Schedule and requirements

The length of the project

Phase I - Planning, building permissions, building of the Wine-Press House: 12 months (4 months planning, permission procedure, preparatory work + 8 months building)

Phase II - building of the Earth-Sheltered House: 6-8 months (planning and permission is done in the phase I.)

It is important to emphasize that the Beehive Ecohouse project is basically done by the SzuperMa team itself (owner-builder), and it is dependent on the success of the crowdfunding and the amount and timing of the financial support. That’s why it needs more time than the building of a similar (cc. 30-60 m2) superadobe house when the builder has the contractor team with expertise in earthbag building and the entire budget for the building. In this case the building itself needs 4-6 months (without the time for planning and permission), ideally beginning the work in spring, and spending the previous winter with planning and getting the permission.

The actual stage and the schedule of the project

In 2015 we planned and compiled the detailed project description, prepared the architectural plans and the technical documentation of the two buildings, successfully did the strict building permission procedure. We arranged two exhibitions that showed the project and the houses to the public. We got the permissions in September 2015. As we will build the houses on a land labeled as an agricultural area, we needed to change this label officially otherwise we cannot build on this land. We did a geodesic survey to precisely mark out the borders of the land and the locations of the houses. We did some preparatory work, purchased the basic building materials: PP tubes and barbed wire etc. Since autumn is not ideal to start the building itself, we will begin it next spring. Actually we work on the preparation of the crowfunding project, including the shooting of a few-minute film to show the project and recruit supporters.


compile the Beehive Ecohouse Project

plans, building permission: technical documentation for the application, submission of the house plans to the local authorities, do the surveys and get the permissions from the different professional authorities

preliminary work: geodesic survey, buying some basic materials and equipment (PP tube, barbed wire etc.)

crowdfunding Project preparations


crowdfunding Project management, building of the Wine-Press House


project „recruiting” film shooting

crowfunding campaign

buying and preparing all the materials and tools for the building

preparation to build, making of louvers

phase I: cleaning of the site, specifying the exact place where the houses will be built, earthwork, mark out the building’s location


the start of building work, completing groundwork and insulation against water, preparation of engineering work, foundation, building of the stove and chimney


building of the walls


building stopped for this month for the walls to dry
building of the stand, engineering work (plumbing, electrical work)

preparing the work coming next


installation of windows and doors,

heat insulation, luting and plastering

thatched roof, painting the houses from outside and inside


interior decoration, revetment


finishing, celebration

Who and what do we need for the execution of the project?

The founding members of the SzuperMA Workgroup and the project initiators (Dr. Mónika Kovács and Zoltán Fekete) besides being responsible for the design, acquiring the building permits, construction and the project coordination will try to take part as much as possible in the actual construction work. The actual floor plans was designed by Péter Mújdricza architect and the static calculations was done by Ágnes Pintér structural engineer. For the construction to be smooth and advance well we would need 2-3 people permanently. We would need a technical coordinator as well and assistance with land surveying, earthwork, water and heat insulation, carpentry work, preparation of the thatched roof and masonry heater, engineering work, actual construction work etc.

We need people experienced in working with special materials or could assist with making special tools and equipment (e.g. louver structures, windows of special shapes, roof windows). 

We search for people experienced in 3D visualization and mock-ups and assistance with managing the crowd-funding program would also be greatly appreciated. We have the basic idea and a preliminary screenplay for the recruiting film, but we need the whole team for the shooting (director, cameraman and actors or volunteers to play the scenes).

The budget:

As the first step we would like to raise money for the costs of the first phase of the project, the Beehive Wine-Press House. We can cover about one third of the costs (materials, tools) and handwork but without the necessary financial and human resources the project might fail. Our own part of the budget is spent for the costs of the building permission process, the preparatory work and some basic materials (PP tubes, barbed wire, some special tools). To start the building itself is now dependent on the success of the crowdfunding project.

The minimum cost of the phase I. (the wine-press house) is about 15,000 EURO, and about 8 months work (including the technical cease for the wall to get dried and the house to settle down). The budget has been prepared by calculating with the cheapest materials that are however, of a reasonable quality. Where possible we are planning to use second-hand or recycled materials and do most jobs ourselves. This way of the building is however time and money consuming, and we need to make compromises in some cases (as we described in the antecedents). If we manage to raise more financial support we will apply even healthier and more environmentally friendly solutions than in the case of the minimum budget such as using biocement and tubes made of jute or hemp instead polypropylene. Depending on the success of the crowdfunding, we continue the building with the second phase (earth-bermed house), and we can invest in the “green” solutions of the educational site, like sun-ray lake for passive solar system, beer collector, wind generator etc.  Since our long-term aims is to develop a model of a complex self-sustaining system providing a sustainable living. 

However the cost/size rate is the worst in the smallest houses, due to the limited area we can built in and the budget, and the time we have for the building, we need to build the minimum size. However, this “minimum version” of the sample house is still big enough to have all the necessary rooms and facilities for living in it and for serving as a sample for those who want to build with superadobe. Phase II. (the earth-covered house) has a similar cost: It is bigger in size, but we do not need to spend for the permission, and for some preparatory work and tools yet that were done in the phase I.

Non-financial ways to help the project:

  • Building material and equipment: bags, barbed wire, cement/lime, timber, ironmongery, windows, doors, water pipes, wires, water and heat resistant materials, ridging, chimneys, tanks, barrels etc. (We are open to testing and promoting new products as well.)
  • We need two special machines: 1) agitator for mixing the loam (industrial kneading or dough mixing machine will do too), 2) louvered structures for building vaulted houses (tunneling, sewage companies and firms doing underground work use these structures, too).
  • Voluntary skilled work (land surveying, electrical jobs, plumbing, chimney and stove building, thatching, carpentry and joinery work, water proofing, painting)
  • Assistance for the skilled workers (e.g. cooking)
  • 3D visualization, mock-up building, webdesign
  • Promoting and spreading the word about the sample superadobe house building project and the superadobe technology so that we will have more supporters
  • Assistance in managing the crowd-funding program
  • Shooting the “recruiting” film.