DIY Earthbag Round House

This interesting home is made from earthbags, also known as sandbags. Sandbags were first used by the military and emergency services teams to build protective structures and for flood control. Now the concept of using earthbags has been applied to housing to create strong and affordable structures. Earthbags are ideal for making homes that will stand up to the harshest weather. And using the right design, you can also have one of the safest homes in a fire zone. Obviously, a grass roof is not going to help there 🙂

DIY Earthbag Round House
DIY Earthbag Round House

Aside from being durable structures, earthbag homes are also cheap. They are labour intensive.  But the bags can be filled with either dirt from the property itself, or other available sources. They can be built practically anywhere in the world. Aside from saving money, you also get both thermal mass and great sound and temperature insulation.

Although made from unusual materials, earthbag homes look good aesthetically. Their fluid, organic shapes blend nicely into the environment. These homes are very easy to personalize to suit the owners’ aesthetic needs.

Could you live in this earthbag round house?

Materials:

  • Woven Polypropylene Bags (about 18” x 30”)
  • Bucket Chute (4-gallon bucket with bottom cut off)
  • Soil
  • Gravel
  • 4 or 5 heavy duty 2-gallon Cement Buckets
  • 4-point Barbed Wire
  • String Line
  • Sheet Metal Slider (about 13” x 16”)
  • 15 gauge Galvanized Wire
  • Bundle 500 Bags
  • Concrete or Stones – for door threshold
  • Galvanized Nails
  • Galvanized Sheet Metal Anchors
  • Long Wood Poles
  • 2×4 Bucks
  • ½” Rebar
  • ¼” Plywood
  • Hurricane Ties
  • Metal Compression Ring
  • Thatch
  • Screws
  • Cement

Tools:

  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Metal Chisel and Scrap Steel (or Bolt Cutters) – for cutting barbed wire
  • Knife
  • Wire Cutters
  • Tape Measure
  • Grub Hoe
  • Tampers
  • Corner Guide
  • Level
  • Sledge Hammer
  • Hammer
  • Cordless Drill
  • Sponge Float

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Thanks to EarthbagBuilding for this great project. You can get step by step instructions here

 

Earthbag building

 

If you liked this project, you will also like viewing these sustainable and green homes…

 

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