Articles in Building Methods

"Wizard Home" Going Up Down Under
Duuvy Jester has another project workshop running at Terraeden Biotecture building the "Wizard Home,"  an earthtube and earthbag "superadobe" styled round house.  It's a mud-slinging endeavor where people work together and have a blast doing it!  The earth bag design is bene...
'Shedquarters': Trend The Home-Based Business Owners Are Drooling Over
In light of the fact that because of the internet, many people don't "go" to work any more, it is common to have conflicted space in the home where Mom or Dad are working where the kids are playing.  The work space requires quiet to focus, while the play space requires noise for extreme joy! Sp...
15 Building Methods And Their Advantages With Great Video Examples
Adobe Home Adobe is a natural building type which uses materials such as sand, clay, water and some type of fibrous or organic material like sticks, straw and/or manure. Builders shape the mixture into bricks using frames and it dries in the sun. This form of building is similar to cob and mud brick...
1824's Log Fort Gibson In Oklahoma - A History And Current Renovation
Built in 1825, Fort Gibson was reconstructed in 1935.  Here as it is being rebuilt again, I stopped to interview the crew on April 14, 2014 as they replace the rotten log timbers: A landmark to the previous restoration   On May 7, 2014, we stopped by to visit and view ...
20 Staircases That Bring The Nature Out In Anyone
The element that brings you up to the next level of a home is the step by step walk up the staircase.  The appearance of that walk can either bring you peace and beauty, or boredom and strain to your day.  I prefer the former, and love that some of these staircases bring out the best feeli...
28 Amazing Chicken Coop Designs
Many people spend more time designing their chicken coops than they do their homes.  It's a small project that doesn't take up too much time, so an individual can achieve construction by themselves.  That makes it a great project for any household.  Watch these two great videos, and t...
40 Foot Container Home: Small House, Big Space
There are a series of new and amazing smaller homes coming into the marketplace through custom designs that change the scope of thinking about space.  Some of them manage to come up with ideas that are unique and amazing, they find a viral place on the internet, then everyone goes wild with the...
A Contemporary Wooden Sauna On The Sea
Students from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design recently completed ‘The Bands,’ a larch-clad sauna and terrace built atop a rocky quay. Completed in just four weeks in Kleivan, Lofoten, Norway, the wooden structure was created as part of the students’ semester-long design/...
A Room Of One's Own: Lori's Cabin
Lori's Cabin: In Her Own Words I was in the market for a wall tent when I came across Finn and the cutest little cabin I ever saw. Finn was an acquaintance, so I asked him what the structure was. It was positioned up on a trailer and he'd obviously just pulled up at the Saturday craft market wher...
Amazing See-thru Sleeping Capsules Hang 400 Feet Above Peru's Sacred Valley
Thrill-seeking travelers can now stay in Skylodge, a trio of transparent pods placed 400 feet (122m) above the ground on a cliff-face in the Peruvian Andes. Located near the city of Cuzco, the three 24 x 8 meter capsules, made from polycarbonate and aluminium, are operated by Peruvia...
An Earthbag House Time Lapse: 6 Months of Work In 2 Minutes
One by one, the bags are stacked into the perimeter of the cut earth.  There will be more insulation here than in any conventional construction method Doorways and windows are formed with wooden supports   Here metal and plastics are used to cover and prepare strenth to support an ear...
An Earthbag House Time Lapse: 6 Months of Work In 2 Minutes
One by one, the bags are stacked into the perimeter of the cut earth.  There will be more insulation here than in any conventional construction method Doorways and windows are formed with wooden supports   Here metal and plastics are used to cover and prepare strenth to suppor...
An Introduction To Composting Toilets: How And Why They Work With Example
Composting toilets are simple, low-tech, waterless toilets. They are designed to provide favorable habitat for biological agents of decomposition such as bacteria, mold and fungi which break down feces and urine into compost. This miraculously transformative process encourages us to move beyond...
As Many As 70 Million Chinese live in caves
A teacher in China prepares dinner in the cave he calls home, near Ziyun in the country's southern Guizhou province. Tens of million in China have gone underground — to live. Over 30 million Chinese make their homes in caves, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times.Reporting from...
