Small Earthbag House Saves Woman from the Grind


Hi Lloyd,

My name is Atulya K. Bingham and I run The Mud earthbag building website ( I hope my story inspires a few others to go for their dreams too.

I always wanted to write, and like many writers it was a passion I had to crowbar in between slabs of paid work. Then one day I had enough of compromising. Fortunately, I owned a small square of land in Turkey. I moved up there with a tent and not much else. It was the beginning of an adventure that changed every preconceived idea about what actually made me happy. Six months later, with only $6000 left and winter a month away, I gathered a team and embarked on the construction of a small earthbag house. I had zero building experience at the time.

Building my house was probably the most transformative thing I’ve ever taken on (and I’m no stranger to adventure). I ran out of money, made a heap of mistakes and was continually hounded by naysayers. But today I’m sitting inside that beautiful handcrafted home. Not one drop of cement was used and it is 100% solar-powered. My earthbag house has enabled me to leave behind the drudge of a job my heart wasn’t in and spend my days creating and writing instead. I love it.

There’s a free earthbag building PDF to download from my site if anyone wants it.

I’ve written the full story of the earthbag adventure in my popular book, Mud Ball.

–Atulya K. Bingham
Author of the OBBL winner Ayse’s Trail, and The Mud website.

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14 Responses to Small Earthbag House Saves Woman from the Grind

  1. Anon says:

    Lovely. Congratulations to her on a solid, beautiful home.

  2. Rob wolf says:

    a wonderful way to independance

  3. Pamela Thomas says:

    Wonderful story…Beautiful home!

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful home! Well done

  5. Anonymous says:

    That sounds wonderful and you have a beautiful house. I would love to do something like that!

  6. dave says:

    great to see this here-much good info on her web site

  7. Martha says:

    …surely constructing your lovely home with your own hands was an amazing accomplishment. I never managed (though working all my life—I am 72) to save enough money to purchase a bit of land. To do so in a place so far away like Turkey where occasional air travel to visit my children (in the US) would such an expense—I wonder how you can manage it. Money, and the need to provide an income—has always been such a major factor in my life—and has precluded many a dream. I hear of young poeple doing this—like you, building off-grid in remote locales—but I always figured that somewhere there was a safety net behind the scenes for them.

    • Anonymous says:

      The way I found my way to living on my land in a home I built for my daughter & me was really with no ” net” we had nothing, just a bank loan of £200 per month to pay to service the loan for the land, we have been here many years now, the loan is long payed my daughter is a young woman at university, when I think back to those really early days, with nothing, living each day, knowing at anytime the brown envelope could be pinned to the gate, and our wonderful life taken away, we lived in the moment & never took it for granted, I still don’t.

  8. Anonymous says:

    wow!….what an innovation. Looks very cozy. Love it.

  9. Sunshine says:

    there is no affordable land in California where i can do this

  10. Anonymous says:

    That is so beautiful to me….I would live in it :)

  11. Beautiful! My favorite part, aside from it being solar-powered, is the tree design in the wall. That is awesome! I love trees and it immediately made me think of family and roots, etc. Have a blessed day and Happy New Year!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Love the home!!

  13. Love the home you built. This method of building is becoming quite popular. I just watched a show on the USA network DIY about building a dome home in the Arizona desert outside Tucson.

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