Affordable and Sustainable DIY Earthbag Homes







Earthbag building (sometimes called sandbag building) is surely one of the lowest cost, most practical building methods. First used by the military for building durable, bullet and blast resistant structures, this building method has recently experienced a surge of interest among do-it-yourself builders. There are now an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 earthbag structures, including homes, offices, shops, schools, temples, clinics, orphanages and even ecovillages.

One of the strongest selling points is affordability. A simple earthbag dome, for example, using recycled grain bags and earth can be built for around $100. A larger, more comfortable home can be built for around $500-$1000. The EarthDome House at Terrasante Village in Tucson, Arizona is just one example.

Earthbags are ideal for owner-builders. The necessary skills for each step of construction can be learned in a few minutes. It boils down to simply filling bags with an appropriate fill material (typically subsoil or gravel) and tamping them solid. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Also, few tools are required – shovels, buckets, garden hose. The few additional tools needed (tamper, slider) can be made cheaply and easily.

Earthbag buildings are sustainable since they are made primarily of earth from or near the building site. Earthbag domes do not require wood, thereby reducing pressure on our forests. Expensive concrete foundations are not required if you use gravel-filled bags. In addition, these structures are safe, quiet, nontoxic, rodent proof, and fire, hurricane and flood resistant.

Energy efficiency is another strong plus in favor of building with bags. The massive earth walls stabilize interior temperatures in hot climates. In cold and hot climates, earthbags can be filled with an insulating material, such as lava rock, pumice, vermiculite or perlite. Some builders are experimenting with rice hulls for insulation, which are often free for the taking. In general, lightweight insulating materials (such as those just mentioned) require far less labor than those of tamped earth and provide comfort through the harshest winters or hottest summers.

Earthbags can also be used to create underground (root/storm cellars, etc.) or earth-bermed structures, privacy and retaining walls, planters, furniture (built-in benches, etc.), and many other uses. Earthbags are very adaptable and work just as well for domes as they do for structures with vertical walls. They also excel at creating free-form, curving structures.

As earthbag building grows by leaps and bounds, NGOs and other organizations are exploring their use for emergency shelters. Millions of victims of wars and natural disasters need low cost housing and temporary shelter. More durable than tarps and more comfortable than tents, earthbags work perfectly since even unskilled workers can build their own shelters – all without destroying local resources.

Boho-chic is one style of fashion for women drawing on different bohemian dresses and hippie styles; it is about looking natural and character. Long flowing dresses, headbands, the Lennon glasses, and the hippie style of look are the best style this year.

What's Bohemian Style?

Essentially, the bohemian style of dressing symbolizes the unstructured ethos of the hippie lifestyle. The hippie trend embossed an eco-friendly connectedness to our nature, and natural fabrics like cotton and cheesecloth, together with floaty designs and fabrics, reflected the ideas.

Signature Bohemian Outfits

Bohemian style and sleeves are actually grounded in an idea to have the freedom to the layer and to combine various clothing items that will reflect your character. Even though the emphasis is primarily on a wide use of the free-flowing patterns with very light fabrics, it is not to an exclusion of everything else. Actually, when we talk about boho clothing adding fitted (like stretch vest top and leggings), strongly serves to emphasize looser cut of any other items. Obviously, the oversized outfit is a must.

Fabrics Good For the Boho Clothing

To keep up with the natural tone of earth-loving ethos, some of the natural materials include fabric for the boho chic style. Cool linens, light cotton, and hemp are good alternatives and fabrics that emphasize floaty ethereal appearance, including lace, chiffon, or silk. The semi-natural look of faux fur also adds more to your style, and, suede and leather are a fabulous choice for jackets and coats, boots and shoes, and accessories like bags and belts for this summer fashion .

Colors Embody Boho Look

Emphasis on the natural tone also has an impact on the main color choice for boho dresses . The autumnal earth tones like rich tan, deep browns or charcoal black are present, with the cool neutrals such as delicate taupe and beige, white and cream making one of the best appearance. However, that does not mean the bright colors will be left out altogether. By adding a touch of radiance with the jewel-ton hat or scarf will make the real statement, and giving an impact to natural contrast of other tones.

Choosing Best Designs For the Boho Clothing

One defining feature of boho clothing is its layering. You are wearing the combination of various clothing items, and with emphasis on overall layered effect, instead of drawing more attention to a particular article. It means you have to choose the clothes that will match well, and without one article stands out. Beside choosing plain clothing, you have to ensure that your patterns are minor and small.

The little floral or classic millefleurs both are good options or you can go for the delicate polka dots and subtle pinstripes. The ethnic prints will bring the beautiful ambiance to any look but do not go overboard with print. One needs to understand the different options, like ikat prints, are the best choice instead of something bold and big.