Australia's First Earth Ship Build
Duuvy Jester and the gang are putting together some great stuff!  I'll be featuring more of their progress here shortly!  Watch these two videos to catch up, and then there's more great earthship articles to go through below and get up to speed with all this great knowledge about building ...
Bill and Lorraine Live Off the Grid (And Without Propane)
Our Ontario home is powered by sun, wind and wood, and consumes almost zero fossil fuels. Bill and Lorraine Kemp have been living off the grid for 20 years. They power their home with electricity from solar and wind electric systems, heat with wood, and use solar and wood-fired water heating. Twe...
BioMason’s bricks “grown” with sand and bacteria to hit the market next year
BioMason is a North Carolina startup company that manufactures bricks without heat or clay. About 8% of global carbon emissions come from making bricks, according to the company’s co-founder, Ginger Krieg Dosier, citing information from the EPA. The BioMason process not only creates ...
Bob's New Tool Shed Cost About $200 To Make! Just Look How Nice It Came Out!
Well, it was time to replace the old tool shed. Despite all the framing I'd added, the serious snow loads we get up here had finally damaged our old Montgomery Ward metal garden shed beyond the point of no return. The wife wanted to throw up a simple pole shed, using up all the scrap lumber we have ...
Build From The Land In The Woods With Friends
This tiny 130 sq foot woodland house in the Dordogne, France is home to Menthé a French journeyman carpenter. He lives a simple happy life together with other carpenters in the woods. They work together under the name of copeaux cabana (wood chip cabins). The home has a curved roof inspired by the ...
Build Naturally with Stone
There are side effects of building your own #Natural#Home...1. you will learn new skills, and that's empowering & just plain cool2. your creativity will wake up & flourish (and possibly wake you up in the middle of the night with ideas)3. your friends will "ooh" and "aaah" (a lot)4. you will...
Build This Great Home for $2500 and Other Construction Time Lapses
I just love working with ferrocement.  It's so simple and yet so versatile as to what can be done with it.  Really?  $2500?  Check this out! This next video is a bit longer, but it shows a variety of building techniques to include cob, pallet and cob, ra...
Building A Beautiful Outhouse
Okay, so the idea of an outhouse being beautiful sounds contrary,  but they make bathrooms beautifully, so why not? This man walks you through his construction process.  Nice work! Other great stories from Offgridquest.com Stained Glass? Well Not Quite.... But Still Beautiful He...
Building Earthen Homes Using the Original DIY Material
Adobe, cob, compressed earth blocks and clay-straw building methods are labor-intensive but tremendously rewarding.  Dirt is the original DIY material. In cultures all over the world, people have used earth to fashion everything from bowls to buildings. We know this because so many earthen hom...
Building Off-Grid in Montana with Mike Reynolds: This is Awesome!
Not only are they building a completely sustainable off-grid home, but the construction process is off-grid as well.  When you build in the wilderness, the creativity required means generators, solar panels, vehicles with power inverters, gas powered air compressors and welders, or whatever you...
Building Up Bamboo- MIT researchers study bamboo for engineered building material, similar to plywood.
Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The effect can be stunning, and also practical in parts of the world where bamboo thrives. But there are limitations to building wi...
Building With Adobe And Use Of Mud Bricks
Adobe structures are extremely durable, and account for some of the oldest existing buildings in the world. Compared to wooden buildings, adobe buildings offer significant advantages due to their greater thermal mass in hot climates, but they are known to be particularly susceptible t...
Building With Bottles, Now That's A Concept!
Pop Bottle Construction at it's finest!  Now watch this video:...
Building with Clay: Inspiring Photos of Walls, Floors & Plasters Made From Clay
People have been building with clay for thousands of years, clay is warm, is everywhere, is inexpensive, malleable, easy to mold and work with. Clay homes are peaceful, and cozy. little cob house in California by Rob Pollacek. The photo is from www.facebook.com/naturalhomes ...if you haven't yet ch...
