Island Earthship Build: Week 1. Day 6. ‘Buttresses and Bond Beams’

Blog logo ,for'My Survivor Island Earthship', 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

‘My Survivor, Island Earthship’ Build with Michael Reynolds

In BC, Canada

A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy

Perpendicular Glass wall framing on 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

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Thankfully it’s a sunny Saturday, and the framing is built  for the perpendicular glass wall separating the Earthship living space from the Hallway Greenhouse.

Perpendicular Glass Wall Framing of 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

There’s still a lot of work to be done inside the living space, and soon this view of the floor will be a maze of trenches for footings.

Leveling the cement footing for the Earthship Buttress, 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 HomeBuilding the frame for the Earthship Buttress pour  , 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 HomePutting the Earthship Buttress frame in place for the cement pour  , 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

Leveling the cement in a Lathe frame for the base of the cement Buttress, while others build the frame for the Buttress cement pour.

Double can wall with centered rebar, , 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 on the Bond Beam Pour in the 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

Once the double can wall with centered rebar is ready, the Bond Beam Cement Pour can begin on the Studio Earthship.

Studio Earthship double can wall with a Bond Beam pour , 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 HomeLevel Earthship Bond Beam with Anchor Bolts for Treks , 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

It takes time to fill the Bond Beam with cement, but while it’s still wet, anchor bolts are inserted for future ‘Treks’ to be attached.

Hammering in the rebar for the perpendicular glass wall frame for an Earthship

Last touch of the day is driving in rebar spikes into the perpendicular glass wall framing of the Studio Earthship.

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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4 comments on “Island Earthship Build: Week 1. Day 6. ‘Buttresses and Bond Beams’

  1. Kim Hamilton on said:

    Thanks for the photos & diary. The House & studio look amazing. My son Jacob worked on the build. He works for Earthship Biotechture. I love being able to see what he does as it goes up. Makes an old lady happy to know the earth is a better place for the future generations. Thanks to Michael for his vision.
    I hope you and Nikki enjoy every utility free minute of life together for a long, long time.

  2. Monica & Nikki on said:

    Yes, I took many photos of Jacob building the bottle wall in the Studio Earthship. I only wish it were mine and Nikki’s Earthship, so we could truly live self sustainably. I did however enjoy the opportunity to participate and learn on this build! Cheers!

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