw Bales in the Ceiling – Pro & Con; Trusses from Shipping Pallets; Thatch, etc. Issue #37 – Going Commercial – U.S. Straw-bale Buildings Open to the Public; SB Spec Homes; Mainstreaming in the U.K.; SB Growth in China; Producing Bales; SB Wineries in California & Australia; International SB Registry, Building a Sustainable Practice; etc. Issue #36 – Solar Solutions – Passive Solar Design & Heating; Integrated Design; Thermal Mass Applications; Earthships; Passive Solar Resources; Passive Cooling; Solar Roof Design; Backup Heating Systems; Masonry Heaters, Shopping for Windows, etc.
A LIVING HOUSE – Terreform’s Fab Tree Hab Inspired by the ecocentric attitudes of such beloved American nature-lovers as Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman and Alcott, three MIT designers – Mitchell Joachim, Lara Greden and Javier Arbona – created this living treehouse in which the dwelling itself merges with its environment and nourishes its inhabitants. Fab Tree Hab dissolves our conventional concept of home and establishes a new symbiosis between the house and its surrounding ecosystem. In order to build the arboreal frame, the designers utilize “pleaching” – a gardening technique in which tree branches are woven together to form living archways. Trees such as Elm, Live Oak and Dogwood bear the heavier loads, while vines, branches and plants form a lattice for the walls and roof of the house.
A profile of Thomas Berry, a scholar and lover of the Earth A Profile of Thomas Berry,scholar and lover of the Earth by Matthew FoxUniversity of Creation Spirituality, Oakland, California, USA EarthLight Magazine #34, Summer, 1999 Eco Nest 1200 Plan Eco Nest 1200 Touson Saryon, Designer This 1434 sf home was designed specifically for an off grid building site. It's floorplan allows all spaces to be easily heated by the solar gain or by the woodstove at night. The main bedroom has its own bathroom and there is a cozy sleeping loft above the dining area for guests.
How To Build A Straw Bale House By Twilight Greenaway on April 3, 2013 Photographs by Florian van Roekel Photographer Florian van Roekel and his girlfriend, artist Amber Isabel, wanted an escape from pollution and city life but they didn’t just want any old weekend house. Instead, the Amsterdam-based pair envisioned a home with a minimal ecological footprint.