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earth bag round house

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1 year after the untimely passing of Dr. Owen Greiger an earthbag structure is dedicated to His name.

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My name is Phillip Freiberg. I have been in e-mail communication with Dr. Greiger over a couple of years regarding building an earth baghouse. He advised me to start with a small project. After his death in 2018, I finally made up my mind on the starter project I wanted to put my theoretical knowledge into.

Dr. Greiger is no longer there to answer my e-mails, but his legacy is alive. Hopefully, people will be inspired by my experience and build their own structures.

I decided to build a round structure that could have several practical uses: shower room/bathroom/storage and rest area while constructing the actual house in the future. I like round shape because it is natural, strong and forgives mistakes. I rigorously followed the advice Dr. greager book and video gave on how to make the structure solid, but here and there I made mistakes that I intend to avoid on the more expensive actual house. After that, I plan to use it as a sauna.

Actual bag laying was done by myself with the help of 2 local farmers. Plastering and metal work is done by local professionals. I used the soil dug from a nearby mountain. The building is in the village of Mackok, subdistrict Pasang, Province Lamphun of Thailand. The interesting fact about this place-from my structure I can see the temple that John Rembo was building. I saw the movie in 1988 and never thought that I’d be there building my own house.  18°28'9.32"N  98°55'6.89"E
earth bag round house
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Glad to see you put to practice a building method outside the mainstream.

Congratulations on finishing this structure -that's some serious work.

I am curious why you did not do the roof with earth bags also?  

Thanks for sharing the photos. I saw the foundation diggings but I'm not sure what you used for the foundation: did you pour a conventional cement footer?

Is the upper level completely open?  I see the stairs go up, I see the metal cross members setting on the earthbag walls, but I cannot tell if there is a floor on between the metal roof and the top of the earthbags.

The tropics are very different from the dry climates I am used to: please update this post as you learn about all the pro's and con's of your first earthbag structure!
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Great job!  I'd like to know about the composition of your plaster in that climate.  And what plaster reinforcement (if any) might have been used.  

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