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 →

10 Beautiful and Useful Things You Can Create with Earth Plaster

People are often fascinated by the structure of my earthbag home, but in truth that was the easy part. It’s the plaster that is an art. And a science. At times I thought it might have even been witchcraft. Because … Continue reading →

Natural Building Workshops at Bottom Leaf Intentional Community

“Hello Owen, we’ve listed some more natural building workshops at Bottom Leaf Intentional Community. Next will be a bottle wall then an earth plastering workshop. Our last in this series will be building an earthen floor but we haven’t listed … Continue reading →

Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice [Book Review]

“Earthen floors are ubiquitous in most of the world. They are the most accessible type of flooring to a vast portion of the human population. In the modern world earthen floors are still something of an oddity to most people, … Continue reading →

Stabilized Caliche Floors

Caliche: calcium carbonate formed in the soils of semiarid regions. “I sifted the caliche through a chicken wire sieve to get rid of the larger material. This leaves a good size aggregate for a 4-5inch think pour, thicker floor better … Continue reading →

Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice

“For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a quarter to a third of the world’s population … Continue reading →