A House Made of Dirt

A House Made of Dirt

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Amber Byfield
Jul 17, 2009

Just the sight of an adobe home makes us want to visit the mountains of New Mexico. Take a look at this home, which tricked us. It's not built with adobe, but with bags filled with dirt and "mortared" together with barbed wire...

Architect Nader Khalili's "sandbag architecture" makes it possible, much like adobe, to build a home from limited resources. While adobe bricks are made with clay and straw, the idea behind Khalili's construction is that any dirt can be used to fill bags, making giant bricks suitable for structure. The process is very Earth-friendly, and eliminates much of the need for lumber.

Read all about the construction here at Mother Earth News. It just might inspire you to build your own house from bags of sand and dirt!

(Images: Mother Earth News.)

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