How to Build an Earthbag/Papercrete Home

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For those interested in green living or homesteading, the prospect of building a self-sufficient home doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. 

How to Build an Earthbag Dome - The earthbag structure is something that we don't often see in America. It is easily the most efficient building method in the world.

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Kelly and Rosana Hart have used earthbags, papercrete, and a few other materials to create such a home that is not only beautiful, it is self-sufficient.  The build was a trial and error process for the Harts, which benefits us since the kinks are worked out!

The walls were built out of earthbags filled with crushed volcanic rock, which were then coated with papercrete.  Supports where made out of lumber that can be locally sourced and the materials on the interior can be repurposed or salvaged. Solar power is used for the lights, appliances, and water heating while a wood burning stove is used for indoor heating.  My favorite part is the cost-this build was completed with less than $50,000.

How to Build an Earthbag/Papercrete Home

How to Build an Earthbag Dome - The earthbag structure is something that we don't often see in America. It is easily the most efficient building method in the world.


Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker

root cellar that can be used as a bunker

Do you remember the old root cellars our great-grandparents used to have? In fact, they probably built it themselves, right in their back yard.

If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then you need Easy Cellar.

Easy Cellar will show you:

  • How to choose the ideal site
  • Cost-effective building methods
  • How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
  • How to conceal your bunker
  • Affordable basic life support options

Easy Cellar will also reveal how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.

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