Well, I can actually say that we have been inspired. More than we have already been. Because of the video below.
We originally had designed for the kitchen and dinning room walls to be constructed of tires. The main reason is for the thermal mass. I believe we have found a substitute for this. That would be to use water bottles filled with dirt and used as bricks. This would give us thermal mass and would also give us 4 additional feet of living space in our home. For those who are familiar with EarthShips, we are going to use this technique instead of pop cans for the bond beam. And for our bathroom walls. This would give more support to the roof as well.
Reason why we are not using aluminum cans is in the Ozarks no one is going to give them to you because they are worth money. And in today's economy I don't blame them. But everyone would get rid of their water bottles. Adding the dirt for additional thermal mass in the home that would not of been there if using cans is a big plus.
So we would like to request that if anyone has 16.9oz or 20oz (Most common sizes) water bottles with the lids we will take them. We need the lids to hold the dirt in. We will take soda bottles as long as they are rinsed out. Otherwise we will not accept them. One word why BUGS. Give us a call at 417-274-9885. Enjoy the video.
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.