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The cost of building with earthbags varies. Here is a “middle of the road” cost estimate that assumes you’ll buy the major items but also take time to shop around.



Cost (US$) 

Polypropylene bags



Road base

45 cubic yds.



3 tons


Four-point barbed wire

400 feet


Plaster mesh

17 sq. yds.


Lime plaster/sand

 7 bags


Door, frame and hardware




2 lbs.


6 mil plastic 2 – 12-by-32 ft.

768 sq. ft.


Bitumen sealer

1 quart





(Backfill material not shown, because site conditions will vary.)


Read more about earthbag building and learn how to build your own earthbag structure in Low-cost Multipurpose Minibuilding Made with Earthbags.

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