Earthen flooring is just what it sounds like – a dirt floor. It’s an inexpensive, non-wasteful, beautiful floor that is just as easy to clean and maintain as any other floor. Earth floors, also called Adobe floors, are made up of dirt, straw and clay, which is then mixed with oils and wax to protect it from wear.
The best part is… they’re easy to install with radiant heat! Radiant heat is the most efficient way to heat your home, and will keep it comfortably warm for a lot less money than conventional heating systems. Radiant heat coils would be installed below the earth floor, so the floor surface is warm.
There is every little construction waste with earthen floors, and all the processing can be done by hand, as opposed to carpeting or wood floors. The floors are attractive, and comfortable – compared to soft leather. They can have a variety of colors or patterns. Check out some of the other advantages here. It costs about $1 per square foot.
A lot can be accomplished when we think about how nature makes things. We can make comfortable, attractive, low-waste floors by using materials readily available from the earth.