Building With Cob Fun With Friends Or Family
This first video shows how easy, yet how fun it can be to work with cob.  If you work a regular 9-5 job, it's hard to take the time out of life to build this way.  This is all a part of the off-grid lifestyle, where you begin to work your way into a lifestyle of growing your own food, wher...
Building With Earth In Baja California, How Cool Is This?
Just outside of Bahia de Los Angeles, in a little town in Baja California, Mexico, a new sustainable building is going up. The view of the Gulf of California is Breathtaking! Earth Bag Construction is awesome!  It provides a great insulation barrier from the elements, and should be strong en...
Bunker, Shelter, Mound - Which Do You Like Best?
The most impenetrable fortress, a tornado proof bunker, or a Namaqua mound.... all three make for unique and stylish housing.  These videos are really worth a watch into the style of construction of each:  ...
CEB - Compressed Earth Block Construction - Simple, Sustainable, Natural, Cheap
COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCKS - LIVING BUILDING MATERIAL Earth blocks are unfired, uniform building blocks, compressed from clay-retaining earth, suitable for use for load-bearing and non-load bearing walls, heat-accumulating walls, heat walls and Finnovens. An earth building forms as it were a third skin...
Cob Home Exteriors
Cob Home Exteriors  Dwellings in Jericho, which were built in 9000 BC of mud brick, still stand today as testament to the longevity of earthen homes. Cob has also been popular in the UK and Ireland as their soils have a high clay content. Thousands of old cob dwellings are still in use as resid...
Cob House Built for $250 From Mud, Straw and Clay – That's It!
Buck has collected most of the material from skips (landfills). The roof of the cob house is thatched with straws from his own fields and windows made of windscreen of an old lorry (truck). The thatched roof and cob walls make the 300 sq ft floor area home well insulated, and the ceiling stuffed in ...
Concrete Building Systems
Concrete Building System (CBS) is an obvious somewhat ingenius two sided concrete shell. High strength precast concrete "tiles" slide together with spline guidance. Tenacious embedded expanded steels are simply welded together to join wall faces. Tiles are 1,2, and 3 feet long. Steels are always 6 i...
Construction of a Strawbale Home
This Video does a great job taking a wood sided straw-bale home from concept to completion from plans, to framing, to stacking the straw, and shaping it, to finding the mud mix and texturing the walls.  Enjoy!   Other Stories from Offgridquest.com Dreamy Seashell House Meant To Look...
Conversion of a 40ft Shipping Container into an Emergency Home Unit
Ceardean Architects where delighted to lead the Ripple Team to achieve the conversion of a 40ft Shipping Container into a Emergency Home Unit for SVDP in 3 days at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in November 2014. The Ripple project is a container fully fitted out as a home with two bedrooms, bathro...
Cool Spaces: Earthships & Gypsy Wagons
Marcus Sisk's Biotecture of Tennessee Earthship home under construction in Gallatin, TN. Structure is constructed from recycled tires, bottles and cans. (Bob Gathany/bgathany@AL.com) Creating or finding a shelter to call "home" has been a necessity for humans since the beginning of time. Protecting ...
Cordwood Construction Is Beautiful
Wooden cabins are really great, especially for spending your holiday. If you would like to build yourself such a cabin in order to have your own island of relaxation, then you should consider making some small changes in the basic wooden cabin structure. We are thinking about building the walls of t...
Cordwood Sheds and Cabins - Beautiful And Simple To Build!
Also known as Stackwall, Stovewood, Firewood or Cordwood Masonry.   Short lengths of debarked trees (cordwood) are laid with a mixture of mortar and insulating materials - such as sawdust or spray foam - in between the mortar. The longer the length of the logs, the better the insulation qual...
Cordwood Sheds and Cabins - Rustic Fabulous
Cordwood Sheds and Cabins  also known as Stackwall, Stovewood, Firewood or Cordwood Masonry. On the final page, be sure to watch the great video on how to build a cordwood cabin! cordwood shed Short lengths of debarked trees (cordwood) are laid with a mixture of mortar and insulating materials...
