Our friend Jim flew over the other day and took some wonderful ariel photos of our EarthShip build. He said he will continue to do this to show the progress that we have been making. And progress is in motion. You will see in the follow photos that things have changed a little bit. This photos gives you an idea of the surrounding area of where we are living. It is beautiful country out here.
What has changed? You can see the top of the third row that is started. On the right half of the EarthShip you can see the tires that are filled will dirt verses the left side that are not. The plastic is covering dirt to use for the tires and tires that are started and need to be finished. This is the rainy season in West Plains and we are finding, since we have clay, that if we cover the dirt when rain is expected then we will have dry dirt to use after the rains have stopped. So we don't have to wait days for the clay to dry.
The tires that were behind the EarthShip have been moved. This took us a day to do. We needed to make room for backfilling behind the tires and starting of a thermal barrier. The thermal barrier is placed behind 4 feet of backfill with more dirt on the other side to hold up the insulation. This will give us 4 more feet of thermal mass that will help to keep the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
The tires in the middle of the EarthShip and the tires that are over by the cisterns are all the same size. These are the tires that will be used for the the outside row of the EarthShip. By the time the outside row is done we will have 8 rows completed. The tires in front of the EarthShip by the dirt pile will be used for the middle row inside the EarthShip. This will divide the the bedrooms from the kitchen and living room area. The tires on top of the hill are excess tires. All different sizes that we can not use for our house project. We will either give these away to anyone that would like to use them or we will get creative and use them for planters, possible drive way entry way decoration, pond and other uses.
We feel at this time that we have all the tires needed to build our EarthShip. No more donations are accepted.
We are however accepting colored glass bottles, newspapers, cardboard and volunteers.
Mary Severin writes about her families embarkment on a learning adventure to build an Upcycled Home using Earthship Principals. To find out what these Principals are click on the Earthship Principals link above.