jed slater

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Andrew

Yeah you are right, but what I am trying to say is that supervision is a very important issue regarding earth bag buildings. I don't mind do some of the work and we do have the opportunity to hire help
for the heavier part of the construction. The house has to be free of any mortgage so we have do build it from what we have saved. I could buy a normal mainstream house and pay for it upfront, and
then I didn't build it "green" nor did I build it safe (storm, hurricanes ect.) so back to square one and not getting any younger LOL

So my plan is for now!

1.get the land
2. build a small house we can move into quickly like the easydome kit http://www.easydomes.com/?mainmenu=1&menu=0&init=1
3. start constructing the "real" house but as a part of the one that is already done.

This way we can keep the cost down and still have our dream, building code around here are big zero

Regards
Jed

6 years ago
I found this guy, and I do believe that he is able to supervise or can be hired to construct the building or some of it. I really like the design and the Idea of earth bag buildings.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arquitectura_en_equilibrio/sets/72157626061872258/?page=2

Also there is a company easydome Ltd. they sell pre made houses, even for export. The problem earth bag constructions has, is that it is really hard labor demanding, and most people including me, don't have the
time nor the skills to build a home from ground up. That is why this construction method is only used by a very few in the western part of the world.

Now if a "normal" home cost $30k - $100k to purchase, then you properly have to pay the same amount of money to hire in a crew to build a earthbag house similar to a "normal" house.

Do you have any knowledge of a company or group of skilled builders who are doing this??

Thanks for your reply and link

Regards
Jed
6 years ago
Again not all have a large family to call upon! most folks are looking for a solution where the basic construction is done by professionals and not by themselves.
I am not looking for a turn-key solution but more like a 50% "kit" solution. I see this as a 3 stage project.
1. Foundation including all the electric and plumbing work.
2. Building the frame of the house
3. interior fittings.

Part 1 & 3 is not hard to do or to hire someone to assist, but no 2 is really difficult because there is no one around who have the knowledge to help building this kind of
structure.

Regards
Jed
6 years ago
I really love the concept of the earth bag building technique. The only problems is that we (my wife and I) don't have the time to fill 1000 bags of soil and we never did this kind of construction before.
We know that the price is going to be the same as a conventional building because we need to hire a crew to build the frame of the house. I also looked at Monolithic Doom and due to the fact that they could do the
compleet construction of the house it is very interesting.

Now is there a possibility to hire a crew to construct a home made of earth bags? and are they international (brazil)
Also there is a company in japan where you can get a dome house pre-made for around $30k.

Any comments?

Regards
jed
6 years ago