Czech Man Builds A Nice Earth Tube Dome House
Though I can't translate their site, the work speaks for itself.  I imagine that the Czech man in the pictures is the man behind the construction of ths Earthtube home.    Though I'n not sure if this is the same structure, this is what earthtube construction migh...
Deanne Bednar's Strawbale Studio Is Natural Home Dream
The second stop on our roadtrip to Vermont is to see a woman named Deanne, a natural builder, and the illustrator for several cob-related books such as The Hand-Sculpted House and The Cobber's Companion. Her land is home to the Strawbale Studio, a natural building school in rural Michigan. We've bee...
Designed To Survive (almost) Anything
Spanish designer Dionisio Gonzales creates surreal forts meant to endure natural disasters such as hurricanes. These fictional structures made of iron and concrete are hybrids of beach houses, bunkers and space ships, and are part of the artist’s latest series of designs entitled “Dauphin Island...
DIY Recycled Wood Into Rustic Shutters
Shutters are a great way to accent your windows and home. you can recycle wooden fruit crates or pallets to create beautiful rustic window decorations.  We believe shutters that are in the shape of barn doors, are one of the most appealing and beautiful. Here are a few examples for you. ...
Dreaming Of Domes
When you assemble many triangles into a dome, this is what you get.  Geodesic dome construction is a very unique building technique, and here are some great pictures of what others have done... and a how-to video on the last page......
Earth and Straw Bale Home in Tepoztlan, Mexico
Sitting at the foothills of the Tepozteco Park in the beautiful setting of the forest. This natural built home is made with strawbale and clay and the finishes are done in the Tadelakt technique. With gray water treatment, passive cooling and heating, and off grid, make this home a beautiful on...
Earth Sheltered Homes - No Better Energy Efficiency!
If you are looking for a home with energy-efficient features that will provide a comfortable, tranquil, weather-resistant dwelling, an earth-sheltered house could be right for you. There are two basic types of earth-sheltered house designs—underground and bermed. Underground Earth-Sheltered ...
Earthbag buildings withstand earthquake in Nepal.
A message from Chloe and Oliver .... .....in the middle of the debris, a good news from Nepal... As part of our documentary project about natural and alternative building around the world, we took part to a building site in rural Nepal, in febuary 2015. We helped to build a teacher training center w...
Earthbag Homes: The Ultimate Bullet-Proof Retreat… Cheap and Easy to Build!
Environmentalist’s best kept secret and the concrete industry’s worst nightmare… … the earthbag method means that you can build a small retreat to withstand bullets, floods, hurricanes, storms and fires much better than a conventional house. And all at a fraction of th...
Earthbag Round House For Less Than $5,000
Looking for a very stable design which does not only come cheap from the start but also makes you save money in the long run. Due to its shape and materials used, the earthbag house has less area than your normal home, so it’s cheaper to keep it supplied with energy. Don’t be scared if y...
Earthen Floor Start To Finish
COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCKS - LIVING BUILDING MATERIAL Earth blocks are unfired, uniform building blocks, compressed from clay-retaining earth, suitable for use for load-bearing and non-load bearing walls, heat-accumulating walls, heat walls and Finnovens. An earth building forms as it were a third skin...
Earthen Floor Start To Finish (3)
   In the interest of future estimation I’ve found that .5 gallon of linseed oil will cover about 100 square feet. That is, straight, with out mineral spirits.  This is on a relatively smooth floor. The next coats were cut 20 -45 % with mineral spirits. In total I’ve placed 4 coa...
Earthship In Serbia! Oh What Good Things We Can Learn To Do By Watching Others Around The World!
Following the amazing wave of connectivity that the internet has provided, and the social networking of first AOL, then more recently Myspace, and now Facebook that has connected friends with friends around the world, people are learning how to do things right the first time in a way that produces l...
Earthtube Community Center In Haiti
This first structure will be a community center for the Mango Grower's Association, and the village of Barriere Jeudy, as well as a hurricane and flood shelter as the rainy season picks up. The building of the center is also functioning as a building workshop, or a skill-share to introduce local bui...
