Category Archives: Earthen

Greenhouse of the Future

The Greenhouse of the Future is an innovative and strategic design, built of recycled and natural materials. The technologies and concepts that have inspired the design of this greenhouse have been proven by over 40 years of research and development by Michael Reynolds’ Earthship homes as well as the many studies on passive solar greenhouses. […]

Earthship Villa Composed of Tiny House Sized Rooms

Architect Mike Reynolds is in Puerto Rico giving a tour of an Earthship Villa project currently under construction. It’s composed of multiple rooms that are each tiny house sized. Like all Earthships these homes make their own water, power, and are completely independent of the grid. The walls are made from used tires filled with […]

Small Off-Grid Earthship Home in Australia

Architect Michael Reynolds coined the term and concept ‘Earthship’ in Taos, New Mexico. Martin and Zoe learned what they could from Reynolds in Taos and applied it to building their small home in Adelaide, Australia. Bryce Langston recently visited this small home and got the full scoop. Learn more about this Earthship. For more great […]

Cob Home with a Living Roof

A cob home will have a very distinct and unique quality to it that you will not find among conventional homes. Living in a cob house is more than just abiding in a shelter. It includes a unique experience that is both uplifting and healthy.” – This Cob House Read the 14 Characteristics of Cob Homes at […]

A Beautiful Cob Home in England

This stunningly beautiful tiny home with sculpted cob walls looks out over the banks of a small stream in Somerset, England where the local dialect still has remnants of the Anglo-Saxon language.” – Natural Homes See more of this beautiful cob home in England.

Baan Rung Nok

Bird Nest House – A tiny home in Thailand built using natural materials. Photos by Warunee Saosoong.

How to Build a Stone Foundation

A building needs a strong foundation to rest upon. This is the first detail to consider when building any structure. It should be a unified and stable base for your building to sit upon, and must also support the load of the building. It was our goal during Week One of Aprovecho’s Sustainable Shelter Workshop […]

Earthbag Roundhouse

This house isn’t exactly tiny at 855 square feet but it’s an excellent of an efficient and low cost way of enclosing living space. Earthbag Roundhouse

Rina Steen’s Adobe House

This is little adobe house in northern New Mexico is a bit bigger than tiny at 700 square feet; but I have a special place in my heart for nice little adobe homes so I wanted to be sure to share it with you this week. Rina Steen’s Adobe House

10 Amazing Earthen Buildings

I’m starting to think that building with earth makes more sense than any other building method.  I must admit I’m terribly biased because my real professional training and education is in the ceramic arts. The main disadvantage is that they are no portable like so many of the tiny houses I write about and explore […]

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