Contacts/Resources

Owner/Builder Mike Creedy Mike [AT] floridadomehome.com Engineer:  Look online for free or conceptual plans.  As an engineer will have to re-draw any plans/blueprints to code anyway, you can modify to suite your needs. Very good guidelines in the Eathbag building book referenced below. Polyproylene bags:  Plenty on the net. Companies will happily send you samples. This was the cheapest supplier we could find. Steve handles a lot of enquiries for earthbag building and knows our requirements. Lay flat size: 18″ wide by 4″ gusset by 29″ long. Standard mis-print bag. Note: Fill the bag so that it has a height of at least 6″!  Not 4″. Steve Winston swinston [AT] langstonbag.com Books: Earthbag building: Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer. Kelly Hart: Building the “Riceland” dome home. Visit EartbagBuilding.com/articles/riceland.htm  Blog design and layout: Charlene Fertel charlenefertel [AT] gmail.com Charlene is my daughter, a graphics design artist and photographer. You may visit her website at : www.charlenefertel.com Colloidal compost making. This is an E-book with a few free books added. The best value for money in the world of composting. http://www.worldsbestcompost.com Natural Building Architect: With great experience .. plenty of projects on the go: April Magill. http://www.lowcountrynaturalbuilding.com Oven Work: Build your own oven. Kiko Denzer. Rocket Mass heaters. Iantro Evans, Leslie Jackson. Rocket Mass heater drawings. Ernie and Erica Wisner. Mortar Sprayer:   www.mortarsprayer.com  

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  1. Dustin Eward

    I’m in Archer (west of Gainesville) and would love to be involved! My phone was destroyed and I can’t afford another one, so email is all I have right now… I have construction experience, especially electrical and PV.

  2. admin Post author

    Hi Dustin
    Please keep an eye on the blog. A new section on workshops and seminars will soon be posted and I also have your email address to keep you up to speed. We look forward to your involvement. Good fun and so much to learn hey!
    Mike

  3. Patricia B.

    I am definitely following this blog….as my husband and I are thinking about property in Swanee County, Florida. We have been researching the earthbag dome home now for some time. We are in the process of getting a cheap 5th wheel so we have a place to live while building the home. I am sure building the home will take us some time to get done, as we have limitations. I think it is great that you are posting your progress, as it should help us tremendously.

    If we were able to, we would help, but not sure when we will get the 5th wheel in order to stay and help. We live in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Will be watching this blog though. THANKS SO MUCH FOR POSTING YOUR PROGRESS.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Patricia
      I also went the Temp. accomodation route whilst building. It could take a while to build so putting the services in and getting permits etc can be done on the fly. (Test the system for an earthbag septic? LOL). Please keep in touch with me if you are moving to Suwannee county. I know the ropes – so to speak – and can help with paper work etc. You are welcome to take a peek any time you like. Be happy to assisit you, time permitting. Good luck.
      Mike

  4. Jesse

    Mike,

    Not sure if you got my email. My wife and I are in the pan handle area and are hoping to get our own earth bag house underway here soon so we are very happy to see yours going up with code blessings.

    We would be happy to help and would love to attend a seminar.

    Please add my email to your list of helpers and seminar attendees.

    Thanks,
    Jesse

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jesse
      You live close by (?) and are more than welcome to come take a look. Just conatct me via the blog in the meantime. I will post a workshop soon and conatact you anyway.
      We are making the widow forms and doorway jams as it’s raining … Also some new jigs.
      We look forward to meeting you and hope you are getting ready to build. Let me know if I can help in any way.
      Regards
      Mike

      1. Jesse

        Look forward to a workshop. Do you have any tentative dates yet so I could plan ahead?

        We have not purchased our land yet, the deal is still in the works. We hope to break ground in January. That gives us time to find a seminar and prepare.

        We were originally planning one of Owen’s straight wall houses but as we looked at the style that you are using we are getting to like it more and more.

        My only concern is the hot and humid weather that is so common hear, do you have any questions of how well it will circulate the breeze during the milder temps when windows could be open?

