Last Residents Hold On in Tunisian Underground Houses

In the arid valleys of southern Tunisia’s Djebel Dahar region, people have lived for centuries in underground houses whose earthen casing provides protection against searing summer heat and winter winds. But in recent decades, rural depopulation has meant fewer people … Continue reading →

DIY Low Cost Insulated Earthbag Scoria Blocks

I realized it would be easy to make giant earthbag scoria blocks with raschel mesh bags, scoria (lightweight lava rock) and quick setting cement mortar or glue. The basic block making process involves forming the scoria blocks in simple wooden … Continue reading →

Near Zero Cost Off-Grid Cabin Upgrades: Gas Refrigerator and Gravity Feed Water

Most people go out and buy everything new. The Boss of the Swamp (popular YouTube channel) shows how he fixed up a gas refrigerator and water tank that he salvaged from an old Shasta camper. … Continue reading →

Fast, Easy, Low Cost Soil Cement Floors

My Little Homestead has a new video series that documents each step of construction of Shea’s new earthbag bedroom. At the beginning of this particular episode they explain their favorite soil cement floor method. … Continue reading →

Earthbag/Scoria Bag Building Online Workshop

I woke up the other day with a new idea for online training to help people build their own small sustainable homes. If five or more couples/households sign up for this training program then I could guide them through the … Continue reading →