Eco Homes from the Earth: Cob
Wouldn’t it be nice to own your own green dream home, made with recycled and natural materials and packed with custom features? Whether you’re an experienced builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, you can build a natural eco-friendly home with user-friendly, low-cost ...
Eco Homes from the Earth: Earthbag Building
Wouldn’t it be nice to own your own green dream home, made with recycled and natural materials and packed with custom features? Whether you’re an experienced builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, you can build a natural eco-friendly home with user-friendly, low-cost ...
Eco Homes from the Earth: Earthships and Hobbit Houses
Wouldn’t it be nice to own your own green dream home, made with recycled and natural materials and packed with custom features? Whether you’re an experienced builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, you can build a natural eco-friendly home with user-friendly, low-cost ...
Eco Homes from the Earth: Rammed Earth
Wouldn’t it be nice to own your own green dream home, made with recycled and natural materials and packed with custom features? Whether you’re an experienced builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, you can build a natural eco-friendly home with user-friendly, low-cost ...
Eco Homes from the Earth: Strawbale
Wouldn’t it be nice to own your own green dream home, made with recycled and natural materials and packed with custom features? Whether you’re an experienced builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, you can build a natural eco-friendly home with user-friendly, low-cost ...
Eco-Construction: From Beginning to End
Clay is molded and forms the vase, and it's emptiness is what makes it useful. Windows and doors are open in a home an that is the emptiness that makes it useful. In this world were we are all accomplices in the creation of the essentials and the simplicity of things, the modern system that is tr...
Ella's Tiny House: If She Can Do This, So Can You!
Ella’s Tiny House by Kent Griswold on October 3rd, 2012. I featured Ella back a few months as she was in the process of building her tiny home. Ella just sent me an update and tells me the house is completed. Ella says: “My house in FINALLY done! It’s been a little over a year...
Elora Hardy Is Building Stunning Sustainable Homes From Bamboo
You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely uniq...
Family Builds a House INSIDE a Greenhouse (video)
The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” ex...
Fantastic Shipping Container Home Wraps Around A Giant Cedar Tree
Architect Maria Jose Trejos has designed Casa Incubo, a home made from eight shipping containers, that serves as both a residential space and workspace. From the architect "This design was conceived as a modular concept with eight reusable 40’ Cube containers, united by a central two-story m...
For One Man, Pallets And Bricks Began This Awesomely Practical Water Catching Shed!
We’ve all seen them. The hundreds of blogs and Pinterest posts that show how awesome pallets are. They can be used for so many different things, yet this is the first time I’ve ever seen a pallet shed this well made! Who knew you could build an entire building out of pallets, and a shed ...
From Dream To Reality: Newearth Bali
Bamboo in its natural form, as a construction material is traditionally associated with the cultures of South Asia, East Asia and the South Pacific, to some extent in Central and South America, and by extension in the aesthetic of Tiki culture. In China and India, bamboo was used to hold up simpl...
From Trash To ECOBLOCKS: A Sustainable Way To Recycle Waste Into Construction Building Blocks
Can we look at trash as a solution instead of a problem? ECOBLOCKS are born out of a very clear and concrete idea. The need of housing for low income families. Engineer Cruz Romero, from Veracruz, Mexico, developed a product that is so necessary for construction: building blocks. But not j...
Glass Flooring... bet you haven't seen this before...
~Gonzalo MolanoHi, this might be silly, but I figure, I'd still share it, maybe someone will be able to refine this idea and take it to the next step. I just built my porch floor out of glass bottles... mostly beer, but a few sodas, too, just to not feel too guilty It helps the environment, I guess....
Global Debut: Tinyhouse Europe Is Ready To Roll
The tiny house wave is moving around the globe.  Tinyhouse Europe with current resellers in Great Britain and France is excited to begin spreading with reseller locations across Europe.  Here is their promotion:   Welcome to the future of Low Impact LivingOur "easy to build" kits com...
Going Off The Grid: Competition Spurs Innovations in Solar Home Design
Imagine an energy efficient  house that's a blueprint for the  future, but exists today.  That’s exactly what 60 architectural and engineering students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) designed and built. Their Chameleon House i...
