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

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Friday June 24, on the Main House Earthship Build:

Here is a series of Photos selected over the course of the 5 week Earthship Build with Michael Reynolds, on the West Coast of BC. These photos show some of the Finished Details of the Main House Earthship that was part of the two Earthships built on one site. Check out ‘Time Lapse of the Main House Eartship’‘Photos of the Finished Smaller Studio Earthship’, and ‘Time Lapse of the Earthship Build’ for more details of this Gulf Island build. Note: this is NOT our house, but a build we participated in.

Day 33 on the Main House Earthship on the Gulf Island, 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

Back Earth Berm and Retaining wall of Main House 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 HomeMain House Earthship roof and Earth Berm with marked Water Cisterns, 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

Rock Retaining Wall (left) helps keep the Earth Berm behind the Earthship Roof Line from Eroding until Grass and Vegetation has had a chance to grow in.  The Earth Berm reaches the Roof Line (right), covering the Water Cisterns. For now Sticks are marking where the Cistern lids are buried below, for  maintenance access.

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 Home

Each Bedroom in the Earthship has a Walk Around Open Closet to allow in maximum Natural Light in the U-Shaped room.

Main House Earthship Bedroom with walk around Closet, 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 is a Walk-Through view starting at the left side of the Walk Around Closet.

Earthship Bedroom back wall shelf and clothes hanger rod, 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

A simple Shelf is on the back wall, and includes a Clothes Hanger Rod

Main House Earthship Bedroom walk around Closet shelf, 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 the Open Box Closet also has a shelf and clothes hanging rod.

Plastered Corner detail with Structolite for Earthship wall shelf, 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 HomeIndoor Screened Vent Box for Earthship Cooling tube, 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

Detail of the back wall shelf and it’s finished corner (left). Close up of the Screened Vent Box (right) covering the Cooling Tube that extends back 40 feet through the Earth Berm behind the Earthship.

Main House Earthship Bedroom view to 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 Home

View from the Bedroom, looking out past the Greenhouse Hallway, and through the exterior front Windows of the Earthship.

Finished Kitchen in the Main House 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 finished cement floors are still wet after clean-up, as I photograph the finished Kitchen.

Earthship Kitchen Greywater 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 HomeFinished Kitchen and floors in the Main House 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

Just between the Kitchen cabinet housing the Sink, and the vertical glass to the Greenhouse Hallway (left), is the Floor Planter for the first pass of Greywater from the Kitchen sink. The fresh Sprouts were grown in the last few weeks by Volunteer Interns while on the build. You can barely see the space for the floor planter behind the Kitchen cabinet housing the sink while standing in the middle of the main room (right).

Earthship Greywater Planter Oil and Food Trap, 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

In the Greenhouse Hallway, directly outside the Kitchen, is the Particulate Filter, shown here with the lid closed.

Earthship Greywater Planter Food and Oil trap for cleaning, 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 is the Particulate Filter with the lid open, allowing easy access to clean any particles from food or hair too large for the Greywater system.

Earthship Greenhouse hallway Greywater 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 HomeEarthship roof top opened Vent Box, 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 is one of the Floor Planter Boxes (left), part of the Greywater system,  inside the Greenhouse Hallway, without any plants yet. Directly above (right), the Operable Vent Box on the roof is open for maximum air flow from the Greenhouse Hallway.

Earthship Greenhouse hallway Velox vent window, 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 is another Operable Vent Window. This is one of several that are part of the front exterior glass wall facing South for maximum exposure to the Sun. These large windows have screens that slide up for easy egress in an Emergency, or simply large items that need to be passed in or out of the Greenhouse Hallway. It certainly makes getting rid of Planter weeds easier by simply chucking them out of the front window!

Close up of the Bottle Wall in the Main 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 HomeEarthship Airlock Bottle Wall corner and finished ceiling, 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

Standing in the Greenhouse Hallway, and facing the West entrance (left), you can see the finished Bottle Wall, with the Brown Coat Plaster of the wall below. The finished detail of the corner (right), includes a Brown Coat Plaster Wall, and wooden planks in the Ceiling. You can just see part of the window into one of the Bedrooms.

Main 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 HomeMain House Earthship West entrance finished Tire 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

Walking through the West Wing Airlock (left), we can now step out onto the finished cement floor and landscaping. Everything is sloped away from the Earthship exterior, to allow good Drainage away from the house.

Main House Earthship West 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

Looking back towards the doorway, we can see the levels in the cement floor pours.

Stunning Can Wall on the main House Earthship East 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

Here we are looking at the East Entrance to the Earthship, with the finished Can Wall.

Image credits: Monica Holy

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

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  4. Hello. This is a great building. Congrats with it! I have a question (2 actually). How wide is the hallway at the bottom? and what’s the angle of the glass?

  5. Amazing! we are gearing up to build one this year… how much did it cost to build this version? Thanks!

  6. Monica & Nikki on said:

    Fantastic! Where are you building?

    This Eathship was a ‘Global Model’, from Michael Reynolds Earthship Biotecture company in Taos.
    This Earthship was built on the Gulf Islands, off the Coast of British Columbia.

    The rainfall although good for ‘catch water’ system off the roof, meant extra extreme measures were taken to make sure the house itself would not be compromised from all the regular rainfall.

    Generally, it costs as much as a conventional home per square foot, however depending on the choices you make, it can be less, or more if you want ‘Bells and Whistles’.

    Good Luck and keep us posted!

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