“Casa de Lodo is Spanish for “Mud House”. While working full time jobs the past year and a half we built this Dome. The building technique used is called “SuperAdobe”, it’s a form of earthbag architecture.
We used sandbags filled with moistened earth and arranged them in layers. Strands of barbed wire are placed between each layer of sandbag to act as both mortar and reinforcement. The structure was then plastered with cob (a mixture of sand, clay and straw). A living roof was then installed, by constructing terraces and adding soil and native plants.
The goal of this project was to create a home using recycled\sustainable material and to be as self-sufficient as possible. By building your own home you can eliminate the need for a mortgage. In turn you can work less and focus on spending more of your time doing the things you love.
This home is 113 sqft with a loft that fits a queen size bed. Attached is a bathroom equipped with hot water on demand and a composting toilet. For cooking, a propane grill and stove is used. Light is provided by a solar panel that charges a battery. The house is built with approximately 50 tons of dirt. It cost $6164 and took 1333 man hours to build. We created something out of this world and from the earth, and we hope we’ve inspired you to do the same!”