Got Rocks? Use Em!
Traditional construction of homes today in the United States is done in a way that things break down over time, and must be replaced.  Our spend now pay later attitude of the past 40 years has lead to products that are cheap and get us by for the short term.  We have forgotten what it is t...
Grass Covered Stone Hunting Lodge Rises From The Terrain In This Efficient And Awesome Design
Basarch’s private hunting lodge is located on a game preserve near Lednice in the south of the Czech Republic. One side of the linear home is bermed to protect it from the sound of a nearby highway. A green roof grows up and over the home to further encase it and protect it while also providin...
Great Opportunity For Those Who Want To Learn!!! Internship at Ampersand Sustainable Living Center (Vacancy for 5)
Join five other amazing interns in a community lifestyle rich with the essentials in rustic living conditions, including solar electricity, running rain water, hot showers composting toilets, and wireless Internet. Learn solar cooking, live off harvested rainwater, and build with earth and salvaged...
Grow Your Own House! Building With Bamboo
BAMBOO offers an ecologically viable alternative to timber for construction. Bamboo is an extremely fast growing plant. Construction grade material is available in three years as opposed to ten to twenty years for timber. Unlike trees, harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant so an erosion problem ...
Handmade Cabin Circa 1900
Google translate version of text from french: Finally, if not finally, yes it is a real cabin, but there's no real fisherman in, well it depends, if the gas that will work in fishing from time to time, but also not there, you know what, so it is the fisherman's hut in Bournat, 1900 at bugue reconst...
Hanging Beds - How To Build With Pipe And Wood
Well this week I added some hanging beds into the mix, and we love them, but here's one design that's stronger and safer feeling so the kids aren't having swinging boat wars in the room and killing each other.  Bonus: No more hiding clothes under the bed when moms says it is time to clean your ...
Hempcrete: The Astounding Benefits Of Using Hemp To Build Homes
If governments and corporations really wanted to help the environment and create more sustainable housing, I can guarantee you that the whole world would be using Hempcrete right now. Unfortunately, It seems that they are too concerned with keeping their very profitable system that they fear ch...
Historic Defense Tower Repurposed Into Fantastic Home
This ancient defense tower in Suffolk, England has been transformed from a historic marker of a war-faring age into a remarkable one-of-a-kind home. The home’s designer and owner Duncan Jackson worked closely with Piercy Conner Architects to create a comfortable, contemporary living space that...
How About A Big Box House and A Big Box Restaurant?
The architecture firm HyBrid, which specializes in designing buildings from recycled shipping containers, created this solar-powered house for Sunset Magazine. Amy Eastwood When it comes to architecture, sustainability and affordability can mean many things: Salvaged wood becomes new floo...
How Many People Does It Take To Move A House By Hand... watch this!
This wild episode shows how 80 Amish worked together to move a house from one place onto its new concrete pad just up the grade.  Amazing!  ...
How One Building Is Changing The Way Cities Think About Energy And Construction
Seattle's Bullitt Center: The World's Greenest Office Building from EarthFix on Vimeo. It used to be that the Bullitt Foundation “saved the planet” the old-fashioned way, putting its money behind campaigns to spare old-growth forests, stop mines in Alaska, and clean up toxic waste. Not...
How One Couple Built Their Log Cabin From The Land
Living in a cozy little cabin nestled in the woods is part and parcel of the classic Thoreau-inspired lifestyle most folks dream of now and then. But the romantic vision of log-home life is shattered — for many people — by the sheer cost of such structures, which can be as high as that...
How They Built A Log Cabin Under $500.00 - Tale Of Adventure & Fun
You may be wondering how in the world someone can build a log cabin for $500.00.  Well it's simple really.  If you decide you want to build, and you're too far from the store, then you'll have to learn to make due with what you can find outside.  Start with cutting down some trees. Yo...
How To Build A Log Cabin
If you've ever wanted to build that cute little log cabin in the woods, this one's for you!   Videos Step 1 first, then go on to step 2...
How To Build A Smoke House!