        1. admin Post author

          I am looking for accomodation options and will puiblish it. Probably within a week. There are number of camp grounds in the area. I have ablution here and a small kitchen which will do us for days.
          I can go through the plans (single dome, 3 dome and 6 dome) with you.
          Owen put out a site from Panama and I contacted them. Very helpful reply. (Nice people the dome building crowd are in general) I also reseached some papers on using Lime (plaster and wash). Owen talks about it in his book too. So I am strongly looking back into the Lime finish both inside and outside. Hurricanes or not. I believe the right mix will work and we will test. Be nice to have a breathing wall. I experienced the beauty of Lime wash overseas and it is a fantastic product. The eyebrows over the windows etc will be “mediterranean” type tiles and they will enhance the beauty of the white wash.
          We have plenty of windows on the ground floor and that huge firemans job on the top floor plus a smaller one upstairs too. Plenty of through ventilation as well as breathing walls?
          Mike

  5. Paul

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  6. Ariadna

    you have got a really useful blog i have been here reading for about an hour. i am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me..

  7. Esmirna

    magazine is a kind of thing about which i want a lot of information, and i am very thankful of this site which gives me lot of information regarding jrf. i loved it.

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    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. thank you

    1. admin Post author

      My daughter Charlene is a design artist and photographer. She set the blog up for me and I do the inputs, articles, photo’s and little movies on an inexpensive camera using windows live movie maker (you owe me royalties micr ..). Really nice to use. I have designed web pages using other programs before and WP is very nice to use once your have been helped. Charlene uses an apple but is competent on different platforms. She’s a great person to share with and very reasonable. I will post her information under “Contacts” also.
      Charlene Fertel [charlenefertel[AT]gmail.com].
      It’s good fun to do and you will soon get the hang of it! Hope that works for you!
      Mike

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    Hola! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic job!

    1. admin Post author

      Hi there Texas… your welcome to shout anytime. Let me know if you still experience loading issues.
      And if you intend building. Good to have you with us.
      Mike

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    I’m not sure exactly why but this web site is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  11. refluks

    Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break. I love the information you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb site!

  12. Dayane

    wanted to thank you for this great read!! i am definitely enjoying every little bit of it i have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  13. Vaneza1010

    Hello, your article was very useful. I have always considered to buy or send to build a dome house for myself n future family, I finally have the money and right time in my life to do it, but i live in Puerto Rico and from what I’ve researched, no one around here builds them… can you give me any information on out of state building?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi there, Are you building in a zoned area or out in the country? Yourself? You will be A-for-away if not in a restricted builing zone.lol. If not, go see the guys in the building dept just to test the water so to speak. Then get some data together? You will need engineer approved plans etc. If you are serious about building – keep in touch and let me know any specific questions? Also contact Owen Geieger? (See contacts in blog) Regards
      Mike

  14. jethro. england.(99 cone)

    hi mike only you could become an Eskimo in the Florida sunshine. fantastic looking project. may your god always smile down on you.love from Geoff. (Lynne) jasmin and Adam.

    1. admin Post author

      Well hello Geoff…
      People like you are the only reason I keep the blog going. You just never know who it reaches hey. It makes it all worth while. I will mail you privately. Mike

  15. Rick

    Hi Mike
    I live between Lake Butler and Starke Fl on a half acre on a lake. My wife Lynda and I bought the place 13 yrs ago to build a home to retire in. We have been living in an old single wide which is giving up on us but served it’s purpose as the place is paid off now. Our original idea for a house has proven not cost effective. On a challenge from a friend, I found Earthbag construction and then you. I can’t tell you how excited I am to find that you are so close. I have many questions but much respect for your valuable time. I would love to see how you are proceeding and find out if this type of construction is viable for my property. I have fallen in love with the idea and Owen’s Spiral Magic house plan. Would love to hear from you and possibly get involved helping and learning.
    Thanks So much
    All the Best
    Rick H

    1. admin Post author

      Hello Rick and Lynda
      If you get into the blog you will find some answers? Please feel welcome to come and chat to me. Send a message to the blog and I will get it. There’s a good chance that I may head up North for a while to earn some bread .. Lol. So try get here late Dec early Jan. the oven is fired up and that’s nice to see as well.
      Have a nice feastive season especially if you are going to build.. I mean it. Lol get some rest?
      Mike

