Build a Cheap House
“Say what? Earthbag Houses?” Yes! Are you ready to be introduced to one of the most brilliant, in-expensive ways to own your own house without some long term, debt to your eyeballs payment plan? Well keep reading because things are about to get mighty dirty around here!
Okay, first of all, what in the world is an Earth…bag…House? Are we in the jungle all of a sudden? No, not the African kind…but many of us are in some pretty wild jungles of our own called debt, and if you’re like I am, you’re probably looking for a way back to mental civilization, right?
Well, Earthbag Homes may just be your ticket there.
Earthbag Homes were first introduced by architect Nader Khalili who had the vision of bringing a form of low-income living to Americans.
After a successful trip to Iran where he taught the skill of mud house building, Nader brought his knowledge back with him and created the Earthbag build for cheap house construction.
Why earth bags?
Hmmm…I’ll give you one hint…cheap as dirt.
By gathering old sand bags discarded from sand companies and piping them full of the dirt underneath your very own feet, stacked together, these sand bags work astronomically well as a solid; live able and water proof abodes.
Sand bags are, after all, used for constructing massive flood walls and such…makes sense to me!
Usually constructed in a large bee-hive manner, these structures can take on any form the builder chooses and can look quite beautiful. (Your wallet will look pretty pleasing as well in its fat and full state, a nice bonus.)
Do I have your interest?
Want a little more information…a little more substance…a little more, dirt? Keep on reading to find your perfect Earthbag layout.
Though this may not be for everyone, for those that don’t mind taking a more creative out of the box approach to home sweet home, this is a wonderful and versatile option.
“I have three precious things which I
hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the
third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle
and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself
before others and you can become a leader among men.”
― Lao Tzu
“Frugality is one of the most
beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are
culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has
made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us
the happiness of not having things.”
― Elise Boulding