Earth-Sheltered Home Kits for Owner-Builders

Build an economical, ferro-cement dome home from a kit.



Earth Systems Kit House
In typical earth-sheltered home kits, the dome's structural members are bolted together on top of a preformed slab.
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Earth Systems Kit House Rebar and Reinforced Fabric
The structure is then covered with a network of rebar and reinforced fabric, and "shot" with concrete.
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Dome Home Interior
The dome home's interior has an open feeling because it needs no internal supports.
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Earth Systems Kit House Arizona
No. 5: This Arizona earth shelter looks almost conventional! No. 6: An open-ended dome under construction.
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Earth Systems Kit House Insulated
Then, after a reasonable drying time, the dome is "layered" with insulation, waterproofing and backfilled earth.
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The lower floor plan of a 1,950-square-foot dome.  
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An earth-sheltered home top floor plan. 
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