Owen Geiger has created many house plans, and Kelly Hart has created some as well.

Kelly’s website earthbagbuilding.com has a page listing plans that are suitable for earthbag building; most of these are Owen’s. This is a good place to start.

Kelly has a site called dreamgreenhomes.com which has plans from an increasing number of green designers, including himself and Owen. Here is a page with profiles of the architects and designers and links to their plans on that site.

In addition, you can see Owen’s plans at http://earthbagplans.wordpress.com/

Over time, we plan to add plans directly to this website.


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House Plans — 31 Comments

  1. Owen gracias por las publicaciones. Soy nativa de CR. Y me encanta el empeño que le han puesto para fomentar este típo de construcción y de conciencia. Soy de zona sur. Hace años hice un curso de construcción en barro y claro es alucinante. Tengo ya finalidad de hacerme mi choza así que voy a documentarme con lo que posteas. Tengo una consulta tonta. Los sacos al ser llenados al tope son doblados y colocados para abajo correcto? Y los andamios con tubo de 2″ para ayudar a curvar se hacen en sitio correcto? Cualquier cosa te molesto . Pura vida!!!

  2. What earthbag home plan can be built the quickest? Is it realistic to aim at finishing an earthbag home in two weeks with 2-3 people working on it? Would the thin wall earthbag building technique make this possible for a 400-600 square foot home?

    • First of all, two weeks is not a very realistic time frame for building a home even with a lot of building experience. Do you have to clear and prepare the building site? Raise and level the building site for proper drainage? Dig a rubble trench? Dig water lines? If so then you already have a lot of work to do just to get started. A house is a big investment. Do it correctly and it can last several lifetimes.

      I would recommend something very simple like the Economizer:
      http://www.naturalbuildingblog.com/free-economizer-earthbag-house-plan/

      Thin wall earthbag with posts every few feet is very fast. But you’ll need to think and plan every step carefully. Ex: rent a post hole digger and set the posts in post hole dry mix concrete that sets up in the hole. Use a gravel bag foundation. Use insulating fill in upper tubes. Use factory made trusses that sit on a wood bond beam. Possibly hire some out of work carpenters to help get the roof on.

      • Thanks so much for the helpful info! I’ve been looking into thin wall earthbag building to make the process faster. Do you know if the long bags could be made thicker to provide lots of insulation and soundproofing on the inside of the house?

        You can buy poly tubing in various widths. The standard width for earthbag building is 18″. I’d use 10″-12″ width for thin wall designs.

        • Insulation typically goes on the exterior of thermal mass walls such as earthbags. This is the most efficient way to maintain steady temperatures in the home and save energy.

          Use interior plasters that enhance acoustics: earth plaster, gypsum/perlite plaster, lime, etc. Plus use lots of throw rugs, wall hangings, etc.

  3. Hello! I was wondering how to reach you guys! I have picked a home design on your site, but altered it in a few ways to suit us, but we need a set of actual plans…can you help us figure any of this out? It is the Torus design. I have not been able to find contact information here… Our new land is a hundred feet deep with red then gray clay, so awesome, and with madrone and fir everywhere. We have water and will have solar, as well… I can give more info, but can you assist us, at all?

  4. I would like to member of this Organization, & also introduce in All over Pakistan, Kindly give me how can use temporary earth building construction, seismic & sonami areas,

    Tauseef Amjad meer.
    282,Street 10, Phase IV
    Islamabad Pakistan.
    contact# +92 51 5733635,

    • Thanks for writing. What we talk about here is perfect for Pakistan. At least one other reader is building this way in Pakistan. Almost everything is free on our blogs and websites. We have over 2,000 pages of content now (maybe closer to 3,000 pages now). See the links on the right side of the page to visit our other sites. It’s up to readers to search or browse the information to find what they need. There is no “membership”. You can subscribe to the blog if you want by clicking the Subscribe button.

  5. In the next year or so (After making my transition from full time student to working RN) I plan on getting some land. After drilling for water I was trying to decide between building a small earthbag place to sleep in until we can build the big house (Also earthbag), or (Crazy idea) put up a yurt and build up an earthbag wall around the outside of it to provide some good protection and then plaster it. Either way we would probably either be living in a tent or super cheap RV (1-2k) until we can build. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Some type of temporary shelter is good so you can spend more time on-site. Ideally it can later be used for storage, a guest house, etc.

      Stacking bags around a yurt: How will the roof drain? You need to protect the earthbag walls. You don’t want water draining behind the wall.

      Strawbale structures are much faster than earthbags. That would be my preference for temporary structures. For instance, you could stack bales in a circle and put a yurt roof on top. You’d save money and time. Raise the bales on 2-3 courses of gravel bags. Add baling twine or straps that go under and over the bales to hold down the roof. You can easily curve the bales slightly by stepping on them with one end raised on a log. Plaster the bales with cement plaster immediately so they don’t get rained on.

  6. Using your ideal of the root cellar. Still having to use some earthbags. Just not same many many bags to build it. Using the same method as the natural flooring. Can you do that to the walls? Would the walls hold up without using earthbags
    against them.its all the same method just less bags.

  7. I have read where on a natural floor to use turpentine. Then put down serveral layers of some type of harder. Ok can this same technique be used on the wall of the root cellar. And adding some type of plaster to the walls for extra hold &/or strength to the walls?

    • But you said you didn’t want to use earthbags, so I’m not sure what you mean. What is the primary building method you’re trying to describe?

  8. Yes plaster. My apologies. I want to build the root cell.what I was thinking why cant you just plaster(with a hardner) the walls and floor instead of using earthbag? I know you can on the floors so not the walls?

    • What your saying is not clear. It could mean different things. Are you talking about ferrocement? Cement cast in forms? Something else?

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