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5 years ago
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there are so many different ways to build a house fairly inexpensively that are cost efficient and environmentally sound.

 

i have fallen in love with the earth ships:

 

5 years ago

No kidding Pickerell I love the earth ships.  I posted some that I visited here in this group somewhere!  Awesome way to live.  Honestly! 

5 years ago

 yes! that's where i first heard about them...the field trip thred,. there are some great videos on alternative housing on youtube. i think the closest earthship to me is at a nature center...can't remember the name...in  ohio.

 

strawbale is another of my personal favorites:

 

 

 



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5 years ago

does anyone else have a favorite or two to tell us about? take a look at some of the videos on youtube. "mother earth" magazine often has an article on some house somebody made out of...you name it!

 

many of these houses incorporate alternative energy and water saving methods. they use safe, often natural or recycled materials.



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5 years ago

I am enthralled with the earth houses outside of Taos in NM.  I could get carried away but I'll find one to post.  It is so amazing.  The water system is a beautiful thing.  They recycle water for the indoor garden that sits in the window where the solar panels are.  No need for electricity.  Made with tires stuffed, packed with desert sand and BEER bottles.  I would love to be a part of building one.  Such basic stuff.  I'll find a pic.  And elegant to boot!

5 years ago

Aw so cute!  Awwwwwwwwww! I love them!

 

This a link but I promise I will find my photos of the exterior and interior of the ones I visited.

 

http://www.taosearthships.com/83539/index.htm

5 years ago

Check out the field trip thread so I don't have to repost LOL!  Awesome photos in there.  I guess they are awesome to me because I was there!*smile*

5 years ago

yes that's the thread...dragged it out of archives a while ago... thought crystal might want to post about heathcoate.

 

here are some more videos on earth ships:

 

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=earthship+homes&aq=1s&oq=earth+ship

5 years ago

blue rock station has a earthship home:  http://www.bluerockstation.com/earthshiphome.html

 

want to go there...i see they have a strawbale outhouse now...cool. i discovered their website  some time ago while looking for the greenhouses made from plastic pop bottles...oh and they have llamas too!

5 years ago

here's a nice little house:

 

5 years ago

these two houses are more of mainstream interest, but it indicates that green is getting to be more accepted as an "in" thing...and that is good!

 

here is an interesting website i just found and will add to the billboard:

 

http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/index.htm

5 years ago

here is an interesting website that will build an alternative house for you...probably not cheap though:  http://www.dreamgreenhomes.com/plans/esatrium.htm

5 years ago

i like the second one on green rooves. chicago is doing alot with exixting structures and green rooves.

buckminster fuller way back in the 60s wanted to put part of manhatten inside a geodisic dome and planned other cities inside a dome:

Fuller proposed a 1-mile diameter crater city which would have living facilities

for 125,000 people on the outside slope & public facilities on the inside slope.

The sides of the crater would be hollow and contain rapid transit, roads, utilities, etc.

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australia, anyone?
5 years ago

i don't know what that music is,but it just floats along sooo peacefully...

5 years ago

more on the rex house project...wow!

 

http://www.shannonquimby.com/rex/

Monolithic domes
5 years ago

http://www.monolithic.com

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Image: Transportable Monolithic Cabin

 

 

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Image: Monolithic Dome Homes

love the stone Dome.
5 years ago

the other one looks a little Tacky with that standard Door

5 years ago

and what about the rectangular windows. i agree, but still don't like them...aesthetically or sustainably...concrete and foam...no! a strawbale geodesic dome, maybe.

5 years ago

if i were going to do a dome, it would be geodesic ...the strength and beauty of the geometry. the one in a previous post is a bit large and i don't like their taste in furnishings so much.

 

would make a great greenhouse...i think i saw one somewhere.

5 years ago

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/A-Tour-of-Frances-Cave-Homes.html?c=y&page=2

 

found this one for sale in az...i think they need an interior decorator with taste...they must be able to afford it!:  http://thecavehouse.com/



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5 years ago

this is a more tradition shaped house using using earthbag construction like the eco-dome in earlier post...i like the dome better.

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Green-Homes/2005-10-01/Earthbag-Construction.aspx?page=5



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5 years ago

I am looking into the whole Containerized living, either with individual units and a common patio area or built together as one larger 750-1000 sqft home. Use those dying shipping containers fro something other than sitting and rotting away, then surrounding them with adobe or soy foam and exterior mudding to protect against weather. Got lots of ideas ready to share.

5 years ago

yes, youtube has quite a few videos on this like:



This post was modified from its original form on 13 Nov, 8:37
5 years ago

http://www.motherearthnews.com/forums/forum.aspx?boardid=1202&g=posts&t=147974

here's a forum hat might be helpful...mother earth is a wonderful source for many things.

5 years ago

Yeppers, the good part is they are older shipping containers and basically lay a slab or put in a basement and set them on top and go for it.