  16. Rick

    Hi Mike
    I’ve contacted the Dept of Environmental Protection and am getting the paperwork in order for a Wetland survey. We border the lake wetland so I want to ensure my construction causes no harm. While talking with my building inspector, he wanted me to see if you were aware of any “Florida Product Approval Numbers” for the Earth Bag Construction. I’m given to understand these are public record of engineer test cases of this type of construction in Florida. He tells me it will greatly simplify his job if I can supply these numbers. I would obviously like to help smooth the planning/ approval process as much as possible. Are you aware of the numbers he’s asking about ? I’d be very grateful for Any info you could help with . I’m very excited about all of this.
    I would very much like to visit your site if that is possible so my wife Lynda and I can see how the bag construction looks in person. Please let us know of a convenient weekend date.
    Wishing you the best
    Rick and Lynda

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rick
      It’s a new one to me.. If you like you can give my engineer a buzz. His number is listed under “resources”
      It looks like I am heading North to work for a while and am mothballing the dome. If you would like to come over, please let me know a.s.a.p. as family arrive early Jan!
      Lots of cobbing stuff on the “ovens” section! Take care. Mike

  17. admin Post author

    Hi Jeremy
    I did email you this morning. Please let me know where you live and you can drop by if you wish. I have been off the project for the better part of 8 months and started back this week. The blog is a year out of date too, but I am back into it again! Regards
    Mike

  18. Jamie

    Good afternoon, Sir! My hubby and I are planning on building an earthbag home, but the only experience/exposure we have is from the internet. Is there any chance we might be able to pop over sometime (we live in Jacksonville), and take an hour or so of your time to see one in person and pick your brain?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi.. It will be a very short visit if you want to pick my brain. Ha ha…. Please come down anytime. Just let me know. If you know any of the permies people in Jax, they are wonderful.

      1. Jamie

        Hello! No, we don’t know any of the permies here. Is there a website through which to meet them?
        So, I’ll be out of town for a bit. When I get back, the hubs and I will sit down, figure a time to come out and see you. Thank you so much for your willingness to meet with us!

        1. admin Post author

          “Permaculture Jax” on FB should get you to a nice active group. Alex.
          I assume your hubs is just another name for your gracious benefactor.. Ha ha.

  19. Mich

    Hi Mike,
    It’s great to see domehomes starting here in Florida! Congratulations on getting your start and for your return to the project. I’d like to build a domehome down in Fort Myers. I am very interested in doming out a home for hurricane aerodynamics. I am particularly interested in how the finish is going to hold up for you during rainy season… I will likely build a tiny home on wheels first and use it to stay on my property while I build my Earthbag home (noting someone’s earlier post about a 5th wheel for the transition). I could make a long weekend out of a trip to help in August if you would care for a hand. I’ve done alot of reading and purchased Owen’s video, but don’t have hands on experience to offer as yet.
    Please keep us all in the loop with how its going! Best of Luck!
    Go Gators, (Have you seen the UF Engineering study on earthbags and windload?)
    Mich

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mich
      Well, please look on my page under “building” there’s a new section on “lime work”. Doing a lot of tesearch and development in this area. Also, not mentioned is I am putting another roof over the existing roof and between the windows. Dome homes are known to leak. So we need to use a quality lime and protect the structure.
      Your welcome to visit anytime. Just contact me a few days prior to your visit. The website is put of date and I am working to rectify that! A link to the load study would be great! Mike

  20. Lois Nelson

    Hi Mike,
    I was in Jacksonville area for the winter and am considering relocating there (from Missouri). I have been interested in natural building for some time, and have come to the conclusion that earthbag is the way for me to go. I am presently in. Missouri but plan to head back to Florida I the later part of August. I would really like to SEE an actual earthbag home. I’ve followed many blogs and sites online. Is your home finished? Are you living in it? Would you mind if I stop in?
    In reference to Jamie–above–and the Permaculture JAx group: they are a great group of people. I joined the meet-up groups of the JAx, St Johns, and the new Clay Co premises.
    I realize one of my first steps should be to meet with JAX building code people. I’m more encouraged that they may be open to this, since learning of Alex’ earth ship approval.
    I hesitated to enter my website (it’s really my blog) since it isn’t directly connected to earthbag or natural building, but decided to list it. Please contact me and if there is any way possible I really want to see your place and talk with you about your experience. I may also check out some of your resources.
    Thanks,
    Lois

  21. Autumn Watkins

    Hi Mike! My boyfriend and I are interested in building an earthbag home. Were looking for land in the plant city /maybe closer to St Petersburg area but we don’t know where to start or who to ask about what type of land we would need and if an earthbag home is allowed . I’ve already asked a few people who are supposedly knowledgable in real estate and land and no one could point me in the right direction or criticized the idea of an earthbag home

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