New Design for our Earth Bag Home

What should we nickname this one? ūüôā

Update October 2015: our final home design is similar but different, and you can see the latest here.

We finally settled on the Mushroom’s shape & design with the Fez’ colors, the addition of the second floor desk, and a new idea for a room on the roof! ¬†So, it’ll look like the Mushroom with a gazebo on top.

Here’s an email from Ryan with a response from the architect (below). ¬†Mr. Geiger has been wonderfully responsive and super helpful with our questions about his earth bag home designs. ¬†I included a sketch I did while trying to express the kind of thing we wanted from our home. ¬†It’s like a combination sleeping porch / gazebo / reading nook / rooftop garden. ¬†In this way, we can avoid major leakage in the roof and still be able to let the cats experience chigger & tick-free “outdoor” entertainment, while providing ourselves with a quiet, all-seasons retreat.

Email Exchange with Owen Geiger

Amanda’s sketch of the new design idea

Hello there,

Thank you so much for the information! ¬†It was really helpful to us, and led to a pretty productive brainstorm.¬†We will definitely take some of the inspiration from the tiny tower and integrate it. ¬†But, after talking about it more, we were wondering if something a bit more unique might be possible…Do you think that the modification of the¬†Two-story roundhouse¬†that’s roughly depicted in the attached photo is at all feasible (this is a drawing that Amanda made)? ¬†We’re¬†very¬†excited about having some kind of unique “reading nook.” ¬†We wondered if placing it in the center of the structure, up above the roof line, could possibly work. ¬†I was thinking that either extending the central support beam, or placing another right above it, and then having a series of boards supporting it (which all connect to the support beam at an angle) could possibly provide the support needed to make this nook work. ¬†Is this achievable, do you think (in any way with an earthbag structure)?¬†This nook was inspired by¬†this design¬†by a guy named Mark Clipsham.¬†Thanks again, Owen! ¬†So excited to start building when we’re able! -Ryan
Yes, you can build an optional loft in the roof.  You can create additional loft space with specially designed trusses, raising the wall height, making a steeper pitched roof, all the above, etc.  The next step is for you to sketch changes to the floorplans, scan and save as jpeg images and email to me for a fixed quote.

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Very nice! I think in August especially, the roof at the top of the structure, coupled with open air space beneath, will make the indoor environment below much more habitable!

Your design looks like a great blending of two very good ideas. Keep posting on this topic (earth bag building) please, I’m interested in taking one of their workshops in the future – while we have a home, I need a barn, and this looks like a very cool way to build one!

Have you guys found a source for the bags yet?


We were thinking about using the leftover bags from other earth bag projects in the area, but will probably make that decision next year when we prepare to build. Thanks for the support! An earthbag barn would be great; I heard they’re resistant to fire.

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