10 Stunning Images Of The Sustainable Bamboo Houses This Woman Builds In Indonesia

If Elora Harding Did It, You Can Too!

If Elora Harding Did It, You Can Too!

Do you ever have those days when you just aren’t happy with where you’re at, and you want to quit your job and make a whole new life for yourself? Well, it’s not as ridiculous as it sounds to actually go ahead and make good on that promise. If you need confirmation, just as Elora Hardy!

Harding Quit Her Job And Moved To Bali

Harding Quit Her Job And Moved To Bali

Hardy used to be quite successful in New York’s fashion industry, which anyone who has made it or is trying to make it in that field will tell you is not easy to succeed in!

Nevertheless, she wasn’t happy with the way her life was turning out, so she quit her job and moved to Bali, Indonesia to build sustainable bamboo homes.

Now She Builds Bamboo Homes

Now She Builds Bamboo Homes

She has now spent the last five years studying, tweaking, and generally just revolutionizing the way people use bamboo for construction purposes. She and her team believe that bamboo is extremely underrated as a renewable resource that can be used in construction.

Imagine if we all built our houses out of material that didn’t harm the environment, and was replaceable in nature as well?

She Uses Boron To Protect The Bamboo Structures From Deterioration

She Uses Boron To Protect The Bamboo Structures From Deterioration

Hardy’s technique for combatting deterioration of the homes’ structures by insects is to coat the bamboo in a substance known as boron, which makes the bamboo indigestible for insects. This way, the bamboo that makes up the homes she builds doesn’t rot or disintegrate over time. 

Pretty clever, right?

Her Father Inspired Her Passion For Bamboo

Her Father Inspired Her Passion For Bamboo

So where did Hardy’s inspiration come from? According to her, it was her father who made her realize that bamboo is an ideal material to use in the construction of homes, and that he “chose bamboo for all of the buildings on campus, because he saw it as a promise”.

Why Hasn’t This Happened Sooner, And What Can We Do Next?

Why Hasn’t This Happened Sooner, And What Can We Do Next?

“It’s a promise to the kids,” she continues in her interview.

“It’s one sustainable material that they will not run out of. And when I first saw these structures under construction about six years ago, I just thought, this makes perfect sense. Why hasn’t this happened sooner, and what can we do with it next?”

What’s So Great About Bamboo?

What’s So Great About Bamboo?

So why is bamboo so easily applicable to construction? 

Basically, if you took the best qualities of concrete (compressive force), steel (its balance between strength and weight), and plants in general (it grows faster than nearly ever other plant in the world, meaning it’s easily renewable), what do you get?

You guessed it – bamboo.

When Protected, Bamboo Is Essentially Indestructible

When Protected, Bamboo Is Essentially Indestructible

Obviously a major flaw with using just about any form of plantation in construction is that it’s nearly always vulnerable to deterioration, either by insects, moisture, or another natural cause.

However, bamboo can be protected against these things using various substances like boron, and this makes bamboo indestructible.

Who Would’ve Thought This Was Actually Possible?

Who Would’ve Thought This Was Actually Possible?

What do you think? The term “bamboo homes” usually doesn’t make you picture stunning buildings like this, right?

They cost nowhere near as much to build when using bamboo, which means you’re saving money as well as building your own natural paradise on a tropical island. Who would have thought this was actually possible?!

Time To Give Elora Harding A Call…?

Time To Give Elora Harding A Call…?

So if you’re ready to drop everything and move to the tropical holiday island of Bali in Indonesia, perhaps it’s time to give Elora Harding a call and see if you can arrange for her to build you one of these beautiful homes!

Imagine spending your days relaxing on a balcony hammock in a place like this…