Earthen floors have been used in buildings for thousands of years. As well as an effective way to passively heat and cool your home, they’re aesthetically beautiful, kind to the environment and delightful to walk on.
It’s estimated between ten and 30 percent of the world’s population still live in earthen structures. Earthen floors range from bare and dusty earth all the way through to perfectly levelled modern versions with a gloss finish.
Earthen floors connect you to the natural environment and can be used in most construction situations that would otherwise call for a concrete slab. There are three main reasons you’d consider one in your home; an earthen floor’s response to passive solar design, their positive environmental impact and their numerous health benefits for the home’s inhabitants.