Category Archives: Earthship/Tire Dwelling

Earthships are houses that are self-sustaining (including food production), requiring no outside hookup to utilities/grid for source of water or electricity, maintaining an average of 73 degrees, and a yearly utility bill of about $100. Topics include Alternative Architecture Design and use of Passive Solar Energy.

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 34. ‘Farewell to Island Life, and the Return Home’

It’s been quite a ride these last 6 weeks on the Earthship build with Michael Reynolds. Being on an Off Grid Island with nothing more than a tent, bike, supplies, a lot of chocolate, and a lot of will power has taught me both the gratitude of the simpler things in life, and appreciation for the eccentricities in life. Island Life here has been full of colour and wonderful people. A little review…

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 33. ‘Time Lapse of the Gulf Coast Earthship Build’

These photos depict a Time Lapse of both Earthships that were built on one site on the West Coast Gulf Island with Michael Reynolds. In front is the smaller Studio Earthship, while behind is the Main House Earthship…

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 33. ‘Time Lapse of the Studio Earthship’

These photos show the Time Lapse of the smaller Studio Earthship that was part of the two Earthships built on one site on the Gulf Island build with Michael Reynolds…

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 33. ‘Photos of the Finished Studio Earthship’

These photos show some of the Finished Details of the smaller Studio Earthship that was part of the two Earthships built on one site on the Gulf Island build with Michael Reynolds…

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 33. ‘Time Lapse of the Main House Earthship’

These photos show the Time Lapse of the Main House Earthship that was part of the two Earthships built on one site on the West Coast Gulf Island with Michael Reynolds…

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 33. ‘Photos of the Finished Main House Earthship’

These photos show some of the Finished Details of the Main House Earthship that was part of the two Earthships built on one site on the Gulf Island build with Michael Reynolds…

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 33. ‘Finished Construction, Clean Up and Celebration’

It’s here…this is it… THE LAST DAY on this 5 week double Earthship build!!! Last minute details like hanging doors, and leveling out the Main House West entrance for the final cement pour… Since today is the last official Workday on the build… it’s time for a major Clean Up. That means the Earthship Biotecture Crew has to sort out their personal tools from the massive pile of organized chaos that’s left… and make everything look GOOD for the Locals who are coming this afternoon for a looky-loo and celebrate a grand finish with us.

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 32. ‘Rounding Third and Heading for Home!’

We have 2 days left on this Earthship build, and that includes today! Today is all about the Finishing Touches. Here the Landscaping Rock Wall is being built up at the front of the smaller Studio Earthship…As the build winds down, so do our supplies, however we’ve gotten rather good at improvising… Speaking of Beer and improvising… it’s ‘Beer :30′, and …

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 31. ‘Espresso Cafe, Gourmet Food and the Perfect Storm’

Those of us partaking in last night’s activities at the Island Solstice Rave, are what you would refer to as ‘Hurting Units’ this morning. So thankfully we have the opportunity to grab a morning Espresso at Cafe Rousselle, courtesy of some fellow industrious interns over at ‘Camp Hugs’… Not only do they Recycle at ‘Cafe Rouselle’… They’ve also been growing Sprouts using recycled Blue Board. These sprouts will be transplanted to the Earthship indoor Greywater Planters any day now…

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 30. ‘…and By Night a Solstice Island Rave’

Seems we’ve been invited to a local tradition… the ‘Island Solstice Party’, taking place on the extreme other end of the Gulf Island. After 4 and a half weeks on this remote, off grid Island, we’ve been embraced by the Islanders and included in this mythical yearly tradition. A buffet table was laden with everything from Salad to a plethora of goodies. Curiously, I was told the only ‘non-magical’ food on the table ‘safe’ to eat was the Chocolate Cake.

Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 30. ‘By Day the Race for the Finish is on…’

Volunteer Interns have been working hard to meet this week’s deadline. It’s certainly been an Ant Hill of activity, especially when several different finishes are required in close proximity. I’ve viewed it as ‘Organized Chaos’, however the job gets done. Here the can wall is still being built, while the Tire Wall below is still being ‘Packed Out’ and simultaneously the ‘Brown Coat’ of finish plaster is applied.The West Wing Can Wall of the Main House Earthship is really starting to come along, and ties in nicely to the Rammed Earth Tire Wall that’s ‘Battered Back’ and used as a retaining/supporting wall against the back berm of the smaller Studio Earthship to the right.

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