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People have been building homes from earth for thousands of years, but here in the U.S. we have gotten far away from the practice. AECT Earth Block hopes to change that, and they produce innovative machines that compress earth into compact building bricks that are resistant to just about anything!

The company owner, Ryan, built his family’s 1000 square foot home using his machines and earth sourced from his own land. Even better, much of the wood and other elements inside the home were reclaimed locally, making this a super eco-friendly build!

Below there’s a tour of the house, and a video about the earth bricks. The equipment is for sale or rent, and you can purchase ready-made bricks as well.

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Totally Off-Grid 1000 sq. ft. Earthen Brick Home

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This is a remarkable “green” cob cottage, built using many natural and reclaimed materials including straw bales, earth, clay, round timber, and stone! Best part? You can rent it! Located in Moray, Scotland, you’ll feel far away from it all while staying here.

The home comes equipped with a full kitchen, spacious outdoor living area, roomy bathroom, bunks, a double bed, and even a couple of fold-out futons if you want a family vacation. If you happen to live in Scotland, maybe you should make reservations right now! Book your stay over at Airbnb.

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A Wee Slice of Scottish Paradise: Fairytale Cob Cottage With Green Roof

Green Hobbit House

Images via Airbnb

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Nestled within nature in Northern Arizona is this sustainable tiny home made of Earth owned and built by Cody Lundin.

You may recognize him from various television interviews and magazines. As a professional survivalist for over 25 years, Cody built his own self-reliant earth house which, by the way, is completely off the grid.

One of the main goals, when Cody was designing and building his tiny home was to ensure the interior temperature remains habitable at all times, no matter how hot or cold it may be outside. So the stone floors absorb the natural sunlight throughout the day to help keep the home warm at night. This is especially important during the winter. Cody also utilizes solar power to run his computer, microwave, washing machine, and any other electronics. Please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

Man Builds Cozy and Sustainable Tiny Home Made of Earth

Cody Lundin's Off Grid Tiny Earth Home

Images © Cody Lundin

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If like me you’ve been wanting to see more tiny house communities come to life you’ll probably really enjoy this post (and the videos below).

Because projects like this can serve as a model for any of us to follow or at least learn from to create more tiny living micro communities around the world.

I like the idea of independent ‘micro’ communities created by relatively small groups of people who exchange labor with each other to keep building costs low.

But if you wanted (or the group wanted) the land could also eventually serve as a learning center, farm, sustainable living learning center, etc.

DIY Micro Tiny House Community in France

I encourage you to learn how a group of friends and fellow carpenters built this micro community using very little money and their own labor in a fairy tale forest setting in France:

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