Melissa White wrote:Where is the best place to buy small quantities of earth bags?
Matthew Nistico wrote:@Morgan - What an awesome build! The switch from rammed-earth tires to earth bags seems to me a very smart choice. Thanks for posting so many video updates. It is wonderful to watch your progress from step to step, and I must say that you are making great progress. Is your floor plan posted anywhere? I would love to examine more closely how you designed this space.
Matthew Nistico wrote:since your first updates are from after your scratch coat of plaster was applied, I was unable to guess how you tied your plaster to the wall. In my own experience (straw bale), it isn't really a problem, as the plaster keys very well directly onto the straw, but I am guessing that you must have used a lathe or other substrate of some type on which to hang your base coat?
William Grotts wrote:In the link it states "They can also be used to build extremely strong structures that are inherently resistant to most hazards that would readily destroy a stick-frame house." How earthquake resistant are they for locations like here in shakey Oklahoma?
Matthew Nistico wrote:I know that your north walls are only bermed up half their height. Still, are you at all worried about the structural integrity of the concave portion of wall spanning from the 2nd bedroom across the man cave? If so, what extra precautions or relevant construction details did you incorporate into the wall to help in this regard?
Matthew Nistico wrote:Thanks for sharing more photos! Very nice.
The photo highlights another difference between your home and traditional earthships: yours does not have the front outer hallway, where earthships usually have small ponds and garden beds. Instead, you've integrated that part of the design into your front living room and kitchen areas. I can see how that is perhaps better use of the space, but I can also see how it sets the back rooms further away from the sunlight from the front glass wall.
How do you find that it works for you?
Morgan Caraway wrote:I just wrote a blog post about the bottle walls we've built. Our largest yet was in our earthship-inspired earthbag house.
Matthew Nistico wrote:Very nice! I'm sorry I didn't get to see your house while attending last year's RMH build next door. Maybe another time. I'd never really appreciated bottle walls until I saw them there in person. I suppose the prior examples I'd seen first hand were underwhelming, but now I do appreciate that a bottle wall done well can be a nice addition to the right type of structure.
Alan Loy wrote:Looks to be a good alternative to bashing those tyres! Will you end up with similar mass and insulation to the tyres method?
Rodney Wade wrote:I would think turning those bags 90° would get you similar thickness to a tire and thus the insulation.