Living in Rammed Earth Houses

A profile of David and Lydia Miller, who built rammed earth houses in 1945 and 1949 and continuted to live in the second of the two thirty years later.



061 living in the earth 1
PHOTO 1: The north view of the Miller's rammed earth house looks similar to other ranch-style homes except for a lack of glass.
PHOTO: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
061 living in the earth 2, 3
PHOTO 2: Large windows on the southern side of the house capture as much solar heat and light as possible. PHOTO 3: The living room of the Miller house.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
061 living in the earth 4, 5, 6, 7
PHOTO 4: The sill in this bedroom window reveals the 14" thickness of the rammed earth wall. PHOTO 5: David Miller was a practicing lawyer in Greeley, CO at the time of this picture. PHOTO 6: Lydia Miller was a retired foreign language instructor. PHOTO 7: The Miller's extensive pantry of home grown and home-canned foods.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
061 rammed earth
LEFT: Diagram depicts container forms used in rammed earth construction.  RIGHT: A section of rammed earth wall.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF











Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.