5 years ago

sounds less labor intensive than earthships, strawbale, and some of the other alternative building techniques. have you seen or been in any of these structures? do windows and doors need structural reinforcement? mainly it would then need some form of insallation, flooring and the usual electrical, plumbing,heating and decorative stuff that one would have in any home?

4 years ago

this is a link to an archived thread that has some interesting information:

 

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=15738&pst=1244300

4 years ago

http://sicarius.typepad.com/althouse/

 

http://www.jc-solarhomes.com/alternative_housing.htm

 

http://biohome.net/

 

many good ideas here!



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Schoolbus link
4 years ago

Thanks for the article. really interesting.

4 years ago

tiny houses? this is a website about living small that is kind of interesting. marti linked a great video from here on the permaculture thread and i started poking around it's pages...ain't serendipidy great!


http://www.thetinylife.com/what-is-the-tiny-house-movement/

3 years ago

this should have been included back with the strawbale video...more details on same house:  http://www.houseofstraw.com/expenses.htm

3 years ago

this is a different way of constructing a dome house:

for all the earthship fans...
3 years ago

an update on michael reynolds

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Nature-Community/1983-01-01/Building-Homes-From-Litter-And-Natural-Materials.aspx

 

video:  garbage warrior    watch the trailer here

3 years ago

the EARTHSHIP architect

 

http://www.garbagewarrior.com/trailer.html



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3 years ago

http://ww.earthship.org/

 

you can find the videos here and just about everything else.

 

the earthship webinar is an interesting talk by the architect. not very visually interesting, but for what he has to say.

3 years ago

you can build your own or if you have enough money have it built for you, or get involved with providing housing for people in need all over the world.

3 years ago

 i probably wouldn't be able to live very long in one of these, but they are awfully cute!    

pole houses
3 years ago

http://inhabitat.com/pole-houses/

http://www.polehouses.com/index.cfm

the earlier video with the 2 georgeous parrots and the lovely calm music from australia is a pole house. makes me want to move there...but alligator creek gives me cause for concern!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Pole buildings save a lot of work in not having to pour a concrete foundation. I've used a variation of pole construction in the form of post and beam to put up a couple structures and to add additions onto the house, and some of them are earth bermed. Right now I'm working on plans for a post and beam framed root cellar that will support a small guest room, also working on an earth sheltered greenhouse plan, it's taking a crazy twist where all three are combined. The cost of building material is going up as is most everything, with the Fed dealing with the debt by printing more money we have some worries that inflation could get ugly so we want to covert some savings into something that will make life a little more secure for the household.

3 years ago

the fifth video down "larkspur" has concrete piers...that isn't considered a pole house is it? i guess i don't quite understand the principle involved. i feel so totallyunskilled! the australian video says it is a pole house...very cool! i don't know if the wallabees or kangaroos, etc. come with the house.

 

hey, spring is officially here in a few weeks!!!

3 years ago

Poles or peers are great because the reduce the need for major excavation that requires a lot of energy, and there is less embodied energy in the poles or peers. In addition. one may dig a hole below the forst line and fill it with rubble of stone, concrete, or bricks and really build off of that recycled material with just a tiny bit of a peer sticking up to keep the main structure above the area rain can splash up. Having this latter technique meet code if often up to the discretion of the local code officials, however.

 

As to suspending a home of a pole, or only a few poles is something I have not worked with. In I believe the 30's Buckminister Fuller build the Dymaxium House with the idea these could be mass produced in factories -- houses on one stainless steel house (and the houses skin was out of stainless steel) that could rotate according to where the sun was, presumably having more glass on one side for that purpose, although I do not think he was sophistcated about overhangs above the windows. I suppose it wouldn't matter too much since the glass could be rotated away from the sun when the house was getting to hot.

 

glenn

typo
3 years ago

sorry for not proofreading

 

The Dymaxium House rotated on one stainless steel pole. I wrote "on one stainless steel house" when I meant to say steel pole.

3 years ago

hey, are there any pictures of this? it doesn't sound very cozy, but interesting!

 

i don't understand how these pole houses would be good for resisting hurricanes, typhons, earthquakes, floods, etc. seems like they would just fall over!

 

oh, i found this:

http://www.google.com/images?q=dymaxion+house&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&

 

wonder what happened to it...

2 years ago

glenn, come back! you don't need facebook!!!

 

they DON'T look cozy! maybe this is the way of the world now. but, i think cozy is a good thing too...the human element. earthships look fairly cozy.

2 years ago

aren't these lovely!

 

6 months ago

tiny houses have certain advantages and there is lots of variety in style and design , DYS, prefab, etc

http://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/how-pack-whole-lot-living-221-square-feet.html

4 months ago

http://tinyhousetalk.com/tiny-houses-on-the-huffington-post/

my computer is not working right so can't post the other link...