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Casita de Melanie

In April 2011, Casa de Tierra broke ground for a guesthouse on client Melanie Hamilton's land in San Juan del Sur. Melanie has visited Nicaragua many times over the past decade, and was ready to lay down roots, and build an ecologically-friendly home. Together with Melanie, we chose to implement a rubble trench foundation with a conventional grade beam, earthbag walls with natural plasters, thin earthen and nicaraguan bamboo partition walls, an earthen and stone floor, an interior composting toilet system, and a rancho roof constructed with wood posts and beams and finished with cane poles on the interior and laminate tile on the exterior.

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Casa de Tierra was featured in San Juan del Sur’s local newspaper, the Del Sur News, for their collaboration with Melanie on her earth bag home. Check it out: