Morgan Caraway

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since Jan 19, 2016
My wife and I built our first earthbag home in 2009. Since 2016, we've been working on our earthship-inspired earthbag house with about 3x the square footage of the first. We give regular workshops. More info is available at our website.
The Blue Ridge Mountains
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The back wall is two staggered half circles connected with an inward curve in the middle. Friends have commented how sensuous the curve is. I agree. I like the idea that it resembles the curve of a guitar as I am a musician and love playing.
1 week ago
We have some upcoming workshops that folks on these forums might be interested in. The cob oven and rocket stove workshops are being taught by Uncle Mud. I always enjoy reconnecting with Chris at the Mother Earth News Fairs. I got to see his rocket stove demonstration at the last one and it was chock full of useful (and crucial!) information. I will be leading the Complete Earthbag Tiny House Build. That class is already half full so, if you're interested, I suggest signing up as soon as possible. More info on all of these workshops can be found at sustainablelifeschool.com.

1 week ago
Sorry Tom, I missed the notification for your post. We are in an area with many off-grid homes that is lax on code enforcement. Before I built my latest house, I consulted with carpenters and other experts to know I was making sound decisions. Other than that, I have tried to rely on common sense. Though I won't claim to be an expert carpenter, many have commented that my work looks great. As a general policy I tend to overbuild as opposed to take unnecessary chances.
1 week ago
Excited about both of these! I got to watch Chris' rocket stove presentation at the Asheville Mother Earth News Fair and it was packed with great info. Hope to see some of y'all at both workshops.
1 month ago
Hello Matthew. Yes, you are correct - our house isn't technically an earthship but is earthship-inspired. It uses the same basic principles of an earthship - thermal mass and passive solar - to stay comfortable. How does it do? On sunny days in the winter, we don't need to burn any wood to stay cozy. This past winter was a very cloudy one - every third or fourth day was sunny, so we had to rely on the wood stove a good bit. Overall, it's a very comfortable house so I'd say the design has worked out as expected.
1 month ago
For those who are curious, a picture from the inside of our house this past winter. On sunny days it's pleasant and toasty!

1 month ago
Hello friends. I have an idea and I wonder if anyone is interested.  Some of you may already know that we're earthbag building instructors. Info on our earthship-inspired earthbag house is on a post here: https://permies.com/t/68618/earthbag-earthship and more about our various projects can be found at sustainablelifeschool.com. I am interested in having a workshop to build a scoria or pumice-filled earthbag tiny-house or shed near Taos, NM in early to mid October. Would anyone live in the general vicinity, including Southern Colorado, want such a structure on their property and be interested in hosting such an event? Would anyone be interested in coming to such a workshop. I am thinking of buying a small lot to build on but am considering other options as well. I've included a pic of our original earthbag cabin to show some of our work. Thanks!

1 month ago
@Jed Younger - I went on my site and the order didn't go through. Click this for the direct link: video pre-purchase. Don't forget to put in code 20off at checkout for an additional 20% off - takes it down to under $12. Thank you sir!
5 months ago
@Jed Younger - I read the Underground House book many years ago. I live in a partially bermed earthbag house and have a mostly buried root cellar made of earthbags. Because of their strength and ability to resist moisture, they are ideal for underground applications. The strongest shape for a buried or bermed structure is round.
5 months ago
This video is an excerpt from the instructional video,"Dirt Simple: Earthbag Building Made Easy," that I'll finish at some point when I have time. Early next year, I'm going to publish my next book, "Building a Sustainable Life." It tells the story of our off-grid homesteading and natural building adventure and gives a step by step of the building methods we've developed over the past decade. For info on upcoming workshops and tours, please visit sustainablelifeschool.com.

6 months ago