A Pattern Language of Natural Homes

From NaturalHomes.org: This is pattern No.74, ‘Animals’. Create a piece of protected common land where animals are free to graze with grass and trees and water. There is balance to this pattern worth considering for both the individual and the … Continue reading →

The Choices We Make Impact our Path in Life

A brief tale of two home buyers… John: John bought a contractor-built house in the suburbs, largely because that’s what most people do. He didn’t give the decision a great deal of thought. He was eager to have a nice … Continue reading →

Top 10 Earthbag House Plans by Owen Geiger

Most of you know about my Earthbag House Plans site, now with over 120 designs, but most readers are not aware which plans are most popular. Here’s the list… [drum roll…] 1. Roundhouse/Dome Cluster 2. Earthbag Survival Shelter 3. 33’ … Continue reading →

Beautiful Houses

A great way to get home design ideas is by looking at what others have done, so from time to time I’ll post photos of interesting homes. This subject should be covered more often. An adobe house in Tiwanaku Village … Continue reading →

Earthbag Roundhouse with Siberian Chum Roof

I’m always on the lookout for alternative building techniques. In this video, survivalist Ray Mears shows how to build a Siberian chum (tent) using a dozen poles. Three poles are tied together into a tripod and the remainder leaned against … Continue reading →

Adding Character and Style to Your Home

It’s not difficult to customize stock house plans to match your style preferences. To get ideas it’s helpful and fun browsing good websites for pleasing design details: trim, colors, interesting uses of natural materials, window treatments, roof details and so … Continue reading →