5 Extraordinary DIY Eco Homes

With the earth shifting so rapidly, we need to build housing that reflects our connections with the earth and with one another.

There are so many different types of off grid, sustainable living houses that are incredibly cheap to create!

Here are a few good ones:

Earthships

Earthships are probably the most popular type of self sustaining housing.

They are so incredibly beautiful and it all comes from recycled materials! This eco home uses tires for insulation, bottles and cans, packed clay and almost anything you’d find at a garbage dump.

They are one of the more cheaper ways to create a life off grid and they are all over the place.

There are many organizations building them all over the globe but it can be more labour intensive than other types of housing. earthships1

Hobbit Houses

Who wouldn’t want to live in their very own hobbit house?!

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One of the most famous examples of these magical hobbit homes is known as a “A Low Impact Woodland Home.”

 

 

It was built in Wales and took just over 4 months to build and 3000 euros.

The creator Simon Dale, used stone and wood that was around the property and used straw bales covered in plaster for the walls.

The roof is covered in plastic sheeting along with some mud!

These houses are amazing in that they are the most interconnected with the earth – literally! They are created almost inside a hill, and the roof is a grass landscape.

Out of all the off grid housing, hobbit houses are the most entangled with nature.

 

Cob Buildings

These houses are suppose to be able to last 500 years!

How is this even possible?

The combination of the housing is made with clay, sand and straw which when combined is called ‘cob’.

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Once it dries, it’s extremely durable and is able to withstand fire and severe weather.

A man in Missouri built his own cob for just $3,000 and shows the entire process hereVancouver_cobhouse

 

The inside design of Cobs are circles within circles or a complete Fibonacci spiral!

They are truly magical inside and out.

 

Earthbag Buildings

These cozy clay coves are made with woven polypropylene feedbags that are then filled with dampened soil and compacted from above.

earthbag-homeThey’re held in place by two stands of barbed wire and can be filled in place, eliminating heavy lifting.

Earthbags can be an ideal alternative to cob in areas where the soil has a low percentage of clay, and they also make it easy to construct domes and other rounded structures.

Like hobbit houses, they can be immersed with the landscape where they are built within hills.

 

 

Cordwood Buildings

Cordwood buildings are made from wood stacked firewood-style, and lots of mortar.

Debarked logs ranging from 12 to 36 inches can be arranged into walls either in load-bearing round structures or in combination with post-and-beam framing.

cordwood-cob-houseUsually, softer woods like cedar and pine are used because they are more stable, with less expansion and contraction.

These walls offer both insulation and thermal mass.

Comparing to the other houses, this type is more labour intensive but the results are well worth it!

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