This home was built by the owner using polypropylene bags filled with compressed earth and sand. This technique was pioneered by an architect in California, Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth.
These homes outperform traditional construction for earthquake and hurricane conditions.
This is a construction picture of an earthbag home built in Costa Rica.
It is now a vacation rental. The finish details are lovely, aren’t they?
This earthbag house is really a sandbag house, built in the Bahamas. They built with what they had at hand: crushed coral sand. It worked great!
The completed home has gone through several hurricanes without a problem. Aren’t the arches lovely? No boring rectangular doors in this house!
The people at OK OK OK Productions wrote the bible on this building technique. They call their method FQSS: Fun, Quick, Simple and Solid.
They also call their FAQ: Smart-Ass Answers. So, you know I loved their book, Earthbag Building, by Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer.
Sweet, sweet earth.