Why We’re Building an Earthbag Stemwall

“The small off-grid home we’re helping friends build here in the Appalachian foothills is getting a bunch of work done to it recently. The biggest task of the moment is building the earthbag stemwall, which we need to finish before … Continue reading →

The Mud Home: Earthbag Foundations

“There will be many who refuse to believe this will work. What no concrete? Will be their never-ending refrain. Concrete foundations have been around for less than a hundred years. Buildings have been built for millennia. In the eastern Mediterranean … Continue reading →

Straw Bale Roundhouse in Taos, NM

We were just talking about strawbale roundhouses the other day. (See: Straw Bale Roundhouses Built in One Day.) This one is in New Mexico. I highly encourage people to try gravel bag foundations. (Polypropylene bags or tubes filled with gravel.) … Continue reading →

Seismic Resistant Gravel Bag Foundations

Yesterday’s post was about the earthquake resistance of earthbags. Today’s post illustrates what an earthquake resistant gravel bag foundation looks like and explains why this design is so effective. Gravel is an ideal material for this application because it’s durable, … Continue reading →

Durability of Polypropylene Bags

What is the lifespan of poly bags, and will they make durable foundations? From our experience and from what we can gather from other sources, poly bags can last almost indefinitely if kept out of sunlight, and therefore double-bagged foundations … Continue reading →