Whether you’ve been house hunting or house dreaming, you know imagining your home is far less stressful than actually putting it into reality. You may find yourself longing to just build your own home, and forgo giving in to something that is not truly unique to you, but the financial cost and environmental toll of building from the ground up can make you forget the idea altogether. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
“Earth homes” take advantage of surrounding terrain and various natural elements like dirt, bamboo, wood, and clay to construct homes that almost anyone can afford using sustainable materials that the environment will thank you for.
The following 10 homes are well-insulated thanks to their thick earthen walls, and make for cooler homes in the summer and warmer ones come winter, allowing you to rely less on artificial heating and cooling, too, which will ultimately save you money. Earth homes designed by smart designers often use solar design strategies to boost efficiency as well. And let’s not forget that their uniqueness makes for beautiful abodes you’re sure to adore.
1. Dome-shaped earth bag house in Colombia
While La Casa Vergara’s unique dome shapes are enough to make you want to envision your home life inside one of these, there’s a lot more to it than eye appeal. Built by architect Jose Andres Vallejo, this Bogota home is made from earth bags, which are tubular bags stuffed with earth. Designed to prevent earthquakes and water damage, it comes in at just $28 per square foot.
2. Hobbit homes that can be built in three days
There’s something alluring about living like a hobbit: lush, cozy, simple. These hobbit-like dwellings are prefabricated by Magic Green Homes, come in at just 400-square-feet, and can be built in a mere three days! And everything about it feels very accessible, from the lack of heavy equipment needed to the simple assembly.
3. DIY disaster-proof home
If the idea of building your own earth home intrigues you, but you fear your lack of commitment because you have absolutely no idea where to start, then let Cal-Earth be your go-to guide. The California-based group specializes in teaching others the DIY methods needed to make your own sustainable dwelling a reality. They use disaster-proof materials, including recycled war materials.