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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Earthship Layout

     Today was a big day for us! We took a break from hauling tires and started the layout for our first course. We're using the largest tires with 29-31 inch diameters four our "foundation" course. As we work our way up the wall each course will use smaller diameter tires. Our layout consists of 3 "U" modules. One large U will contain the kitchen, dining room, laundry room, living room, and bathroom, and two smaller U's that will contain the 3 bedrooms and an office. The total footprint of the house will be 68 ft X 42 ft for a total of 2856 sq ft. It seems like a lot more than we need but that will also encase a root cellar in the back and our 408 sq ft greenhouse in the front where we will be able to grow some of our own food year round. 

      After we finished the layout I couldn't resist trying to fill our first tire. We spent an hour swinging an 8 pound sledgehammer and packed 9 buckets of dirt into the tire. Mike looked down the line of tires and decided that we won't finish the house for another 10 years but I thought it was awesome to get started on our future home! Did I mention that Mike did most of the sledgehammer swinging?

Much Love,
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  1. I am so intrigued by this. Post lots of pics, okay? I know lots of people who talk about wanting a strawbale house or yurt, but no one I know has ever actually built one. This is too cool.

  2. We're so excited about it! I'll probably be posting more pictures than anyone would ever care to look at! I've been spending so much time with old tires lately that I can guess some of the brands by the tread patterns :) It's going to be a lot of hard work, but we hope that it will allow us to live debt free and enjoy life a little more!