This plan illustrates what I think is the simplest, easiest way to build an earthbag home: build in stages, one roundhouse at a time so you can pay with cash and move in right away. It’s far easier to start small and add on later than jump right into building a large home that could take months or even years. I’ve talked about this a lot on our blog, but this is my first plan designed specifically for building in stages. This design is becoming one of my favorites. What do you think?
The Three Roundhouses design combines:
– Hobbit House (starter house in this design): 471 sq. ft. interior, optional 471 sq. ft. loft, one bedroom, one bath, Footprint: 27′-6″ diameter
– Roundhouse Studio (master bedroom in this design): 177 sq. ft. interior, fold-out bed, 1 bath, Footprint: 18′ diameter, plus buttress
– 33’ (10m) Roundhouse: 855 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 36′ diameter
Total living space: 1,503 sq. ft. interior
Here’s a brief summary of the concept. This plan is for a small but growing family. Start out by building the center roundhouse, which provides the basic necessities. Save money and build the next unit (master bedroom) when ready. The roundhouses are joined with covered walkways to simplify construction. Sides of walkways could be enclosed in harsh climates. The third unit is added later when more space is desired.
The benefits for you and yours: priceless. Earnings for banks and megacorps: SOL (sorry, out of luck).