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

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Tuesday June 21, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build:

Main House Earthship West Wing can wall construction, 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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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.

Can Wall on the Main House Earthship West Wing, 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

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.

Floating the finish on the Earthship 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 HomeMain House Earthship West Airlock, 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

Inside the West Wing Airlock, the Bottle Wall is getting a ‘Floating Finish’, to bring the wall surface flush and clean next to the bottle edges. Below those on ladders, the Doorway still only has the Plaster Scratch Coat while next to it the Greenhouse Tire Wall already has  a ‘Brown Coat’ on it. Everything is done in layers, in a circular path of activity. In this way while one facet dries, there is room for another person to come in and apply the next finish, and while that dries, they can move on to the next project… and so on.

Main House Earthship Greenhouse Hallway, 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 the Brown Coat to finish the Earthship Interior 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 Main House Earthship Greenhouse Hallway is pretty much empty now, to allow the necessary movement from room to room to finish off all the interiors. Some rooms are getting a final ‘Brown Coat’

Plastering the Structo-lite to finish the Earthship Interior 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

… while larger feature rooms are getting their final coat of white ‘Structo-Lite’. Although darker colours would absorb more heat via sunlight for ‘Thermal/Solar Gain’, the lighter colour reflects the light better. Compromises and aesthetics need to find a balance where these matters are concerned.

Main House 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’ve finally gotten an opportunity to get a snapshot of the Main House bathroom. I can’t wait to see how the step levels combine function and design for the final result. Everyone is working like mad… the race is on to meet the deadline.

Earthship vent box with counter weights for opening and closing, 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 on the roof of the smaller Studio Earthship, the counter weights for the Vent Box are in place. On the surface of the roof are two ‘Treks’ boards so the lowered weights don’t damage the roof’s Pro-Panels for capturing rain water.

Rear View of Studio Earthship West Wing 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 HomeStudio Earthship West Wing Can Wall entrance, 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 rear view of the Studio Earthship West Wing Can Wall isn’t nearly as impressive as the front view. The effect is amplified with the contrast of the Shiny Metal rounds to the finished ‘Brown Coat’ of the Tire Wall below. It’s aesthetically stunning.

Studio Earthship East Wing Can Wall Planters, 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 HomeStufio Earthship West side Tire wall and Greenhouse front, 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

At the top of the Can Wall Planter Stacks, greenery is planted, while below, landscaping rock walls are added for the function of retaining walls for small Earth Berms, as well as aesthetics.

Cement floor pours in Studio Earthship Greenhouse Hallway, 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 HomeSloped cement floor towards Studio Earthship Greenhouse floor planter, 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

Inside the Greenhouse Hallway, the cement floor pours for the divided slabs are tapered towards the ground level Planters, so any water runs off towards the Planters. It certainly makes hosing down or gardening clean up a breeze.

It’s been a long day, and we’ve all departed quickly to get cleaned up for tonight’s ‘Crew Appreciation Dinner’, put on by some of the Volunteer Interns. Here…  the most interesting turn of events are yet to come. You’ll have to check out the next installment to see how the evening unfolds!

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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