Felicia Brand

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I'll be building a few earthbag domes. One that's about 500 sq ft, one that's about 200, one that's about 50 and then I'd like to build an earthbag chicken coop & dog house. I'll also be building a fence but not sure of its dimensions yet; maybe around 2000-4000 sq ft cause it'll probably be a 40x50 space or a 50x50. I've been googling the basics but I'd like to get actual advice. Especially cost wise. I've got a budget of about $5000 for all of it. Maybe a little more but I'm still crunching #s. We might be able to use the soil from where we're digging but I haven't tested it yet. What's the best way to test? I've got a way of getting free bags. I've got a friend who will be doing the plumbing & electric (he's certified). I've checked with the city & there's no building codes/permit where I'll be building it. The only plumbing & electric needed is in the 500 sq ft dome. The fence would be about 5' high. 2-3 ft will be earthbag & the remainder will be welded wire.

Based on this, can anyone tell me if $5000 will cover building all this? Thank you! If you need more info that I didn't think to provide just let me know. Also I'm in Alabama. Hot, humid summers & mild to sometimes freezing winters. Frost line is about 5-7"

Also I'll be using a mixer to make the plaster which should speed up the process. Will we need any kind of ceiling fan or a/c inside our dome or should it stay cool enough without? And for heat, is it warm enough by itself or do we need some sort of heater like a rocket stove or similar?
4 years ago