Email from one of our readers: “Hello, I have been researching your methods and website for sometime now. I first was introduced through your YouTube video building an earthbag home for $300. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to build that micro home using your method. I would deeply appreciate your advice so I can build a place for me and my family.”
Owen: For immediate shelter, I suggest building the same house with straw bales. You can stack the bales in a matter of hours. Earthbags take quite a bit longer. Earthbags have some distinct advantages of course, but in your case it sounds like you are mostly in need of immediate shelter.
Don’t sweat the details. It’s super simple. Many people over analyze this stuff and never do anything (“analysis paralysis”). You don’t need world class bales for a shelter or tiny home. You don’t need to attend a workshop. Geez. Just stack the bales like a kid would do.
Recycled pallets are available almost everywhere for free. Try to find uniform sized pallets. You can use saplings or bamboo and baling twine to stiffen the bale walls. I think this is shown in the free ebook. Find some wood poles from a local forest for the roof.