Geoff and Ellen are building a wonderful Earthbag home. Debt free and living large!

Geoff and Ellen are building a wonderful Earthbag home. Debt free and living large!
September 26, 2014
Nolan Scheid

Geoff and Ellen from the Montello Alpaca Company are building a wonderful Earthbag home. They have been using the stucco sprayer for the plastering of the structures, It is important to get at least a slip coating over the bags as soon as possible to protect them from breaking down with the sunlight.

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Geoff and Ellen are making great progress on their Superadobe Earthbag home. Recently they sent this short video showing Geoff spraying papercrete stucco on the walls of their main dome.

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I have asked Geoff to send another video with a tour of the home so we can see more of the project. You can check on their progress on their blog Montello Alpaca Company. We are personally very touched by them and their story. It is great to see a couple like this that steps up to what most would call very bare land and carve it into a home. They are an inspiration.

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3 Responses to “Geoff and Ellen are building a wonderful Earthbag home. Debt free and living large!”

  1. Chris Gavin says:

    Do you know of any cob or straw cob houses in Nevada? I live in Washoe county and have been doing some research and can’t find anything about the legality of it. great job on your earth bag home! would love to see it in person. thank you for your time.
    Chris Gavin

    • Sean Maxwell says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your comment, this project is the only thing that comes to mind that is relatively similar to cob building in Nevada. Good luck on your project and keep us updated on your progress.

    • Grey says:

      I know this is probably a little late- but I know at least some counties of Nevada have a thing called an ‘owner builder resident’ permit that basically lets you build what ever you want and sidestep most building codes- it is a form you have to file and fees to be paid as well, but in Nevada they apparently think that if you are choosing to build something you will probably be smart enough not to have it fall on your head, and the form specifically lets the code enforcement off the hook if it does fall on your own foolish head.
      Of course there are other states where only commercial structures or ones within city limits have any building codes or zoning to speak of- Like Montana and Wyoming.

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