Hello, my name is Jaime. I have always wanted to build a cabin in the woods. i own all of Lloyd Khan's books and have obsessed over them for years. finally, at the age of 34, i got the chance. i bought a remote piece of land in the california coastal range and i have a steady job to finance the project. My goal was to build as cheaply as possible foremost, using as much recycled/waste materials as i could. the site is difficult to access, so importing materials needed to be carefully considered. to top it off, i could only work on weekends, so i had to choose a building method i could work in increments. First thought was to build with shipping containers, but they are expensive and nearly impossible to get to the site. after considering a bunch of other techniques, i finally settled on earthbags. i could get 50# chicken feed bags for free, and of course, the dirt is free. the soil on site is mostly sandy silt with a bit of clay. cob or traditional rammed earth would have required the import of lots of clay which, would you believe this, is difficult to find in this area. on to pictures! the site. my property is for the most part very steep. this was the best spot i had to work with for a few reasons. the slope required excavating, and allowed me to berm the building into the hillside. after the initial excavation, the oak in front of the outhouse will necessitate working around as i dont want to remove it. and a fat pile of dirt to work with!