The Torus Design concept was inspired by the movie Thrive, which outlines ways of creating prosperity and equality in the world. The design brings together three emerging trends: increasing self sufficiency — including renewable energy and food production, families moving back together to save money, and sustainability. 2,224 sq. ft. interior, 564 sq. ft. greenhouses, 1,520 sq. ft. courtyard, each side has two bedrooms, two baths.

This Duplex plan has an adobe center wall for thermal mass, noise reduction and beauty. Adobe for the center wall is just one possibility. Stone, earthbags and cordwood are all good choices. 819 sq. ft. interior, 2 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 15′ x 35′ (one unit), 30′ x 35′ (two units)

This English Cottage Duplex has it all: spacious kitchen with pantry, curved planter along window wall, wood stove against a rustic stone wall, and large bedroom with desk and large closet. An earthbag wall separates the two units for soundproofing and fire resistance.


The Fourplex is a potential investment property that features numerous sustainable building features, including earthbag walls, superinsulation package, and compact and efficient design. Four units, each 462 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 48’x48′ plus 8′ wrap-around porch.

With these Modular Pods you can configure them in many ways, with as many as you want. Pictured is the simplest two-pod model. This enables the home to be built one stage at a time, with tremendous versatility in room arrangement.


Multi-Family House Plans — 2 Comments

  1. I would appreciate any information anyone can supply about sand bag or earth bag building codes in Arizona.

    I live in Prescott area and want to build one of these for my own home.

    Any pre-existing, Permited, project information would be helpful

    • Search our blog post Counties with Few or No Codes. Talk to the local building officials and get a packet for owner-builders. Bring some earthbag materials such as photocopies of recommended websites to show them. At some point you’ll probably want to contact for a free estimate. They can get your plans approved.

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