Hello Everyone. This is our Christmas Card sent to those whom visit our blog. We want to thank everyone this year that we have met and have made our move to West Plains, MO enjoyable. It has been fun getting to know the community and we are sure to meet more next year.
The progress report on our EarthShip. The photo is the closest to where we are on our construction. Some updates are; the pink insulation that you see started around the home is now complete, this is our thermal barrier. Another layer of pink insulation will go up on top of the first row after we complete a few more rows of tires. This will continue until we reach the roof of the home. Currently we are 1/2 way done with the 3rd row of tires, that is 165 tires completed, with the back fill completed for the first two row of tires. This may not seem like we accomplished a lot but we did. This is huge for just the 3 of us to complete by ourselves.
Like with most construction we have had a few delays in the process of our building our EarthShip. #1. Was the moving of the fence that separated our property from the seller. The fence was put in the wrong spot because it was marked wrong. So this was fixed not at our expense. This delayed us 2 weeks. #2. We had found out from Tony's Tires that we needed to get approval from the DNR in order to build our home. They have a code that says that if you use more than 99 tires for a project they need to know what it is that you are building. They just want to avoid huge mounds of tires on property. It starts to become an issue if people will not use them as they say they are. This delayed us 1 month. #3 Winter weather. We were not sure if we could continue to work through the winter. Everyone was preparing us for a cold winter and I guess they were right. Not long ago we got 12 inches of snow from the winter storm Cleon. Thank's to this storm this has delayed us 2 weeks. It will be hit and miss for working on the EarthShip this winter.
Despite all the miss haps and delays we feel we have made progress. Especially when we have a neighbor that told the Daily Quill newspaper about our home and they came out and did an article on our home. This has led to making the community more aware of what we are doing. One day Delmar Coatney gave us a call and asked if we would like a donation of windows. We were not sure what we would find when we went over to his place. We saw an opportunity. He takes in Coke machines that Coke scraps out and takes them apart. The Coke coolers have double paned, insulated, 3/4 inch thick glass doors. All we have to do is remove the plastic door frame and we have our windows. This is what a EarthShip is all about. Reusing used materials in making of a home. This is called using reclaimed glass. Delmar was so gratefull for finding a use that he gave them to us for free. All we had to do is go and get them. We are greatful for Delmar for giving us a call. His donation is sincerely appreciated.
With our facebook page growing we are getting more and more inquirey's of people wanting to come and help. Anyone that comes and helps us will get a return if they decide to build an EarthShip, a garage, storage room etc. We will go and help them as well. Doing this brings a community together.
We want to thank the tire places that helped us in collecting the tires: Tony's Tires, Friga Tires, Lee's Tires, and Wilbanks Tires. Thank's to them we were able to get all the tires that we needed.
We want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Blessed New Year and may many new blessings come your way in 2014.
Allen, Mary Kay and Arron Severin
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.