Island Earthship Build: Week 4. Day 25. ‘Airlock Bottle Walls, and Coloured Plaster Finish’

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Thursday June 16, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build:

Building the Earthship airlock bottle 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

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Getting the myriad of jobs done on an Earthship build means you have to get creative with how you get it done, in a way that everyone can still work around you. I took some video which I’ll post when I get back, of the anthill of activity, with up to 3 people working in the same 4 x 4 foot space. Here Earthship Biotecture crew is getting the doorway entrance ‘Airlock’ Bottle Walls done.

Ready assembled bottles for Earthship walls , 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 glass bottles have already been cut and pre-assembled, however they were cut with a Tile Saw, a wet blade, then taped together.

Building the Earthship airlock bottle walls , 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

Here’s a view from the inside looking out of the East entrance of the main house 3 bedroom  Earthship.

Plastering the main room in the Gulf Island 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

Here’s an example of a group of Volunteer Interns doing the plaster prep in the large room of the main Earthship house.

Earthship West wall airlock insulated double can 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 HomeCement for Earthship West wall airlock insulated double can 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

On the West side of the main Earthship house, the Airlock doorways have only just begun. There is one inch of insulation in between two can walls, one on each side. The tricky part is cutting out a space for the switch plates (left). There’s also limited room for cement, which means it just gets dumped onto the middle of the floor of the small space, with as many as 2-3 people working in that same space with ladders (right). I’d show a photo… but it’s me working on this part with other people, and I had to take the photo… so just imagine me there… I actually have been working on the Earthship, you just rarely see me in a photo!

Main house Gulf Island Earthship bathroom , 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

I finally got the opportunity to photograph the Bathroom, pretty tough when someone is always working on it, as the space is too small for me to get in there at the same time. The raised platform will be for the bathtub.

Hole for Earthship Black Water septic , 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

Meanwhile outside of the main house, the Black Water Septic System hole has been dug. This is just the beginning, I’ll be bringing you the updated photos in the coming days.

Hole and trench for Earthship Black Water septic , 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 pipe trench leading to the septic has to be dug as well, and there needs to be a definite ‘drop’ in angle out towards the septic hole.

Cleaning the bottle ends of cement , 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

Over in the East entrance of the smaller Studio Earthship,  the bottle wall is completed, but still has all the cement on the bottle ends from filling in the gaps.

Cleaning the Earthship bottle ends of cement , 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 bottle ends have to be cleaned off from the cement. Here an intern is using a wet sponge for the job.

Studio Earthship East wall before colour plaster , 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 East wall is being prepped for the final coloured plaster coat. Here’s the last shot before the colour is on.

Wetting the Studio Earthship East wall before colour plaster , 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 HomePlastering Studio Earthship East wall with coloured plaster , 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

Before the colour plaster can be applied, the wall has to be wet down until it’s got a good soak. This enables the next layer of plaster to stick all the better. Plaster has to be applied quickly, and it takes more than one person to efficiently work this wall.

Studio Earthship East wall after colour plaster coat , 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

Here’s the finished look with the coloured plaster on the East wall of the Studio Earthship.

Eartship intern last day , 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

Today we say goodbye to my fellow lunch mate of Gluten Free Sandwiches aka the ‘Freak Corner’ at lunch time. Adam is a Naturopath from Ontario.

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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