Mitimilele Ltd

Earthbag House Shell


Msambweni, July 2015

After 4 days of drying, we have been able to remove the lintel casting forms and finish the shell by laying the last two rows of earthbags. The finished wall has been spiked with iron bars to establish a connection between the wall and the ring beam which will be the final element of the shell and form the resting point for the makuti roof.

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Msambweni, June 2015

Day 8

We have finished the shell of the earthbag house and have started casting the lintels over the windows and doors. After letting them dry for a week, we will add one more rows of earthbags, followed by casting the ringbeam which will hold the roof. The total height of the shell will then measure 2,55 m approx.

Casting the lintels Casting the lintels 2

Casting the lintels


Day 5

Building the earthbag house continues. After 5 days of filling and stacking earthbags and inserting dummies for doors and windows, the house is slowly taking shape. The shell is growing and we hopefully will soon reach our final target of 23 earthbag rows. We have also started laying cables for electricity.

The shell of the earthbag house   Day 4 Filling earthbags


Day 2

Erecting the shell of the earthbag house is going well. 1/4 of the total height has been erected in 2 days of hard work.

Filling the sand bags Stacking the bags


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