San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.
“This unique dwelling is located near the town of San Miguel DE Allende, Mexico. Only 10 minutes to town and five minutes walk from an organic farm. Whether you want tranquility or excitement it offers both. Set in its own land of approx 2,000 square meters, you can enjoy the peace and quite of this secluded home or revel in the festival culture of Mexico!
The Earthbag house itself covers a large area of 145 square meters, and comprises of 2 bedrooms, each having its own composting toilet.
One of the bedrooms offers a built in bath and the other a shower and also a plumbed in washing machine.
The living room has a wonderful open fire with built in seating areas either side. The kitchen has a double cooker which would be left, along with the fridge and washing machine. The stunning floor tiles are made locally and cover all the floor surface.
The grey water from the house i.e. kitchen and bathrooms feeds directly into various points in the garden. (Deeper explanation if you are really interested in the house along with how the composting system works.)
The roof has a tank which is fed directly from the well which is situated by the large house behind mine on the top of the hill. All the houses in the area share the water and the electric bill that comes from the pump that brings up the water.
There is also a large cistern in the back garden underground that is fed from this well. In the rainy season the water that comes off the roof flows into this cistern and the excess feeds into the wet/dry ‘pond’ also in the back of the garden. I say wet/dry as it is dry during the non rainy season. It would be possible to put another cistern in that area if desired.
The house has a land line phone number and also Internet via Unisono. There is also an alarm system installed.
The house is constructed with earthbags. I have a comprehensive selection of photos that document the construction of the house from the very beginning.”
Source: Eco-Homes and Gardens.com
You might also take a look at our project page about building this house.