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Basic Earthbag Building: A Step-by-Step Guide will be available soon. (click to enlarge)

Basic Earthbag Building: A Step-by-Step Guide will be available soon. (click to enlarge)


After months of delays due to technical glitches, my new Basic Earthbag Building video will soon be available through Amazon. Special thanks to Kelly Hart, co-developer of this blog and EarthbagBuilding.com, for making the cover and steering the project through the final difficult stage.

The first part of Basic Earthbag Building provides clear, simple explanations of each step of construction, and includes full coverage of the tools and supplies needed to complete any sized project. The second part documents the construction of a cool pantry, which uses the same basic steps as most any other earthbag structure. Watching the construction of an actual project is key to understanding the whole process, and will enable you to see how all the steps and parts go together. As a bonus, there are some extra scenes that include Building an Earthbag Dome, an animated Enviro Dome Fly-through and a tour of a Finished Earthbag Roundhouse. Popcorn NOT included.

The Basic Earthbag Building video is designed to accompany my Earthbag Building Guide. The book and video combined cover virtually everything you need to know to build your own earthbag home.

Release date details: It will take up to 2 weeks for Amazon to review the DVD and artwork to make sure it is up to their specs. Once they make a trial copy of the finished program in its packaging, they will send it so we can confirm that it is OK.

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Super adobe houses: an internal connection between ourselves and nature

“Superadobe houses… are cheap and foolproof. They are resistant to fire, earthquakes. It is known for a super form of adobe buildings that used sandbags filled with mud and barbed wire.

The truth is that the super adobe is a sustainable solution for both economic and ecological housing and emergency shelter. Such buildings are easy and quick to build and materials are at hand. And it should be noted that these homes are safe, as they have seismic properties.”

Source: Superadobe Construccion Blog

Visit our Video page for all the best videos.

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a video is worth…
Maybe that’s why my NaturalHouse YouTube channel is so popular.

2. Finished Earthbag Roundhouse
3. Cement Plastering
4. Building an Earthbag Dome
5. Hardness Test
6. Enviro Dome Fly-through
7. $300 Earthbag House
8. How to Make Square Corners
9. Bag Size
10. Custom Bags

You can watch all 91 videos at the NaturalHouse channel. (We haven’t made any videos lately since our son the videographer is grinding his way through his last year of university. I’m eager to do many more.)
The Video page at EarthbagBuilding.com has all the best videos on the Internet.
My Earthbag Building Video that covers every step of construction is nearing completion. We believe we’ve figured out the technical glitch and hopefully it should be available soon. Watch this blog for the announcement.

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Cool pantry under construction

Cool pantry under construction


We’re making good progress on our cool pantry – a shed roof addition behind our kitchen. A cool pantry keeps food cool without electricity (although we’re going to use ours as a storage room). It was built during this year’s workshop. The roof is on, and the end walls (triangular areas above earthbags) are framed in and covered with tar paper and mesh. Now we’re ready for the exterior plaster and floor. It’s the most perfect earthbag structure I’ve been a part of. Everything is very plumb, level, straight and square. We tested some earthen plaster on the wall yesterday and from the experiment it seems plaster materials and labor is halved due to good workmanship.

We’re videoing every step of construction (mostly the earthbag work) and plan to create a full length earthbag video for sale. This project is very similar to building a small house and so the video should be helpful for many. It will likely take two months to complete the video, so be please patient if you’d like to get a copy. (No need to write and ask “when will the video be ready.” It will be announced here on our Earthbag Building Blog when ready.)

[Update: I’m shocked! The video is almost finished. The editing is 99% finished. There are a few details to add and then I plan to add the best YouTube videos at the end. The total length will be close to 2 hours. Stay tuned…]

Learn more about cool pantries.

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Reader’s have asked for our YouTube videos on DVD. Even though they’re free on my YouTube channel, some people have slow Internet access and can’t watch them. Some may prefer to watch them on TV. So we’re now offering a limited number of DVDs that include all 61 videos (as of October 30, 2010) and a text file (NotePad format) with all the text. The text is provided so you can easily print and read everything, and/or translate into other languages. Again, everything on the DVD is already available for free on my YouTube channel. This is a special offer for up to 20 readers who really want/need the information on DVD. Note: Sorry, but it’s impractical to sell more than 20 at this time. If there’s a big demand, I’ll look into selling a downloadable version.

Ordering instructions: Be patient. Your order may take three weeks or so. The nearest bank is about 60 miles away and we go only every two weeks. If you’re still interested, the cost is $15, limit one per customer. First come, first serve. Email me at strawhouses [at] yahoo.com. Please put Earthbag DVD in the subject line of your email. If you’re selected as one of the lucky ones, I’ll email you my mailing address in Colorado, where you can send a check for $15 made payable to Owen Geiger. The cost includes postage and handling.

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I’ve just started a YouTube channel about earthbag building in hopes of seeing this building method spread more quickly, and to help improve the standard of construction. It’s easier for many people to learn by watching rather than just reading about it, and it’s a fun way to pass some time. Hope you enjoy it.

The main feature at this point is a 48-part video series called Step-By-Step Earthbag Building. Each segment focuses on one main idea, and is short and to the point – mostly 10-30 seconds long. Text has been added below the video as a learning aid and to make it easy to translate into other languages.

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Here’s another dirt cheap earthbag house – this one is in Mexico. I just found a new video about the house, and the owner’s daughter who helped build the house said it cost about $2,000! We need more stories like this. At some point people will stop paying ridiculously high prices and switch over to earthbag building and other natural building methods.

This price, or something close to it, reveals the true cost of construction using earthbags. If you’re paying substantially more, then your money is going toward inflated prices for things. Sure, things are more expensive in the US than Mexico, but watch the video and see what I mean. That $2,000 house would cost maybe $125,000 (or more) in many places of the US. Part of the solution is to build your own small, simple house and avoid credit.

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