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Earth Building in Thailand

Monday, November 29th, 2010:

Interview with Peggy Reents and Thana Joe Uthaipattrakoon (nickname Joe). Owen: I first heard about earth building in Thailand from Janell Kapoor of Kleiwerks International fame who said there are thousands of new earthen houses in Thailand. That really amazed me and so I’ve set out to learn the details about the modern earth building […]  Read more from > Earth Building in Thailand

YouTube Earthbag Channel

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010:

I’ve just started a YouTube channel about earthbag building in hopes of seeing this building method spread more quickly, and to help improve the standard of construction. It’s easier for many people to learn by watching rather than just reading about it, and it’s a fun way to pass some time. Hope you enjoy it. […]  Read more from > YouTube Earthbag Channel

Building Efficiently

Sunday, May 16th, 2010:

Many people want to know the lowest cost way of building. Here’s a short comparison of costs to build an earthbag house using ‘free’ options versus buying the building materials: hand dig soil on site = free versus deliver soil $200 gather materials and make thatch panels = free versus buy thatch panels $100 hand […]  Read more from > Building Efficiently

Wood Siding on Earthbag Houses

Saturday, December 19th, 2009:

There’s a plethora of building options not covered in the current earthbag literature, one of which is using wood siding on earthbag houses. Plaster is by far the most common wall finish, but it’s always good to know about other options. For instance, you may have access to a portable sawmill and low cost timber […]  Read more from > Wood Siding on Earthbag Houses

Earthbag Building Expands Worldwide

Monday, June 22nd, 2009:

Earthbag building (sometimes called sandbag building) started about one hundred years ago providing safe, bulletproof and bomb resistant shelters for the military. They proved to be fast, simple to construct and durable. The same qualities that make earthbags useful for military and flood control purposes apply to building houses. Now people all over the world […]  Read more from > Earthbag Building Expands Worldwide

Decorative Finishing Details

Sunday, April 12th, 2009:

The folks at The Year of Mud: Building a Cob House have put together a great site, including very informative articles on creating mosaics in earth plaster and building a reciprocal roof (we’ll save this for a future topic). Dirt cheap techniques like mosaics can really enhance the appearance your home. In addition to mosaics, […]  Read more from > Decorative Finishing Details