Sustainable Building

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Tiny House (in Ecuador)?

So, how much does it cost to build a Tiny House? It depends. The only way to see more of the jigsaw before the event is doing research and comparing with similar projects. As any quick glance online will show, the houses are about as varied as those building them – hand-crafted works of wonder, […]

Finally! The Roof is Going on our Tiny House

The roof is going on. Bamboo on the inside, covered with a heavy tarpaulin that came with the truck. It should provide some level of insulation when the temperature drops at night. The roof material comes in sheets which are easy enough to put on, as they fit over one another in series. We decided […]

Some Pictures of the House Taking Shape

Building this house is fun and very challenging in equal measure. The grey metal of the container looks a lot less grim after we applied the first coat of primer paint and commenced in earnest with the long front porch. There has been a lot of sanding to complete as all the eucalyptus poles that […]

Tossing and Turning the Day Away

With gale force winds in motion and sand and dirt blowing into every open eye and ear, we marked out the border of the foundation for the house. It worked out about 41 foot by 26. The land is on a significant slope too so lots of levelling is needed to make sure that the […]

First Part of the House: The Back of A Truck

Otavalo is famous for its indigenous alpaca wool and crafts market. We were looking for something else, however. Thanks to some very helpful friends we were able to drive to container yards just outside the town. From there, we picked up the container that is going to form the main part of our house. We […]

Teach Nollaig
Alternative Housing in Ireland: Tiny, Eco and a Little Bit Different

I have been doing lots of looking at Tiny Houses online recently, and it got me thinking about what types, shapes and sizes of them there may be here in Ireland. Invariably most of the pictures of Tiny Houses that I see on the internet are from the US, or occasionally some from Europe. Here’s […]

Our Earthbag House – Part 2

See the first part here. 5. Interlocking the Walls and Support Bags. We had a bit of a design change. No wooden structure to go on top of earthbags, the house itself would be made entirely of earthbags. The only wood going on top of them would be the roof structure. We began the pattern […]

Setting the Foundations
Our Earthbag House – Part 1

It started out at the end of 2012 at Rhiannon Permaculture farm, with a concrete pit that was designed to be used as a biogas tank. The pit measured about 4m length by 1.5m width. We were tasked with building an earthbag house to surround and make use of the pit. We decided to build […]