Garden House in Tanzania

Garden House in Tanzania

Garden House in Tanzania

Garden House in Tanzania

Here’s a nice project one of our readers sent in. Text below is from Birgit.

“I just remembered I said I would send you a few pictures of my first experiment with lime mix earthbags here in Tanzania. So far they are “behaving” extremely well, and I am planning to do a “real” house in the near future (I just need to get more confident when it comes to a foundation…). I am hoping to raise awareness and “ring the bell” for earthbag building here in Africa as it would be a great way to do low cost housing for the local people and for people to start small building businesses.

Please find attached some pictures of a lime-earthbag wall and garden house (half done with bricks and half with bags as I wanted to see how the connection of the two works out) – the bags are discarded cement bags. The floor is unburnt clay bricks.

Usually you don’t buy ready made windows here but get them made, so I had small windows made which had a metal sheet all around to carry the bags. This way I could put the windows into the wall straight as we built and just build around them, so no need of wooden window forms.

By the way – one more small idea: To make a model of the house I am planning I use Lego blocks. This way I can play with my kids while doing “work” and the legos work well as they are quite wide, similar to the bags. The narrower legos I use for the internal walls, which are made from clay bricks. Doesn’t work so well for round structures, but is great for anything linear.”

All the best from Tanzania, Birgit


Garden House in Tanzania — 2 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Does anyone know how to get in touch with Birgit? I am in Tanzania and also looking into earthbag contruction for a teachers training college.


  2. A very nice post and I enjoyed reading because its related to log cabins which I am using for residential as well as commercial uses. Log cabins and summer houses are great place to live and I have been exploring them since a long time. I just subscribed to your blog and hope more good posts like this coming soon. Thank You

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