I don’t think the parents at My Little Homestead were planning that far ahead – or maybe they were (shhhh) – but by building tiny earthen ‘bedrooms’ with their kids they’ve ended up with their own tiny house community. A cluster of tiny homes like this would make it an easy choice for kids to stick around – or come back home. They would always have a tiny home of their own.
The benefits of this seem endless. Throughout our lives there are times we want independence and there are times we need help. Throughout history families stuck together and supported each other. Communities grew when most families stayed close to home.
In America today it’s rare for families to live together – or even in the same city or state – but the benefits are huge. The family at My Little Homestead moved to the country initially for health reasons – but now I wonder if what they are creating may be a great model for others to follow.
In the video below the facility at My Little Homestead puts some finishing touches on their youngest daughter’s tiny earth bag ‘bedroom’. Shae designed it herself using the video game Minecraft and the family built it together. Soon Shae’s Earthbag Bedroom will be complete. From above it’s laid out in the shape of a heart. It has a sunken bedroom, plenty of space, and a staircase that leads to the roof for star gazing or fun.
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What do you think? Would you want to move to the country and build a tiny community of your own?
The framing is complete on Shae’s heart-shaped earthbag Tiny House (bedroom). She designed it using the Minecraft video game. It’s heart-shaped so a reciprocal roof was a natural fit – and it’s exactly what she wanted. In this family, as you get older, you get to build your own tiny house bedroom.
Shea is the youngest so she had the advantage of helping build her older siblings tiny house bedrooms. Each week they post progress videos. Be sure to follow the My Little Homestead YouTube Channel and don’t miss an update!
I love watching the weekly updates from the My Little Homestead family. This week they’ve made excellent progress on the youngest daughter’s earthbag tiny house bedroom. She designed it using Minecraft and it’s floor plan is heart shaped. Follow My Little Homestead on Youtube!
We built this earthbag dome at our home in Thailand for Mother Earth News Magazine in 2007. The article that describes the complete building process in detail was published August/September 2009. It is now free on the Internet: Low-Cost Multipurpose Minibuilding Made With Earthbags.” – Owen Geiger via Instructables
Read the complete How to Build an Earthbag Dome article.
These beautiful natural buildings are each less than 10 square meters, and sit overlooking the ocean, amongst the beautiful hills of Raglan, New Zealand.” – Living Big In A Tiny House
Read and see more about these Stunning Tiny Earth House Domes of Solscape at Living Big In A Tiny House. Follow Living Big in a Tiny House on Facebook and Twitter. Photo by Living Big In A Tiny House.
In 2010 Konbit Shelter, with residents of the village of Cormiers, began building a three room Super-Adobe community center… Construction began in June 2010 and completed in January 2012″ – The Konbit Shelter Project
Learn more about The Konbit Shelter Project
I would build a wood form from scrap plywood and 2x4s, but the folks at earthbagbuilding.com suggest a simpler way.
Most earthbag building websites use wooden arch forms. They are very bulky. We designed a much simpler arch form using PVC pipe.” – earthbagbuilding.com
Continue reading How to Make a Simple Arch Form.
We have always been interested in sustainable living, self sufficiency, and alternative building materials… We yearn to be out in the woods, living more harmoniously with nature, and providing for our needs right from out of the Earth. We want to take what you give, and build a homestead, centered around a small earth bag roundhouse.” – The Graham Family
Learn more about The Graham Family Homestead Project on Fundly. Follow them on YouTube.