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

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Thursday June 23, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build:

Constructing the Studio Earthship front Green Landscaping, 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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We’re rounding Third Base and heading for a Home Run… we have 2 days left on this Earthship build, and that includes today! So today is all about the Finishing Touches. Here the Landscaping Rock Wall is being built up at the front of the smaller Studio Earthship.

Washing down the 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 HomeMain House Earthship bathroom under 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

Inside the Greenhouse Hallway is getting hosed down (left), and now we can see how handy and effective those tapered and slightly sloped cement slabs really are … I mean, how nice would it be to simply ‘Hose Down’ a floor inside our house… especially after a Big Party!

Over at the Main House Earthship the Bathroom is in a race for completion (right).

Earthship walk around closet in bedroom, 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 HomeEarthship Closet shelf and clothes rack, 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 ‘U-Shaped’ Bedrooms are simplified in design when it comes to Closet Space. They aren’t ‘Walk In’, but rather ‘Walk Around’. They’re a nice open concept with some decorative carpentry at the top (left). The Closet itself is also open (right), with simply a shelf and a clothes hanger rod in front.

Earthship Airlock Bottle Wall with finished 'Floating 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

The Airlock Bottle Wall looks great with the smoothness of the ‘Floating Wall’ finish. There’s also a nice contrast between the regular cement colour of the Bottle Wall, and the beveled lip of the Brown Coat Plaster finish over the double Can Wall below.

Happy intern faces as the Earthship build winds down, 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 HomeEarthship Volunteer Intern and Crew member happy to see the Gulf Island build almost finished, 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 inner joy of a successful build nearing completion is infectious. It’s either that, or the anticipation of returning to the world of luxury like sleeping in a real bed, getting dressed in non cramped quarters, electricity, and running water!

Installing the pull down screens for the Velox vent windows on the Main Earthship 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 HomeShimming interior Earthship vent window into place, 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 ‘Velox’ venting front windows are getting roll down screens (left), while indoor Vent Windows are shimmed into place (right), and installed between the Greenhouse Hallway and the Living Space.

Working with oversized cans for the Earthship 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 HomeWorking in the longer cans in the Earthship West Entrance 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 HomeKeeping the oversized Can ends flush with the rest of the Earthship 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

As the build winds down, so do our supplies, however we’ve gotten rather good at improvising (pat on back). We’ve run out of regular sized cans, and are left with some oversized beer cans. It takes some practice, but you make a slight twist, and the trick is to make sure that when you place the cans in the wall, that the end facing out, is flush and matches the curve of the wall. Here you can see the progression from the close-up on the left, to the final result in the wall (right).

Volunteer Intern improvising on the 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 HomeEarthship Biotecture Crew and Gulf Island Build Mascot, 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

Speaking of Beer and improvising… it’s ‘Beer :30′, and quitten’ time on another workday (don’t ask, it’s in the contract). We’ve all come to realize what a big incentive like a little bit of Beer at the end of a workday can be. Besides, it makes the Build Mascot jump for joy too. One day left… ONE DAY!

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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