April 22, 2022

San Antonio's first eco-conscious 'rammed earth' home is now for sale

An eco-conscious residence being billed as the San Antonio area's first modern "rammed earth" home has hit the market with a $435,000 price tag.

Rammed earth is an ancient building technique that's had a resurgence with green builders in some parts of the country. The exterior walls of such buildings are made of compacted natural materials including as soil, chalk or lime, which makes them well-insulated, fireproof and pest proof.

The home's seller, Marisa Ortiz, built the 2,800-square-foot home in 2019 after her original residence on the 2.6-acre site burned. During her five years living in the original home, located south of Loop 1604, she'd always wanted to shave money off her electrical bill.

So, once it became time to rebuild, she sought out eco-friendly construction firm Modern Earth, which created the two-story residence's exterior walls only using earth found at the 2.6-acre property. The 18-inch earth are so energy efficient, Ortiz said, that she doesn't need air conditioning and pays only $100 monthly in electrical bills.

"I was already a green person, you know, a hippie," she said. "But this has allowed me to have an even more sustainable lifestyle."

However, the home isn't just noteworthy for its raw materials. The structure was designed by a Mexican architect who modeled after the Roman-style central courtyard designs popular in many Latin American homes, Ortiz noted.

This home is listed by Alyse Elayne Alonso with eXp Realty, LLC.

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San Antonio's first eco-conscious 'rammed earth' home is now for sale
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San Antonio's first eco-conscious 'rammed earth' home is now for sale
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San Antonio's first eco-conscious 'rammed earth' home is now for sale
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San Antonio's first eco-conscious 'rammed earth' home is now for sale
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San Antonio's first eco-conscious 'rammed earth' home is now for sale
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San Antonio's first eco-conscious 'rammed earth' home is now for sale
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San Antonio's first eco-conscious 'rammed earth' home is now for sale
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