Island Earthship Build: with Michael Reynolds-Week 1. Day 4. ‘Carrying in Cisterns’

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‘My Survivor, Island Earthship’ Build with Michael Reynolds

In BC, Canada

A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy

Main house Earthship, overview , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

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Here’s an overview of the Main 3 Bedroom Earthship on day 4. The tire walls have gone up quickly, and now there are several things going on simultaneously, thanks to many willing hands and Volunteer Interns.

Always tires to be sorted on an Earthship build , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeMany tires to be sorted on an Earthship build

There’s still a lot of Tire Sorting going on, but now it’s getting more difficult to get the right quantity, of the right size for each tire row. The bottom rows start with the largest tire size, gradually changing to smaller sizes depending on the sizes and quantity on hand.

Each row of tires is a specific size , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeBattering back a tire wall on an Earthship build , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

What adds to the challenge, is that each tire row needs to be ‘Battered Back’ by 1 1/2 inches.

Thermal Wrap is now bermed on both sides , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeBehind the tire wall, the ‘Thermal Wrap’ needs to be Bermed evenly on both sides for stability, and leveled out for the 4 Water Cisterns that will be carried into place….and yes, it is still raining on and off,  keeping that quagmire of mud good and sloppy for working.

Water cisterns get carried in for the Earthship , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeWater cisterns get carried in for the Earthship , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

The mud definitely makes it a challenge to carry the Cisterns into place.

Water cisterns get put in place behind the Earthship , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Now that all 4 Cisterns are in place behind the Rammed Earth Tire Wall of the main house, it’s ready to be connected, plumbed, and tested.

Front 'perpindicular glass wall' footing , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeAt the front of the main house, the footing is poured for the framing of the perpendicular glass wall that will separate the Living Space from the Hallway Greenhouse. Since the Gulf Island climate here is very damp, they’ve included a wall of insulation as a condensation barrier.

Studio Earthship is coming along at a much faster rate , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeStudio Earthship tire wall cleaned out in prep for 'pack out' , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

The smaller Studio Earthship is coming along much faster, due to it’s size and simplicity compared to the main house. After the tires have been pounded into place, the wall needs to be prepped for a ‘Pack Out’, by cleaning out all the latent dirt. Later these crevices will be filled with Adobe with cans for spacers, or cement with rocks in our case due to the availability of whats on hand.

Studio Earthship POM wall carried in and set up , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeStudio Earthship Plumbing and Electrical wall , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Also in the Studio Earthship, the pre-fab Plumbing and Electrical wall are carried in. In the second photo you can see that there is a ‘Swing Out’ wall ready to be put into place on the cement footing poured yesterday.

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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