Preserving food these days seems like a hard job, unless you want to do it in a natural way. The perfect medium for this is a smoke house. This awesome piece of garden facility will make you ready for all the products and dishes specific to the fall season. Making such a structure in your backyard i...
How to build with cob - watch, then try it yourself!
Building with cob can be loads of fun.  One is able to take advantage of the earthen material that we walk on, and raise it into walls that hold with strength.  Through various techniques that can be learned through watching, through trial and error, and through hands-on practice and educa...
How To Make Papercrete Blocks For Your Construction Needs
It's green, it's cheap, and it's a solid, long lasting material to work with! Papercrete?? Never heard of it? Go here. Up to speed? Great, Let’s get going. Tools Papercrete mixer Block molds (mine are made from 2x6s and scrap siding) Shovel Materials Water Paper (used of course) Shredded plast...
How To Mix Cob Perfectly For Earthen Building
So you're thinking about building a home out of cob, and you're not sure how much sand to use, how to find the clay, or how much straw to put in it.  This video is a must see educational on mixing cob!...
How We Turned Our Carport Into A Barn
We started with an 18 x 20 carport by CoverAll with 5' legs We enclosed the sides and ends with 5/4" x 6" treated lumber. Dividers were built and stalls were created. Each stall is approximately 6 x 7. These may seem small, but our horses are in only twice a day for feeding. They are only left...
Hyperefficient Strawbale Eco Home Goes Up In Keene WV
When you decide to build a home, you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself, and by building it right.  It's a hard labor of many additional hours over conventional construction to build a strawbale home like this, but your energy bills with thank you for it for many years to come as by d...
Insulated Straw Bale Chicken House
What better way to practice your natural building skills that you building a straw bale Coop for your Chooks... The insulative properties or straw bale will make this coop perfect for areas where teperatures drop drastically. While backyard chicken keeping has not always seemed plausible in urban a...
Into The Woods: Homes That Vanish Into Their Surroundings
Snapshot: In the Poltova region of Ukraine, about equidistant between The Black Sea and Russia, you will find Sosnovka’s Relax Park Verholy. Here, amidst a maze of trunks and needled ground, Studio YOD has crafted guest houses seemingly born from the forest.  Each lightweight metal-frame...
Introducing Windship: Typhoon Resistance Living
When natural events as traumatic as a monster Typhoon ravage nations, it's time to change preparations.   Michael Reynolds shares his plan:...
Johnny Clasper’s Stoneworks are Works of Art (15 Photos)
Stonemason and sculptor Johnny Clasper creates incredible works of art with stone. From dry stone works to free-form stone sculptures and pebble mosaics, Clasper is skilled in a variety of styles and techniques. On his website and Facebook page you can see many of his completed works along with te...
Less Is More - The Tiny House Movement
Less Is More:The Tiny House MovementInfographic by CustomMade...
Living off the Grid: A Beginning
Getting off the grid is a dream that many homeowners would love to achieve. Who wouldn’t want to produce their own electricity and be completely independent from the municipal power grid? Now thanks to modern technology, this dream is now a distinct possibility. If you’ve ever thought ab...
Living off the Grid: Building an off the Grid Cabin for Winter for $300
Just three months ago we purchased 5 acres of land in the Pacific Northwest where we will be working to develop our off grid homestead 100% from scratch. While we will be working to build our timber frame barn and eventually timber frame house, winter has arrived and we have neither! We are boondoc...
Look Out Dundee, Enter Duuuuuvy! Australia's Earthship Champion!
We in The U.S. know Crocodile Dundee as Australian Legend... but when it comes to making waves, he doesn't hold a candle to Duuvy Jester! I just got done going through his picture set, and .... ooooh my!  He seems to have a lot of fun no matter what's going on!  He is Earthship Terraeden'...
Luminous Saltygloo Pavilion 3D-Printed From Sea Salt!
Created by Emerging Objects founders, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the Saltygloo is an artistic experiment in using 3D printing technology and additive manufacturing techniques to turn local materials into resilient structures. The team explained to Dezeen that 500,000 tons of sea salt is ...